• Mexico selects Grob trainer

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has selected the Grob Aircraft G120TP twin-seat turboprop as its new elementary trainer. A deal worth USD110 million for 25 G120TPs, along with a flight simulator and logistics support plus options on a further 15, was first reported by local media on 21 July. Sources

  • Argentina's FM inaugurates explosives plant

    Fabricaciones Militares (FM) - Argentina's state-owned network of small arms and munitions plants - has inaugurated a fifth factory for producing explosive materials. The plant was opened in the San Jose region for manufacturing Sipolex, a trademarked FM product used in mining and munitions

  • Australia and the US to advance science and technology co-operation

    Defence officials from Australia and the United States have advanced opportunities for bilateral science and technology co-operation in support of national security initiatives, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced. Delegations from the two countries - led by Australia's

  • China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

  • China inaugurates UGV facility

    The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group) has set up in Beijing a facility to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The facility, formally established in late June, is the country's first dedicated UGV research and development centre,

  • DCNS reports lower sales and earnings

    French naval shipbuilding group DCNS has reported lower sales and earnings for the first half of 2014. The state-controlled group reported that sales for the six months to 30 June totalled EUR1.4 billion (USD1.9 million), down from EUR1.6 billion last year. Operating earnings, meanwhile, fell from

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  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards

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  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should

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  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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  • Ukraine loses two Su-25 combat aircraft to ground fire

    Two Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Sily: PS) Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft were shot down by separatist forces in the east of the country on 23 July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. The two single-seat Su-25s were brought down near the village of Dmytrivka, near the

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