• Carlyle Group agrees to buy Novetta

    Private equity firm the Carlyle Group has agreed to buy data analytics company Novetta, the group announced on 27 August. Terms for the deal, expected to close later this year, were not disclosed. Novetta specialises in managing and analysing large data sets, with a range of clients in the defence

  • First Australian P-8s on contract

    The first four of eight Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been placed on contract, according to a 27 August Pentagon announcement. Boeing has received a USD1.49 billion contract modification for four full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A

  • Pentagon announces technology investment during Carter trip to Silicon Valley

    The Pentagon is investing USD75 million dollars in a new public-private partnership to develop flexible electronics, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced during a 28 August trip to Silicon Valley to christen the agency's new local office focused on innovation. Carter announced the agency's

  • Poland set to acquire Poprad SHORAD system

    Pit Radwar (formerly Bumar Elektronika) has been selected by the Armament's Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) to engage in exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of its Poprad short-range air defence (SHORAD) system for the Polish Army. MND spokesperson Colonel Jacek

  • Russia upgrading S-300 Favorit SAMs

    The Russian Armed Forces have received three upgraded S-300 PMU2 Favorit long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems with a reported effective range of 400 km, according to Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) television (TVZvezda). TVZvezda reported on 25 August that the modernised SAMs were

  • Afghan Taliban appears divided over leadership

    Key Points The announcement of the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has prompted a leadership struggle within the group and derailed peace talks with the Afghan government. Resistance to the Pakistan-facilitated peace talks within the Afghan government has increased following a series of

Platforms Platforms

  • Denel confirms Seeker 400 delivery

    The annual report of South Africa's Denel group states that its Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system has completed its flight test programme and has entered production for "our local customer". The South African Air Force has not confirmed that it is re-establishing a UAV

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