• Netherlands commits to first operational F-35s

    The Netherlands announced on 15 December that it will sign a contract in April 2015 for an initial eight Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). In total the Netherlands is planning to buy 37 F-35s, with the first of the eight initial aircraft expected to enter service in

  • 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+)

  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and

  • 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.

  • Aero Vodochody in talks with Thailand over L-39 replacement

    Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody is in negotiations with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to supply replacements for at least four Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainers. Aero is offering its L-159 ALCA or L-39NG as replacement aircraft. The RTAF currently operates a total of 36 L-39ZA/ART

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  • Annual Defence Report 2014: the Americas

    The US military is re-engaging in Iraq despite its pivot to Asia and continuing budgetary difficulties, while Canadian efforts to support Washington against the Islamic State have also highlighted issues of funding and capability shortfalls. Meanwhile, the main role of Latin American militaries remains supporting the region's police forces.
  • 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.

Platforms Platforms

  • Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her

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

  • Analysis: Five Key Global Defence Budget Trends for 2015

    The annual IHS Jane's Defence Budgets End Of Year Report has revealed five key trends that will shape global defence spending in 2015: 1. The recovery in global defence expenditure will stall – temporarily With further cuts required to government spending in the West and declining oil
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