• Brazil and Sweden reach financing agreement on fighter deal

    The Brazilian Ministry of Defence and Swedish Export Credit Corporation agreed on 29 July to a financing plan that fixes annual interest rates at 2.19%, compared with the 2.54% requested by the Swedish government to finance Brazil's acquisition of 36 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft. The

  • Mexican Navy launches frigate construction programme

    The Mexican Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has requested MXN5.7 billion (USD350 million) to fund local construction of a new frigate-class ship from 2016, according to SEMAR documents published in mid-July by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito

  • Typhoon P2E upgrade trials to begin shortly

    BAE Systems is to begin flight trials of the Phase 2 Enhancements (P2E) package for the Eurofighter Typhoon in the coming weeks, a company official told IHS Jane's on 28 July. Speaking at the company's Warton facility, Andy Flynn, head of Capability Delivery for the United Kingdom and the NATO

  • UK minister for defence acquisition sees growth potential for UK naval shipbuilding sector

    The UK government minister responsible for defence acquisition said on 29 July that he believes there is future opportunity to grow the nation's maritime sector even as its domestic naval shipbuilding programmes have reached a peak. Philip Dunne, the Ministry of Defence's newly installed Minister

  • USCG icebreaker completes scheduled maintenance ahead of deployment

    The US Coast Guard's (USCG's) sole operational heavy polar icebreaker concluded a routine annual dry dock maintenance availability on 28 July. USCGC Polar Star 's (WAGB 10) 90-day scheduled repair period had been extended "to accommodate all necessary repairs to prepare the ship for the next

  • HSV-2 turns up off Aden

    The ex-US naval logistics ship Swift is now operating under the flag of United Arab Emirates (UAE), which may be using it to support an amphibious operation in Yemen. Built by Australia's Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Swift was chartered as High-Speed Vessel 2 (HSV-2) by US Military Sealift Command

Platforms Platforms

  • Australia receives seventh C-17 transport aircraft

    Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. Australia said it would purchase two C-17s on 10 April after requesting four in late 2014. The

Weapons Weapons

  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the

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

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • KMW, Nexter Systems merger receives final sign-off

    Key Points KMW and French government sign off on creation of joint venture, effectively merging KMW and Nexter Systems Consolidation of the two companies comes as domestic defence expenditure declines and the need for export customers rise Owners of the French and German armoured vehicle