• AUVSI 2015: MUM-T and interoperability key to US Army's tactical UAS plans

    The US Army is targeting improved interoperability, commonality between platforms, and a growth in manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) as it develops its tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) capabilities. Speaking at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta, Lieutenant Colonel Tory Burgess, the service's product

  • Malaysian Army sets out plans for more MBTs

    The Malaysian Army is seeking an additional regiment of main battle tanks (MBTs) along with self-propelled artillery, according to army Chief General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor. In a written reply to IHS Jane's to questions about the army's development plans, Gen Raja Affandi said the

  • US approves sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles to Indonesia

    The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated components to Indonesia in a deal estimated to be worth USD47 million. According to a statement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 5 May, Indonesia has requested for a

  • USAF to overhaul F-16 Block 40 to 50 wings

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a request for information (RfI) to overhaul the wings of its Block 40 to 50 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The RfI was issued on 30 April and covers 136 aircraft. Work is set to run from fiscal year (FY) 2019 through to FY 2025.

  • Portugal deploys F-16s to Romania

    Four Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the Portuguese Air Force will arrive at the Romanian Air Force 71st Air on 4 May, the Portuguese Armed Forces General Staff Public Affairs assistant told IHS Jane's . The aircraft of Squadron 201 'Falcões' and Squadron 301

  • Swedish navy leadership reaffirms case for Visby air-defence missile fit

    Key Points RSwN's senior officer says there is an 'operational need' to equip Visby-class corvettes with a shipborne surface-to-air missile system Sweden's 2016-2020 defence bill does not include funding for a Visby air-defence upgrade The Royal Swedish Navy's (RSwN's) most senior officer is


  • 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

  • IDEF 2015: FNSS unveils Pars 4x4 vehicle

    FNSS unveiled its Pars 4x4 armoured combat vehicle at the IDEF 2015 defence exhibition in Istanbul on 5 May. The vehicle is the first-ever 4x4 developed by FNSS and has been designed as a company venture for the wheeled component of the Turkish Land Forces' Anti-Tank Vehicle requirement. The cab of

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Images show J-11D variant with possible new radar

    Chinese online forums have reported that the prototype of a new variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation's (SAC) J-11 made its first flight in late April. Images posted online on 30 April showed an aircraft with serial number D1101 and the J-11D designation. The J-11 is one of a number of

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

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

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.