• 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 -

  • IMDEX 2015: CMN introduces MCM variant of Ocean Eagle trimaran

    Key Points CMN has unveiled a mine countermeasures variant of the Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boat The vessel is positioned to meet the demands of modern mine warfare operations, company says French shipyard Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) has introduced a mine countermeasures (MCM)

  • Indian Coast Guard commissions four more patrol vessels

    The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned four new vessels at Porbandar in the western state of Gujarat. The vessels - the Aadesh-class fast patrol ship ICGS Ankit (pennant number 247) and the interceptor boats C-419, C-420, and C-155 - were commissioned on 14 May. In recent months, the coastguard

  • US officials play down Ramadi retreat

    US officials have said the fall of Al-Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Al-Anbar province, to the Islamic State militant group on 17 May was nothing like the collapse of the Iraqi security forces in June 2014. They have also said the emphasis of the campaign will now be on Al-Anbar, rather than

  • July IOC will not catapult F-35B into battle

    Key Points The USMC will not necessarily deploy the F-35B right after it declares the jump jet operationally ready Marines want to train more instructor pilots, but must also complete several certification requirements before the jet is ready for combat The US Marine Corps (USMC) is not planning

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  • Bulgaria to launch fighter programme

    Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev has revealed that the country is to launch a fighter procurement by the end of June. According to Bulgarian media reports on 21 May, Nenchev told a parliamentary defence committee that the procurement would replace a number of aircraft. However, it was

Weapons Weapons

  • US approves large guided bomb sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of over 20,000 guided bomb kits and 8,650 associated warheads, including additional 5,000 lb 'bunker busters', the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 May. The DSCA notification said the estimated cost of the proposed

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  • 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