• US Navy supply ships collide in Gulf of Aden

    Two US naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden on 20 November, US Navy (USN) officials announced. Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Henry J Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S Diehl (T-AO 193) were conducting an underway

  • France orders 12 Airbus MRTTs

    France has announced on 20 November its order of 12 Airbus A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Armee de L'Air. The purchase has been valued at around EUR3 billion (USD3.8 billion) by the French Ministry of Defence (MoD). In French Air Force service the MRTTs will be known

  • Auditors: US partner capacity building programme needs improvements

    US government auditors recommend the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State use clear time frames to manage a nascent partner capacity building programme called the Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF). GSCF is meant to help the military and diplomatic departments jointly work with

  • DAPA makes preliminary move to contract Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16s

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is set to establish a review committee that is expected to approve Lockheed Martin as prime contractor in its programme to upgrade 134 Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-16 fighter aircraft, DAPA spokesman Kim Si-cheol told IHS

  • Dresser-Rand accepts Siemens acquisition offer

    An offer by Siemens of Germany to acquire US industrial equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group for USD7.5 billion has been approved by the US company's stockholders. The purchase was approved by the majority of Dresser-Rand shareholders on 20 November. It will be the largest acquisition in the history

  • Expatriates in Niger face heightened risk of kidnap as Islamists step up anti-French campaign

    EVENT On 19 November, an unconfirmed number of militants in trucks and on motorcycles attacked Bani-Bangou, in Tillabéri province, around 250 km north of Nigerien capital Niamey. The attackers destroyed one army vehicle and stole one gendarmerie vehicle as well as munitions. One soldier was

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    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
  • The Islamic State's European Fighters

    Nearly 4,000 foreign fighters from European countries have travelled to Syria during the past two years, joining groups such as the Islamic State, raising concerns among Western governments that the organisation could use such individuals to attack targets in their home countries, according to analysis from IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security.
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports

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  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern

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  • China building airstrip-capable island on Fiery Cross Reef

    Key Points China is reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, according to satellite imagery The reclamation, which started in August, is creating a land mass large enough for a 3,000 m-long airstrip China is building an island at least 3,000 m long on Fiery Cross Reef that

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  • 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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  • USAF to unveil RD-180 alternative plan in FY 2016 budget

    Key Points The USAF will disclose plans for ending reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 engine for the Atlas V rocket when the Pentagon puts forward its next budget request Alternatives include, but are not limited to, private company SpaceX's Falcon 9 heavy rocket The US Air Force (USAF) intends
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