• Analysis: US debate over arming Ukraine overlooks wider strategy

    Discussions regarding whether or not to supply weapons and equipment to Ukrainian forces - to counteract strong Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine - should be had within a wider strategic context. ANALYSIS Lawmakers and some government officials have sought to press US president

  • US Navy to test ONR submarine app on cruiser for mission planning improvement

    Key Points US Navy Office of Naval Research's Mission Planning Application is part of the Advanced Processing Build programme for submarines ONR hopes to demonstrate the software during a one-year demonstration on board the DDG 51 cruiser USS Mobile Bay, beginning in 2015 The US Navy (USN) Office

  • Australia takes a step towards OneSKY

    Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are to work with Thales Australia to develop the OneSKY harmonised civil/military air traffic management system. Thales Australia was selected on 27 February 2015 following a competitive tender. The value of the contract was not

  • AVIC looks to strengthen bank co-operation to boost M&As

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has said it is looking to "strengthen strategic co-operation" with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to support international mergers and acquisitions (M&As). A statement by the group on 26 February said AVIC President

  • IDEX 2015: Italy orders Piaggio HammerHead UAV

    The Italian Air Force has become the first customer for the Piaggio Aero P.1HH HammerHead unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi on 26 February. In total the Italian Air Force has ordered six HammerHead UAVs, split into three unmanned aerial systems (UASs)

  • IDEX 2015: Local contender enters Emirati 8x8 race

    The new Enigma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) that was unveiled at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi will be submitted for the Emirati military's long-standing 8x8 IFV requirement, IHS Jane's has confirmed. Mohamed bin Jabr al-Suwaidi, CEO of Emirates Defense Technology (EDT), which is developing the Enigma,

Platforms Platforms

  • UK's Scout SV reconnaissance variant passes CDR

    The British Army's upcoming Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) tracked reconnaissance vehicle has passed its critical design review (CDR), General Dynamics UK announced on 26 February. The reconnaissance variant is the final variant of the Scout SV programme to pass its CDR. With this now complete, the

Weapons Weapons

  • Finland selects FN SCAR-L for its special forces

    Finland's special forces have selected the Belgian FN SCAR-L assault rifle as a new standard firearm. The FN SCAR-L will be the first 5.56x45 mm NATO calibre firearm introduced to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It will supplement the current RK 95 TP assault rifle chambered in the Russian

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

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

Country Risk Country Risk

  • UPDATE: Russia's hybrid war in Ukraine 'is working'

    Key Points A conference attended by influential Ukrainian and US officials has concluded that Russia's hybrid warfare campaign in eastern Ukraine is working Ukrainian forces continue to be outmatched, not only by the hardware they face but also the sophistication of the offensive they face A

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • IRGC attacks replica carrier in latest exercise

    Key Points The mock aircraft carrier that Iran was seen constructing in 2014 has been used as a target in an IRGC exercise The exercise appears to have been an expensive propaganda effort that failed to demonstrate Iran's ability to engage major naval vessels with over-the-horizon weapons Iran's

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • IDEX 2015: IGG acquires Finnish RIB company

    The United Arab Emirates' International Golden Group (IGG) has acquired Finnish rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer Boomeranger Boats, it was announced on 25 February. The value of the deal was not disclosed. However, Boomeranger's parent company Revenio Group revealed that the disposal would
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