• Airbus Military changes leadership

    Domingo Ureña-Raso has left Airbus, the company announced on 29 January. While no reason was given for his replacement as head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, Ureña-Raso, has been an outspoken critic of the Spanish government and the European Union's defence industry

  • AVIC, Russian Helicopters heavy-lift helicopter project inches forward

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Russian Helicopters are looking to expand collaboration in a programme expected to feature the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter. AVIC said officials from the two state-owned corporations met in Beijing on 29 January to further

  • Germany offers participation in IDAS to Turkey

    Germany has offered Turkey the opportunity to participate in the Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines (IDAS) missile project, IHS Jane's has learnt. Berlin's offer to Ankara was made during a meeting held between Major General Benedikt Zimmer, Director-General of Equipment,

  • IDF pulls its punches after Hizbullah retaliation for airstrike

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out only a limited response to a Hizbullah missile attack that killed two of its soldiers on 28 January, thereby preventing the situation from turning into a dangerous cycle of retaliatory violence. Hizbullah's attack targeted unarmoured IDF vehicles

  • Italian Army Aviation activates SF helicopter regiment

    The Italian Army activated the 3rd 'Aldebaran' Special Operation Helicopter Regiment (REOS) on 29 January in Viterbo. The activation of the unit involved the transfer of the 26th 'Giove' Special Operation Helicopter Battalion from the 1st 'Antares' Army Aviation Regiment. The Giove battalion

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  • Australia to donate heavy landing craft to Philippines

    Australia is donating two recently decommissioned Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) vessels to the Philippines, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 29 January. The last three of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 364-tonne, 45 m LCHs were decommissioned on 20 November 2014. The
  • Russia selects new assault rifles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme. "We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to
  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the
  • 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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