• EUNAVFOR-MED gains air support

    The European mission to monitor migrant smuggling from Libya has been bolstered by the arrival in Sicily of a Swearingen Merlin IIIC maritime patrol aircraft from Luxembourg. European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR-MED) announced that the twin-turboprop aircraft had begun operations on

  • Israel completes CH-53 life-extension programme

    The Israel Air Force (IAF) has completed its Sikorsky CH-53 life-extension programme. The IAF said the last CH-53 left its Aerial Maintenance Unit workshop in late July and returned to its squadron. It declined to say precisely how many helicopters have been upgraded. The nine-year project was

  • KMW, Nexter Systems merger receives final sign-off

    Key Points KMW and French government sign off on creation of joint venture, effectively merging KMW and Nexter Systems Consolidation of the two companies comes as domestic defence expenditure declines and the need for export customers rise Owners of the French and German armoured vehicle

  • MBDA delivers first fin actuator systems for MMP and testbed for Brimstone

    Key Points Component development is the first fruit of MBDA's new production model and the Franco-UK missile development agreement Full-scale production to begin in the UK in 2016 UK-based MBDA Missile Systems has begun initial deliveries of production standard fin actuation systems for the

  • SeaRAM set for Rota-based DDG 51 destroyers

    The US Navy (USN) is moving ahead with a fast-track programme to install Raytheon Missile Systems' Mk 15 Mod 31 SeaRAM inner-layer missile system on four DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyers forward deployed to Rota, Spain. Using funding reprogrammed from fiscal year 2015 (FY

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  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
  • Cyber-mercenary industry grows worldwide

    As attention focuses on inter-state cyber-warfare, private non-governmental actors have rapidly proliferated. Tim Maurer examines the rise of these often powerful proxy groups.
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  • HSV-2 turns up off Aden

    The ex-US naval logistics ship Swift is now operating under the flag of United Arab Emirates (UAE), which may be using it to support an amphibious operation in Yemen. Built by Australia's Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Swift was chartered as High-Speed Vessel 2 (HSV-2) by US Military Sealift Command
  • 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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