• Harris to begin LRIP 2 HMS Manpack radio deliveries to US Army in October

    The Harris Corporation is expecting to finish delivering its first batch of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form-Fit (HMS) radios to the US Army by October before moving out on a new buy. Army leaders recently awarded the company with an undisclosed sum of money for

  • Indonesian MoD to acquire amphibious aircraft from Viking Air

    Canada-based utility aircraft manufacturer Viking Air announced on 18 June that it has been awarded a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin confirms F-35A for Finland’s HX

    Lockheed Martin has confirmed that the company is submitting the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to replace Finland’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets in a programme known as HX. The confirmation of the company’s bid comes shortly after the F-35A was shown at the Turku Air Show

  • Security alerts 21–28 June

    Americas Dominican Republic WATCH FOR: Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Santo Domingo on 21 June during a vote on Odebrecht investigations Risk analysis: The anti-corruption movement in the Dominican Republic, Green March (Marcha Verde), called for a vigil and protests on 21 June in

  • Paris Air Show 2019: SAMI expands horizons

    Saudi Arabia defence industrial conglomerate Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed several collaboration agreements at the Paris Air Show, as well as launching a joint venture (JV) with US firm L3 Technologies. In a ceremony on 18 June, L3 Technologies and SAMI representatives

  • Germany plans expanded artillery capabilities

    The German Army plans to expand its indirect fire capability and is emphasising its joint fires capability, according to Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft, head of artillery and joint fires branch at the Germany Army’s Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre. The only conventional tube

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Collins Aerospace receives C-130 propeller, propeller system upgrade contracts

    Key Points Collins Aerospace was awarded a pair of contracts for C-130H propeller and propeller system upgrades One contract will upgrade the blades to new composite models while the other will upgrade the propeller system to a modern electrical apparatus The Pentagon and NATO have awarded

  • US announces more military aid for Ukraine

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 June plans to provide USD250 million in security co-operation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts for the Ukrainian armed forces. The new funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programmes and operational

  • Paris Air Show: Raytheon wins USD234 million US Navy contract for 23 JPALS sets

    Raytheon has secured a USD234 million initial low-rate production contract from the US Navy for its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), the company announced on 17 June during the Paris Air Show. The contract, which was awarded in May, covers 23 sets of JPALS equipment that will be

  • ST Engineering rebrands US operations

    Singaporean aerospace, maritime, and defence company ST Engineering announced on 18 June that its US subsidiary Vision Technologies Systems Inc (VT Systems) will be renamed ST Engineering North America Inc. The company and its subsidiaries, which have capabilities in military maintenance, repair,

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Viking Twin Otter Guardian 400 makes show debut

    Canada’s Viking has debuted its new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, the Guardian 400, at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft is based on the Twin Otter, and has been developed in association with Austrian company Airborne Technologies. The aircraft shown at Le Bourget

  • US voices interoperability concerns about Indian S-400 procurement

    The US government has voiced additional concerns about India’s planned procurement of Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Russia. Speaking at a recent US House of Representatives foreign affairs subcommittee, US Principal Deputy Assistant

  • Canada, Japan navies enhance interoperability in South China Sea

    Key Points The navies of Canada and Japan have completed a series of drills in the South China Sea Exercises seek to further deepen interoperability between the two services The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has completed a series of drills in the

  • India’s defence industry boosts ‘IP culture’

    State-owned Indian defence enterprises filed for 730 patents during fiscal year (FY) 2018–19 and are aiming to file 1,000 patents in FY 2019–20, India’s Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar has announced. In a tweet on 18 June Kumar indicated that the growth in patents being

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Embraer, ELTA announce new business jet AEW aircraft

    Key Points Embraer and ELTA are developing a new business jet AEW system The team is targeting a market sector of second-tier militaries that need AEW capability but cannot afford, or do not want, to operate larger aircraft Embraer and ELTA Systems Ltd (ELTA) are teaming to develop a new airborne

  • Paris Air Show 2019: IAI offering Kfir NG to Colombia, expects to return Sri Lanka and Ecuador jets to service

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering Colombia an upgraded variant of the Kfir combat aircraft it currently flies, dubbed the Kfir Next-Generation (NG). Speaking to Jane’s at the Paris Air Show, Yossi Melamed, head of IAI’s Aviation Group, said that with the Colombian Air Force

  • Shanahan out, US Army secretary tapped to head Pentagon

    US Army Secretary Mark Esper has been tapped to take over as the acting Secretary of Defence, replacing Patrick Shanahan who removed himself from consideration for the post on 18 June. US President Donald Trump announced that Shanahan no longer wanted the Pentagon’s top civilian job after

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin chasing more fighter sales in Europe

    Lockheed Martin is chasing strong potential business for its fighter offerings in Europe as well as opportunities in Canada and India, according to Michelle Evans, executive vice president for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Speaking to Jane’s at the Paris Air Show on 18 June, Evans said,

  • Lockheed Martin to expand Arkansas Precision Fires production

    Lockheed Martin announced a USD142 million investment in its Precision Fires facility in Camden, Arkansas on 17 June, in a move that is expected to lead to the creation of 326 jobs by 2024. The site is responsible for the manufacture and assembly of several of the company’s missiles and fire