• Details emerge of Vietnam's C295 purchase

    The three C295 transport aircraft that Vietnam has ordered from Airbus Defence and Space (DS) are scheduled to enter service with the Vietnamese air force from 2015, IHS Jane's understands. The purchase contract - thought to be secured in 2013 at a cost of about USD100 million - also includes the

  • Myanmar Navy and Indonesia's PT PAL in LPD talks

    The Myanmar Navy (MN) and Indonesian naval shipbuilder PT PAL are in talks over the MN's potential purchase of landing platform docks (LPDs) to bolster sealift and amphibious capabilities, IHS Jane's understands. The two parties have recently entered what have been described to IHS Jane's as

  • RIMPAC 2014: RAN, RNZN conduct minesweeping AUV trials from USS Coronado

    Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) mine countermeasures (MCM) detachments have conducted trials of the Remus 100 MCM autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from the US Navy's (USN's) Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado . According to a statement

  • Spain confirms cuts to EC135 order

    The Spanish government has finally confirmed the financing package for a reduced order of Airbus EC135 training helicopters for the Spanish Army. An original plan to acquire 12 EC135s has been scaled back to eight helicopters, at a cost of EUR49 million (USD66 million), with some of the money saved

  • Two new Spanish BAM OPVs to be in service by 2019, says Navantia

    Two new Buques de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to be built for the Spanish Navy are due to be ready for service by 2019, Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia said on 21 July. The acquisition of the two vessels, at a unit cost of EUR166.74 million (USD224.55

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  • France receives first upgraded AWACS aircraft

    France's air force has received back into service the first of four upgraded Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced on 22 July. This first mid-life upgrade (MLU) aircraft (serial number 202) was completed in February, having been modernised by Boeing
  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards
  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should
  • 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:

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