• LRS-B contract will be cost-plus, USAF says

    Key Points LRS-B will be awarded as a cost-plus contract within months The USAF worked to reign in costs on the programme by studying the mature technology available within the US industrial base before moving ahead with the acquisition The US Air Force (USAF) on 4 March revealed that the

  • BAE Systems announces funding of Malaysian cyber degree programme

    BAE Systems has announced that it will fund a Malaysia-based degree course in cyber security as part of its defence offset obligations in that country. The company said in a statement on 5 March that it has agreed to finance a new cyber security post-graduate programme at the National Defence

  • European defence R&D has fallen 'catastrophically', new EDA chief states

    Key Points Spending on defence research and development has fallen catastrophically since 2006 according to the new head of the EDA In total spending among the 27 EDA members on R&D has dropped by 40% over this period Defence expenditure for research and development (R&D) across the

  • German parliament endorses new EUR8.5 bn Airbus Helicopters deal

    Germany's parliamentary budget committee endorsed a revised helicopter deal with Airbus Helicopters on 4 March. The accord, which has been brought ahead of schedule by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), covers 162 combat and transport helicopters. The new deal is said to be worth around EUR8.5 billion

  • ST Engineering announces management changes

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) announced on 5 March a new president of ST Kinetics, its land systems business unit. The group said in a press release that Ravinder Singh, currently deputy president of corporate and market development in ST Electronics, will replace Sew Chee

  • Ukroboronprom works on NATO part codification

    Ukraine's state-owned defence firm Ukroboronprom announced on 4 March that it was working with NATO's codification and standardisation teams to improve its industrial capabilities. According to Ukroboronprom, the improved collaboration with the NATO Codification Bureau will allow the company to


  • ARMing up

    While the days of dedicated 'Wild Weasel' suppression-of-enemy-air-defences aircraft are largely over, continuing operational experience with anti-radiation missiles suggests the genre still has a place in the air-to-ground munitions armoury. Martin Streetly reports
  • Maritime vision: in search of lower cost capabilities

    The IDR team offers some perspectives on achieving maritime visibility without breaking the bank
  • AQAP vies to exploit failing state of Yemen

    As Yemen fractures after a Houthi takeover, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has continued to organise, despite casualties from United States' airstrikes and Islamic State pressure. Ezzeldeen Khalil assesses the continuing threat from AQAP in the country.

Platforms Platforms

  • Portugal to buy 192 new 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles

    Portugal is planning to launch a tender for 192 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles, the country's Ministry of National Defence told IHS Jane's . Several variants are planned under the Viatura Táctica Ligeira com Blindagem (VTLB) programme for the country's army. The programme will be set up

Weapons Weapons

  • Turkey's T-Loramids technology transfer troubles

    Key Points Technology transfer issues remain a major sticking point for Turkey's T-Loramids air and missile defence programme Recent confusion over integration of the eventual system into NATO systems could indicate the country is pulling back from its down-selection of the Chinese HQ-9 system.

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

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

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • China's defence budget more than doubles since 2008

    China has announced that its defence budget will increase by 10.1 per cent to CNY886.9 billion (USD141.6 billion) for 2015. The 10.1 per cent nominal terms increase is slowest rate of growth since 2010. However, slowing inflation means that real terms growth is maintained at around 9 per cent in