• USMC loses UH-1Y helo in training accident

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter crashed during a training mission on 23 January, killing two crew members. The crash, which was reported by the USMC on 25 January, involved an aircraft from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing,

  • India, Russia agree to fast-track FGFA programme

    India and Russia agreed on 21 January to expedite their joint military programmes, particularly the delayed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project. "We discussed all issues, including the FGFA, and have decided to fast-track many of them as there are apprehensions about the slow pace

  • Taiwan commissions 20,000-tonne combat support ship

    The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) took delivery on 23 January of a newly completed fast combat support ship. Panshih was built by state-owned Kaohsiung-based shipbuilder CSBC Corporation at a cost of USD130 million. Construction began in 2011 and the ship was launched in 2013. According to the

  • Bahraini air force details modernisation plans

    The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) is to embark on a comprehensive modernisation plan to enhance the capabilities of both its fixed- and rotary-winged combat fleets, a senior officer disclosed on 22 January. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Colonel Salah

  • Czech Republic seeks MRAPs

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a requirement for up to 62 mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). According to MoD and ACR officials the vehicles are to be procured in two tranches following the release of a public tender during

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  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Skimming the surface: Unmanned maritime systems target new roles

    The development of the USV market has stuttered in comparison with its airborne counterpart, with only target drones keeping many industry players involved. However, initial efforts in the MCM and force protection domains seem to be providing impetus to the market, with some commentators identifying significant potential for USVs in the future. Andrew White reports
  • The Islamic State grows its grassroots network

    The possible connection between the Islamic State and the Paris attacks highlights how the group's media outlets reach out to its worldwide support base. Ezzeldeen Khalil examines their effectiveness in inciting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks abroad.
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  • Bulgaria may switch MiG support from Russia to Poland

    Bulgarian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft may in future be serviced and maintained in Poland rather than Russia, national media disclosed on 23 January. The Bulgarian Air Force's (BuAF's) 12 remaining MiG-29 'Fulcrum-A' fighters and three 'Fulcrum-B' operational trainers could be sustained in
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • 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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