• 'No technical problem' in crashed Hungarian Gripen

    Technical faults were not behind the crash of a Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen fighter aircraft on 19 May, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said. "It was reported that there was no technical problem," Stropnicky said as he visited Caslav Air Base in the Czech Republic where the

  • ANDSF claims success in Ghazni, breaks Taliban siege in Ghor

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) reported in early May they had conquered the district of Nawa in the southeastern province of Ghazni, which had been under Taliban control for the last nine to ten years. However, Mohammad Aref Rahmani, a member of parliament from Ghazni, told

  • Bangladesh PM calls for defence industry development

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has outlined a target for local defence companies to enhance capability in order to reduce dependency on imports. In comments published on 21 May by the government-run National News Agency of Bangladesh (BSS), Hasina called on local defence enterprises -

  • Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Colombia's defence minister and ambassador to the US swap jobs

    Juan Carlos Pinzón stepped down from his position as Colombia's defence minister on 19 May and will take on a new role as Colombia's ambassador to the United States. During Pinzón's tenure the armed forces grew by 18 mobile brigades, two marine brigades, and nine task forces. They also

  • Exelis, Harris merger given green light by shareholders

    Exelis and Harris have been given the support of their shareholders to merge, Exelis announced on 22 May. The US Department of Justice has also approved the merger, which had generated anti-trust concerns over a potential market concentration. The two companies now expect the merger, valued at

Platforms Platforms

  • Indian defence minister draws line at 36 Rafales

    Key Points India's defence minister has said Delhi will not buy more than the 36 Dassault Rafales to which it committed in April The announcement confirms the end of the MMRCA tender and the government's commitment to the Tejas LCA programme India will neither licence-build additional Dassault

Weapons Weapons

  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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Industry Industry

  • French defence spending increase boon for procurement

    Key Points France is to spend an extra EUR1.5 billion on defence equipment by 2019 under an update to the country's military programming law Included is the addition of four C-130s, more helicopters, and the acceleration of several naval programmes French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
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