The Jamaican Government has ordered several Thales’s Coast Watcher 100 coastal surveillance systems to strengthen its capabilities.
Under the USD30 million contract, the company will supply the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) with a turnkey system built around several Coast Watcher 100 radars,
Saab announced on 11 April that it has been awarded a SEK168 million (USD18.1 million) contract to supply the Australian Army (AA) with ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf M4 84 mm multipurpose weapon systems ordered by the service in September 2018.
“We are happy to see that the Australian Army
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down on 11 April. This follows the fifth consecutive day of a sit-in demonstration involving thousands of protesters outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, which aimed to solicit the support of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF)
Israel’s Elbit Systems announced on 11 April that it has been awarded a USD30 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of 120 mm Stylet Guided Mortar Munitions (GMMs) to a country in the Asia-Pacific region.
The contract for these GMMs, which have been designed for use by tactical
Despite the announced defeat of the Islamic State’s governance project in Syria in March 2019, IHS Markit continues to record almost daily Islamic State attacks against security forces in the Homs desert. According to local social media sources, around 2,500–3,000 Islamic State fighters
Small-arms fighting reportedly killed up to 27 people in Ethiopia’s Amhara region’s North Shewa and Oromia zones during 5–7 April, closing the main road between the capital Addis Ababa and Dessie city (South Wollo zone) and prompting federal security forces to intervene. Amhara
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is scheduled to take delivery in August of the first four of 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters it had ordered in September 2015 for INR139.5 billion (USD2.02 billion).
Boeing sources told Jane’s on 11 April that the twin-engined helicopters will be
New Arquus Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were seen during a military parade marking Senegal’s 59th anniversary of independence on 4 April.
A total of 29 Bastions took part in the event and were described by an official military commentator as being new acquisitions, bought with
India and Russia aim to extend the range of their jointly developed BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile from 400 km to 500 km, an official from the joint venture (JV) responsible for producing the weapon system told Jane’s on 10 April.
“We have already demonstrated the
Argentina – 08 Apr 2019: A group of non-governmental organisations filed legal action at the Supreme Court against the undertaking of fracking operations in Mendoza province because of environmental concerns.
Brazil – 10 Apr 2019: A Datafolha institute poll showed that 51% of
Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) to unveil the Smart and Seamless Command and Control (S2C2) battle management software.
According to Thales officials, the S2C2 software is designed to support special operations small unit teams and continues to be
Colombia – 09 Apr 2019: United States-based mining multinational Drummond condemned death threats made against union activists at its Colombian mines.
Jamaica – 10 Apr 2019: Jamaica’s Constabulary Force stated that there had been 359 murders nationwide between 1 January
Rheinmetall Canada has secured an in-service support (ISS) contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) for the Canadian Army’s Land C4ISR (LC4ISR) programme.
Under the five-year CAD57 million (USD42.2 million) contract, the company will provide the Canadian Army with a
The UK Royal Navy (RN) has secured a GBP75 million (USD98 million) injection from the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Transformation Fund to advance initiatives intended to ‘mainstream’ the introduction of autonomous technologies into the fleet, and bring forward the
BAE Systems has outlined Indian industrial outsourcing as one of its ‘strategic imperatives’ for 2019
Supply chain opportunities have been driven by offsets but supported by improving Indian industrial capability
BAE Systems held an event in New Delhi on 10 April to boost
Indonesian land systems specialist PT Pindad has inaugurated a munitions production complex in Turen, East Java, the company said on 10 April.
PT Pindad said the new facilities will help it increase capacity to meet expanding demand from domestic and international customers.
The complex houses
The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded Saab a contract for the production of multispectral static camouflage systems.
Under the contract, Saab will deliver to the Canadian Army a customer-specific woodland version of the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Screen (ULCAS), the
US information services group CACI has secured a five-year USD71 million task order to provide support to the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO).
Under the contract, CACI will provide sensor systems acquisition services, such as engineering, quality assurance, logistics, testing, and
The US Navy (USN) has contracted Northrop Grumman to build and deliver a further 24 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.
The contract, announced on 10 April, covers lots 7–11 of the full-rate production run and is valued at USD3.17 billion. Work is
The British Army is seeking to expand its use of synthetic resources to simulate scarce assets during live training, a task currently provided by Cubic’s Synthetic Wrap (SW) as part of Project Micro-SCOPIC. Cubic was awarded a contract for this in 2016, and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has
The Piranha 5 armed with the Elbit UT30MK2 remote controlled weapon station with a 30 mm cannon has completed static and dynamic tests, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced in a 9 April press release.
The company added that the UT30MK2 exceeded customer requirements and that
The Bundeswehr placed an order with Rheinmetall for 32,000 DM121 155 mm high explosive artillery shells for the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzer, the German company announced in a press release on 8 April.
The order is worth EUR109 million (USD122.8 million) and includes an option
The US Department of State has approved a possible USD1.15 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles and related equipment and services to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a 9 April statement.
Tokyo had requested to buy up to
Chinese media have reported that a prototype laser weapon is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
An article published on 5 April on the Sina news website contains several screengrabs taken from footage broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) showing a trainable
The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded Brisbane-based company L3-Micreo a contract to manufacture and deliver more than 14,000 additional Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
Minister for Defence
Saudi Arabia has received an initial batch of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), Russia’s Interfax news agency cited an informed source as saying on 10 April.
On the previous day photographs began circulating on social media channels that purportedly showed a TOS-1A in Saudi
On Monday (8 April), Colombia’s lower house, the House of Representatives, rejected by 110 votes to 44 a series of government-proposed amendments to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz: JEP). JEP establishes the legal framework for the transitional
Switzerland has started the latest phase of its Air2030 fighter aircraft procurement programme after it began flight and ground tests on the five bidders’ platforms on 8 April.
The test programme will involve the aircraft conducting eight missions with one or two aircraft in order to evaluate
Two United States senators have introduced new bipartisan measures to address what they deem to be wrongful detentions of American citizens by the Turkish government, which closely follows further commitment by Turkish President Recep Erdogan to a contentious acquisition of a Russian air-defence
Trump administration faces scrutiny following AG’s Mueller report summary
On 3 April, US media reports cited anonymous sources within the investigative team led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as saying that the investigation’s report was more damaging than had been suggested by
The United States designated the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as a terrorist organisation on 8 April. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the entire political class showed their support for the IRGC, with Rouhani threatening to mass produce IR8 advanced centrifuges.
In the unlikely event that
The construction of a technical institute that will provide specialist training for Qatar Armed Forces personnel was inaugurated during a ceremony in Doha on 10 April, the Qatari Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems announced.
“The new institute will use the latest technology and training
During a press conference in Washington, DC, on 4 April, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s new president, Felix Tshisekedi, declared he would “dismantle the dictatorial system that was [previously] in place” and called for US support in this. On 5 April, DRC’s new class of
The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) will mean that Egypt will be punished if it buys Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighters from Russia, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We’ve made clear that, if those systems were to be purchased, statute
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has grounded its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters after one of the aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on 9 April.
The incident marks the first crash of an operational F-35A in the
Argentina - 09 Apr 2019: Former economy minister Roberto Lavagna, who is considering a run for the presidency, spoke in favour or renegotiating Argentina’s debt payments, stating that the country currently needed to pay USD43 billion in 2020.
Brazil - 09 Apr 2019: Economy minister
Colombia - 09 Apr 2019: In Cauca, indigenous leaders did not rule out restarting roadblocks on the Pan-American Highway to pressure the government into meeting previously agreed social investment commitments.
Ecuador - 09 Apr 2019: The national labour union FUT called for a national
The Brazilian privately owned company AEQ is in the final phase of completing the development of its BPEN 2000 air-launched ground penetration bomb for use by tactical combat aircraft.
The development, which was initiated in early 2017 is scheduled to be complete in six months, the company told
Serbian government officials have announced an increase in the country’s defence equipment exports for 2018.
According to local media reports, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said the country’s exports had increased from USD570 million in 2017 to USD897 million in 2018, primarily
Spending on robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) will be higher than previously announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, responsible for RAS in the British Army, told the SMi’s Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference in London on 3–4
Lockheed Martin representatives have revealed plans to expand the company’s presence in Central Europe.
Lockheed Martin’s executive vice-president Richard Edwards and vice-president Europe & Americas Jonathan Hoyle said on 5 April that the company is in discussions with
Japan’s IHI Corporation said on 9 April that it found more than 7,000 cases of “improper” engine inspections in the process of making related components for commercial and military engines in the two years through to January 2019.
The development takes the number of confirmed
The US Navy (USN) has deployed an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Stethem (63) and a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to assist in the Japanese-led search for a missing Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) pilot.
The pilot was in the stricken F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced a new project to introduce blockchain technologies into defence business processes including procurement.
DAPA said on 10 April that the project is aimed at developing a “defence business platform” that
Iraq added an additional six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons to its inventory on 6 April.
The aircraft were received during a ceremony held at the Balad Air Base, attended by the commander of the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) Lieutenant General Hama Ameen.
Iraq already has 21 F-16s, comprising 18
Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL will launch the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) on 11 April.
According to details provided in an invitation card of the event that was forwarded to Jane’s , the vessel, Alugoro (405), will be
Naval Group has subcontracted MTU Friedrichshafen to supply the Diesel Generator Rectifier (DGR) for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Attack-class submarine.
The DGR is used to turn mechanised energy into electricity, and MTU will work with partner Penske Power Systems Australia during the
Estonia has received the last of 44 CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands, the Baltic News Service reported on 1 April.
The vehicles were delivered following an extensive maintenance and refurbishment programme conducted in the Netherlands, and will be supported in Estonian
The US Army is to begin full-rate production (FRP) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), with a pre-solicitation issued by the service on 9 April.
The notification issued by the US Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA) covers the acquisition of a maximum quantity of 3,000
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to receive its first Mil Mi-38T utility helicopter by June, a spokesperson from Rostec’s Russian Helicopters told Jane’s .
“In accordance with the terms of the contract, the first Mi-38T helicopter will have been delivered to the
The command of the 2nd Naval District (Com2°DN) of the Brazilian Navy recently awarded a BRL3 million (USD776,148) contract to Brazilian armoured multi-mission fast craft specialist DGS Defense to buy two more DGS 888 Raptor Mk2 ballistic-armoured multi-purpose fast boats.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (: BAAINBw) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced on 5 and 8 April, respectively, that they had signed a EUR300 million
In March, China renewed claims regarding its development of powerful new ‘terahertz’ radar technology for ground-based air defence. Although the claims could not be substantiated, some experts believe the technology is feasible, albeit more so for smaller force protection applications.
French company Technamm unveiled two of its latest designs – the Masstech Barkhane and the Masstech Armure – at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, south of Bordeaux, on 2–4 April.
Specialised in modifying and
India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has revealed additional details about the successful test-firing on 27 March of its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile that destroyed one of the country’s own satellites in space.
Briefing the media on 6 April,
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science Technologies (KACST) is testing a helicopter it has recently converted into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company’s general director for Special Programs Affairs, Dr Khaled Alhussan, told Jane’s at the inaugural Saudi Airshow
The Indian Army (IA) has taken delivery of the first six of 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers ordered from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
Officials said the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur, central India, handed over the licence-built guns to the
The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new competition, seeking technologies that can be used to counter malicious unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in different environments.
This is the most recent effort to fall under a Defence Science and
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has since mid-March announced its intention to award several contract extensions, subject to final agreement, for British Army simulation systems, including in Germany, with a potential total value of GBP206 million (nearly USD270 million).
Lockheed Martin UK, the
Australia’s Nupress Tools has been subcontracted by F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine provider Pratt & Whitney to manufacture precision-machined parts for the F135 powerplant.
The seven-year multimillion-dollar contract will commence over the next 12 months, and represents further
China has introduced a “new system to defend islands and reefs in the South China Sea”, according to a report published on 1 April on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)-sponsored China Military Online website.
The report identifies two types of unmanned floating platform that form
Ongoing anti-government protests, which began in Sudan on 19 December 2018, are concentrated outside the army headquarters, near the airport, in Khartoum for the third consecutive day. The protesters’ aim is to persuade the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to support protesters demanding President
The leader of the Liberal Bloc (Bloc Libéral: BL) opposition party, Faya Millimouno, and several supporters were arrested outside the National Assembly in Conakry on 5 April while protesting over the resumption of parliamentary activities. The Assembly’s mandate expired in mid-January but
On 7 April, senior members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) launched a hunger protest to demand the release of BNP leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who has been imprisoned since February 2018 following corruption convictions. The BNP has become increasingly
On Wednesday (3 April), a group of armed criminals in a vehicle accessed the apron of Guanajuato’s Del Bajío International Airport in Silao, robbing more than USD2 million of cash and other valuables from a Panamericano cash-in transit van delivering its cargo to an aircraft. Media
US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders need to change how they track training funds and better detail how dollars are used to help mission readiness, according to a government watchdog.
In an 8 April report titled ‘The Marine Corps Should Take Actions to Track Training Funds and Link Them to
Argentina – 08 Apr 2019: Economy Minister Nicolás Dujovne and Central Bank head Guido Sandleris planned to ask the IMF permission to delay the introduction of new taxes until the end of the electoral cycle in 2019.
Brazil – 08 Apr 2019: Secretary of Finance of Rio de
The US Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) has awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) a contract to provide electronic and cyber warfare capabilities.
The contract, known as R4, is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ)-type contract with multiple
A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft went missing on 9 April while on a training mission over the Pacific Ocean.
The fighter aircraft, which had taken off from Misawa Air Base at 1900 h local time to train with three other F-35As, disappeared from
Colombia – 09 Apr 2019: A vote in the Lower House rejected President Ivan Duque’s objections to a law regulating Colombia’s special jurisdiction for peace courts; the Senate was yet to vote on the issue.
El Salvador – 08 Apr 2019: In San Salvador, Santa Ana, Santa