Platforms Platforms

  • 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

Weapons Weapons

  • Australia ready to sign EF88 Austeyr rifle contract

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will begin taking delivery in 2016 of about 30,000 new EF88 Austeyr 5.56 mm rifles under an AUD100 million (USD75 million) contract to be signed later this month, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 July. The contract, to be signed

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • 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

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

  • Ma reaffirms Taiwan's Spratly Island claims

    Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou on 7 July reasserted the Republic of China's (RoC) territorial claim to Taiping Island (Itu Aba) and other islands in the South China Sea. Speaking in Taipei, Ma said the RoC government would "staunchly defend its sovereignty over Taiping Island and every right

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

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