• Canada to buy Blackjack UAVs

    Canada is purchasing the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Canadian Army, the government announced on 26 August. The contract is valued at USD14.2 million and includes five UAVs and initial training. The purchase was made through a contractual agreement with the US government's

  • Chile to purchase more than 300 Mercedes Benz trucks

    Mercedes Benz has been awarded a contract to provide 330 trucks for the Chilean Army. The procurement is part of the Programa Alfil (Bishop Program) to replace the ageing military truck fleet. It includes a batch of MB Zetros 2733 6x6 and Unimog U 4000 4x4 vehicles. The Zetros are replacing legacy

  • Smith & Wesson completes Crimson Trace deal

    Firearm maker Smith & Wesson has completed its deal to acquire Crimson Trace, the company announced on 29 August. Smith & Wesson paid USD95 million for the company, using cash reserves. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sighting systems as well as lighting products for firearms, will now

  • Canada announces new peace, stability ops programme

    Canada has launched a new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) and pledged to make available up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel for possible UN peace operation deployments. In a 26 August announcement, the Canadian government said it would devote CAD450 million (USD346

  • Australian DoD issues warning to DCNS following data leak

    DCNS Group, the French shipbuilder selected to lead Australia's Future Submarine programme in April, has received a warning from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) following a substantial leak of technical data relating to the company's Scorpene submarine design. The unauthorised release of

  • BAE Systems tops UK suppliers list

    BAE Systems has topped the list suppliers to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) over the past year, according to data published by the London-based ministry on 25th August. The ministry's spend with the UK-based defence giant was some GBP3.67 billion (USD4.85 billion) in the financial year 2015-16 or

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  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.

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  • German Puma AIFV production ramps up

    Key Points Production of the German Army's Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle is set to increase from 2017 Future upgrades to the vehicle are also being planned Projekt System and Management (PSM) is now ramping up production of the Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) for the

Weapons Weapons

  • Brazilian Army seeks additional remote weapon stations

    The Brazilian Army is to procure additional REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) and UT30BR lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit Systems' ARES, the service's Projects Management Office (EPEx) told IHS Jane's . REMAX was developed jointly with army's Science and

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  • URC Systems readies RCIED jammers for Bangladesh Army

    Czech electronic warfare system producer URC Systems has teamed with local firm Radiant Corporation to supply the Bangladesh Army with its STAR Light 3E jammers. The jammers - designed to counter threats such as radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) - will be installed onto the

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  • Colombian government, FARC announce final peace agreement

    The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a final agreement towards ending a bloody war ongoing since the 1960s, the parties announced on 24 August. "We have reached a final accord, complete and definitive, to end an armed conflict with the

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

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  • North Korea releases footage of SLBM launch

    North Korea's state-run Uriminzokkiri website has released video footage of what is believed to be the 24 August test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The site also shows images of the missile, thought to be a Pukkuksong-1 (also referred to as the Bukgeukseong-1 or KN-11),

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  • Northrop Grumman to develop laser pod to protect USAF fighters

    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD39.3 million contract related to the development of a laser-based self-defence system for the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, which was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 23 August, is for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator
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