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Coalition investigation concludes IS lured airstrike against civilians

The US-led coalition fighting confirmed on 25 May that over 100 civilians were killed when it bombed a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul on 17 March, but blamed the Islamic State fighters who had rigged it with explosives and were using it as a sniper position. Brigadier General Matthew Isler,

South Africa releases defence industry strategy

The South African Department of Defence has released for comment a draft defence industry strategy that flows from the Defence Review of 2015. The strategy has been drafted by the National Defence Industry Council that was established in March 2016 in terms of recommendations made by the

Astana agreement plan facilitates Syrian government push to secure Iraqi border crossings, a key Iranian objective

Key Points IHS Markit data shows a significant reduction in the level of fighting in the four areas designated as de-escalation zones, but an increase in fighting in eastern provinces bordering Iraq. Despite the Astana de-escalation plan, a political settlement to end the war remains very

Indian Ka-226T production to nearly double unit price

The unit cost of 140 Russian Kamov Ka-226T 'Hoodlum' light multirole helicopters that India plans on building indigenously for its military is nearly double that of 60 similar platforms it proposes to acquire alongside in flyaway condition. Industry officials estimate the cost of each

QinetiQ posts rapid rise in operating profit

British defence research and technology company QinetiQ published its preliminary financial results for 2017 on 25 May, showing operating profit of GBP132.7 million , a rise of 76.2% year on year. The company's revenue also rose to GBP783.1 million, although this growth of

Turbomeca Africa to close

Safran Helicopter Engines has decided to wind up its 51% held South African company, Turbomeca Africa, with effect from June. The decision is based on projections of reduced demand for helicopter engines coupled with a reduced demand for helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and

US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

The US Navy has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System onto the combat aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which was announced by

Wreckage of missing Indian Su-30MKI found near Chinese border

The Indian Air Force has found the wreckage of the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter that went missing in northeastern India with two pilots on board on 23 May while on a routine training flight. The wreckage was located by a search party in thick forests around 60 km north of Tezpur Air

BAE Systems wins contract to upgrade maritime SATCOM terminals for RAN

BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a four-year AUD30 million contract to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy's maritime satellite communications terminals. The upgrade, which will focus on the maritime element of the Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System

Indra appoints new head of defence

Indra has announced a new head of its defence and security division as part of a general restructuring at the 20% state-owned Spanish IT and systems group. Manuel Escalante, who will continue the new job with his former role as head of the cybersecurity unit, was confirmed as the division's

NATO summit: Invoking the fight against terrorism, Trump demands more money from allies

Invoking the bomb attack in Manchester and the implacable need to fight terrorism, US president Donald Trump upbraided most of NATO's European nations for "not paying what they should be paying" as they all headed into their first meeting with the US leader on 25 May. "The attack on

Denmark orders 15 mortar systems for its Piranha 5s

Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization signed a USD15.3 million contract with Austrian company ESL Advanced Information Technology on 18 May for the delivery of 15 automatic floor-mounted 120 mm heavy mortar systems (with an option for an additional six systems at

IRGC commander says third underground missile production facility completed

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, said on 25 May that a third underground missile factory has been built in recent years, the Fars News Agency reported. Brig Gen Hajizadeh also said that the force is working on a

Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows

Raytheon wins out for LCS variable depth sonar

Key Points The new variable depth sonar system will form part of the ASW escort mission module to equip USN LCSs A full pre-production test article is expected to complete in late 2018 Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been selected to provide a new variable depth sonar system to form

Algeria confirms PLZ45 acquisition

The Algerian military confirmed on 22 May that it has taken delivery of Chinese-made 155 mm PLZ45 self-propelled howitzers when it released imagery showing them being used during an exercise. A photograph and video of six PLZ45s firing were released during a visit by chief-of staff Lieutenant

Allies agree to issue annual progress reports on their defence spending

Bowing to US pressure, the 27 other NATO allies agreed at their mini-summit in Brussels on 25 May to issue annual reports on each nation's progress towards achieving NATO's defence spending guideline of 2% of GDP by 2024. The move comes at the firm insistence of US president Donald Trump and will

NATO summit: Invoking the fight against terrorism, Trump demands more money from allies

Invoking the bomb attack in Manchester and the implacable need to fight terrorism, US president Donald Trump upbraided most of NATO's European nations for "not paying what they should be paying" as all headed into their first meeting with the US leader on 25 May. "The attack on

Pentagon budget 2018: MDA to procure, upgrade THAAD to address global threats

Key Points MDA request will fund procurement of 34 THAAD interceptors in FY 2018 MDA is also seeking funding to keep SBX on-station up to 330 days Concerns with North Korea's ongoing efforts to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States and the potential for Iran

Philippine restarts maritime patrol aircraft acquisition programme

The Philippine Department of National Defense has invited bids for a PHP5.976 billion contest to supply the country's air force with two new maritime patrol aircraft. The platforms, which are being acquired under the programme formally known as the Long Range Patrol Aircraft

Philippines, Russia sign defence co-operation agreement

Russia and the Philippines have signed a defence co-operation agreement that boosts security ties between the two countries and paves the way for Russian exports to the southeast Asian country. The Philippine government said on 25 May that the DCA, which was signed one day earlier in Moscow,

Singapore Army's commando VSV breaks cover

Although its existence was officially announced as far back as 2009, the Singapore Army's Very Slender Vessel finally made its debut public appearance as a static exhibit at its Army Open House 2017 event that is being held from 27 May to 28 May. According to army specifications, the VSV is a

Singapore debuts F-15SG fighters in naval exercise with India

Key Points Singapore has introduced F-15SG aircraft into an annual naval exercise with the Indian Navy Besides enhancing anti-air warfare scenarios, the introduction will further boost military interoperability between the two countries In a bid to increase the complexity of an annual bilateral

South Korea to introduce defence anti-corruption policy

A policy planning committee set up by new South Korean president Moon Jae-in is reportedly looking at ways to eradicate corruption within the country's defence industry. In a press conference in Seoul on 23 May, Kim Jin-pyo, the chief of the presidential policy planning advisory panel, said

US Air Force could substantially increase B-21 buy

Key Points The US Air Force could increase its B-21 buy from between 80 and 100 to as many as 145 aircraft This could increase the cost of the total buy between roughly USD23 billion and USD33 billion in 2010 dollars The US Air Force could boost its recommended B-21 Raider Long-Range

Marawi siege raises terrorism, civil war risks; Philippine president's declaration of martial law heightens risks across Mindanao

Key Points Severe fighting between insurgents and security forces in Marawi City is likely to persist for up to two weeks, as the militants have taken hostages, and security forces have blocked exit routes. President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to declare martial law is likely to increase the risk

Pentagon budget 2018: US Army boosts WIN-T Inc 2 procurement

Key Points The US Army realigns Inc 1 funding to TNT-MIS US Army request for WIN-T Inc 2 increases funding by 44% The US Army is requesting USD479.48 million in its fiscal year 2018 budget for procurement of 877 Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2

Pentagon budget 2018: US Army seeks an anti-armour, maritime ATACMS missile

US Army's fiscal year 2018 budget request outlines USD10 million in renewed funding for the Army Tactical Missile System Block II missile development programme to add moving ground and maritime targets for the munition. The budget request, released on 23 May, asks Congress to

USAF increases use of air power in Afghanistan

The US Air Force stepped up air power in Afghanistan in April, releasing more ordnance than in any other month since August 2012, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command . The figures show that USAF aircraft released a total of 460 weapons in April as

Arrest of Manchester attacker's brother in Tripoli confirms Libya's role as hub for Islamic State's external operations

EVENT On 24 May, in Tripoli members of the Rada Special Deterrence Force arrested the brother and father of Salman Abedi, identified by UK security services as the perpetrator of the 22 May Manchester suicide improvised explosive device attack, which killed 22 people and wounded 59, and was

Chess Dynamics promotes MD ahead of US push

UK electro-optical systems specialist Chess Dynamics has announced that its managing director Graham Beall has been appointed CEO of partner company Chess Technologies. The appointment was announced on 25 May. In a statement, Chess Technologies chairman Jeff Perrin said,

Jakarta suicide attack underlines developing capability of Islamic State militants in Indonesia and targeting of security forces

EVENT At least three police officers were killed in a twin suicide attack at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta on 24 May. At least 10 other people - including five policemen and five civilians- were also wounded in the attack. A police spokesperson said that preliminary

Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery round

Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km. Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during

Gerald R Ford heads to acceptance trials, prepares for delivery

The US Navy's first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford departed Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia and is under way for acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspections and Survey for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command

US Congress launches new probe into Kenyan AT-802L deal

The sale to Kenya of 12 armed L3 Technologies-Air Tractor AT-802L intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and light attack turboprops is being investigated by the US Congressional Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, it was disclosed earlier in May. In a letter addressed to

Algeria commissions second Meko frigate

Algeria commissioned the second of its two new A-200 MEKO frigates on 24 May in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who serves as both the chief-of-staff of the military and deputy defence minister. The two frigates were built in Kiel by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems ,

BMT signs framework agreement to support Norwegian submarine acquisition

Key Points BMT will provide initial support to the NDMA over a two-year period, with an option to extend to five Norway plans to replace its six Ula-class submarines with four new Type 212NG boats UK-based naval design and systems engineering group BMT Defence Services has been contracted by the

India to abolish foreign investment regulator

The Indian government has approved the abolishment of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and will instead allow ministries to process foreign direct investment proposals themselves. A government statement on 24 May said that the Cabinet has given its approval to the phasing

Exercise 'Formidable Shield' to test SMART-L's BMD capabilities

International maritime exercise 'Formidable Shield', to be held in the Hebrides this October, will be used to test NATO's theatre ballistic missile defence capabilities. During the exercise the Royal Netherlands Navy air defence and command frigate HNLMS De Ruyter , fitted with a

Indela Design Bureau develops VTOL UCAV

Indela Design Bureau of Belarus has developed a combat-and-reconnaissance variant of its I.N.Sky vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle that it displayed at this month's MILEX 2017 defence exhibition in Minsk. Called the Bur, the unmanned combat air vehicle is

Saab Grintek reveals BattleTek 5

Saab has launched BattleTek 5, the latest, immersive version of its command and staff training system at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference in Rotterdam. Developed by Saab's South African subsidiary, Saab Grintek Defence , BattleTek was first fielded about 20 years

Analysis: Netherlands light tactical vehicle procurement

Key Points Requirement calls for five vehicle types New vehicles will replace Mercedes-Benz G-Class platforms The Dutch Ministry of Defence's requirement for a new light tactical vehicle with a 12 kN capacity and protection option will replace the Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles that were

India to abolish foreign investment regulator

The Indian government has approved the abolishment of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and will instead allow ministries to process foreign direct investment proposals themselves. A government statement on 24 May said that the Cabinet “has given its approval to the phasing

MD Helicopters wins USD76 million contract to support Afghanistan's MD 530F helo fleet

MD Helicopters has secured a USD76.7 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to provide logistics support to the Afghan Air Force's fleet of MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, and Afghanistan, with

Belarus develops new lightweight rocket launcher

Belarusian company BSVT-VV is developing a new multipurpose rocket launcher called the MM-60, a representative of the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk. "Having analysed recent conflicts, the world market, and potential customers' requirements, we have decided that a

Boeing wins DARPA XS-1 Phase 2/3 competition

Key Points Boeing wins widely anticipated DARPA space contract Goal is to develop a reusable spaceplane that can eventually launch 10 times in 10 days Boeing on 24 May beat Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems to complete advanced design work for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects

DoE requests to terminate MOX nuclear disposition programme, again

The US Department of Energy has once again requested that Congress terminate a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility . The MFFF has strong backing among South Carolina's congressional delegation and has survived

Pentagon budget 2018: MDA budget reflects need to counter advanced threats

Key Points MDA will complete acquisition and deployment of all 44 GBIs by end of 2017 The agency is seeking funds to begin efforts to counter hypersonic weapon threats The US Missile Defense Agency is seeking USD7.9 billion in its fiscal year 2018 budget request, which includes

Pentagon budget 2018: MPF tank concepts rolls forward with USD36 million

The US Army has requested USD36.242 million in fiscal year 2018 for its Mobile Protected Firepower platform that it hopes can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower - likely via a light- to medium-tank - to ensure the infantry's

Portugal to host major NATO IT training facility

Portugal will host the newly created NATO Communications and Information Academy: a major training organisation within the NATO Communications and Information Agency . Construction of a high-technology, fully secure 13,000 m 2 facility, set to be completed in October 2018, began on