French defence and aerospace company Thales announced on 21 March that it had opened an ‘Engineering Competence Centre’ in Romanian capital Bucharest.
The new facility, which will serve all of the company’s markets, will contribute to its goal of employing more than 1,000 people
The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations.
The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that
The UN Security Council (UNSC) is due to visit Mali and Burkina Faso from 22 to 24 March 2019 as terrorist violence continues to spread in both countries. The mission will assess implementation of the northern Mali peace process, operationalisation of the G5-Sahel regional counter-terrorism force,
An hour-long exchange of small-arms fire on the Syrian-Iraqi border on 17 March between the Yekîneyên Berxwedana Şengalê (YBŞ), an ethnic Kurdish Yazidi militia affiliated to Kurdish separatist group the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK), and the
The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March.
The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) six Boeing E-3D
The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s .
These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against the militants popularly
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March.
The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late December 2018, and marked a major milestone for
Russia’s interests in CAR are advanced primarily by the deployment of private security companies, with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs relegated to a supporting role.
The duties of Russian security advisers have extended beyond military training into conducting mediation
QinetiQ North America has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for small unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) under the Common Robotic System (Individual) (CRS[I]) programme.
The seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract
The US Coast Guard (USCG) wants to get more ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) into the fleet and deploy the systems more quickly.
“ScanEagle is truly a game-changer for our crews,” Admiral Karl Schultz, USCG commandant, said on 21 March during his 2019 State Of The Coast Guard
The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant.
When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of
If US forces deployed to Europe to defend NATO allies, the Russian military would pose significant challenges but it wouldn’t be a showstopper, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joe Dunford.
During a 21 March appearance at the Atlantic Council, Gen Dunford fielded questions
European missile manufacturing consortium MBDA announced in its annual results that the firm’s order book had hit a record EUR17.4 billion (USD19.78 billion) following an absolute-terms increase of EUR600 million.
“This backlog is important as it provides us with important coverage and
European missile house MBDA completed the first firing trial of the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile at the Vidsel Test Range in Sweden last month, the company has disclosed.
Conducted in temperatures below -30°, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. MBDA said
The Philippines Department of National Defence (DND) has outlined a commitment to introduce additional reforms to improve the country’s military procurement processes.
The DND said the emphasis of new measures will be to enhance transparency and to enable acquisitions to be more responsive to
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is positioning its Bronco 3 to address the potential emerging requirements of current Bv206 users, according to Dominic Phoon, vice-president and product director of the Programme Management Office.
The Bronco 3 was specifically designed for
The New York National Guard (NYNG) is teaming up with the Brazilian military under the umbrella of the US National Guard’s State Partnership Programme.
As part of the partnership, which was signed on 14 March, a NYNG “bilateral relations office will be assigned to the US Embassy in
The US Coast Guard (USCG) National Security Cutter Bertholf (WMSL-750) has finished patrols in the East China Sea to help enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) intended to stop countries from avoiding North Korean sanctions through illegal ship-to-ship transfers.
WATCH FOR: Roadblocks and violent street demonstrations outside Popayán during an indigenous protest into the weekend of 23–24 March
Risk analysis: On 19 March, Colombian police reported that unidentified gunmen, suspected to be from FARC dissident rebel groups,
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by Yemen’s Ansar Allah rebel group (popularly known as the Houthis) has penetrated more than 120 km into Saudi airspace to film a desalination plant on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast.
The confirmation of the flight came in the form of aerial
Jane’s OSINT snapshots are brief analyses of recent national security-related news using lesser-visited online sources. Jack Barclay reports on Telegram discussions indicating interest in establishing a basic tactical communications network.
On 18 February 2019, a member of a pro-Islamic
Russia appears to be moving additional air and naval assets into Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, giving its military commanders more options in the theatre.
A Project 636.3 ‘Kilo’-class diesel-electric submarine was seen transiting the Bosphorus form the Black Sea into the
On 31 March 2019, Ukraine will hold the first round of its presidential election, with 39 candidates running for the top office. With up to 15% of the 35.5 million voters effectively disenfranchised, the election is likely to favour candidates with strong nationalist platform and disadvantage
The Australian Army in partnership with the Defence Innovation Hub has awarded SYPAQ an innovation contract to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The Australian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 March that the Australian
Brazil 20 Mar 2019 President Bolsonaro sent to Congress a pension reform proposal for the military that could raise USD2.78 billion in government revenue in 10 years.
Guatemala - 18 Mar 2019: The National Police issued an arrest warrant against presidential candidate Thelma Aldana on
The Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are to have their service life extended by up to 10 years amid potential concerns about their future seaworthiness and capability.
According to a report on sustainment of the eight-ship class released on 18 March by the Australian National
BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft.
The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile
The joint French/UK Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme has successfully completed a milestone review intended to identify the most promising missile concepts and narrow down the list of potential technical solutions.
Work will now focus on further maturing the down-selected concepts
The European Commission announced on 19 March how it will spend the remaining balance of EUR525 million (almost USD600 million) from its three-year pilot European Defence Fund (EDF) for co-financing defence capability and research projects with the member states.
Ranging from precision strike
Rheinmetall Canada’s Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fired Thales 70 mm rockets during Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD) 2019 at Denel’s Overberg test range on 20 March.
The UGV, which is controlled by a single soldier through a
On 19 March, after holding the presidency since 1990, Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation effective 20 March.
Despite stepping down, Nursultan Nazarbayev is highly likely to retain decisive political influence in Kazakhstan in the one-year outlook. This retention of control is ensured by
The US Air Force is emphasising more small business contracting
The service wants more cutting-edge technologies to start in the USAF
The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing its small business contracting to spur innovation and get cutting-edge technologies to the field faster.
Turkey has successfully vertically test fired missiles for the locally developed short-range Hisar-A surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the Presidency of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) announced on 20 March.
“Hisar-A, during its first vertical firing test from a missile launching
With the proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget calling for a ramp-up in submarine funding, the service has awarded about USD2.5 billion in recent submarine programme contracts.
The largest deal is a USD2 billion contract modification awarded on 18 March to General Dynamics’
The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council.
Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisations: MRO Switzerland and RUAG International.
While continuing to bolster its traditional sea power, the USN is also moving towards the creation of a modern, more autonomous, surface force. Michael Fabey reports
The proposed US Navy (USN) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plan has set the service on a new surface-fleet course while trying to
Russia’s land force modernisation includes continuing development of advanced long-range air-defence systems. With the S-300P/V systems now more than 40 years old, Russia is bringing in to service its latest and most capable system yet. Jon Hawkes , Oscar Widlund, and Sunil Nair report
BAE Systems Australia has teamed with a domestic industry organisation to develop a system to enhance supply chain integration, the company announced on 18 March.
The approach will be tested on the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
On 15 March 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey would be making no “U-turns” in its purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, which he said would be received in July 2019. The US is likely to follow through with an arms embargo, including
Since March 2018, the Houthi movement has deployed UAVs with explosive payloads in increasingly sophisticated attacks in support of ground operations and to hit targets behind the front lines.
A 10 January 2019 UAV attack on a military base near Al Anad Air Base demonstrated that the
The Indian Army launched a 10-day training exercise with 17 African states on 18 March in a bid to expand its military and strategic reach across Africa.
Officials said the inaugural ‘Africa-India Filed Training Exercise - 2019’ (‘AFINDEX-19’), which was conducted at Pune,
South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced a series of initiatives to support the introduction of next-generation military technologies to boost the capabilities of the both country’s armed forces and its national defence industry.
The MND said on 18 March that the
The Indian Navy (IN) deployed its principal assets, including nuclear submarines and its sole aircraft carrier, to the northern Arabian Sea during its recent military stand-off with Pakistan to deter Islamabad from executing any ‘misadventure in the maritime domain'.
“The major combat
Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile
The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands
Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles to bolster the defence capabilities of the
Brazil - 19 Mar 2019: Brazilian mining company Vale reported that a local court had given authorisation for the company to resume operations at its Brucutu iron ore mine in Minas Gerais.
Colombia - 19 Mar 2019: In San Martín, Cesar, the national environmental licensing authority ANLA
Brazil - 19 Mar 2019: Media reported that the Brazilian government could consider offering logistic support to the US in case of a military intervention in Venezuela.
Colombia - 19 Mar 2019: In Mondomo, Cauca, suspected dissident Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)
Two Bombardier Global 6000 business jets have arrived in Turkey to be fitted with airborne stand-off jammers (Air SOJ) developed by Aselsan.
The Air SOJ, also known as the Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform Project, was launched by the Presidency of Defence
Qatar has received the first of its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Embassy in Doha disclosed on 20 March.
The first of 24 helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) was handed over during a formal delivery ceremony at Boeing’s Mesa production
The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options.
The decision to cancel the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) project,
The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed an undisclosed number of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland.
The deployment for NATO’s ‘Airborne Surveillance and Interception
The British Army has begun planning activities for the 2019 and 2020 iterations of its Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE), Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, commanding officer of the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), said at the SMi Future Soldier Technology conference in London in March.
The Brazilian Navy is taking measures to establish two new aviation squadrons to join its existing nine, Jane’s was told on 18 March.
One of the as-yet unnamed squadrons will be stood-up this year in dedicated facilities at the Brazilian Air Force’s Wing 9 in Belém in the northern
The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) multipurpose helicopter carrier.
The potential modernisation would improve key capabilities of the navy’s flagship vessel, including navigation and protection systems.
Brazil and the US signed an agreement that brings US space companies one step nearer to launching from Brazil
The companies are enticed by the fuel-efficiency savings from launching so close to the equator
Brazil and the US on 18 March signed a space technology safeguard agreement
At a time when China and Russia are racing ahead with hypersonic weapon development, the US Army is eyeing a USD1.2 billion investment over the next five years to begin prototype testing of one it can launch from the ground.
When the service delivered its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request
Some advocate fielding small quantities of customised, modular systems instead of common one-size-fits-all systems
The concept is meant to better equip armed forces amid constant technological advances
Many countries are modernising their armed forces with emerging
Qatar is planning to order 100 Altay main battle tanks, Turkish officials have revealed.
Ali İhsan Yavuz, the vice chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, told the media on 12 March that the order had been placed, saying the first 40 Altays will be delivered to Qatar
The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s .
“The development of a longer-range missile for the upgraded V-300 Polonez-M system is
The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development programme.
A USD17.2 million preliminary design
Romania has declared initial operational capability for its first 12 F-16s. During the ceremony at the 86th Air Force Base ‘Lieutenant Aviator Gheorghe Mociornita’ in Borcea on 14 March, Romanian Defence Minister Gabriel Leş said, “Today we are writing an important page in the
Elbit Systems has reported a 9% increase in revenues year on year in 2018, attributed to an uptick in the sales of land systems in Europe through both its existing business and that of the newly-acquired IMI, as well as a boost to its commercial avionics sales via its new US subsidiary.
As of 31
Ethiopia is operating at least one Russian-made Pantsyr-S1 short-range air defence system, local television news footage has revealed.
The system was displayed during an event marking Defense Force Day in February, but its presence only became apparent after Ethiopian television news coverage was
The US Army has laid out plans to spend USD228 million over the next three years to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme that will increase the reach of its artillery forces.
In fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget documents, the service broadly outlines plans to move forward with a
The Pentagon on 18 March delivered a list of all US military construction (MILCON) projects that were not under contract at the start of the year to lawmakers after repeated requests from Congress for the Department of Defence (DoD) to disclose projects that have been had funds removed in order to
Airbus Helicopters and Hensoldt have entered into a long-term framework agreement covering the supply of a missile protection capability for a range of Airbus Helicopters’ military platforms.
Signed at the end of 2018, the agreement covers an initial 10-year period during which orders can be
Curtiss-Wright announced on 18 March that it had completed the acquisition of Tactical Communications Group (TCG) in a USD50 million cash deal.
TCG will be incorporated into Curtiss-Wright’s defence business line, which will benefit from adding TCG’s tactical datalink software
Sikorsky and Helibras have created new ways to improve airworthiness rates in the Amazon
These include improved contracting methods and quick-change assembly modules
Military helicopter manufacturers Sikorsky and Helibras have developed new ways to improve airworthiness rates in the
The UK government has drawn together representatives from the across the nation’s defence aerospace industry to engage on the Tempest future fighter and other aspects of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS).
The event, held at Farnborough on 19 March, was the first time that companies
Gambian President Adama Barrow sacked Vice-President Ousainou Darboe and two senior ministers on 15 March without explanation. Darboe, Minister of Commerce Amadou Sanneh, and Minister of Agriculture Lamin Jobe were all members of the United Democratic Party (UDP), which now has no ministers in
Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds announced on 18