• Airbus completes bank purchase

    Pan-European aerospace giant Airbus will establish its own Airbus Group Bank following the acquisition of the Salzburg München Bank, Airbus announced on 29 July. According to Airbus the Salzburg München Bank, which had assets totalling around EUR330 million (USD443 million) at the end of

  • Argentina to develop new UAVs

    The Argentine government, through its Ministry of Defence, has confirmed its intention to develop a new line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for surveillance of the national sea and territory. This new line of short- and medium-range UAVs - would be unarmed but fitted with surveillance tools.

  • EU diplomatic pressure on Serbia highlights contract frustration risk for Russian energy companies

    EVENT Italian foreign minister Frederica Mogherini lauded the progress of reforms in Serbia during a visit to the country yesterday (28 July), but also called for a higher level of policy alignment between Serbia and the European Union. Mogherini, who was also speaking as rotating European Council

  • GKN reports earnings rise

    UK engineering group GKN has reported pre-tax profits of GBP224 million (USD380 million) for the first half of 2014, a 76% increase over the same period in 2013. GKN's first half results, announced 29 July, showed reported sales of GBP3.565 billion, down 2% from 2013. According to the company the

  • IAI denies cyber attack claims

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) released a statement on 29 July refuting a report claiming that the company lost sensitive information in a 2012 cyber attack. "The information reported regarding the leakage of sensitive information is incorrect," the company said in a statement.

  • India and the US to restart enhanced defence co-operation talks

    The United States and India are set to resume talks aimed at enhancing collaboration in defence trade and technologies, with the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) still regarded as the best potential platform for co-operation, a spokesperson from the Pentagon told IHS

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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken

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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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  • 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

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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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  • China's NDU recommends 400-strong Y-20 fleet

    A new report on civil-military integration by China's National Defence University (NDU) has called for the construction of 400 Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 heavy transport aircraft. Written by NDU's Center for Economic Research, 'Chinese Military and Civilian Integration Development Report, 2014'

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  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

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