• Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Cambodia boosts MRO capabilities with new Chinese equipment

    The Royal Cambodian Army (RCA) took delivery of a range of defence equipment from China on 23 May as part of further efforts to bolster its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Chinese state media reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) handed over to the Royal Cambodian

  • China pushes civil-military integration in new White Paper

    China published its new military White Paper on 26 May, which includes unprecedented emphasis on a requirement to accelerate civil-military integration (CMI); the process through which China aims to advance military industrial innovation. The White Paper includes a subchapter dedicated to outlining

  • Japan, Malaysia agree to begin defence industry collaboration

    Japan and Malaysia have agreed to co-operate on defence trade and related technologies as a reflection of deepening bilateral ties, a joint statement said on 25 May. Following meetings in Tokyo between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting counterpart, Najib Razak, a statement said

  • Rheinmetall establishes Australian subsidiary to spearhead market development

    Germany's Rheinmetall has formally established a subsidiary in Australia to lead its planned expansion in the region, the company said in a statement on 26 May. Rheinmetall Defence Australia will be led by Andrew Fletcher, the former chief executive officer of Defence SA, the South Australian

  • Rolta revenues up on domestic revenues

    Defence electronics group Rolta India Ltd has attributed strong growth in revenues and earnings during fiscal year 2014-15 to its expanding presence in the domestic market. Mumbai-based Rolta said in a 23 May filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that revenues in the year to 31 March increased

Platforms Platforms

  • Russia formulates UAV development programme

    Key Points Russia plans to produce hundreds of UAVs and develop a supporting RDT&E and industrial base by 2025 Most of these UAVs will be for tactical use, and some will be developed for weapons delivery Russia's armed forces and 'power' ministries may procure hundreds of unmanned aerial

Weapons Weapons

  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales

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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Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • French defence spending increase boon for procurement

    Key Points France is to spend an extra EUR1.5 billion on defence equipment by 2019 under an update to the country's military programming law Included is the addition of four C-130s, more helicopters, and the acceleration of several naval programmes French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian