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,
The first Littoral Mission Ship on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy has been launched
Service is on track to receive the first-of-class by end-2019
China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
Midshipman First Class Michael Wallace was found not guilty Friday of rape, causing bodily harm and obstructing justice.
News outlets report 21-year-old Cpl. Spencer T. Daily is being held following the shooting death of Tyler P. Wallingford.
NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T has sold its 9.5% share in Hulu back to the streaming TV company, leaving Disney and Comcast as its sole owners.
Hulu said Monday that AT&T sold its stake for $1.43 billion, valuing Hulu at $15 billion. AT&T came by its stake after buying Time ...
F-35 fifth-generation fighters from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base have deployed to UAE.
Death by apparent suicide took place in section abutting Fort Myer, according to a media report.
The Marine Corps may run out of rifle combat optic sights for recruits to train with at Parris Island and other centers.
The Air Force may implement a new policy requiring troops to be ready for a physical fitness assessment at all times.
A Marine assigned to Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command was fatally injured during training at Camp Pendleton.
Elsner, who turned 100 on Thursday, was assigned to the 18th Fighter Squadron and arrived at Attu in March 1944.
The acting deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs has been nominated to fill the position permanently,
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft is revamping its practices for investigating workplace allegations after a group of women shared stories of discrimination and sexual harassment.
CEO Satya Nadella sent a letter to employees about the changes Monday.
Nadella says the company is increasing support services for workers who say they've ...
CHICAGO (AP) - Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to create a partnership between technology and innovation ecosystems with the city of Chicago and an Israeli nonprofit.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel and Chemi Peres signed a memorandum of cooperation Monday.
Peres is chair the Peres Center for ...
Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at the French capital's iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has located debris from a crash and have grounded the remainder of their jets.
Hear from Pentagon leaders about the role of a Space Force at the Space Symposium in Colorado.
It has been over 300 days since Pentagon officials did a regular briefing on camera.
Air Force General John Hyten, nominated to be the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee about why a Space Force is needed.
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is one of just three states that has no statewide ban on texting while driving, but that could change this year after a decade of failed attempts in the Legislature to outlaw it.
The death of a police officer struck by a driver who was allegedly ...
A Marine commander has asked service people in Okinawa to show respect after a sailor allegedly stabbed a Japanese woman.
Eyeing $4 billion this year in India from Galaxy A range
Tyre major MRF Ltd. has introduced ‘MRF Nylogrip Ezeeride’ range of motorcycle tyres. The tyres come in 10 sizes for bikes ranging from commuter mode
NSE and BSE account for 96% of currency trading in the Asia-Pacific region in 2018
Strong, continuous demand drives decision, says official
TCS up 4.78%, Infosys down 2.83%
An appeals court has upheld the negligent homicide conviction of a Ramstein senior airman found responsible for a cycling.
Defense News was given access to the massive Mi-26 and elements of its production line at a Russian Helicopters plant.
On 15 April, L3 Technologies-led team unveiled first images of innovative attack reconnaissance helicopter design.
L3 Technologies and AVX Aircraft team developing a new version of a high-speed helicopter for competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition.
According to a statement released L3, the innovative design solution will exceed the reconnaissance and light-attack mission of FARA with a high-performing and survivable platform.
AVX-L3 CCH will meet 100 percent of mandatory requirements and exceed 70 percent of them. The CCH design, combined with rigorous engineering and production processes and certifications, will deliver a safe, performance-driven, affordable aircraft capable of operating in highly contested airspace and degraded environments for extended periods.
“This FARA-CP solution provides L3 and AVX an opportunity to demonstrate the agility and innovation that sets our team apart in support of the U.S. Army’s modernization priorities,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of L3 Technologies. “We are collaborating to deliver a prototype that provides powerful leap-ahead capability for our warfighters at an affordable life-cycle cost.”
The companies’ next-generation single-engine design, paired with a wing for lift during high-speed forward flight, provides leap-ahead capabilities in a faster, lighter and more lethal aircraft that requires less maintenance through its life cycle, featuring:
- A fly-by-wire, side-by-side cockpit optimized for pilot efficiency
- Two ducted fans that provide forward and reverse thrust for both high-speed operation and agility
- State-of-the-art modern open systems architecture (MOSA)-based digital backbone and avionics systems
- A small form factor that meets C-17 loading and Navy DDG shipboard size limits through manually folding blades and wings
- Modularity that provides for component reuse and a high degree of systems commonality across all of the U.S. Army capability sets
“We are extremely pleased to reveal the design for this very important U.S. Army program,” said Troy Gaffey, AVX CEO and Chief Engineer. “AVX and L3 provide unique engineering design skills and manufacturing expertise that will provide the Army with an advanced, lethal and affordable reconnaissance and light-attack platform.”
Scheduled for a production program start in 2024, the FARA aircraft will be an advanced, survivable and lethal solution with unmatched growth potential. The Army has named the FARA as a top modernization priority supported under the service’s new Futures Command structure.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lyft has pulled 3,000 electric bikes from the streets of New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., after customers complained the bikes were braking too hard.
A spokeswoman with the ride-hailing company said Monday they are aware of reports of injuries, but wouldn't specify the number ...
A blind World War II veteran's home was painted over the weekend by firefighters who decided to give back to the community.
A gaudy boat and a Coast Guard plane spotting people hiding in bushes helped catch 20 people trying to sneak into the U.S.
A gaudy boat and a Coast Guard plane spotting people hiding in bushes helped catch 20 people trying to sneak into the U.S.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's largest electric utility is upping the ante and setting a goal of getting all of its power from renewable sources in just over a decade.
Green Mountain Power announced over the weekend that it had set a goal of getting 100% of its power from ...
There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time.
Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive ...
Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Beofra Butler is running her 100th marathon in Boston on April 15.
CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico -- New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry Regiment conduct marksmanship training here on Apr. 12, 2019. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers honed their warfighting skills by practicing short-range marksmanship techniques.
Chinese regulators are investigating complaints against Ericsson for breaking anti-trust rules in its licensing practices for 3G and 4G technology.
Four other executives are being charged, the prosecutors office said in a statement.
LONDON (AP) - Britain's privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to "like" posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it's proposing to protect children's online privacy.
Under the draft rules, which were released for consultation on Monday, tech companies would ...
Pentagon recently has confirmed deploying of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against cruise missile, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems threats.
According to Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson head of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, the U.S. Army is currently being fielded the new Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive sensor to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command in support of a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statements (JUONS).
“The Army demonstrated the ability to integrate ALPS into the Army IBCS in 2018. Once fully integrated into Army IBCS, the ALPS passive sensor will provide continuous, 360-degree, long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, UAS, and CM threats,” said Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson.
The ALPS prototype systems will be provided to meet Combatant Commands’ identified needs and to conduct an operational assessment. This program will also develop and integrate ALPS into the Army Integrated Air & Missile Defense (AIAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to improve the Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) posture of the Army’s Air and Missile Defense architecture.
The new ALPS is of one of the most classified surveillance systems of the U.S. Army. At this moment, the characteristics of the new system are not released, and even there is no information about its appearance.
The most common configuration is transportable, according to Air Power Twitter account, 100-foot trailed tower and a conex-based processing shelter.
According to available information, the new ALPS is able to detect and identify many types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and cruise missiles in flight. The database within ALPS is said to have the capacity to store around seven hundred different types of theaters, includes Russian cruise missiles that were used during a military operation in Syria.
By linking multiple sulfur atoms to the artificial amino acid acetylcysteine, researchers in Japan have found a way to dampen inflammation in mice.