• Australia's Quickstep registers sharp growth

    Quickstep Holdings, an Australian manufacturer of carbon fibre composites, has posted a sharp increase in revenues and profit thanks to increased involvement in major military programmes such as the production of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. The company, based in Sydney, said

  • Ba Son completes sea trials for seventh, eighth Tarantul V corvettes ahead of delivery

    Key Points Vietnam's Ba Son shipyard has concluded sea trials for two guided-missile corvettes The People's Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive the vessels in 2016 Ho Chi Minh City-based Ba Son Shipyard has completed a series of sea trials for two Tarantul V (Project 1241.8)-class

  • Canada to buy Blackjack UAVs

    Canada is purchasing the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Canadian Army, the government announced on 26 August. The contract is valued at USD14.2 million and includes five UAVs and initial training. The purchase was made through a contractual agreement with the US government's

  • Chile to purchase more than 300 Mercedes Benz trucks

    Mercedes Benz has been awarded a contract to provide 330 trucks for the Chilean Army. The procurement is part of the Programa Alfil (Bishop Program) to replace the ageing military truck fleet. It includes a batch of MB Zetros 2733 6x6 and Unimog U 4000 4x4 vehicles. The Zetros are replacing legacy

  • China launches aero-engine company

    Key Points China launches aero-engine company to boost self-reliance New state-owned enterprise the result of a huge industry merger China formally launched on 28 August its new aero-engine company in a bid to bridge a long-standing industrial capability gap. The enterprise - the Aero Engine

  • China to provide eight submarines to Pakistan by 2028

    China will provide eight submarines to the Pakistan Navy (PN) by 2028, Pakistan's chief project director of submarines told the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Defence during a visit to the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on 26 August, according to The News International newspaper. The


  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.

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  • Boeing's Phantom Eye to be museum exhibit

    Boeing's hope that the Phantom Eye high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) might be returned to the skies has been ended with the disclosure by the US Air Force (USAF) that the sole prototype is to be sent to a museum instead. Flight trials of the liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom

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  • Brazilian Army seeks additional remote weapon stations

    The Brazilian Army is to procure additional REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) and UT30BR lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit Systems' ARES, the service's Projects Management Office (EPEx) told IHS Jane's . REMAX was developed jointly with army's Science and

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  • Advances in stealth, range expected under NGAD

    Key Points NGAD will include improvements to legacy combat aircrafts' low-observable capability and range Stealth would be improved by reducing observability of aircraft at more frequencies, while greater range could be achieved with penetrating aerial refuelling capability The Pentagon's

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  • Colombian government, FARC announce final peace agreement

    The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a final agreement towards ending a bloody war ongoing since the 1960s, the parties announced on 24 August. "We have reached a final accord, complete and definitive, to end an armed conflict with the

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  • North Korea releases footage of SLBM launch

    North Korea's state-run Uriminzokkiri website has released video footage of what is believed to be the 24 August test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The site also shows images of the missile, thought to be a Pukkuksong-1 (also referred to as the Bukgeukseong-1 or KN-11),

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  • Northrop Grumman to develop laser pod to protect USAF fighters

    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD39.3 million contract related to the development of a laser-based self-defence system for the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, which was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 23 August, is for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator