• Italian Tornados lost in low-level training mission

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado strike aircraft crashed into a mountainous wooded area in the Ascoli Piceno region of eastern Italy on 19 August following what is thought to have been a mid-air collision. The Tornados, from the Italian Air Force's 6th Wing, were based at Ghedi Air Base in the plains

  • Malaysian training ships delayed by manufacturer's money troubles

    The entry into service of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training ships, Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera , remains in limbo owing to financial issues surrounding the Malaysian shipbuilder NGV Tech. RMN sources said that NGV Tech was in financial difficulties and as a result, its creditors had a

  • Rheinmetall wins Greek Leopard ammunition contract

    Germany's Rheinmetall announced on 15 August that it had been awarded a contract to supply the Hellenic Armed Forces with 120 mm ammunition for its Leopard 2 tanks. The contract, worth EUR52 million (USD69 million), will cover 12,000 rounds of ammunition for the Leopard 2 fleet. The contract covers

  • Saudi Black Hawk contract awarded

    The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has been awarded a USD30.4 million contract modification to produce 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG) by the end of August 2017, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 19 August. The US Defense Security Cooperation

  • Singapore reportedly presses India over ST Kinetics ban

    Singapore has reportedly pressed the government of India to review its decision in 2012 to place a 10-year defence trade ban on ST Kinetics (STK), the land systems arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering). Citing Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources, the PTI news agency in

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  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:


  • AIM-7 Sparrow

    Type Semi-active radar-guided air-to-air missile Development The Sparrow has one of the longest developmental and service histories of any air-launched weapon in current service. The AIM-7 version that is so familiar today is, in fact, the third iteration of a design that can be traced back to

  • Barrett XM109 25 mm payload rifle

    Development The development of the XM109 payload rifle began around 2000, and was intended to provide a capability to defeat light armoured and material targets out to 2,000 m using the 25 x 59 mm round developed for use with the XM307 lightweight automatic grenade launcher (AGL), under the

  • European Modular Missile (EMM)

    Type INS/GPS guided anti-tank missile Development A number of European nations have drawn up broadly similar requirements for a next-generation battlefield missile, to replace existing weapons such as the Milan, HOT, TOW, and others. France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom became the main drivers

  • FN FAL 7.62 mm automatic rifle

    Development The FN Herstal Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL) 7.62 mm rifle first entered service with the Belgian armed forces in 1954. It proved to be a highly successful design. Although no longer in production with FN Herstal, it was ultimately adopted by more than 90 countries. It is, or has