• AWD programme now AUD800 million over budget

    The projected cost of Australia's troubled Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme has risen to about AUD800 million (USD688 million) more than its AUD8.5 billion budget, informed sources have told IHS Jane's . This figure is nearly AUD500 million more than an overrun forecast by an Australian

  • Australian Tigers to receive tactical datalink

    Approval for an interim tactical datalink for 21 of the Australian Army's 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) was announced on 20 October by Defence Minister David Johnston. The minister said in a statement that the interim datalink, costing less than AUD20 million

  • Oman retires Jaguars

    The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its fleet of SEPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft at the Al-Shafaq Club in Seeb, the Oman News Agency reported on 16 October. It added that the Jaguars, which had been in RAFO service for nearly 37 years, were being replaced

  • PLAN fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou

    Images have been posted online of two Chinese fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). One is the fifth Type 903/Fuchi class underway replenishment ship. The first two Type 903s were commissioned in 2004, with a further two 23,000-tonne Type 903As were

  • USN bolsters Laser Maverick stockpile

    Key Points The USN is purchasing more AGM-65E2/L laser-guided Maverick close-air-support missiles The out-of-production laser-guided Maverick was recently reconstituted by the USAF as a result of operational experience during Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' The US Navy (USN) has awarded Raytheon a

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  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
  • Choosing sides - Islamic State's influence in South Asia

    Islamic State's presence in South Asia is on the rise, as an increasing number of young people are being radicalised and joining the group. Bibhu Prasad Routray examines Islamic State's expansion and the rising threat it poses to the region.
  • Indonesian intent

    Shifting power in the Asia-Pacific region requires Indonesia to reassess its military modernisation programme, writes Jon Grevatt
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  • A-7 Corsair II finally retires from service

    The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) held a decommissioning ceremony for its LTV (later Vought) A-7 Corsair II aircraft at Araxos Air Base, home of the 116 Combat Wing, on 17 October. The world's last operator of the A-7 Corsair II, 336 Squadron, decommissioned 15 A-7E and two TA-7C aircraft at the event.
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

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