• China inaugurates UGV facility

    The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group) has set up in Beijing a facility to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The facility, formally established in late June, is the country's first dedicated UGV research and development centre,

  • Alliance between Bolivian ruling party and COB unlikely to provide long-term solution to labour unrest

    Key Points The Bolivian Workers Confederation (Confederacion Obrera Boliviana: COB), a trade union confederation proud of its political and ideological independence, has formed an alliance with the Movement for Socialism; this is the first time the COB has forged a strategic alliance with a

  • Azerbaijan inaugurates shipbuilding facility

    The government of Azerbaijan has inaugurated a new shipbuilding facility at its coastguard base in Turkan, near Baku, as it seeks to implement its Maritime Security Strategy (MSS), the state-run AzerTAG news agency reported on 18 July. The MSS was approved by President Ilham Alyev on 11 September

  • Boeing reports defence revenue decline in Q2

    US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has reported second-quarter profits of USD1.653 billion from revenues of USD22.045 billion in financial results released on 23 July. The results show a profit rise of USD565 million and a revenue increase of USD230 million from the same period in 2013.

  • Details emerge of Vietnam's C295 purchase

    The three C295 transport aircraft that Vietnam has ordered from Airbus Defence and Space (DS) are scheduled to enter service with the Vietnamese air force from 2015, IHS Jane's understands. The purchase contract - thought to be secured in 2013 at a cost of about USD100 million - also includes the

  • European Parliament calls for 'stepped up' sanctions against Russia

    As the European Commission prepares new measures against Russia, members of the European Parliament (EP) said on 22 July that European Union (EU) sanctions against the country "must be stepped up" with arms flows across Ukraine's border brought to a halt by Moscow. Elmar Brok, chairman of

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  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards

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  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should

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  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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  • Ukraine loses two Su-25 combat aircraft to ground fire

    Two Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Sily: PS) Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft were shot down by separatist forces in the east of the country on 23 July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. The two single-seat Su-25s were brought down near the village of Dmytrivka, near the

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