BAE Systems to upgrade US Army Black Hawk navigation systems

The US Army has selected BAE Systems to provide touch screen computer display units as an upgrade to the ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System.

Israel shoots down Syrian combat aircraft

Israel has shot down a Syrian jet with surface-to-air missiles after the aircraft crossed into Israeli airspace.

German air force only has four active combat ready Typhoon jets

According to local media, the German air force only has four combat-ready Typhoon jets out of 128.

Three Royal Air Force Chinooks arrive in Mali

3 Chinook helicopters have arrived in West Africa to support the French counter-terrorism operation in Mali.  They’ll operate alongside 90 British troops already in the region, and will provide logistical and troop movement support. “The UK and France have a unique security and defence relationship that has lasted for more than a century and this deployment demonstrates our shared commitment to tackling terrorism, instability and reducing threats to European security” Mark Lancaster, Armed Forces Minister The UK has consistently supported UN and EU military operations in Mali in recent years. The intention is to prevent extremists of any nature from operating in the anarchic Sahel region, and in particular to prevent them planning attacks on Europe. The area is also a haven for the illegal trade in people, drugs, weapons and wildlife, and the operation aims to counter this. The move was first agreed back in January when Prime Minister Theresa May met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Whitehall sources said the UK had offered the Chinook to make up for shortfalls in French helicopter numbers. Indeed, several RAF C-17 helped transport French armoured vehicles to Mali in 2013 when the French first began their military campaign against Islamist rebels.

UK reaffirms support for East African stability

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster recently visited Uganda, and pledged that the UK will continue to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 

Lockheed Martin Wins $450m contract for Littoral Combat Ship variant for Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin has won $450 million contract for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships.

British Government launches new hurricane plan for the Caribbean

The Foreign Office has announced a series of new measures that will be taken to prepare the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean for the imminent hurricane season.

New Zealand becomes latest nation to order P-8A Poseidon

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will soon join their British and Australian counterparts in operating the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft after the New Zealand government confirmed an order for four aircraft to replace their ageing P-3 Orion fleet.

Raytheon designing laser to counter rocket, artillery and mortar attacks

Raytheon is developing a 100 kW class laser weapon system preliminary design for integration on-board the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles in service with the United States.

Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production under $4.2 billion contract

This contract provides a total of 58 tiltrotors to United States Navy, Marines, and Air Force, and the government of Japan.

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