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Following the escalation of trade disputes and the US decision to place Huawei on the “Entity List”, Chinese state media, through various channels, have strengthened criticism against the US, contrasting the positive atmosphere in early 2018. Foreign Affairs Minister and State Councillor
Bell completed its final V-280 key performance parameter testing by demonstrating low-speed agility manoeuvres
This demonstrates the aircraft’s agility beyond a minimum US Army standard
In early May, Bell completed its final V-280 Valor tiltrotor key performance parameter (KPP)
Turkish state-owned defence technology, engineering, and trade company STM has delivered close to 150 Kargu rotary-wing loitering munitions to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) so far and has also operated more than 20 Kargus together in a swarm, according to Murat İkinci, general manager of STM.
The US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a delivery order for additional Joint Threat Emitter units
This includes delivery of eight wideband variants, which simulate a greater set of threats than the baseline version
The US Air Force (USAF) in May awarded Northrop Grumman a USD46
The number of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) fighters operating in Afghanistan may have increased fivefold within a year, according to a 17 May report to the US Congress by the Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States’ Operation ‘Freedom’s Sentinel’.
Sweden has engaged in high-level talks with the UK regarding future co-operation on the Tempest next-generation fighter programme, while any potential involvement in the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) appears to be off the table, according to comments made by the country’s
Increased naval capability will strengthen Sweden’s deterrent posture, according to Defence Commission
The Commission’s report recommends augmentations to the Swedish navy’s surface ship, submarine, mine warfare, helicopter, and amphibious capabilities
The Bulgarian Parliament has approved changes in the Defence and Armed Forces law to enable the establishment of a Joint Special Operations Command. It will be directly subordinated to the Chief of Defence of the Bulgarian armed forces, General Andrey Botsev, and will include the existing 68th
Delivery of France’s first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance – ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now expected by the end of the year.
US Army leaders will meet with industry in mid-June to layout their plans for developing a host of new technologies including hypersonic and directed-energy weapons, as well as space technologies in efforts to better compete with Russia and China, while also streamlining competing development
Hellenic Air Force fighters launched two preliminary flights over North Macedonia on 21 May in anticipation of the announced patrolling of that country᾿s airspace once it joins NATO as its 30th member in 2020.
The purpose of the flights, carried out each time by a pair of F-16s flying out of
The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a decade-long hiatus.
The aircraft, which bears the
Yemen’s Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel group denied that it carried out a ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia on 20 May.
In a statement posted on its website, the group said its armed forces “did not carry out any military operation towards Saudi territory after the operation of 9
The US Navy (USN) has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to develop a new towed offboard radio frequency (RF) countermeasures system to protect F/A-18E/F Super Hornet helicopters against RF threat radars.
Known as the Dual Band Decoy, the new countermeasure is intended to serve
Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight
This enables the company to start flight tests towards a critical Milestone C decision
The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), which the company is developing for the US Air Force (USAF), made its first
On 16 May Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced that a mountain infantry battalion will be created in Nowy Sącz.
The 400-strong unit will be subordinated to the 21st Podhale Rifles Brigade, which next year will become the backbone of Poland’s contribution
The Indian Navy (IN) has carried out its first successful “co-operative engagement firing” trials using the Medium-range Surface-to Air-Missile (MRSAM) version of the Barak-8 missile system.
IN Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers INS Kochi (D 64) and INS Chennai (D 65) were involved
The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future hydrographic and diving support vessel has arrived in New Zealand following a 46 day-long journey from Denmark.
The service announced in mid-May that the 84.7 m-long vessel, which will be known as HMNZS Manawanui once commissioned, sailed
Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, Elliniki
The Italian Navy has outlined the development roadmap for a four-country EU initiative to deliver a deployable maritime security ‘system of systems’ incorporating multiple unmanned platforms and sensors.
Intended to safeguard vessels and critical infrastructure in littoral environments
On Sunday (19 May), several hundred Cancún residents demonstrated in front of the Municipal Palace over the increase in homicides in Quintana Roo state. In 2019, a series of public shootings in Solidaridad municipality, which includes tourist hotspot Playa del Carmen, resulted in a 137%
South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) resumed trading on the Korean stock exchange on 21 May following a three-month suspension because of capital erosion linked to its ailing subsidiary in the Philippines.
The company, which is headquartered in Busan, said it is
A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs.
Official sources told Jane’s that the IA-led group, which also
The Indian Army (IA) is planning to launch the Young Leaders Course (YLC) to annually instruct 400 enlisted soldiers into becoming officers.
IA sources told Jane’s that the five months-long YLC, which will start in September and be run by the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai,
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has issued a tender to procure a second batch of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), it has been confirmed to Jane’s .
The programme – the Maritime Operation Helicopter
Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter achieved first flight, a significant milestone
This allows the company to start flight tests towards a critical Milestone C decision
The Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) the company is developing for the US Air Force (USAF)
The US Navy awarded Sikorsky a contract to build 12 King Stallion helicopters
This is for LRIP lots 2–3, which will start deliveries in 2022
The US Navy (USN) on 17 May awarded Sikorsky a USD1.1 billion contract to build 12 production US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53K King Stallion
The two-day trade show will be held on 29 -30 May at the EY Centre, located at 4899 Uplands Drive in Ottawa.
This page will be covering as every year since 2014, news live from the show.
As a number of non-binding expressions of interest are made for the respective engine and aircraft divisions of Italy’s Piaggio Aerospace, the Italian government has claimed that it will work to prevent break-up of the OEM.
Financial difficulties led to the company entering special
The Russian Ministry of Defence unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the opposition-held Idlib pocket on 19 May. This followed a limited advance by government forces into northern Hama province in recent weeks, in which the government captured the town of Kafr Nabouda and neighbouring villages,
One of the major churches in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, Christ the King Catholic Church, located next to the Office of the President on Liberation Road, on 19 May announced that it has banned backpacks as part of new directives to increase security. The announcement follows warnings by Think
The Edjer Yalçin and NMS (Yörük) protected mobility vehicles were displayed among Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks and other equipment due to enter service with Hungary at the Hungarian National Defence Day events held at Budaörs Airport on 18 May.
The vehicles were displayed in
At a time when the Pentagon is wading deeper into the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) research arenas, the US Army is asking to harness the two as it develops new expeditionary manoeuvre, air, and ground reconnaissance technologies.
In early May, the service announced that it
On 17 May, German officials informed NATO that the country has increased its defence budget by more than EUR5 billion (USD5.6 billion) to EUR47.32 billion in 2019. The German government also announced that it would increase its defence budget to EUR49.67 billion in 2020. The 2019 figure raises
Technical problems have delayed the entry into service of the Russian Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack/cruise missile submarine (SSN/SSGN) until late in 2020 at the earliest, according to Russian state news agency TASS on 17 May.
TASS reported that auxiliary systems on the Project 885M
Jane’s OSINT snapshots are brief analyses of recent national security-related news using lesser-visited online sources. Jack Barclay examines the salient features in an updated Telegram user guide for Islamist militants.
Islamist extremists on social media are being warned to improve their
Airbus has emerged as the newest potential buyer for Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as new CEO Guillaume Faury expresses interest in acquiring the A220 wing production site.
Bombardier announced in early May that it was seeking to divest its facilities in both Northern
The first of two corvettes on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN) has been launched at the facilities of Dutch shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania.
The service announced on its Facebook page that the vessel, which had been previously described as an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), entered the water on
Lockheed Martin has begun building a new 225,000 ft² facility for the production of strike weapons in Troy, Alabama, that will be used to fulfil US Air Force requirements for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system.
The facility will, alongside the
The delivery of all 12 Sukhoi Su-30K fighters ordered by Angola has been completed, the Tass news agency reported on 16 May.
It cited an official from Belarus’ 558th Aviation Repair Plant, which modernised the aircraft, as saying the last two aircraft were delivered in April.
India has delivered the first two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities.
Purchased from Belarus, the two Mi-24s were
Norway is set to write-off the damaged Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after a report found that repairing the salvaged ship would cost more than buying a new-build replacement.
Released on 15 May, the analysis prepared by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (Forsvarsmateriell)
The US Department of State has approved a possible USD313.9 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to South Korea of a further batch of Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Medium Range (SM-2MR) Block IIIB (RIM-66M-5) surface-to-air missiles along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security
Simulation and training firm CAE, which is known mostly for its aerospace work, expects naval offerings to help increase its share of growing international demand for integrated defence training services.
CEO Marc Parent said in a conference call with analysts on 17 May that “the market is
The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a
Siemens premiered its new generation of modular scalable permanent magnet submarine propulsion motors at the Underwater Defence Technology (UDT) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm.
To provide solutions across a wider range of applications, Siemens is evolving its Permasyn permanent magnet compact
Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem has developed and tested two laser systems that could potentially be deployed by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).
Both systems use a continuous wave laser and operate in the 1,070 nm (±10 nm) wavelength. A spokesperson declined to confirm the Technology
Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has asked for more workshare responsibilities in its contract for a second batch of Nagapasa-class submarines with South Korea, and harbours ambitions to one day export the vessel type. Ridzwan Rahmat reports
On 12 April Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD)
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a new policy to allow domestic defence companies to self-certify the quality of products that it supplies to the Indian armed forces.
The move is an apparent response from the MoD to address growing concerns about the quality of indigenously produced
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has shifted ownership of shipbuilding subsidiary AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine (AZM) from one affiliated company to another in line with industrial streamlining efforts.
The AVIC International Maritime Holdings (AVIC Marine) division said on 17 May
A combined US-Croatia research and development (R&D) programme is assessing the use of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to monitor and potentially alter navigational positioning of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The concept is based on using USVs to navigate a UUV to a target, such as a
Suspected militant Islamist gunmen killed six people, including a priest, during a raid on a Catholic church in the town of Dablo in Burkina Faso’s Centre-Nord region on 12 May. Local officials stated that after opening fire on the congregation, the suspected militants set fire to the church
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
BAE Systems named Tom Arseneault president of its US business, the company announced on 16 May, in a move that sees Jerry DeMuro leave the role, but continue to serve as CEO of BAE Systems, Inc.
Arseneault currently serves as chief operating officer to the company and will also retain that role.
Raytheon performed a setup and demonstration of its JPALS expeditionary variant for the first time during the week of 6 May
The company eventually wants to demonstrate the system with multiple runways and multiple approaches
Raytheon demonstrated, for the first time, a complete setup
The Turkish Ministry of Defence (MoD) received 20 Hizir armoured border surveillance vehicles on 16 May. The vehicles were produced by privately-owned company Katmerciler as part of a project 75% funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance and 25% by Turkey to
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced on 14 May the launch of an open-source software framework named Stone Soup, which is intended to help improve military tracking technology.
The new software framework will allow the algorithms used in missiles, vehicles, or
The US military has announced that an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot air defence battery are being sent to the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility, but President Donald Trump has dismissed reports that 120,000 troops could be deployed.
"I think it's fake news,” Trump
Lockheed Martin announced on 16 May that it had started construction of a new manufacturing facility at its Pike County Operations site in Troy, Alabama.
The 225,000 square-foot plant, which is expected to be completed in 2021, will house production of the company’s Joint Air-to-Surface
Sweden’s naval chief has spelled out his ambitions for the future fleet as the government weighs its priorities for the forthcoming 2021-2025 defence bill.
Speaking at the UDT Europe conference in Stockholm on 13 May, Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, chief of navy, said he wanted to see the Royal
On 15 May, the US State Department ordered its non-emergency staff to evacuate its embassy and consular facilities in Baghdad and Erbil in response to intelligence of a threat to US forces. Saudi news site al-Arabiyya also alleged that Exxon Mobil was evacuating engineers from West Qurna, Basra,
The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) system based on the