• Argentina begins P-3 Orion update

    The Argentine Navy has begun a service-life extension programme for its four Lockheed Martin P-3B Orion maritime patrol fleet. The first P-3B (serial 6-P-56) was delivered to Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) Brigadier San Martin on 27 April, according to a navy announcement issued several

  • Austal delivers sixth ACBPS Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal Limited announced on 3 May that it has delivered the sixth of eight Cape-class offshore patrol boats on order for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS). The vessel, ACV Cape Leveque , is part of an AUD330 million (USD259 million) contract awarded

  • Australia commissions first two CH-47Fs

    The first two of seven Boeing CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters for the 5th Aviation Regiment of the Australian Army were commissioned in a ceremony at RAAF Townsville on 5 May. The remaining Chinooks will be delivered by the end of July, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said. Initial operating

  • China's strength draws US and India together

    Key Points A military, diplomatic, and intelligence relationship is rapidly emerging between the US and India that seeks to curtail rising Chinese power projection. India is aiming to spend around USD150-200 billion to modernise its military by 2027. Indian defence and security co-operation with

  • Indonesia sends LPD to European expo in show of shipbuilding capabilities

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has dispatched its Makassar-class multirole landing platform dock (LPD) ship, KRI Banjarmasin (592), to Milan for the 2015 World Expo. A source close to the TNI-AL confirmed to IHS Jane's on 4 May that this marks the first

  • Meprolight to form optics JV with India's Rolta

    Rolta India plans to form a joint venture (JV) with Israeli company Meprolight to develop and manufacture optronics devices in India for defence and security applications, it was announced on 4 May. Under the terms of the JV agreement, equity in the new company will be split 51:49 with Rolta


  • Coming of age: The rapid expansion of the Myanmar Navy

    On the back of an ambitious programme of indigenous shipbuilding, the Myanmar Navy has emerged as a force capable of projecting influence well beyond the country's EEZ into the wider Bay of Bengal. Kerry Herschelman reports
  • Extended reach: Bangladeshi naval modernisation

    With significant help from China, the Bangladesh Navy continues to advance its plans to develop into a three-dimensional deterrent force capable of protecting its strategic interests in the Bay of Bengal. Mrityunjoy Mazumdar reports
  • Mapping shows terrorism risk increase in Cairo

    In the last two years, there has been an increase in quantity and a shift in distribution of terrorism incidents in Cairo. In the first in a new series on developments in OSINT analytics, Hugo Foster uses visualisation to map out the pattern of terrorist attacks.

Platforms Platforms

  • Brazil set to develop new patrol ship

    Brazilian Navy's Ships Project Centre (CPN) has been contracted to design a 500-tonne class patrol ship through an award placed in April. Brazil's state-owned naval project management company (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais: EMGEPRON), issued the contract for a vessel designated NPa 500-BR

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Saab reveals enhanced radar for Gripen C/D fighter

    Saab has revealed a new variant of the PS-05/A radar for the Gripen C/D fighter aircraft that the company claims more than doubles the detection performance of the current system, the company told reporters at its Linkoping site on 27 April. The upgraded radar, designated PS-05/A Mk4, features a

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

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CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

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Industry Industry

  • French defence budget boost swaps a 7% cut for a 4% jump

    Key points: France’s announcement goes even further than Germany's plan to increase spending by EUR1.9 billion over 2015-2016. While many countries in Eastern Europe have already increased spending, we may finally be seeing an end to the erosion of defence spending in Western Europe.