• F-35B completes operational ordnance expenditure test

    Key Points The USMC has completed the first F-35B operational ordnance expenditures Demonstrating ordnance delivery is a critical step for allowing the USMC to declare IOC for the jet The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 26 June completed the first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II operational ordnance

  • Obama highlights 'long-term' counter-Islamic State campaign during rare Pentagon visit

    President Barack Obama sought to underscore the long-term nature of his administration's campaign to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria (alternatively known as ISIL), following a briefing on the effort at the Pentagon. In a statement at the Department of Defense's media briefing

  • Obama vague on defence bill veto threats

    President Barack Obama would not say definitively whether or not he will follow through on threats to veto defence legislation, but noted that either way military personnel will get paid. "Our men and women are going to get paid," Obama said in response to a question during a rare

  • US Army moves towards 'pure fleet' of M88A2 recovery vehicles

    BAE Systems has been awarded USD110 million contract modification to continue upgrading Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (Hercules) vehicles for the US Army. The contract, awarded on 30 June, covers the conversion of 36 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2

  • ADF begins new air defence system quest

    Key Points New GBAMD initial operating capability expected between 2020 and 2022 Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Raytheon, and Saab expected to respond to Land 19 Phase 7B International suppliers of air defence missile systems are preparing to answer a request for information (RFI) from Australia's

  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to

Platforms Platforms

  • A400M deliveries continue, as UK receives third airlifter

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third of 22 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 6 July. The airlifter arrived at its homebase at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, having completed pre-delivery trials at

Weapons Weapons

  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air

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  • Iran reveals existence of second Ghadir long-range radar

    Iran has built a second Ghadir long-range early-warning radar, the Fars News Agency reported on 4 July. Fars said Iranian air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, had attended a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz) in the western province of Khuzestan earlier in the day to unveil

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  • 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

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Industry Industry

  • Germany to increase defence spending

    Germany is to increase its defence spending, aiming to support NATO guidelines of spending 2% of GDP on national defence. The Federal German Cabinet approved the 2016 budget and financial planning cycle until 2019 on 1 July. While set by the German cabinet, this is a planning assumption and not