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  • Islamist militant attacks in northern Mali increasingly likely to escalate

    EVENT Media reports of ongoing low-level skirmishes in Kidal, a stronghold of the Tuareg movement, continued on 30 September between soldiers belonging to the Malian army and Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mouvement Nationale pour la Libération de l'Azawad:

  • Sweden seeks more BvS10s

    Sweden is looking to purchase around 100 more BAE Systems BvS10 Mk IIB all-terrain vehicles, Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom has stated. Enstrom made the call on 24 September in a local newspaper article, although no formal request to that effect is understood to have been made to contractor

  • South African Badger ICV contract delayed

    The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) new infantry combat vehicle was approved by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in February, but the contract has yet to be awarded by the state acquisition agency Armscor, according to Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube. Speaking to

  • USAF F-16 lost in training accident

    A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon training aircraft crashed shortly after performing a 'touch-and-go' at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on 26 June. The two-seat aircraft from the 309th Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, reportedly suffered an engine malfunction before

  • UK donates RHIB to Kenya

    The Kenyan Navy has been donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the UK as part of a wider effort to improve the African country's maritime security. "The boat is an interceptor, capable of quick reaction and rapid interdiction of suspect vessels," the British High Commission

  • Indonesia inducts new maritime patrol craft

    Indonesia launched two 48 m offshore patrol vessels, KN Bintang Laut (Pennant number 4801) and KN Singha Laut (4802) in early June. Both patrol boats, built by Batam-based shipyards, are expected to enter operational service in July, according to a press release by the country's Central Committee

  • Long wait for new Pipavav CEO ends

    Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering has appointed Rajiv Sarman Shukla as its chief executive officer (CEO), filling a position that has been vacant for two years. Announcing the appointment to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 7 June, Pipavav said that

  • Three PAC-3 MSE missiles engage ballistic and cruise-missile threats

    Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed two different threat-representative targets during a flight test conducted at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. A salvo of two missiles

  • NATO approves ConOps for post-ISAF Afghanistan mission

    Allied defence ministers approved a concept of operations (ConOps) for NATO's post-2014 training mission in Afghanistan on 5 June, although the mission's size and security arrangements for its force protection are yet to be finalised. "We have just

  • Norway conducts first armed NSM firing

    Norway has conducted the first vessel-to-vessel firing of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) Nytt Sjomalsmissile/Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship cruise missile equipped with a live warhead, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on

  • Selex ES gears up for Typhoon AESA first flight

    The first flight of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar being developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will take place in the first quarter of 2014, with the four partner nations expected to sign a production contract shortly

  • Electric Boat to assist in Spanish S 80 submarine programme

    General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been called in to help resolve design problems in the Spanish Navy's new S 80 submarine programme. As reported by IHS Jane's on 14 May, the design problems have generated expected delays of up to two years in the

  • Thales awarded GBP600 million contract to support "eyes and ears" of Royal Navy fleet

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK a contract worth up to GBP600 million (USD905 million) to provide in-service support for the major sensor systems of the Royal Navy's surface and underwater fleets for the next decade. The new

  • With three nuclear-powered submarines returning to service, Russia seeks to maintain fleet numbers

    Three Russian nuclear-powered submarines will return to operations in 2013 following periods of maintenance, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following post-maintenance sea trials to test "technical readiness", the Oscar II-class

  • USN wrapping up study of how it spends its money

    Key Points The forthcoming USN review should help the service with its QDR plan A lack of maintenance is likely cutting short ship service life The US Navy is nearing completion of a service-wide review examining a range of topics from

  • Sequestration grounds USAF Thunderbirds display team

    The US Air Force (USAF) has stood down its Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team for the year, and has withdrawn its support from domestic and international public events as a cost-cutting measure in the face of sequestration, the service announced on 1

  • Thales awarded contracts for Astute-class sonars

    Contracts have been awarded for the supply of the integrated active/passive search and attack sonar suite for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) last two Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). Under awards announced on 25 February, Thales UK will

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