• India to begin negotiations for Airbus C295 transports

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to begin contract negotiations for the purchase of 56 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 medium transport aircraft (MTA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace the service's ageing fleet of Avro 748M transports. Indian Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa was

  • Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

  • Japan and UK collaborate on future fighter aircraft

    Japan and the United Kingdom have agreed to undertake a joint study that could lead to the co-development of next-generation fighter aircraft, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. The MoD said in a recent statement that the agreement, which was finalised in mid-March, outlines an

  • Key US senator calls for weapons for Ukraine amid hardening NATO-Russia relations

    Key Points As NATO's attitude towards Russia hardens, calls are coming to supply weapons to Ukraine Concerns remain over the degree of support for NATO from the Trump administration NATO's attitude to Russian cyber attacks and other tactics is hardening, with calls for the allies to close ranks

  • Turkey outlines defence export development measures

    Turkey has outlined measures to drive national aerospace and defence (A&D) exports as it looks to a target of international sales of USD2 billion per annum by 2018. Ankara published its defence sales support proposals in the 2017-2021 International Cooperation and Export Strategic Plan, which

  • UK to deploy Typhoons to Romania in May

    The United Kingdom is to begin its deployment of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to Romania in May, the defence minister said on 27 March. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the timing of the Royal Air Force (RAF) deployment that was first announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in


  • Islamic State returnees pose threat to Europe

    The Islamic State is under intense territorial pressure in its former strongholds. James Blake and Brooks Tigner assess the outlook for foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria returning to their home countries, and analyse the likely impact on terrorism threat levels in European cities.
  • Heavy lifting: Armoured recovery vehicles on the modern battlefield

    Armoured recovery vehicles play a vital battlefield role for any armour force, but countries take widely different approaches to buying and fielding these platforms. Christopher F Foss reports on recent developments
  • View from above

    Military satellite networks are an increasingly vital component for a range of activities, from location-tracking to communications. However, in the 'New Space' era, it is becoming cheaper and easier than ever before to launch satellites, presenting opportunities to nations and companies who may not previously have been involved in the sector. Gerrard Cowan reports

Platforms Platforms

  • Cameroon receives new offshore patrol vessel

    The Cameroonian Navy has received its new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) CNS Dipikar (P 107), which arrived at the Douala naval base in the last week of February, a Cameroonian military source told Jane's. Dipikar departed Toulon, France, aboard the Dutch transport vessel Happy Diamond on 10 February

Weapons Weapons

  • North Korea ground-tests new 'high-thrust' rocket engine

    North Korea has carried out a ground test of a "Korean-style, high-thrust engine" developed by the country's Academy of the National Defence Science, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 19 March. "The test was conducted to confirm the overall technical indices

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

Country Risk Country Risk

  • 24 MarSyrian Democratic Forces dropped behind IS lines

    The US-led coalition air-dropped Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) behind enemy lines as part of a wider effort to take the Al-Taqbah dam on the night of 21-22 March. The capture of the dam will enable the SDF to cross the Euphrates and begin isolating Al-Raqqah city, the Islamic State's 'capital',

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • Royal Navy retires Lynx HMA8 helo

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the Westland Lynx HMA8 maritime helicopter after more than 20 years of operations, the service announced on 24 March. The latest variant of the baseline Lynx that entered service in the mid-1970s, the HMA8 was first introduced into the Royal Navy in 1994. As

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • LIMA 2017: Airbus hands over fourth A400M airlifter to Malaysia

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has formally handed over the last of four A400M Atlas military transport aircraft on order for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). A ceremony to mark the official handover was held on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition.