• Analysis: Declining US military spending pressures defence contractors

    As uncertainty rises over US defence spending and as the possibility of further deep defence cuts tied to sequestration raises questions over the future of the US force structure, both China and Russia are moving forward, significantly increasing their investments in defense procurement and force

  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

  • Mexico proposes increased defence budget

    The Mexican government has proposed an enhanced defence budget for 2015, with a projected 9% rise over spending in 2014. Expenditure of MXN98.3 billion (USD7 billion) was proposed for Mexico's two defence secretariats: the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) and the Secretariat of National Defense

  • China advances with Johnson South Reef construction

    Satellite imagery provided by Airbus Defence and Space illustrates substantial and significant progress in China's construction of an island on Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands. Until early 2014 the only manmade feature at the reef was a small concrete platform that housed a communications

  • CAE, Denel, and Elisa plan South African simulation training centre

    Canadian simulation specialist CAE, South African defence group Denel, and South African services group Elisa announced on 18 September that they have agreed to establish a simulation training facility. The proposed South African National Training and Simulation Centre - earmarked for the site of

  • French Rafale jets strike IS in Iraq

    France has conducted its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, the government announced on 18 September. French Air Force Dassault Rafale combat aircraft attacked and destroyed a depot in the northeast of the country on the same day as the announcement, said President

  • Pentagon releases draft of updated acquisition doctrine

    A heavy emphasis on technological innovation and a call for the closer integration of intelligence into the acquisition process are the highlights of the new draft version of the Pentagon's Better Buying Power (BBP) document, released on 19 September. The third version of the draft, which outlines

  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with

  • Brazilian Navy to reveal indigenous OPV design at Euronaval 2014

    Brazilian state-owned naval project management company EMGEPRON (Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais) is to unveil the design for Brazil's first indigenously developed offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at the Euronaval 2014 exhibition, taking place in Paris, France at the end of October. The design has

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

  • Canada follows EU and US with new sanctions against Russia

    Less than a week after the EU and US added new sanctions targeting Russia's defence sector and defence officials, Canada added its own sanctions in a 16 September Filing. The new sanctions target four Russian military officers, and five companies focused on technology development and production.

  • Russia to start heavy UAV serial production in 2017

    Russia is to begin series production of large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2017, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Commission (VPK) at a military-industry conference on 16 September in Krasnoarmeisk, near Moscow. "There are robots in the national defence

  • Thai Navy orders EC645 helicopters

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase five EC645 T2 medium multirole helicopters, industry and RTN officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 19 September. The contract, which was signed in Bangkok earlier this month, demonstrates Airbus Helicopters' growing

  • 'Coalition of the willing' goes into action in Iraq

    Key Points USAF aircraft are expanding the scope of their sorties against the IS in Iraq A 'coalition of the willing' has been formed to counter the IS following a meeting of 30 foreign ministers in Paris on 15 September As US strike aircraft stepped up the range and scope of their offensive

  • IDF preparing to defend against Hizbullah ground offensive

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are restructuring their defences along the Lebanese border after recent intelligence evaluations indicated that the militant Shia group Hizbullah is planning to send hundreds of well-armed fighters into northern Israel in any future conflict. The central pillar of

  • Nigeria to buy 'significant number' of Russian helos

    Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a 'significant' consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. "In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian]

  • OSINT Summary: Australian police foil planned terrorist attack in New South Wales

    Fifteen men were arrested by Australian police during several counter-terrorism raids across the city of Sydney in New South Wales on 18 September. One of those arrested - identified as 22-year-old Omarjan Azari - was charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act. The raids reportedly foiled an

  • Taiwan debuts new kit at 'Han Kuang' drills

    Taiwan's armed forces unveiled new equipment, the largest maritime live-fire drill in a decade and used civilian aircraft in the annual 'Han Kuang' exercise held from 15-19 September. On 16 September the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) landed a Lockheed Martin F-16A/B, an F-CK-1 (Ching Kuo)

  • Oribi leaps to prominence [AAD143]

    DCD Protected Mobility (Hangar 2, Stands B9-15 and C9) has launched the Oribi 4x4 vehicle, which it has developed as a private venture in close co-operation with local company Histomart under a joint venture agreement signed in 2013. Oribi is being aimed at the civil, paramilitary and military

  • SARA is team effort [AAD143]

    Yesterday at AAD, Denel Aerostructures’ CEO, Ismail Dockrat, unveiled a model of the company’s SARA (South African Regional Aircraft) project, thereby revealing this exciting enterprise to the public. SARA has been initiated to provide an aircraft that can be used on short, low-density