• AFA 2014: USAF could be challenged to meet demand for JSTARS as a new platform emerges

    Key Points A JSTARS recapitalisation effort is to begin in FY 2016 The USAF will retire five JSTARS and their crews to pay for the programme's start The US Air Force (USAF) is beginning to replace its heavily used E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and the service is

  • Airbus Defence and Space looking to divest companies

    Following a 2013 strategy review and the merger of consolidation business units in July, Airbus Defence and Space is to sell half a dozen companies and focus its business on core military aircraft and missiles business, the company announced on 16 September. Airbus named Atlas Elektronik, AvDef,

  • Boeing signs deal with Sky-Watch to develop UAV

    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

  • Delays force Indian Navy to shake up Project 75I submarine plans

    A delay of more than seven years in acquiring six conventional submarines has prompted the Indian Navy (IN) to ditch its plan to import two boats and licence-build the remaining four. Official sources said that under Project 75I (India), the IN now plans to indigenously build all six boats, which

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  • Azerbaijan receives second Buk-MB battalion from Belarus

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have received a second battalion of Belarus-upgraded Buk-MB medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. Details of the deliveries were revealed to IHS Jane's by a military-diplomatic source at the ADEX-2014 international defence exhibition in Baku. According to
  • Israel conducts inconclusive test of improved Arrow 2

    Israel carried out a test of an improved version of its Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor on 9 September. The trial reflected the fact that the existing Arrow 2 system, which became operational in 2000, would probably struggle to deal with newer missiles that might be fired at Israel in future.
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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