• Auditors recommend more tailored training, equipment for US Army RAF units

    Auditors found the US Army's regionally aligned forces (RAF) concept is working well for the most part, but suggested several areas for improvement that the Pentagon said it is now addressing. The army's RAF units align with geographic combatant commands to provide force packages that have been

  • Australia to buy 200 grenade launchers

    Australia is to buy more than 200 lightweight automatic grenade launchers (LWAGL) with an estimated value of AUD47 million (USD34 million), the government announced on 27 August. The contract, signed under Project Land 40 Phase 2 with Australian company Nioa, will see deliveries begin in the third

  • Boeing launches rotary-wing MRO venture in Saudi Arabia

    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

  • EU's defence-transfers directive up for review

    Key Points The EU is reviewing its five-year-old ICT directive Although designed to simplify administration of defence transfers within the EU, the directive has so far done little of any practical benefit, EU and industry officials stated The European Union's (EU's) directive on Intra-Community

  • French Air Force recreates wing structure

    The French Air Force will complete its return to a wing-based structure by the beginning of September, with seven new 'escadres' (wings) being created between 25 August and 3 September. The move started on 25 August with the Cazaux-based 8th Escadre, which will bring together three

  • IED attack kills tribal elder in Pakistan's Bajaur

    A TRIBAL elder - reportedly associated with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Zari area of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August,

Platforms Platforms

  • Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August. Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the

Weapons Weapons

  • USN kicks off LRASM integration on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has begun initial integration of Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. Fit checks are currently being conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, ahead of the start of airworthiness

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest

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

  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • NATO rotates Baltic Air Policing Mission

    NATO has begun the process of rotating its Baltic Air Policing Mission, with Norway handing over the lead for the operation to Hungary. The Norwegian detachment of four Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighters is in the process of being replaced at Siauliai Airbase Base in Lithuania by four

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • Brazil and Sweden sign financing contract for Gripen NGs

    Brazil and Sweden have signed the financing contract that will facilitate the South American country's acquisition of 36 Saab Gripen NG multirole jets. The event occurred at the Brazilian Embassy in London on 25 August, and was attended by representatives of the Brazilian National Treasury's