• Raytheon announces billion-dollar cyber acquisition

    Key Points Raytheon to acquire Websense and form joint venture with Vista Equity Partners The acquisition will give Raytheon access to broad commercial user base Raytheon announced on 20 April that it would be acquiring cyber security company Websense from private equity group Vista Equity

  • USMC surveys US-made inflatable boats

    Key Points USMC PdM RAR has issued an RfI for a US-made inflatable raiding boat The RfI suggests that the USMC might buy 50 craft per year from mid-2016 The US Marine Corps (USMC) has invited indigenously-based inflatable boat manufacturers to demonstrate how they might fulfil the capability

  • Alestis to launch centre of excellence

    Airbus subsidiary Alestis Aerospace is to develop a 'centre of excellence' at its Vitoria plant in northern Spain for concentrating key areas in its manufacturing of plane parts. Work is due to be completed next year on a EUR4.5 million (USD4.8 million) improvement plan that will involve the

  • AVIC to merge aero-engine companies

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is planning to merge several subsidiaries involved in aero-engine manufacturing in a bid to spur capability advancements. State-owned Chinese news agencies reported on 17 April that eight AVIC affiliates are expected to invest CNY2.94 billion

  • Brazilian companies begin looking to Zambian market

    Brazil's defence industry is looking at ways to make further inroads into the southern African defence market, with one manufacturer considering the establishment of an assembly plant in Zambia. According to Zambian press reports on 17 April, Brazil's Metro-Shacman - a subsidiary of China's Shaanxi

  • Double IED attack kills soldier in Egypt's North Sinai

    A SOLDIER was killed and three others were wounded when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated consecutively targeting their armoured vehicle near the town of Ash Shaykh Zuwayd in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 15 April, Reuters reported. Reports


  • Briefing: Lighter than air

    With the development of new technologies and materials aerostats are enjoying a resurgence, proving to be an inexpensive surveillance solution for military and homeland security applications. Martin Streetly reports
  • Seoul reconsiders stance on THAAD system

    The United States has expressed its desire to deploy a new ballistic missile defence system in South Korea, drawing criticism from China. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein looks at the implications of deploying the system for South Korea and its neighbours.
  • Unmanned at sea: the advent of the maritime rotary-wing UAS

    Deploying rotary-wing UASs in the maritime environment is still in the early stages, but concepts of operation are being developed against a headwind of declining defence expenditure. Andrew Drwiega reports

Platforms Platforms

  • India launches first-of-class Project 15B destroyer

    Mazagon Dockyard Limited launched Vishakhapatnam , the first of four 7,300-tonne Project 15B guided missile destroyers being built for the Indian Navy (IN), in Mumbai on 20 April. IN officials said it would be commissioned in July 2018 and delivery of the three follow-on platforms at two year

Weapons Weapons

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  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)

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

  • Sweden trims 2015 defence budget

    The Swedish government has proposed a SEK1.6 billion (USD182 million) reduction in defence spending in 2015, according to budget documentation released on 15 April. The government's Spring Budget proposal plots defence expenditure at SEK46.87 billion in 2015, a decrease from the previously approved