• Airbus announces replacement of Military Aircraft chief and changes to A400M programme

    Airbus Defence and Space has announced that Domingo Urena-Raso has been replaced as head of Military Aircraft and that activity relating to the A400M Atlas transport aircraft programme will be restructured. Urena-Raso will be replaced by Fernando Alonso; a fellow Spanish citizen who has been head

  • ASEAN pushes for code of conduct in South China Sea

    Key Points ASEAN has expressed concerns over China's reclamation works in disputed territories in the South China Sea The statement represents the regional body's most concerted call for a resolution Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed concern

  • ATK reports record sales ahead of merger

    Alliant Techsystems (ATK) reported the highest quarterly sales in its history on 28 January with sales of USD1.3 billion for the three months to 28 December. This marked a 4% increase on the same period last year. Earnings for the group's third quarter of 2015 declined, however, by USD41 million to

  • AVIC reports flat profits for 2014

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has posted an increase in annual sales but net profit has remained flat on the back of China's slowing economy and the group's continued investment in expansion. State-owned AVIC said on 28 January that annual sales in 2014 reached CNY394 billion

  • Boeing BDS reports 2014 sales and earnings decline

    Boeing's Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business reported lower sales and earnings for 2014, reflecting lower deliveries of key platforms during the 12 months. Sales dipped 7% to USD33.2 billion, while operating earnings dipped 3% to USD3.2 billion. The decline was attributable to Boeing

  • Cameroon takes delivery of Chinese patrol boats

    Cameroon has taken delivery of the two patrol vessels that were completed in China last year, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery has confirmed. The imagery from 23 January shows two 64 m vessels moored in the commercial area of Duala, rather than at the existing naval base, which will

Platforms Platforms

  • Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

    In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah. The videos were released on 25 January on YouTube channels that are supportive of Kataib Hizbullah, a Shia

Weapons Weapons

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  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the

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

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  • Portugal approves military programming law

    Portugal approved its military programming law for the next 12 years on 22 January, although the plan to complete this in 2026 will be reviewed every four years. The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence is expected to spend EUR960 million (USD1.084 billion) in armament programmes up to 2018. In

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • 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

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  • Obama expected to sign defence protocols on India visit

    US president Barack Obama's three-day visit to India from 25 January is expected to see the signing of several defence protocols to boost bilateral strategic ties. Obama, who will be the first US president to be the chief guest at the Republic Day military parade in New Delhi on 26 January, is also
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