• Northrop Grumman lands US Army helo protection programme

    Key Points The US Army has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD35.3 million contract for CIRCM The company will continue EMD work and deliver 21 ship sets initially, but the army has options for additional purchases and production The US Army has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD35.3 million contract with

  • USN's 14th Virginia SSN is 'pressure hull complete'

    Hull sections of the US Navy's (USN's) 14th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) have been joined to form a watertight unit, the shipyard responsible for completing the boat announced on 1 September. Washington (SSN 787) achieved 'pressure hull complete' status at Huntington Ingalls

  • Austal delivers Australia's final Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the last of eight Cape-class offshore patrol vessels on order for the Australian Border Force (ABF). The vessel, Cape York , is being supplied under an AUD330 million (USD234 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011, the order

  • Bulgaria and Romania tackle organised crime

    Key Points Since 2007, organised crime groups in Bulgaria and Romania have adapted to the two countries' membership of the European Union, reorienting towards new activities, including people smuggling, drug trafficking, and cyber and financial crime. Bulgaria is lagging significantly behind

  • Carter to propose major DoD personnel system reform

    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter plans to soon propose major changes in how the massive Department of Defense (DoD) bureaucracy handles its people, including the introduction of more flexible career paths. An element of Carter's Force of the Future project is intended to modernise the DoD's

  • DLS, ViaSat to deliver new MIDS-LVT systems to US Navy

    The US Navy (USN) awarded Data Link Solutions (DLS) and ViaSat indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts totaling more than USD870 million for production and maintenance of new Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) that enable platforms to join a

Platforms Platforms

  • 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,

Weapons Weapons

  • IN to get more Mk 54 lightweight torpedo kits

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD29.75 million contract that includes the delivery of Mk 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) kits to the Indian Navy. The contract, which was announced on 31 August, covers the manufacture and delivery (plus engineering and repair services

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