• Mexico proposes increased defence budget

    The Mexican government has proposed an enhanced defence budget for 2015, with a projected 9% rise over spending in 2014. Expenditure of MXN98.3 billion (USD7 billion) was proposed for Mexico's two defence secretariats: the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) and the Secretariat of National Defense

  • CAE, Denel, and Elisa plan South African simulation training centre

    Canadian simulation specialist CAE, South African defence group Denel, and South African services group Elisa announced on 18 September that they have agreed to establish a simulation training facility. The proposed South African National Training and Simulation Centre - earmarked for the site of

  • Pentagon releases draft of updated acquisition doctrine

    A heavy emphasis on technological innovation and a call for the closer integration of intelligence into the acquisition process are the highlights of the new draft version of the Pentagon's Better Buying Power (BBP) document, released on 19 September. The third version of the draft, which outlines

  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with

  • Brazilian Navy to reveal indigenous OPV design at Euronaval 2014

    Brazilian state-owned naval project management company EMGEPRON (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais) is to unveil the design for Brazil's first indigenously developed offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition, taking place in Paris, France at the end of October. The design has

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

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  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

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  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with

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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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  • China advances with Johnson South Reef construction

    Satellite imagery provided by Airbus Defence and Space illustrates substantial and significant progress in China's construction of an island on Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands. Until early 2014 the only manmade feature at the reef was a small concrete platform that housed a communications

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  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

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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