• Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget cut by 25%

    Key Points Brazil is to cut its defence procurement funding from USD7.3 billion to USD5.4 billion in 2015 The cuts, due to wider economic issues, could slow or cancel some acquisitions Brazil's 2015 defence procurement budget will be reduced from a previously approved BRL22.6 billion (USD7.3

  • Canada names third Arctic/Offshore patrol ship

    Canada has named its third Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) after a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) coxswain, officials announced on 25 May. The AOPS will be named after Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, who served as the Coxswain of the RCN's HMCS Assiniboine during the Battle of the Atlantic in the

  • Egypt reportedly to buy 46 MiG-29s

    Egypt has agreed a deal to buy 46 MiG-29 multirole fighters in a deal that could be worth around USD2 billion, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported on 25 May. The deal is expected to be signed in "the nearest future", according to two sources in the Russian aviation industry cited by

  • USMC to deploy special purpose unit in Central America

    The US Marine Corps' (USMC's) special purpose unit concept continues to evolve as the corps prepares to send its first force package to US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), largely for disaster response. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force -SOUTHCOM (SPMAGTF-SC) is to deploy about 280 personnel

  • USN names 23rd Virginia-class attack submarine

    The US Navy (USN) has selected a name for its 23rd Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, as officials announced on 24 May that SSN 796 is to bear the name USS New Jersey . New Jersey will be the fifth Block IV Virginia submarine, to be built under a teaming agreement with Huntington

  • Strengthened backbone [CAN2015D1]

    General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-Canada) is displaying the newly upgraded variant of its venerable LAV III 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle at CANSEC 2015 – the all- Canadian-designed LAV 6.0. The company was awarded a CAD1.06 billion contract in October 2011 to upgrade 550 Canadian

Platforms Platforms

  • India to review safety of Su-30MKI fighter fleet

    India is to conduct a safety assessment of its fleet of Sukhoi S030MKI 'Flanker' fighters following the loss of an aircraft on 19 May, national media has reported. A high-level review of the more than 200 Su-30MKI aircraft fielded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) is due to be held in the coming days,

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

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

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
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