• Alestis to launch centre of excellence

    Airbus subsidiary Alestis Aerospace is to develop a 'centre of excellence' at its Vitoria plant in northern Spain for concentrating key areas in its manufacturing of plane parts. Work is due to be completed next year on a EUR4.5 million (USD4.8 million) improvement plan that will involve the

  • AVIC to merge aero-engine companies

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is planning to merge several subsidiaries involved in aero-engine manufacturing in a bid to spur capability advancements. State-owned Chinese news agencies reported on 17 April that eight AVIC affiliates are expected to invest CNY2.94 billion

  • Brazilian companies begin looking to Zambian market

    Brazil's defence industry is looking at ways to make further inroads into the southern African defence market, with one manufacturer considering the establishment of an assembly plant in Zambia. According to Zambian press reports on 17 April, Brazil's Metro-Shacman - a subsidiary of China's Shaanxi

  • Double IED attack kills soldier in Egypt's North Sinai

    A SOLDIER was killed and three others were wounded when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated consecutively targeting their armoured vehicle near the town of Ash Shaykh Zuwayd in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 15 April, Reuters reported. Reports

  • IED attack wounds three soldiers in the Philippines' Ilocos de Sur

    AT LEAST three soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a tree by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the village of Bacsayan in the Santa Cruz area of the Philippines' Ilocos del Sur province on 16 April, GMA Network reported. No group

  • India launches first-of-class Project 15B destroyer

    Mazagon Dockyard Limited launched Vishakhapatnam , the first of four 7,300-tonne Project 15B guided missile destroyers being built for the Indian Navy (IN), in Mumbai on 20 April. IN officials said it would be commissioned in July 2018 and delivery of the three follow-on platforms at two year

Platforms Platforms

  • Belarus begins receiving Yak-130 aircraft from Russia

    Belarus has begun receiving the four Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft it ordered in 2012, national media reported on 16 April. At least one of the aircraft was photographed aboard an Ilyushin Il-76 'Candid' airlifter for its journey from the Irkutsk Aviation

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Sagem enhances French Army FELIN kit

    Sagem, a division of French group Safran, announced on 3 April it had won a contract from the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) procurement organisation to add several improvements to the French Army's FELIN V1 (Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés)

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

  • China's first runway in Spratlys under construction

    Key Points Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands The imagery, provided by Airbus Defence and Space, also shows China building islands on Subi Reef that if linked up would provide enough land for another airstrip

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • Sweden trims 2015 defence budget

    The Swedish government has proposed a SEK1.6 billion (USD182 million) reduction in defence spending in 2015, according to budget documentation released on 15 April. The government's Spring Budget proposal plots defence expenditure at SEK46.87 billion in 2015, a decrease from the previously approved
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