• Yemen's Ansar Allah unveils its rocket power

    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni Zaidi group that a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is currently trying to defeat, has unveiled 'homemade' rockets for the first time as well as a BM-27 Uragan multiple rocket launcher (MRL) under its control. The Piercing Star (Al-Najim al-Thaqib) rockets were

  • Analysis: Parsing China's latest defence White Paper

    The growing importance to China of the maritime domain and its protection by "the preparation for military struggle" were the key takeaways from a defence White Paper published by Beijing on 26 May. The second defence White Paper published under the leadership of Xi Jinping, 'China's

  • CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy

    CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy Canadian Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney, nominated earlier this year and speaking for the first time at Canada's main defence exposition, outlined his vision for implementing the country's new procurement strategy. The

  • DoD contracts Raytheon for the procurement of Griffin missiles

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD11.9 million contract for the procurement of the Griffin missile. The contract, which was disclosed on 29 May, is scheduled to be complete by 31 January 2016. While the number of Griffins being procured has not been disclosed, IHS Jane's

  • DRB-Hicom revenues down as aerospace business expands

    Malaysian group DRB-Hicom has reported declines in revenues and earnings for fiscal year 2014 but said its aero-structure and defence businesses continued to expand. In a filing to the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange on 28 May the company said revenues slipped 3.5% to MYR13.7 billion (USD3.7 billion)

  • DRDO gets new chief

    India's federal government appointed a new director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 28 May, four months after dismissing the previous incumbent. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, selected S Christopher,

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  • AFSOC retires its last AC-130H Spectre gunship

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has retired from service the last of its Lockheed Martin AC-130H Spectre gunships after more than 45 years of service, it was announced on 28 May. A ceremony marking the departure of aircraft 69-6569 'Excalibur' from the 16th Special

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  • 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

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  • USAF certifies SpaceX for military satellite launches

    Key Points SpaceX is now certified to place US military satellites in orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket ULA has not had a launch services competitor for over 10 years The US Air Force (USAF) has certified SpaceX to launch US military satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket after about two years of

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  • 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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