• Boeing signs deal with Sky-Watch to develop UAV

    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

  • Delays force Indian Navy to shake up Project 75I submarine plans

    A delay of more than seven years in acquiring six conventional submarines has prompted the Indian Navy (IN) to ditch its plan to import two boats and licence-build the remaining four. Official sources said that under Project 75I (India), the IN now plans to indigenously build all six boats, which

  • Ecuador funds establishment of Cyber Defence Command

    Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has assigned an initial USD8 million to begin planning for the establishment of a Cyber Defence Command, Minister of Defence Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced on 9 September. The Comando de Operaciones de Ciberdefensa (COC) is to be established by mid-2015 and

  • Spain helps to stand up Cape Verde special forces

    A Spanish Navy team has begun training members of Cape Verde's armed forces to help the tiny Atlantic archipelago set up its own special operations unit. The programme began on 15 September as part of the two countries' bilateral defence accord, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Top US general may recommend troops 'accompany' ISF in combat

    Key Points The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he may propose US troops embed with Kurdish or Iraqi forces for some attacks Obama and other White House officials repeatedly have said US ground troops will not have a combat mission US military leaders are still considering how deeply to

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  • Azerbaijan receives second Buk-MB battalion from Belarus

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have received a second battalion of Belarus-upgraded Buk-MB medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. Details of the deliveries were revealed to IHS Jane's by a military-diplomatic source at the ADEX-2014 international defence exhibition in Baku. According to

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  • India 'losing interest' in Maitri SA-SAM joint venture

    Key Points Indian officials appear to be losing interest in long-delayed plans to co-develop a short-range surface-to-air missile system with European missile house MBDA Recent acquisitions of the locally developed Akash system suggest the Maitri SR-SAM is unlikely to enter service India's

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  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Analysis: NATO's budget increase 'aim'

    Despite the security crises confronting Europe, NATO's toughest debate during its 4-5 September summit in Wales was also, deliberately, the last on its agenda: how to increase national defence spending. Not surprisingly, the formula agreed was a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty one: a non-binding
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