• Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget cut by 25%

    Key Points Brazil is to cut its defence procurement funding from USD7.3 billion to USD5.4 billion in 2015 The cuts, due to wider economic issues, could slow or cancel some acquisitions Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget will be reduced from a previously approved BRL22.6 billion (USD7.3

  • Canada names third Arctic/Offshore patrol ship

    Canada has named its third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) after a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) coxswain, officials announced on 25 May. The AOPS will be named after Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, who served as the Coxswain of the RCN's HMCS Assiniboine during the Battle of the Atlantic in the

  • Egypt reportedly to buy 46 MiG-29s

    Egypt has agreed a deal to buy 46 MiG-29 multirole fighters in a deal that could be worth around USD2 billion, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May. The deal is expected to be signed in "the nearest future", according to two sources in the Russian aviation industry cited by

  • Russia formulates UAV development programme

    Key Points Russia plans to produce hundreds of UAVs and develop a supporting RDT&E and industrial base by 2025 Most of these UAVs will be for tactical use, and some will be developed for weapons delivery Russia's armed forces and 'power' ministries may procure hundreds of unmanned aerial

  • Russia to complete Tu-160 upgrades ahead of time

    Russia is to complete a major upgrade of its Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bomber fleet a year earlier than previously announced, with the final aircraft now set to be delivered back to the air force in 2019. The work, which is geared at replacing all of the aircraft's Soviet-era equipment

  • Update: Sikorsky Raider completes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's S-97 completed its first flight on 22 May Sikorsky now plans to demonstrate more advanced capabilities needed to support armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack, and special operations United Technologies' Sikorsky Aircraft unit's S-97 Raider coaxial rotor


  • Beneath the skin: US Navy DDG 51 Flight III guided missile destroyer

    The US Navy's DDG 51 Flight III guided missile destroyer has now entered the detailed design stage. Richard Scott examines how this new variant, designed to take the new AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar to sea, will differ from the current Flight IIA design
  • Italy cracks down on environmental crime

    Environmental crimes are common among organised crime groups in Italy as they are low-risk, high-reward activities. Anita Lavorgna looks at reasons the mafias have been able to carry out these operations and the Italian authorities' policy response.
  • Middle East conflict spills into cyberspace

    State and non-state participants in conflicts across the Middle East are developing offensive cyber technology, which has already been deployed against state and commercial targets in the West. Terry Pattar examines the threat these capabilities pose.

Platforms Platforms

  • First upgraded Skyhawk jet handed over to Brazil

    The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first upgraded Douglas AF-1 Skyhawk from aerospace conglomerate Embraer on 26 May under the A-4BR programme. The single-seat AF-1 has now been redesignated AF-1B and is expected to remain in service until 2028. The upgraded twin-seat aircraft will be

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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Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • H225M Caracal passes Polish helicopter trials

    The Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal has passed Polish state trials, the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MoND) announced on 27 May. The announcement paves the way for the signing of a PLN13 billion (USD3.5 billion) contract for 50 helicopters, following the preselection of the Caracal