• Analysis: 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

  • 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

  • IED attack kills four soldiers in Egypt's North Sinai

    FOUR soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by militants from the Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai, detonated targeting their vehicle near Rafah in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 23 July, Aswat Masriya reported. Wilayat Sinai - formerly known as Jamaat Ansar Bayt

  • IED attack kills one person in the Philippines's Zamboanga del Sur

    ONE person was killed and at least eight others were wounded when an IED, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated outside a massage parlour in the San Jose area of Zamboanga City in the Philippines' Zamboanga del Sur province on 23 July, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. No group


  • 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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  • Lebanon requests wireless TOW missiles

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 1,500 wireless TOW II guided missiles to Lebanon, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 22 July. Estimated to be worth USD250 million, the proposed sale includes 50 M220A2 launchers, 1,000 BGM-71E-4B-RF anti-armour missiles, and

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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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