• Indian defence minister calls for middle path over company blacklisting

    India's government has opted to strike a balance between rectitude and national security with regards to blacklisted overseas materiel suppliers under investigation for wrongdoing and corruption. "The issue has been discussed at length in the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). There is a

  • Lesotho soldiers back in barracks after apparent coup

    The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) appears to have attempted a coup d'état on 30 August, although details remain murky. Troops surrounded and occupied several police stations, including the police headquarters in the capital, Maseru, took control of the radio station and public buildings, and

  • Maiden flight for UK's first A400M transport aircraft

    The first Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has made its maiden flight, the company announced on 1 September. The aircraft, MSN015, departed the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, for a five-hour test flight on 30 August. The

  • Mideast militaries need to rethink procurement priorities

    Middle Eastern countries need to respond to the rapid growth of the Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups by shifting their defence procurement priorities, according to Mustafa Alani, a senior advisor and programme director at the Gulf Research Center. "As the security threat changes,

  • PLAN's 17th Type 056 corvette begins sea trials

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appears to have begun sea trials for its 17th Type 056 Jiangdao-class missile corvette Suqian , based on photographs circulated on Chinese internet sources. The 1,500-tonne vessel (pennant number 593) was spotted on several occasions at sea in waters

  • Slovakian C-27J contract imminent

    Slovakia's longstanding aim to buy new transport aircraft may soon come to fruition, with the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcing it hopes to sign a contract to acquire two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft by 30 September. Speaking at the Slovak International Air

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  • Russia receives new Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters

    The first consignment of a recent order of 40 Mil Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters has been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Russian Helicopters announced on 1 September. The handover of the four Mi-8AMTSh platforms marks the start of the delivery phase of a RUB12.6 billion (USD340

Weapons Weapons

  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is

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  • 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

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  • Ukraine conflict enters new phase

    The situation in east Ukraine "has changed radically", Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on 28 August. Anti-Kiev forces have launched counter-offensives apparently involving Russian regular forces along three axis that have seen the capture of the southeastern towns of Novoazovsk,

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

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  • 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

  • Libyan gateway falls to Islamists

    Libya's main international airport has fallen into the hands of an Islamist militia following weeks of heavy fighting. Fighters from the Libyan Dawn coalition announced the capture of Tripoli International Airport on 23 August. The airport had been shut since 13 July amid clashes between the Libyan

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  • Zephyr 7 demonstrates winter capability, tests new payload

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed an uninterrupted 11-day test flight of its Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) equipped with a new primary payload, the company announced on 28 August. The trial was conducted for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and saw the unmanned aircraft
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