• Brazilian Air Force establishes new air defence group

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has established the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Defence Group (3° GDAAE) at Anapolis Air Base (BAAN), the FAB announced on 3 March. The 3° GDAAE is composed of a single short-range air defence battery equipped with the Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch') man-portable air defence

  • Navy readies for UCLASS competition

    Key Points The USN has delayed a UCLASS competition until FY 2016 Fielding is planned for 2022, service officials said The US Navy (USN) is preparing to begin a competition for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike (UCLASS) programme in fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016), about two

  • Russia to expand long-range air patrols

    Russia is to expand the scope of its long-range air patrols as tensions with the West over Ukraine continue, state media announced on 2 March. Unspecified strategic bomber aircraft are to be tasked with conducting combat air patrols over new regions of the world, in co-operation with Russia's

  • Ukraine and Russia ceased An-70 co-operation 'a year ago'

    Ukraine and Russia ceased co-operation on the Antonov An-70 transport aircraft in early 2014, Russian state media reported on 2 March. The head of Antonov, Oksana Trofimchuk, made the comment to the Russian newspaper Izvestia , saying; "Since last year, the situation has deteriorated, and now

  • Airbus Helicopters launches H160 onto the market

    Airbus Helicopters launched its new H160 platform at the Heli-Expo industry event in Florida on 3 March. A full-scale mock-up of the twin-engined 5.5- to 6-ton-class helicopter, formerly designated the X4, was displayed ahead of it being launched onto both the military and commercial markets.

  • Delivery slippages cause UK to delay A400M in-service date

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has put back the in-service date (ISD) of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifters by six months because of delays in receiving its initial aircraft, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told IHS Jane's on 3 March. ISD (also referred to as initial


  • 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.
  • 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

Platforms Platforms

  • Analysis - Iranian fighter programmes: Bona fide or bluff?

    Over recent years, Iran has made great play of its burgeoning domestic aerospace capabilities by revealing a number of 'new' combat aircraft types to the world. For about the last five years, state media has heralded a steady stream of new fighters and other types which, it claims, demonstrate the

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