• Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Finnish government considers political response to Russian Baltic naval activity

    Russian warships are understood to have twice recently come close to a Finnish marine research ship operating in the Baltic Sea. The research vessel Aranda was understood to be in international waters during the incidents, which have prompted senior Finnish officials to consider making a political

  • GDUK places Scout SV turret order with LMUK

    A USD1 billion contract to deliver 245 turrets for the British Army's future Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet has been awarded by prime contractor General Dynamics UK to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK), the latter announced on 21 October. The announcement follows on from the UK Ministry of Defence

  • Griffon Hoverwork enters fast boats arena

    Key Points Griffon Hoverwork and Cougar Marine join forces to build ultra high-speed naval and coastguard craft Hovercraft manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork has teamed with powerboat specialist Cougar Marine to design, market, and build a range of ultra high-speed boats intended to support naval and

  • Images suggest fourth Chinese Type 071 LPD is in build

    Photographs released on Chinese websites since mid-October 2014 suggest that China may have started work on the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious assault ship (LPD). The photographs, allegedly taken at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, show

  • Lockheed Martin expects lower sales in 2014 and 2015

    Lockheed Martin reported a reduction in sales for the third quarter of the year, and warned that the decline is expected to continue into 2015. The US group revealed sales of USD11.1 billion for the three months to 28 September (Q3 2013: USD11.3 billion) and net earnings of USD888 million (Q3 2013:

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  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
  • Choosing sides - Islamic State's influence in South Asia

    Islamic State's presence in South Asia is on the rise, as an increasing number of young people are being radicalised and joining the group. Bibhu Prasad Routray examines Islamic State's expansion and the rising threat it poses to the region.
  • Indonesian intent

    Shifting power in the Asia-Pacific region requires Indonesia to reassess its military modernisation programme, writes Jon Grevatt

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  • USN swaps future deployment schedules for two carriers

    Key Points USS Harry S Truman and USS Dwight D Eisenhower are swapping maintenance, training, and deployment schedules The exchange will help keep the USN's carrier strike groups on track with a new readiness cycle and allow Eisenhower to complete an extended maintenance period Two US Navy (USN)

Weapons Weapons

  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp

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CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

  • Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

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