• MQ-8B concludes successful US Coast Guard cutter demonstration

    Key Points USCG conducts radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS technical demonstration 10 days of testing off California saw system achieve all of the USCG's objectives A radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed a 10-day technical

  • NATO extends enhanced Baltic air policing until end of 2015 at least

    NATO is to continue its enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission for at least another year, a senior Estonian Air Force officer said on 17 December. Speaking at Amari Airbase, which is currently hosting four German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters assigned to the NATO mission, the station commander Lieutenant Colonel Rauno Sirk said that the base had already been earmarked to host further deployments through to at least the end of 2015.

  • Airbus names new COO

    Tom Williams, previously the executive vice president for programmes at Airbus, will be taking over as chief operating officer effective 1 January, the company announced on 16 December. Williams will replace Günter Butschek, who resigned, the company said in a press statement. Butschek was

  • Australia, Japan to provide F-35 heavy maintenance in Asia-Pacific

    Key Points Both Australia and Japan will conduct heavy maintenance on F-35 airframes, while F135 engine heavy maintenance will initially be provided by Australia The facilities are expected to be operational by 2018 The US Department of Defense has assigned maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)

  • Azerbaijan claims 2014 defence exports of USD100 million

    Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence Industry (MODIAR) exported defence-related goods worth USD100 million in 2014, Defence Industry Minister Yaver Jamalov said on 17 December. The figure marks a fall from output of USD123 million in 2013, but remains substantially ahead of the 2012 figure of USD23

  • Escalating fighting threatens Myanmar peace process

    Escalating clashes across northeastern Myanmar between government forces and an alliance of ethnic minority groups have undermined attempts to engineer a nationwide ceasefire agreement and cast doubt on the future of an already fragile peace process. Worryingly for the Myanmar Army, traditionally

    FEATURED REPORT

  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Europe

    War. Crisis. Invasion. Insurrection. Annexation. Return of the Cold War. Not words many on New Year's Eve 2013 would have predicted being used to describe the year ahead for Europe, but the reality it was dealt nonetheless.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Asia-Pacific

    The drawdown in Afghanistan, a change of government in India, and maritime convulsions in the East and South China seas made 2014 a year of flux for the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Middle East/Africa

    The emergence of the so-called Islamic State as an entity that controls a vast swathe of Syria and Iraq dominated 2014 and resulted in a new US-led effort to defeat the group, setting the scene for a drawn-out struggle that will be complicated by Iran's continued support to allied militias.

Platforms Platforms

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17

Weapons Weapons

  • Spain buys extra Patriot SAM batteries from Germany

    Spain is to buy two surplus Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries from Germany ahead of deploying some of its existing Patriot systems as part of the NATO cover agreed for Turkey. The two batteries will each include five launchers in the Patriot Advanced Capability Two Plus (PAC-2+)

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • NATO extends enhanced Baltic air policing until end of 2015 at least

    NATO is to continue its enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission for at least another year, a senior Estonian Air Force officer said on 17 December. Speaking at Amari Airbase, which is currently hosting four German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters assigned to the NATO mission, the station commander Lieutenant Colonel Rauno Sirk said that the base had already been earmarked to host further deployments through to at least the end of 2015.

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • Indonesia lays keel for second PKR frigate

    Key Points Indonesia holds keel-laying ceremony for second PKR frigate Defence minister sees the keel-laying as a vote of confidence in Indonesia's indigenous shipbuilding capability State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional
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