• Argentina signs MoU for 12 Airbus Helicopters H125s

    The Argentine Ministry of Defence signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the procurement of 12 Airbus Helicopters H125s (formerly AS550B3 Ecureuil) during the Paris Air Show, according to company communiqué dated 25 June. The communiqué briefly explains that the H125s will begin

  • Argentina signs with Israel for tank upgrade

    Argentina has agreed to a USD111 million contract with Israel to upgrade 74 TAM main battle tanks. The deal was signed by Argentine minister of defence Agustin Rossi and Mishel Ben-Baruch, director of the Israeli Ministry of Defence's International Defence Cooperation Division (SIBAT), on 26 June.

  • Austal USA lays keel for US Navy's 14th LCS

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) 14th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was laid at Austal USA's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard, officials announced on 29 June. Marking the beginning of the future USS Manchester 's (LCS 14) assembly process, the keel-laying ceremony at the Gulf coast shipyard is Austal's

  • Bangladesh Navy decommissions four Chinese-built torpedo craft

    The Bangladesh Navy decommissioned four Chinese-built Type 26 Huchuan-class torpedo boats (pennant numbers 8235, 8236, 8237, and 8238) at Chittagong on 18 June. A navy press release said that the decision to decommission these boats had been taken due to increasing challenges in maintaining their

  • Colombian Navy deploys OPV to support 'Atalanta'

    The Colombian Navy has deployed its ARC 7 de Agosto ocean patrol vessel (OPV) to support the European Union's Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta' off the coast of Somalia. 7 de Agosto sailed from Cartagena on 27 June and will deploy for five-months to protect World Food Programme shipments

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  • South Korea opts for Airbus in tanker-transport requirement

    Airbus has beaten off competition from both Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to supply the Republic of Korea with tanker-transport aircraft, the government announced on 30 June. The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is to receive four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole
  • Finland orders more NLAW missiles

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced. The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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