• Belarus weighs acquiring Russian air defence systems

    Belarus is considering acquiring Russian-made air defence systems, including Pantsir-S self-propelled hybrid gun/missile air-defence systems and the Tor-M2 self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the head of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev told

  • Cameroonian Z9 helicopter crashes

    A Cameroonian Air Force (CAF) HAIG Z9WE attack helicopter crashed on 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The helicopter, which belonged to the 51st Air Squadron, took off from Air Base 501 at Bamenda to transport three government officials and a police officer and was preparing to land

  • China targets acquisitions of Croatian shipyards

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has confirmed that it is considering potential investment in shipyards in Croatia. The state-owned Chinese group said in a statement on 14 May that it plans to carry out an “in-depth study” into the possible investments. CSIC identified two

  • Embraer’s Q1 losses grow in 2019

    Brazilian aerospace and defence manufacturer Embraer suffered first quarter losses for the second consecutive year in 2019, according to financial results published on 15 April. By the company’s adjusted measure of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), losses of USD15.2 million were

  • IMDEX 2019: Singapore navy confirms 16 m-class USVs aboard future unmanned vehicle ‘mothership’

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will field 16 m-class unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) on its future Multi-role Combat Vessels (MRCVs), a senior RSN official confirmed during a media briefing on the sidelines of the IMDEX 2019 exhibition held in Singapore from 14 to 16 May. Senior Lieutenant

  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia

    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibre automatic cannons. The trials were held

  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher

    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conducted work to resume production of

  • NORAD F-16A crashes in California

    A North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Lockheed Martin F-16A Flying Falcon crashed in southern California on 16 May. The aircraft was from the Air National Guard (ANG) and was assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The crash took place around 3:45 pm

  • Pratt & Miller’s EMAV put through its paces at US Army RCV rodeo

    Two examples of the Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) from Pratt & Miller have been assessed at the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) Phase II Demonstration and Assessment Event, held at the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in

  • Russian Navy opts for underwater weapon and sensor upgrades

    Newly developed torpedoes, torpedo defence systems, and mine countermeasures systems are to be fitted to Russian Navy warships, according to a series of announcements by an executive of the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. The Russian Navy’s two Project 11442 cruisers, Admiral Nakhimov and

  • UDT 2019: BAE Systems posits new approach to unmanned underwater systems on submarines

    BAE Systems presented a paper at the 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition, which was held in Stockholm from 13 to 15 May, that hopes to provoke thought before decisions on next-generation weapons handling and stowage systems and layouts are taken. According to the authors, Alan Watson,

  • Switzerland re-scopes fighter procurement, moots referendum

    Key Points Switzerland has split its aircraft procurement from the ground-based air-defence acquisition, with a cap of USD5.95 billion on the programme The acquisition may now be subject to a referendum, which could delay the programme Switzerland has redefined the budget for its procurement of a

  • Update: Canada awards contract for MEOSAR search-and-rescue repeaters

    Key Points The Canadian Armed Forces awarded a contract for 10 MEOSAR search-and-rescue repeaters Hosted on the US GPS III satellites, the repeaters detect distress signals from beacons across Canada and relay them to ground stations The Canadian Armed Forces announced on 10 May that it awarded a

  • Australia’s NIOA starts work at state facility

    Australian ammunition specialist NIOA has commenced manufacturing activity at the Australian state-owned munitions facility in Benalla, Victoria, the company said. In a press release on 14 May, it said its initial project at the facility is a joint programme with Saab to produce 84 mm ammunition

  • DSME posts profit fall amid merger concerns

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has recorded a quarterly decline in profits amid growing concerns about the repercussions of its proposed merger with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). DSME said in a filing to the Korean stock exchange on 15 May that in the

  • Philippines, Czech Republic set up defence industry forum

    The Philippines and the Czech Republic have established a joint forum to support defence trade and related industrial collaboration. The agreement to set up the ‘working subcommittee on defence industrial co-operation’ was announced by the Philippine embassy in Prague on 14 May. The

  • Lockheed Martin reportedly offers India F-21 exclusivity

    Lockheed Martin has reportedly promised that the F-21 will be exclusively operated by the Indian Air Force should the nation select it for its USD18 billion, 114-aircraft requirement. The aircraft was revealed in February as the company’s offer for the programme, an F-16 Fighting Falcon

  • ST Engineering posts quarterly gains

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has recorded gains in revenue and profit in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the company said on 15 May. Revenue in the quarter ended 31 March was SGD1.73 billion (USD1.26 billion), a year-on-year increase of 5%, while net profit climbed 11%

  • Thai army set for Stryker procurement

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has placed a bid to procure the M1126 Stryker 8×8 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) produced by General Dynamics Land Systems, the RTA announced on 14 May. The deal, which reflects the reinvigorated US-Thailand defence ties, will feature the RTA’s acquisition of 37

  • Belgian companies pitch capabilities to General Atomics

    Belgian industry is due to present several capabilities and technologies to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) that could potentially be incorporated into Brussels’ acquisition of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A so-called Blue Magic Belgium research and

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