• Austal delivers Australia's final Cape-class patrol vessel

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has delivered the last of eight Cape-class offshore patrol vessels on order for the Australian Border Force (ABF). The vessel, Cape York , is being supplied under an AUD330 million (USD234 million) contract awarded by the Australian government in August 2011, the order

  • Australia prepares landing craft for delivery to Tonga

    A new Australian-built landing craft to be donated to the Kingdom of Tonga is currently undertaking final sea trials and will be delivered to the archipelagic country in early September 2015, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 31 August. The donation, first revealed in May 2014

  • EU gives green light to Fokker/GKN merger

    The European Union has given the go-ahead for a merger between UK aerospace engineering group GKN and Fokker Technologies, based in the Netherlands. The approval follows a decision by the European Commission's competition authority on 28 August. GKN's acquisition of Fokker fell under the EU's

  • Indonesia to deepen industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia

    Indonesia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is looking to deepen defence industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia. In separate statements on 28 and 31 August the MoD said it is planning to expand links with the two countries across a range of defence activities including industrial

  • MAKS 2015: KTRV unveils Grom-E1/E2 stand-off munitions

    Russia's Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) used the occasion of the MAKS-2015 airshow to unveil the Grom-E1 guided cruise missile and Grom-E2 gliding bomb. Both are currently being trialled according to the director general of KTRV, Boris Obnosov. The munitions have a unified design

  • Thai Navy acquires four more M21-class patrol boats

    Key Points Thailand has acquired four new M21-class patrol boats Its navy now operates seven of the vessels The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has procured four new M21-class patrol boats from local shipyard Marsun Company Limited, a company official confirmed on 1 September. A contract for the vessels

Platforms Platforms

  • F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • MAKS 2015: Russian Mi-28Ns to receive N025 radars in 2016

    Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters will receive the N025 mast-mounted radar from 2016, an industry source told IHS Jane's at MAKS 2015. "The military is completing the tests of the N025 radar on three helicopters. Starting next year, it will be produced serially for mounting on

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

Country Risk Country Risk

  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • New US research vessel completes acceptance trials

    A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August. RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's
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