Military

Lürssen lines up Australian partnerships

Lürssen has outlined a commitment to expand the scope of its Australian partnerships following the announcement on 24 November that the German shipbuilder has been selected as preferred tenderer in the AUD4 billion (USD3 billion)…


Japan, UK advance missile development project

Japan and the United Kingdom have progressed their joint programme to undertake research and development (R&D) of a new air-to-air missile, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed. In comments reported by the Japan…


QinetiQ opens new laser research facility

British defence research establishment QinetiQ announced the opening of a new facility in Farnborough dedicated to advanced laser technology research on 24 November. The new ‘centre of excellence’, named ‘Dragonworks’ by the company, will…


UK Type 45 deployment hit by propeller fault

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is preparing a replacement warship to take over a high-profile operational deployment in the Middle East after one of its Type 45 destroyers suffered a major propeller shaft failure en…


UK aims to certify P-8 by early 2019

UK military aviation safety authorities hope to certify the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft by early 2019, on time for it to enter Royal Air Force (RAF) service later that year. The UK…


UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw…



First Spanish Navy frigate updated with broadband satcom

The Spanish Navy has installed a first broadband planet-wide satellite communications (satcom) link on board one of its ships, according to contractor Satlink. The initial recipient is the F-100-class frigate Cristóbal Colón , but…


Philippines to procure 24 attack helicopters

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is planning to procure up to 24 attack helicopters from 2018 to boost counter-insurgency capabilities, Arsenio Andolong, the Department of National Defense’s chief of public affairs confirmed to Jane’s on…