• China's CSSC issues bonds for more than USD800m

    The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has issued interbank bonds worth CNY5 billion (USD813 million) to become the latest Chinese defence enterprise to seek to fund expansion through investment mechanisms. CSSC said on 24 November that the issuance of the bonds would support ongoing

  • Poland extends deadline for utility helicopter tender

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has extended the submission deadline for Poland's medium-lift utility helicopter tender until 30 December. The extension comes after a public row with Sikorsky, one of the bidders. It is, however, understood that two of the three potential bidders in the tender for

  • Analysis: Libyan Air Force claims to have opened western campaign

    Key Points It appears that the Libyan Air Force, rather than a foreign ally, has carried out its first airstrikes in the west of the country The aircraft that carried out the airstrikes might be MiG-21MF fighters supplied by Egypt The Libyan Air Force appears to have carried out its first

  • USAF A-10 'Warthogs' join war against the Islamic State

    US Air Force (USAF) Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attacks jets have arrived in Kuwait to begin flying strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation 'Inherent Resolve'. The USAF public affairs office in Kuwait announced the deployment of the A-10C

  • Boeing delivers sixth P-8I aircraft to Indian Navy

    Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I Neptune long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Indian Navy, the company announced in a statement on 25 November. The aircraft was said to have arrived at Indian Naval Station (INS) Rajali in Arakkonam, southern India, on 24 November. It joins five other

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

Platforms Platforms

  • Russia's newest attack submarine tests escape chamber

    Key Points Russia tests floating escape chamber system on new SSN Severodvinsk Escape chamber operated successfully from a depth of 40 m The Russian Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Severodvinsk tested in early November its floating escape chamber, in waters near its Zapadnaya

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Indian MoD signs up for ACTAS towed array

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed an INR3.06 billion (USD51million) deal with Germany's Atlas Elektronik for six low frequency Active Towed Array Sonar (ACTAS) systems to be fitted to Indian Navy (IN) warships. The urgency of the requirement to safeguard its assets, continually

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

Country Risk Country Risk

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

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • USAF to unveil RD-180 alternative plan in FY 2016 budget

    Key Points The USAF will disclose plans for ending reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 engine for the Atlas V rocket when the Pentagon puts forward its next budget request Alternatives include, but are not limited to, private company SpaceX's Falcon 9 heavy rocket The US Air Force (USAF) intends
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