• Airbus acquires Cassidian Optronics, announces rebrand

    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 1 October that it had acquired the outstanding 24.9% stake of Cassidian Optronics from Carl Zeiss. Cassidian, now Airbus Defence and Space, acquired a 75.1% stake in electro-optic systems manufacturer Carl Zeiss Optronics in July 2012 for an amount later

  • Croatia's defence export agency reports sharp fall in half year sales

    Croatia's defence and security materiel import and export agency Agencija Alan reported a sharp fall in revenues and earnings for the first half of 2014, blaming poor global market conditions and the need to finance weapons production in the absence of bank funding. Revenues for the period fell 79%

  • MHI targets foreign defence sales to offset lack of growth in Japan

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) aims to overcome continuing sluggishness in Japan's defence market by targeting international sales, the group said on 1 October. In its annual report, MHI - Japan's biggest defence company - said that despite strong growth in its Integrated Defence and Space

  • UK RAF begin transferring Merlin helicopters to RN

    The United Kingdom's (UK's) Fleet Air Arm's 846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) was stood up at RAF Benson on 30 September with the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, while the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 78 Squadron was disbanded. As part of the UK's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Merlin utility

  • USN to provide recommendations on future small surface combatant

    Key Points US Navy leaders to brief the secretary of defense on their recommendations for SSC, the follow-on programme to LCS A final determination is expected to be revealed in FY 2016 budget submission As the Pentagon finalises its fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) budget, US Navy (USN) officials will

  • China builds another island in South China Sea

    IHS Jane's has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China's building of new islands in the Spratly Islands. The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as

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  • Army of adaption

    Now redeploying from more than a decade of large-scale counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Army is preparing itself for a future that includes new threats and a smaller force, a bigger Pacific presence, possible complex warfare in 'megacities', and a dwindling number of acquisition programmes. Dan Wasserbly reports
  • New model army: delivering reserve capability

    The UK is shaping its reserve forces for a future that will see them train and deploy on operations with the regular component as an integrated part of the 'whole force'. David Reynolds reports
  • Worldwide missile market opportunities 2014-23

    What will worldwide missile market opportunities look like over the next decade?

Platforms Platforms

  • UAE requests more HIMARS, tactical ballistic missiles

    The US government has approved the sale of an additional 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and 100 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. Mounted on a Medium

Weapons Weapons

  • Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • US Army chooses teams for DVE mitigation ground testing

    Key Points The army has selected nine participants for ground testing of DVE mitigation sensors DVEs are a leading contributor to rotorcraft accidents and reduced operational effectiveness The US Army has selected nine participants for early 2015 ground testing of sensors designed to help

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • 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

Country Risk Country Risk

  • China builds another island in South China Sea

    IHS Jane's has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China's building of new islands in the Spratly Islands. The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • USMC stands up Middle East response force

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has established a new special purpose task force for US Central Command (CENTCOM) that includes 2,300 marines and aircraft based throughout the region, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby announced on 30 September. Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Central

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • UK awards GBP3.2 billion worth of naval support contracts

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded two major Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) contracts, to maintain and repair the Royal Navy's (RN's) vessels and to support the management of its major naval bases, it was announced on 1 October. The two contracts with Babcock Marine and BAE
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