• Airbus H125 confirmed as Argentine Lama's replacement

    The Argentine Ministry of Defence affirmed that a memorandum was signed for the acquisition of 12 Airbus H125 Ecureuil helicopters to succeed the army's and air force's Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) SA 315B Lama fleets, which have been in use for more than 35 years. The H125 single-engine light utility

  • Carlyle Group agrees to buy Novetta

    Private equity firm the Carlyle Group has agreed to buy data analytics company Novetta, the group announced on 27 August. Terms for the deal, expected to close later this year, were not disclosed. Novetta specialises in managing and analysing large data sets, with a range of clients in the defence

  • F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

  • First Australian P-8s on contract

    The first four of eight Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been placed on contract, according to a 27 August Pentagon announcement. Boeing has received a USD1.49 billion contract modification for four full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A

  • Honduras hosts disaster relief exercise

    Exercise 'Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias' ('FA-HUM') 2015 officially began on 27 August in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and runs through 4 September to practise humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored event includes eight regional participants, plus

  • Japan MoD requests 2.2% budget increase

    Japan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) formally submitted a budget request of USD42 billion for 2016 in a filing on 31 August. The figure is consistent with reports from 20 August that predicted the increase, 2.2% compared with 2015 and the largest in more than a decade. Spending on MV-22 and F-35A

Platforms Platforms

  • Denel confirms Seeker 400 delivery

    The annual report of South Africa's Denel group states that its Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system has completed its flight test programme and has entered production for "our local customer". The South African Air Force has not confirmed that it is re-establishing a UAV

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • MAKS 2015: Russian Mi-28Ns to receive N025 radars in 2016

    Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters will receive the N025 mast-mounted radar from 2016, an industry source told IHS Jane's at MAKS 2015. "The military is completing the tests of the N025 radar on three helicopters. Starting next year, it will be produced serially for mounting on

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

  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • New US research vessel completes acceptance trials

    A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August. RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's