• AFA 2014: Second version of F-35 logistics system in testing

    Key Points ALIS 2.0, an improved version of the F-35's digital logistics system, has begun final testing The system is expected to be ready for USMC deployment in July 2015 Lockheed Martin has delivered the logistics system for its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to test sites in

  • AFA 2014: USAF officials cautiously optimistic on SpaceX launch certification

    Key Points US officials said SpaceX could be approved for military launch by the end of this year or in 2015 but cautioned that certification was 'not a done deal' Concerned about US-Russia tensions, Washington is seeking alternatives to the Russian-manufactured RD-180 engine that powers its Atlas

  • SACEUR wants to halt US force cuts in Europe

    Pentagon planners may soon revisit decisions to withdraw troops and force structure from Europe in light of Russia's actions in Ukraine this year, according to General Philip Breedlove, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander and head of US European Command (EUCOM) The US Army announced in 2011 plans to

  • Boeing signs deal with Sky-Watch to develop UAV

    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

  • Delays force Indian Navy to shake up Project 75I submarine plans

    A delay of more than seven years in acquiring six conventional submarines has prompted the Indian Navy (IN) to ditch its plan to import two boats and licence-build the remaining four. Official sources said that under Project 75I (India), the IN now plans to indigenously build all six boats, which

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  • Make and mend: the revolutionary promise of 3-D printing

    Nick Brown, Marina Malenic and Huw Williams explore the potential impact of 3-D printing in defence
  • Making MUM-T work

    With the procurement of manned-unmanned teaming systems well in hand, US Army leaders are now looking to sharpen up the doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures to operate them. Andrew Drwiega reports
  • Making the break

    The Scottish government's long-awaited White Paper on independence has brought more detail to its defence and security plans, but as the 2014 referendum approaches, significant questions remain unanswered. Matthew Bell reports

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  • India 'losing interest' in Maitri SA-SAM joint venture

    Key Points Indian officials appear to be losing interest in long-delayed plans to co-develop a short-range surface-to-air missile system with European missile house MBDA Recent acquisitions of the locally developed Akash system suggest the Maitri SR-SAM is unlikely to enter service India's

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  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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  • Analysis: NATO's budget increase 'aim'

    Despite the security crises confronting Europe, NATO's toughest debate during its 4-5 September summit in Wales was also, deliberately, the last on its agenda: how to increase national defence spending. Not surprisingly, the formula agreed was a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty one: a non-binding
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