• Analysis: US debate over arming Ukraine overlooks wider strategy

    Discussions regarding whether or not to supply weapons and equipment to Ukrainian forces - to counteract strong Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine - should be had within a wider strategic context. ANALYSIS Lawmakers and some government officials have sought to press US president

  • Australia takes a step towards OneSKY

    Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are to work with Thales Australia to develop the OneSKY harmonised civil/military air traffic management system. Thales Australia was selected on 27 February 2015 following a competitive tender. The value of the contract was not

  • IDEX 2015: UAE announces contracts worth $5 billion

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 33 deals worth AED18.33 billion (USD4.99 billion) at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi, a significant jump on the AED14 billion in orders announced at the previous show in 2013. The big news was saved for the last day, when the UAE announced it had ordered another

  • LRS-B vital to US nuclear deterrent, STRATCOM chief says

    Completing development of the classified Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) programme is essential to the US nuclear deterrent because of the advanced age of the US Air Force's (USAF's) existing bomber fleets, the military official responsible for US strategic deterrence said on 26 February.

  • Philippine authorities seize Vietnamese vessel for suspected weapons smuggling

    The Philippine Navy (PN) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) have seized an 84-m Vietnamese cargo vessel suspected of weapons smuggling in the country's southern island province of Sulu. The PN's director of public affairs, Commander Lued Lincuna, told IHS Jane's on 26 February that the cargo vessel, An

  • Finland selects FN SCAR-L for its special forces

    Finland's special forces have selected the Belgian FN SCAR-L assault rifle as a new standard firearm. The FN SCAR-L will be the first 5.56x45 mm NATO calibre firearm introduced to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It will supplement the current RK 95 TP assault rifle chambered in the Russian

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  • UK's Scout SV reconnaissance variant passes CDR

    The British Army's upcoming Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) tracked reconnaissance vehicle has passed its critical design review (CDR), General Dynamics UK announced on 26 February. The reconnaissance variant is the final variant of the Scout SV programme to pass its CDR. With this now complete, the

Weapons Weapons

  • Finland selects FN SCAR-L for its special forces

    Finland's special forces have selected the Belgian FN SCAR-L assault rifle as a new standard firearm. The FN SCAR-L will be the first 5.56x45 mm NATO calibre firearm introduced to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It will supplement the current RK 95 TP assault rifle chambered in the Russian

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  • 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

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  • Turkey launches military operation inside Syria

    The Turkish military made an armed incursion into Syria on 21 February to evacuate the Süleyman Sah tomb. In total some 572 military personnel and around 100 armoured vehicles were involved in the cross-border operation, called Operation 'Shah Euphrates', with the Turkish troops returning to

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • IRGC attacks replica carrier in latest exercise

    Key Points The mock aircraft carrier that Iran was seen constructing in 2014 has been used as a target in an IRGC exercise The exercise appears to have been an expensive propaganda effort that failed to demonstrate Iran's ability to engage major naval vessels with over-the-horizon weapons Iran's

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  • 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

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  • 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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