• US sanctions Russian defence firms

    The US joined the European Union 12 September, announcing complementary sanctions designed to punish Russian involvement in the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine. The sanctions target one of Russia's major arms conglomerates, and five other defence entities, as well as energy firms. "Given

  • Algeria aims to expand defence industry, increase economic output

    Algeria is looking to expand its defence industrial workforce and output as foreign investment in the country's industry approaches USD1 billion, the head of Algeria's military manufacturing body has told local media. In an interview with Algerian newspaper El Watan on 9 September, Major General

  • ATK to study ageing Maverick rocket motors

    The US Air Force (USAF) Materiel Command at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has awarded a contract to Alliant Techsystems (ATK) Launch Systems for an ageing identification study of the SRI 14 reduced-smoke rocket motor used in the AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile. Intended to support a Service

  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election

  • Brazilian Army may buy US UH-60M Black Hawks

    The Brazilian Army may buy three Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters via the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. The purchase is currently being discussed and no acquisition schedule has yet been set, an army spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 11 September. The helicopters are intended for

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  • Norinco reveals new features on MBT-3000

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has released more details of the latest version of its MBT-3000 main battle tank (MBT) being offered on the export market. The latest version of the MBT-3000, which is also known as the VT-4, has composite armour over the frontal arc. Officials have also
  • Israel conducts inconclusive test of improved Arrow 2

    Israel carried out a test of an improved version of its Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor on 9 September. The trial reflected the fact that the existing Arrow 2 system, which became operational in 2000, would probably struggle to deal with newer missiles that might be fired at Israel in future.
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • Chibis (Project 21850) class

    Fleetlist Comment: An initial batch of four craft was built at Nizhny Novgorod 2005-07. Building was resumed at Rybinsk in 2012 and, as of late 2013, a further 12 vessels had been built. A further 14 craft are expected in 2014 and five in 2015. They are based in the Northern, Black Sea, and Baltic

  • Mobile Satcom COTM System

    Type SATCOM terminal, COTM Description ViaSat's Mobile Satcom system uses ArcLight® technology to provide, over regulatory-compliant commercial Ku-band systems, two-way broadband access via satellite to ground, airborne and maritime platforms while on the move. This

  • 1K13 sight modernisation

    Type AFV gunner's sight Development The Peleng Joint Stock Company (JSC) has developed an upgrade to the 1K13 gunner's sight found on T-55M, MV, AM, AMV, AD, T-62M, MV, T-72B, B1, BK, B(M), S and BMP-3. It has been known to IHS Jane's since 2003. Description The 1K13 sight upgrade involves the

  • 1K13-D sight

    Type AFV gunner's sight Development The Peleng Joint Stock Company (JSC) 1K13-D sight is primarily intended for upgrading T-55, T-62 and T-72 tanks and also the BMP-3 IFV, but can also be installed in other tanks and armoured vehicles. It has been known to IHS Jane's since 2003. Description The