• Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to

  • Spain to increase defence spending

    Spain's headline defence budget is set to rise in 2015, for first time in seven years, by 1% to EUR5.71 billion (USD7.2 billion). According to figures presented to parliament on 30 September, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will receive some EUR57 million in additional funding, although that compares

  • Bulgaria buys more Textron Commando 4x4s

    Bulgaria has ordered additional Textron Systems Commando Select 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicles, it has been revealed. In total the country will receive 10 vehicles under a USD15.2 million contract awarded by the US Army Contracting Command to Textron Systems on 19 September. The country previously

  • China sends first submarine to take part in Indian Ocean counter-piracy ops

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed reports that a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine visited the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in early September: the first overt overseas port call by a Chinese submarine. A MND spokesman stated that the submarine was en route to

  • Honeywell-Tata sign TALIN licencing agreement

    Honeywell Aerospace and Tata Power have signed an agreement to enable the Indian company to licence manufacture the US group's Tactical Advanced Land Inertial Navigator (TALIN) in India, it was announced on 29 September. A statement by Honeywell said that the licencing accord will enable Tata

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  • UK deploys Watchkeeper UAV to Afghanistan

    The first operational flight of the Thales WK450 Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken place in Afghanistan only three months before UK forces are due to withdraw from the Southwest Asian country. Details of the flight were revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24
  • Oman to get Lanza surveillance radar system

    Oman has ordered a new air defence surveillance system for its air force based on the Lanza 3D radar. The Spanish company Indra announced on 30 September that it will "integrate its most advanced air surveillance solutions" in Oman. The company did not identify the system, but said the
  • Yemen to acquire ScanEagle UAVs

    Yemen is to acquire an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system under a USD11 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 September. The contract covers the procurement of nine electro-optic (EO) and three infrared (IR)-equipped ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),
  • 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


  • Explosives - General

    Categories of explosive Explosives are normally divided into two groups; 'high explosives' and 'low explosives', the difference between the two being the rate at which they release their energy. Low explosives burn or 'deflagrate' as a flame front passes through the composition, whereas high

  • Explosives - Primary

    Introduction Primary explosives are sensitive compounds that are used in detonators to initiate larger charges. Their sensitivity makes them unsuitable for use as a bulk munition filling, and most are substantially less powerful than secondary explosives anyway. Primary explosives are basically

  • AAM-3 (Type 90)

    Type Infrared (IR) guided air-to-air missile (AAM). Development Little is known about the development of air-to-air missiles in Japan because all such programmes are treated with the utmost secrecy. While Japanese industry has built several models of AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow under

  • AN/APQ-126(V) fire-control radar

    Type J-band (10 to 18/20 GHz) fire-control and navigation radar Description AN/APQ-126(V) is a forward-looking, variable configuration, airborne navigation and attack radar for A-7D/E series strike aircraft. Operating in the J-band, the radar's primary functions are ground mapping, air-to-ground