• Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • China launches new 3,000-tonne coastguard cutter

    The Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard has launched a new cutter for the China Coast Guard (CCG), Chinese media reported on 14 October. Zhongguo Haixun 2303 - literally 'China Sea Police 2303' - is expected to begin sea trials before the end of the year and it will be commissioned in the first quarter of

  • China's AVIC outlines 3D printing investment

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has outlined its intention to invest further in developing 3D printing technologies in a bid to "catch up" with the world's most advanced aerospace industrial groups. AVIC statements on 23 October noted the corporation's intention to

  • Cobham wins USD560 million Australian SAR contract

    Cobham has secured a contract valued at AUD640 million (USD561 million) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to provide an airborne search-and-rescue (SAR) capability for a period of 12 years, it was announced on 24 October. Under the agreement, Cobham will provide and operate

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • KMW and Nexter reaffirm April merger date

    European land systems group Nexter and KMW have reiterated that they are to conclude their previously announced union by April 2015. Philippe Burtin, chief executive of Nexter, said in a statement carried by French media on 23 October that after a period of nine months of negiotiations the

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  • Briefing: Underwater aspirations

    While competing priorities and affordability issues have influenced a decline in submarine numbers in Europe in recent years, several of the region's nations are committing resources to recapitalising their SSK capabilities. Kate Tringham and Richard Scott report
  • On the borderline - Turkey's ambiguous approach to Islamic State

    As fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State militants continues in the border town of Kobanê, the Turkish government is facing criticism for its lack of intervention. Lale Sariibrahimoglu looks at Ankara's ambivalent stance towards the Syrian conflict.
  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports

Platforms Platforms

  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production

Weapons Weapons

  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production
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