Platforms Platforms

  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election

Weapons Weapons

  • Israel conducts inconclusive test of improved Arrow 2

    Israel carried out a test of an improved version of its Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor on 9 September. The trial reflected the fact that the existing Arrow 2 system, which became operational in 2000, would probably struggle to deal with newer missiles that might be fired at Israel in future.

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • 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

Country Risk Country Risk

  • US-led coalition to tackle IS begins to take shape

    The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is beginning to take shape, with countries around the world pledging aircraft and personnel to the mission. Following President Barak Obama's declaration on 11 September that the United States is to lead a coalition of nations

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • 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

Industry Industry

  • Analysis: NATO's budget increase 'aim'

    Despite the security crises confronting Europe, NATO's toughest debate during its 4-5 September summit in Wales was also, deliberately, the last on its agenda: how to increase national defence spending. Not surprisingly, the formula agreed was a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty one: a non-binding
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