• Pentagon budget 2016: 'sequestration' could halve US modernisation budget, Carter says

    Key Points Modernisation accounts could see a 50% cut and O&M a 33% cut Major new systems development programmes would be put on hold US defence officials are once again railing against 'sequestration' with the hope that Congress will overturn budget capping legislation in fiscal year 2016

  • Aselsan, Thales continue LMM launcher development

    Key Points Aselsan and Thales have signed a further agreement for joint development of shipborne launcher systems for the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) The agreement covers continued development of four- and eight-round LMM Missile Launching System variants Aselsan and Thales UK's

  • IDF corroborates Hizbullah 'Scud-D' claims

    Key Points The IDF says that Hizbullah has 'Scud-D' ballistic missiles with a range of 700 km The range is well in excess of what the Lebanese group needs to target Israel The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released an infographic on 2 March stating that the Lebanese group Hizbullah has 'Scud-D'

  • North Korean provocations likely around annual joint US-South Korean military exercises, but outright conflict unlikely

    Key Points The likelihood of an outbreak of conflict during the exercises remains low as both sides have a clear interest in preventing hostilities. However, North Korea is likely to engage in a range of military actions, including further missile and rocket launches, aimed at demonstrating its

  • Royal Navy graduates first operational Wildcat crews

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has graduated its first operational crews to be trained on the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter, the service announced on 2 March. Eleven pilots and seven aircrew from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 652 Squadron based at Royal

  • GA-ASI and Sener to offer Predator B to Spain

    Key Points GA-ASI and Sener have signed a teaming agreement to offer the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper UAV to Spain Spain has a long standing requirement for an optionally armed MALE ISR UAV General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and Sener, a Spanish engineering company, have signed a

  • India boosts defence budget by 10.9%

    India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February. The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over the

  • Indian MoD approves PC-7 follow-on buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the purchase of 38 additional Pilatus PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft for CHF230 million (INR14.88 billion) on 28 February. These will supplement 75 PC-7s acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2012 for USD1 billion to replace the locally

  • Portugal may buy France's Siroco LPD

    The Portuguese defence procurement agency (DGRDN) is considering buying the French Navy's landing platform dock (LPD) Siroco , the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has told IHS Jane's . However, no final decision has been made to buy the ship yet due to financial considerations. In

  • Airbus Helicopters discusses partnerships in India

    Airbus Helicopters is in discussion with defence companies in India about potential partnerships that could lead to the group's rotary-wing aircraft being constructed within the country, a regional executive has told IHS Jane's . Rainer Farid, Airbus Helicopters' vice president of sales, India and

  • Andorran election gives centre-right party renewed but sharply lower overall majority in vote for continuity

    EVENT Andorra's General Election on 1 March granted a sharply reduced overall majority to the incumbent centre-right party, Democrats for Andorra. The party won 15 of the 28 seats, losing five compared to the landslide victory it achieved in 2011. Overall, it won 37% of the vote, coming first in

  • AQAP vies to exploit failing state of Yemen

    Key Points Houthi militia advances in the Yemeni capital and surrounding areas threaten to unite Sunni tribes around AQAP in a similar manner to tribal support for the Islamic State. The Islamic State has attempted to recruit AQAP members, and is actively seeking to undermine the Al-Qaeda

  • Australia to send 300 more troops to Iraq

    Australia is to send an additional training team of up to 300 troops to Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on 3 March. The team of regular army soldiers will work closely with a 143-strong New Zealand training contingent whose forthcoming deployment to Iraq was announced by New Zealand

  • Bell confirms Mexican order for 407GX

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has ordered 15 Bell 407GX helicopters, Bell Helicopter confirmed in a 2 March statement. Deliveries to the 111th Air Squadron at Zapopan, Jalisco, are scheduled to occur in 2015 and add to a fleet of Bell 206, 212, and 412EPs in service with the FAM since 1973, the

  • Evidence emerges of possible DF-31 ICBM variant

    Recent testimony by the commander of US Strategic Forces Command and recent images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher (TEL) point to a potential new variant of the solid-fuel DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In testimony given before the US House of Representatives' Armed

  • FLIR CFO resigns

    FLIR's chief financial officer (CFO), Tony Trunzo, has resigned from the company effective 27 March, the company announced in a press release on 3 March. Dave Muessle, currently a vice-president and corporate controller for the company, will replace Trunzo in an interim capacity. In the press

  • IED attack kills civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants detonated near shops in the Nairiyah area of Baghdad al-Jidida district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 27 February, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Inauguration of former president reinforces political stability in Uruguay; reduction of fiscal deficit to remain a challenge

    EVENT Tabaré Vázquez (2005-10) was inaugurated as president of Uruguay for the second time in his political career on 1 March. Vázquez, from the left-of-centre Broad Front (Frente Amplio: FA) coalition, triumphed in the second round of presidential election in December with 53.6% of

  • India boosts defence budget by 10.9%

    India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February. The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over

  • Indian MoD launches first locally led network-warfare programmes

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has, for the first time, launched two major programmes led by Indian consortia to indigenously develop network-centric systems for the Indian Army. Under the 'Make in India' initiative launched by India's new government that stresses indigenous materiel