• GA-ASI and Sener to offer Predator B to Spain

    Key Points GA-ASI and Sener have signed a teaming agreement to offer the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper UAV to Spain Spain has a long standing requirement for an optionally armed MALE ISR UAV General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and Sener, a Spanish engineering company, have signed a

  • India boosts defence budget by 10.9%

    India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February. The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over the

  • Indian MoD approves PC-7 follow-on buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the purchase of 38 additional Pilatus PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft for CHF230 million (INR14.88 billion) on 28 February. These will supplement 75 PC-7s acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2012 for USD1 billion to replace the locally

  • Portugal may buy France's Siroco LPD

    The Portuguese defence procurement agency (DGRDN) is considering buying the French Navy's landing platform dock (LPD) Siroco , the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has told IHS Jane's . However, no final decision has been made to buy the ship yet due to financial considerations. In

  • Airbus Helicopters discusses partnerships in India

    Airbus Helicopters is in discussion with defence companies in India about potential partnerships that could lead to the group's rotary-wing aircraft being constructed within the country, a regional executive has told IHS Jane's . Rainer Farid, Airbus Helicopters' vice president of sales, India and

  • Andorran election gives centre-right party renewed but sharply lower overall majority in vote for continuity

    EVENT Andorra's General Election on 1 March granted a sharply reduced overall majority to the incumbent centre-right party, Democrats for Andorra. The party won 15 of the 28 seats, losing five compared to the landslide victory it achieved in 2011. Overall, it won 37% of the vote, coming first in

Platforms Platforms

  • Royal Navy graduates first operational Wildcat crews

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has graduated its first operational crews to be trained on the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter, the service announced on 2 March. Eleven pilots and seven aircrew from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 652 Squadron based at Royal

Weapons Weapons

  • Aselsan, Thales continue LMM launcher development

    Key Points Aselsan and Thales have signed a further agreement for joint development of shipborne launcher systems for the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) The agreement covers continued development of four- and eight-round LMM Missile Launching System variants Aselsan and Thales UK's

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

  • IDEX 2015: IGG acquires Finnish RIB company

    The United Arab Emirates' International Golden Group (IGG) has acquired Finnish rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer Boomeranger Boats, it was announced on 25 February. The value of the deal was not disclosed. However, Boomeranger's parent company Revenio Group revealed that the disposal would
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