• Argentine MoD confirms development of new basic trainer, UAVs

    The Brigadier San Martin Argentine Aircraft Factory (Fabrica Argentina de Aviones: FAdeA) has begun development of a new basic trainer aircraft, designated the IA-100, according to Santiago Rodriguez, president of the General Directorate of Military Manufactures (Dirección General de

  • Philippines' Government Arsenal to establish new defence industry zone

    The Philippines' state-owned Government Arsenal, a manufacturer of firearms and ammunition, has confirmed plans to establish a defence industry zone to support the development of military manufacturing capabilities within the country. A company official confirmed to IHS Jane's on 28 July that the

  • US reiterates stance on Vietnamese human rights before arms embargo lifting

    The United States has reiterated its requirement for Vietnam to improve its record on human rights before the long-standing military embargo can be fully lifted. The US partially lifted the embargo in 2014 allowing Vietnam to procure US lethal maritime-security capabilities. This move came seven

  • BEL profits up 137% in Q1

    State-owned Indian firm Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has posted strong sales and profits in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015-16, the Bangalore-based company announced on 25 July. In a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange it said net sales in the quarter ending 30 June increased

  • Finmeccanica confirms Kronos radar sale to Qatar

    The Italian defence company Finmeccanica announced on 26 July that its Selex ES division will supply the Qatar Armed Forces with Kronos radars to monitor the country's airspace. The Finmeccanica statement came over a year after Qatar said it was buying Kronos radars when it announced a series of

  • Huntington likely to lay off 1,500 workers

    Huntington Ingalls Industries, the US shipbuilding giant, will likely be laying off 1,500 employees over the next 18 months, according to a letter to employees from company president Matt Mulherin. The company made the decision ahead of a 6 August earnings call when second quarter results will be


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
  • Cyber-mercenary industry grows worldwide

    As attention focuses on inter-state cyber-warfare, private non-governmental actors have rapidly proliferated. Tim Maurer examines the rise of these often powerful proxy groups.

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  • F-35 Lightning II - last of the manned fighters?

    With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind. The history of military

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  • Saudi JSOW contract awarded to Raytheon

    The US Department of Defense announced on 24 July that it had awarded a USD180 million contract to Raytheon's Missile Systems division to produce 200 AGM-154C-1 Joint Stand-Off Weapons (JSOWs) for Saudi Arabia. The contract is expected to be completed in April 2018. The JSOW is a 1,000 lb-class

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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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  • Saudi, UAE forces deployed to Yemen

    Saudi Arabia's Al-Watan newspaper cited unidentified sources on 17 July as saying that Saudi special forces soldiers had arrived in Aden to guard officials from Yemen's internationally recognised government who had arrived in the city after a series of victories by pro-government forces. It said

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