• First Indonesian Bung Tomo corvette arrives home

    KRI Bung Tomo (357), the lead ship in a three-vessel corvette class on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL), arrived at the port city of Belawan in Northern Sumatra on 8 September. Bung Tomo was inducted into the TNI-AL at Barrow-in-Furness, United

  • Afghan 'Hip' helo crashes

    An Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopter crashed in the central Daikundi province of the country, killing one and injuring six others onboard, national media reported on 15 September. The helicopter hit a wall of an army compound in bad weather, Afghanistan's Khaama Press News

  • Bidding reported to begin for Survitec

    Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has reportedly placed Belfast-based manufacturer Survitec on the market. Survitec manufactures a range of equipment for use in the military market, including anti-G suits for Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II pilots, submarine escape and

  • Russia to demonstrate ICBM-protection measures

    Tactical exercises by Russia's Tactical exercises by Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN) due to start in September will include the use of point defence systems such as the Pantsir-S (SA-22 'Greyhound') missile/gun self-propelled point defence able to defend SRF assets such as mobile

  • Russian government signs loan guarantees to industry

    The Russian government announced on 15 September that it is providing state-backed guarantees to seven defence industrial organisations to ensure continued delivery of the country's military modernisation programme. The guarantees, worth a total of RUB12.12 billion (USD320 million), have been

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  • 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
  • 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

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