• AIM-9X Block II approved for full production

    Full-rate production (FRP) of the latest instantiation of the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile has been approved by the Pentagon. The AIM-9X Block II introduces a full lock-on-after-launch capability - enabled by improved electronics, upgraded software, and a new weapon datalink - to support

  • Indonesia selects Su-35 to meet air combat requirement

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft to replace the Indonesian Air Force's (TNI-AU's) ageing Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on 3 September. Ryacudu said in comments published by

  • Mexico participates in first amphibious exercise with US

    The Mexican Navy is participating in its first amphibious landing exercise alongside US, Japanese, and New Zealand forces from 31 August to 9 September. Exercise 'Dawn Blitz 2015' is a multinational exercise held off the California coast by the US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC). According to the

  • Morocco Abrams tank programme moves forward

    Morocco is set to receive at least 50 M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to a contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 August. The USD17.2 million contract was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems and covers the "removal and disposal of 50 M1A1 frontal turret armour

  • MSPO 2015: Fabryka Broni unveils full MSBS-5.56 rifle family

    Polish small arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni unveiled its entire Modular Small Arms System calibre 5.56 mm (MSBS-5.56) assault rifle family, currently on order for the Polish Armed Forces, for the first time at the MSPO defence exhibition in Kielce. Equipped with a quick-release barrel, the

  • Palestinian discord heightens Islamist threat

    Key Points Political stability in the Palestinian territories is threatened by struggles over the succession to President Mahmoud Abbas and a widening gulf between Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza. Amid stalled peace negotiations with Israel, there is growing support in Palestinian circles

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Weapons Weapons

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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

  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • China military parade all about signaling

    Key points: What this parade does is confirm Chinese internet-sourced imagery that has been the basis for most open source analysis in recent years. The parade is all about signalling – both to international and domestic audiences of China’s strength and invulnerability. The context

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Industry Industry

  • DLS, ViaSat to deliver new MIDS-LVT systems to US Navy

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Data Link Solutions (DLS) and ViaSat indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts totaling more than USD870 million for production and maintenance of new Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) that enable platforms to join a