Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April.
To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service
MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide.
Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is
North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.
The British Army is still having issues operating its Watchkeepers, despite the UAVs having received their ‘release to service’ certification
Three Watchkeeper UAVs have crashed in recent years while on UK-based training sorties
UK safety investigators have identified
Turkey’s STM has made a presentation on its Type 209 and Type 214 boats to the Indonesian Navy
The service has further requirements for at least four more submarines beyond 2024
Turkish naval shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has made a formal
Turkish Aerospace is expanding the testing envelope of its internally funded Anka-Aksungur medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) development with the aim of pushing the air vehicle into series production by the first quarter of 2020, company sources told Jane’s .
Malaysia will look to leverage its expansive palm oil resources to support military procurement, a senior government official has stated.
Teresa Kok, Malaysia’s minister for primary industries, said the countertrade of palm oil in exchange for materiel would save local jobs, preserve state
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has concluded its acquisition of US aerospace firm MRA Systems (MRAS) from GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric.
ST Engineering said on 18 April that the acquisition – channelled through its US subsidiary, Vision Technologies
A key US Air Force (USAF) officer has no deep concerns about the viability of the Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber following a 28 March grounding.
“I am not finding any major additional significant system issues,” General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) chief
Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana agreed on 17 April to broaden defence co-operation between their two countries, especially in the area of defence equipment.
Japan has already donated defence equipment to the Philippines, including thousands of
Contractors have until 13 May to respond to the Brazilian Navy’s request for information (RFI) for the service’s new proposed Antarctic support ship, Navio de Apoio Antártico (NApAnt).
Published on 22 February in the Brazilian official gazette and sent to several companies, the
A new Brazilian fluvial hospital ship, to be managed by the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, is scheduled to be commissioned in late April, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) said.
The vessel, named Papa Francisco in honor of Pope Francis, has a length of 35 m, displaces 190 tonnes, and has a
Jetwind Brasil Services and Technologies has developed a 3-in-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has military applicability, according to a company official.
Tiago Giglio Rodrigues, Jetwind founder and executive director, told Jane’s on 5 April at the 2019 LAAD Defence & Security
At a time when military forces are preparing for an era of urban combat, Iceni Labs is touting a new handheld radar designed to help troops detect the movement, position, and breathing rates of people behind walls and doors.
The company announced earlier this month that it had secured a GBP248,400
Aurora Flight Sciences displayed its Odysseus UAV at a major US Army trade show
Odysseus is solar powered, autonomous, and can provide communications and ISR capability
Aurora Flight Sciences promoted its Odysseus high-altitude ultra-long-endurance solar-powered autonomous unmanned
Boeing has been awarded a second contract that is related to Saudi Arabia’s procurement of the Stand-off Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER), but it does not include the production of any missiles.
The US Department of Defense announced on 16 April that it had awarded the
Jordan is planning to upgrade its border security system, according to a notice published on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 April.
The notice said the US Army Contracting Command is conducting market research into companies that are interested in upgrading the existing
Cyber exercise ‘Locked Shields’ 2019, which was held on 8-12 April, focused on gaining a better functional understanding between technical experts and strategic decision-makers, as well as between operators from different NATO nations, the event’s organisers told Jane’s .
Babcock has revealed that is selling its 50% stake in joint venture Helidax to partner Défense Conseil International (DCI).
The company declined to comment further on the transaction but noted that it “would not impact on any of our other operations in France or elsewhere”.
The International Defence Cooperation Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defence, SIBAT, revealed on 17 April that the country had exported less defence equipment in 2018 than in previous years.
Exports amounted to USD7.5 billion for the year, down from 2017’s USD9.2 billion. The
Ansar Allah, the Yemeni rebel group popularly known as the Houthis, unveiled a new version of its Badr series of surface-to-surface projectiles that has an airburst warhead on 16 April.
“Our missile power, which you once claimed you were able to destroy, is now much stronger than it was years
Japan’s Terra Drone has announced that it has taken an undisclosed stake in Slovenian unmanned aerial system (UAS) manufacturer C-Astral.
Details of the deal and the size of the stake were not disclosed.
Nejc Trost, co-founder of C-Astral Aerospace, said, “Over the past 11 years,
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government on 13 April. In contrast to the previous cabinet, headed by Rami Hamdallah as prime minister, who resigned in January, the new government is less technocratic and has a greater affiliation to Abbas’s Fatah Party
On 21 April 2019, Ukraine will hold the second round of its presidential election. The latest opinion polls suggest that incumbent president Petro Poroshenko is increasingly likely to lose to Volodymyr Zelenskyi, a political newcomer, comedian and TV personality. According to reputable pollster Kiev
Fixed-wing operations at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt to the west of London have ceased for six months to enable renovation work on the main runway.
The four BAe 146 aircraft of 32 (The Royal) Squadron have been relocated to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to continue transporting VIPs and high-value
A three-member Indian Navy (IN) aircrew escaped unharmed after they were forced to ditch their Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) helicopter in the Arabian Sea when the platform encountered technical problems, according to an IN statement issued on 16 April.
IN spokesperson Captain D K Sharma
The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) announced on its Weibo social media account on 8 April that its Wuchang Shipbuilding subsidiary in Wuhan has successfully completed factory acceptance tests of the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) prototype.
Poland officially began training its pilots on the Leonardo M-346 ‘Bielik’ advanced jet trainer on 16 April.
The first batch of four cadets from the Polish Air Force University are undergoing flight training on the type at the 41st Training Air Base in Dęblin.
Ground training with
A joint session between the governments of Serbia and Hungary, held in Subotica on 15 April, was used to sign a memorandum on military-technical co-operation that aims to further improve the bilateral defence affiliation between Belgrade and Budapest, which has already significantly intensified over
Mexico - 12 Apr 2019: In Mazapil, Zacatecas state, access to Goldcorp's Peñasquito mine remained blocked since 27 March due to a dispute with local transport workers and communities; mining union leader and legislator Carlos Pavón compared the actions of those blocking the mine
Saudi Arabia is in the process of receiving more than 100 CAESAR 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers and has ordered 105 LG1 105 mm light guns, both of which are made by France’s Nexter Systems, according to a 15 April report by the French activist organisation Disclose.
Argentina - 16 Apr 2019: A federal chamber of appeals ruled that export duties previously set by the national government were unconstitutional.
Brazil - 16 Apr 2019: Media reported that mining company Vale's decision to stop production in 10 mines in the state of Minas Gerais affected
MD Helicopters Inc (MDH) has equipped its recently revealed MD 969 Combat Explorer with a precision-guided munition (PGM) capability.
The capability, which was showcased at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit held in Nashville from 14–16 April, is a first for a helicopter and
Information technologies firm DXC Technology has inaugurated a cyber defence facility in Malaysia to support its expansion in the Asia Pacific, it announced on 15 April.
The US-headquartered company said its DXC Next-Generation Security Operations Center (SOC) – based in Kuala Lumpur –
Indonesia has revealed more details about how it intends to pay for three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines ordered on 12 April from South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME).
Agus Setiadji, the secretary-general of Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD),
Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems, is marketing an upgrade package for the Brazilian Army’s M113BR armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that includes the company’s REMAX III lightweight remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The army has shown interest
L3 Technologies and AVX Aircraft are offering a compound coaxial helicopter with wings and ducted fans for a key US Army solicitation
The army is expected to announce a downselect in a few weeks
L3 Technologies and AVX Aircraft are teaming for the first time to offer a compound coaxial
The Myanmar Air Force (MAF) has conducted an escalated campaign of airstrikes in western Rakhine State that, for the first time in the service’s history, has involved sustained combat operations at night.
The close air support (CAS) operations, which reached a high point in mid-March,
The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the Middle East for the first time.
The US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 15 April that an undisclosed number of aircraft from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing (FW) and
In the Pentagon’s quest to hone its urban combat skills, the US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking mature and emerging technologies for a series of experiments between August 2019 and 2023.
In a 15 April solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the USMC Warfighting
Russian electronic warfare (EW) units are set to receive the Polye-21 (‘Field-21’) EW system designed to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reduce the effectiveness of cruise missiles, according to a 15 April report from Russian state-owned news outlet RIA Novosti.
Brazil’s Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa (an Elbit Systems subsidiary) has joined with local company Equitron Automação Eletrônico Mecanica to integrate its TORC30 modular protected remote-controlled weapon station to Equitron’s EE-9 Cascavel NG 6×6 armored reconnaissance
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed.
During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and
Belgium’s Special Forces Group (SFG) is seeking a shift towards ‘man-machine’ enabled special operations forces (SOF), service sources have disclosed to Jane’s .
SFG Captain Jan Weuts told Jane’s that future special operations would be supported by increases in
The Russian MoD has received more than 500 new weapon systems in the first quarter of this year
Among the deliveries are the first combat and transport/loading vehicles of the Tornado-S 300 mm MRL system
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received more than 500 new weapon
Bell has developed a pair of Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) scalable modular unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of transporting payloads such as medical equipment, ammo, and water, among others.
Todd Worden, Bell senior manager for advanced tiltrotor systems, told
Russia has completed the delivery of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ multirole fighter aircraft to China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), an official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) told Jane’s on 16 March.
The UK Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Technology Office issued a contract notice on 14 April to procure FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to be delivered immediately to support experimentation.
According to the notice the GBP1.3 million (USD 1.7 million)contract is
The UK’s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an enquiry into Rheinmetall’s proposed acquisition of a majority stake in BAE Systems’ UK-based combat vehicles business line.
Plans to transfer 55% of the ownership of the Telford-based division to the UK division of
Atlas Elektronik Canada and Magellan Aerospace have signed an agreement for the joint design and development of the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo Torpedo (ATT), targeting Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) requirements.
The two companies have been exploring the co-development of the weapon for a number of years,
Serial production of the Almaz-Antey 50R6 S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has begun after successful certification tests were completed last month, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.
This opens the way for delivery of the first unit set of equipment to the
Albania is to receive three Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopters from the United States, the country’s defence minister, Olta Xhacka, announced on 8 April during an interview with the Tirana-based TV station Vizion+.
Xhacka said the acquisition will be part of a US
The Indian Army (IA) has approved the import of 240 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike MR (medium-range) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 12 launchers as part of an ‘emergency purchase’ to meet immediate operational requirements.
Official sources told Jane’s on 16 April
Two of Europe’s newest tank transport vehicle offerings showcase significant design differences
RMMV’s HX81 was designed to legally operate on European roads, while the larger and heavier MZKT-741351 had no such parameters
In December 2018 the German Bundeswehr awarded a
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 999 times in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: the second-highest total recorded in a year since such operations began in 1958.
The Ministry of Defense
A video released on 13 April by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan shows that the AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) is now operational with the country’s military.
The video displays a hand-launched RQ-11B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) participating in
The Syrian government tightened fuel rationing from 40 to 20 litres per vehicle every two days on 14 April, in response to worsening shortages across western Syria. Civilians rushed to petrol stations ahead of the implementation of the new rationing system, causing major disruption in Damascus and
New Delhi has accused Islamabad of committing 513 ceasefire violations over the past six weeks along the disputed Line of Control (LoC) that divides the northern region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
“Pakistan used heavy weaponry [artillery and mortars] during these ceasefire
The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance.
Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil
Colombia - 15 Apr 2019: The head of the National Mining Agency, Silvana Habib, said that the government target was for Colombia to receive USD1.5 billion annually in mining-related investment.
Cuba - 13 Apr 2019: The National Assembly will vote to implement 22 actions intended to make
Chile - 15 Apr 2019: In Santiago, the Students’ Confederation, Confech, announced that its first protest march in 2019 would be held on 25 April to oppose the government’s education policies.
Colombia - 12 Apr 2019: In Barbacoas, Nariño, militants from an unspecified
In a statement released on 22 February, eco-nihilist group Individualidades Tendiendo a lo Salvaje (ITS) reiterated its operational activity in South America and Europe, and encouraged further action.
The group has purported cells in six countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
The first of three Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft leased by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived in Canberra, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced in a statement on 16 April.
The new aircraft are expected to replace the RAAF’s fleet of three Bombardier CL-604
India and the UK aim to ‘redouble efforts’ to pursue opportunities related to defence equipment and defence industrial collaboration
BAE Systems confirms it has started talks with India about possible collaboration on Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier
India and the UK
Indonesia has acquired another Super Puma helicopter from PT Dirgantara Indonesia
The airframe is expected to be deployed primarily for search-and-rescue duties
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed an IDR237 trillion (USD16.8 million) contract with state-owned aerospace
The United Kingdom has deployed AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache AH1 and AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat AH1 helicopters to Estonia in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).
Five British Army Air Corps (AAC) Apaches from 663 Squadron departed their home base at Wattisham in
The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has revealed it has been operating Oshkosh M-ATV light armoured vehicles in Yemen.
The BDF, which was not previously known to operate the M-ATV, released a promotional English-language video on 14 April that highlighted its achievements, including its contribution to
Taiwan has outlined an intention to increase national spending on defence to more than TWD400 billion (USD13 billion) by 2027. Spending in 2019, by comparison, is about TWD346 billion.
Chen Chung-chi, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND), said in comments to the state-run Central
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in support of its proposed acquisition of US aerospace company MRA Systems (MRAS).
ST Engineering said on 14 April that it has now “obtained all
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter team is planning to expand the aircraft’s flight envelope after the upcoming third flight test slated for next week, according to a company official.
Bill Fell, Defiant test pilot, told reporters on 15 April that the aircraft,