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Turkey and Hungary to explore defence-industrial co-operation

Hungary's defence minister Simicskó István travelled to Turkey on 23 November to begin a four-day visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, including through greater defence-industrial co-operation. István met with his Turkish counterpart Nurettin

UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

The UK Royal Navy is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en route to its task. HMS Diamond is now sailing back to its home port of Portsmouth on the

Australia selects Lürssen OPV 80 for its offshore patrol vessel requirement

German shipbuilder Lürssen has been selected as the preferred tenderer for a programme worth up to AUD4 billion to design and build 12 offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Australian Navy , Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 24 November. Being acquired

First G5 Sahel operation highlights problems

The G5 Sahel Joint Force's first operation has come to an end, the French Ministry of Defence announced on 22 November. The MoD said Operation 'Haw Bi' took place between 27 October and 10 November in the 'triple border' area where Mali, Niger, and

Hope lost of finding Argentine submarine crew alive

Key Points Reports of an underwater explosion shortly after the last communication with ARA San Juan suggest the boat was lost on 15 November Relatives of the boat's crew have claimed the submarine had not been properly maintained Hopes of rescuing the 44 crew members from the Argentine

First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but a further system has already been ordered for a second

Japan's Mitsubishi Materials admits to false claims on defence products

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation – part of the Mitsubishi Group conglomerate – said on 23 November that three of its subsidiaries had falsified specification data for products, some of which had been delivered to the Japanese Ministry of Defense . It is the second instance

Philippines to procure 24 attack helicopters

The Philippine Air Force is planning to procure up to 24 attack helicopters from 2018 to boost counter-insurgency capabilities, Arsenio Andolong, the Department of National Defense's chief of public affairs confirmed to Jane's on 24 November. He also confirmed that the helicopter

UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system with Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support . The demonstration saw the R-350 used

Israeli defence minister requests more money to counter new threats

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has requested a significant unplanned increase to the defence budget, citing dramatic changes in the region, including the Russian military presence in Syria and the proliferation of guided weaponry. The 20 November request is a departure from the

Deadliest Nigerian attack since 2015 underlines Boko Haram faction's focus on causing mass casualties through suicide bombings

Event At least 50 people were killed and 38 wounded when a suicide bomber self-detonated at a mosque during morning prayers in Mubi in Adamawa State on 21 November. No group has yet claimed responsibility, although Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya – formerly known as Boko Haram prior to its

Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

The Omani Ministry of Defence announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

Ratko Mladic's life sentence likely to trigger protests in Serbia, Bosnia; minor property, vehicle damage probable

Event On 22 November 2017, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Ratko Mladic, former Commander in the Bosnian Serb Army, to life in prison. Mladic was convicted of genocide, persecution, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or

Submarine emergency exposes Argentina's serviceability limitations

The search procedures triggered by the disappearance of the Argentine TR 1700-class submarine ARA San Juan , which went missing on 15 November, have revealed that several air and maritime platforms in Argentina's inventory are currently out of service, with hollowed-out budgets leading to a

Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

Algeria's National People's Army appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers . The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

Australia reasserts confidence in US lead in Asia Pacific, but with an eye on China

Australia's first foreign policy White Paper in 14 years has confirmed Canberra's belief that the United States will for the foreseeable future retain its significant global lead in military and soft power, but warns of China's increasing capabilities and influence in the

Navantia and Bath Iron Works team to meet USN FFG requirement

Navantia of Spain has teamed with US shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to offer a joint solution to the US Navy's future guided missile frigate requirement . The alliance was announced on 23 November. We are delighted to collaborate with Bath Iron Works on the

Airbus promotes Helibras president

Airbus has announced the appointment of the president of its Brazilian subsidiary Helibras as the head of all of the country's operations in Brazil. The promotion of Richard Marelli was announced on 23 November. Marelli will report to Alberto Robles, who is the head of Airbus activities in

India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship in 2018 to support the country's classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence programmes, official sources have told Jane's . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

B-52 bomb-bay upgrade declared ready for combat

An upgrade that enables the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber to carry smart weapons internally has been declared ready for combat by the US Air Force . The USAF announced on 20 November that the first upgraded Conventional Rotary Launcher has now been transported from Barksdale Air

DoD awards first Saudi LCS contract

The US Department of Defense announced the first contract related to Saudi Arabia's Littoral Combat Ship programme on 22 November. Awarded to Lockheed Martin, the USD22.7 million contract covers services in support of foreign military sales' of the LCS to Saudi

Poland seeks surveillance systems

The Polish Armament Inspectorate has issued two documents inviting industry to start a technical dialogue for two separate systems that would expand the current observation capabilities of the nation's armed forces. A document published on 30 October is for an onshore

BAE Systems proposes 'unprecedented' technology transfer for Australia

BAE Systems said on 23 November that it has teamed with the UK government in offering to provide Australia with 5,000 'work years' of technical design capability if the company is successful in its bid to supply the Royal Australian Navy with next-generation frigates. BAE Systems

Islamic State makes a comeback in Libya

Key Points Since March 2017, the Islamic State has increased the pace of its operations in Libya, indicating that its attempt to regroup in the country after the loss of its stronghold in Sirte in December 2016 is succeeding. The likely incorporation into the group of former Ansar al-Sharia

Poland seeks surveillance systems

Krzysztof Kuska The Polish Armament Inspectorate has issued two documents inviting industry to start a technical dialogue for two separate systems that would expand the current observation capabilities of the nation's armed forces. A document published on 30 October is for an onshore

Saudi warships seen at Assab

Vessels from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces' Gulf-based Eastern Fleet have been seen in the Red Sea port of Eritrea for the first time, satellite imagery has confirmed. Two Badr-class corvettes and an Al-Jawf -class mine countermeasures vessel were present at Assab on 15

Vance AFB grounds Texan II trainers due to oxygen concerns

The US Air Force's 71st Flying Training Wing has grounded its fleet of Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The temporary suspension of flight activities was announced by Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma on 20

EU and national officials perusing US DARPA-like defence R&D approach

EU and national policymakers are seriously mulling the idea of setting up a forward-looking defence research entity similar to the US government's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency , EU and industry sources have informed Jane's . Locating it within the European Defence

Serbian NORA B-52 howitzer demonstrated in the UAE

Serbia's Yugoimport SDPR defence import/export organisation tested and demonstrated the Nora-B52 M15 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer in the United Arab Emirates on 21 November, the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced. The NORA B-52 engaged targets at a distance

US Army releases Mobile Protected Firepower request for proposal

Key Points The US Army released its Mobile Protected Firepower solicitation The service could buy as many as 504 vehicles The US Army on 21 November released its highly-anticipated Mobile Protected Firepower request for proposal . MPF programme manager David Dopp told reporters in

US Senate defence appropriators recommend big boost in MC-130J procurement

US Senate defence appropriators are recommending a big boost in Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II aerial refueler procurement in fiscal year 2018 . The Senate Appropriations Committee is suggesting USD1.2 billion for MC-130J procurement, USD800,000 more than the Pentagon requested

Uzbekistan establishes State Committee for the Defence Industry

Uzbekistan has announced the creation of a State Committee for the Defence Industry with responsibility for unifying policies relating to the organisation of the national military industrial complex and state defence orders. The presidential decree concerning the creation of the body was announced

Submarine emergency exposes Argentina's serviceability limitations

Key Points The search for a missing submarine has exposed a number of serviceability issues among Argentina's air and naval platforms Argentina could only deploy one MAD-equipped MPA to search for the missing boat The search procedures triggered by the disappearance of the Argentine TR

Austal ceases trading before contract announcement

Australian naval shipbuilder Austal ceased trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on 22 November ahead of what it called an announcement about a government contract. Austal Limited requests a trading halt in its securities pending an announcement in relation to a material government

Australia invests in supporting SME defence research projects

Australia has announced new investment to boost the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises in defence. The Australian Department of Defence said on 21 November that the funding will be worth AUD10 million over 10 years and is intended to inspire and

EU must reconcile big stake spending ambitions with SME access

The eyes of Europe's defence industry are now focused on the European Union's preparations to launch the so-called 'capability window' of its European Defence Fund . The views of small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector, however –

French president's first visit to India likely to advance sales pitch for additional Scorpenes

The impending visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to India in early 2018 is likely to progress the possible sale of at least three additional DCNS Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines to the Indian Navy to augment its declining underwater assets, official sources have told

India successfully test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI fighter

The Indian Air Force successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 November against a target off the country's east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5 tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile was

Power struggle among east Ukraine separatists indicates likely Russian consolidation of increased militia control in Donbass conflict

Event On 22 November 2017 the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported that the breakaway Luhansk People's Republic leader, Igor Plotnitsky, had fled to Russia amid an ongoing militia deployment in Luhansk triggered by power struggles between rival separatist militias. This unconfirmed

Redarc, Raytheon Anschütz position for Australian naval projects

Australian firm Redarc Electronics has signed an agreement with Germany's Raytheon Anschütz, a manufacturer and integrator of navigation and naval systems, to partner on future naval projects in Australia. In a statement on 21 November, Redarc said the memorandum of understanding

UK MoD has still not found full quote of savings

UK defence chiefs have still to identify GBP4 billion in efficiency savings two years after being set the target in the country's last strategic defence and security review in 2015. UK Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove said on 21 November that

US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

A US Navy Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service's 7th Fleet announced. The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier when the

USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

The US Air Force first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is now up and running on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the US Pacific Command announced on 21 November. Twelve aircraft and more than 300 personnel from the

Austal ceases trading before contract announcement

Australian naval shipbuilder Austal ceased trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on 22 November ahead of what it called an announcement about a government contract. “Austal Limited requests a trading halt in its securities pending an announcement in relation to a material government

Australia invests in supporting SME defence research projects

Australia has announced new investment to boost the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises in defence. The Australian Department of Defence said on 21 November that the funding will be worth AUD10 million over 10 years and is intended to “inspire and

EU must reconcile big stake spending ambitions with SME access

The eyes of Europe's defence industry are now focused on the European Union's preparations to launch the so-called 'capability window' of its European Defence Fund . The views of small and medium-sized enterprises in the sector, however -

PSM outlines workshare offer to support Czech Puma bid

Projekt System & Management GmbH , the joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, has offered the Czech Republic technology transfer, research and development assistance, and local production if the Puma infantry fighting vehicle is selected to meet Prague's

Redarc, Raytheon Anschütz position for Australian naval projects

Australian firm Redarc Electronics has signed an agreement with Germany's Raytheon Anschtz, a manufacturer and integrator of navigation and naval systems, to partner on future naval projects in Australia. In a statement on 21 November, Redarc said the memorandum of understanding

PT Palindo launches 110 m OPV for Indonesia's maritime security agency

Key Points Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country's maritime security co-ordination agency Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia's intention to have a stronger presence in the country's waters

China's DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

China's Dong Feng-41 intercontinental ballistic missile could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago. The