• GDUK places Scout SV turret order with LMUK

    A USD1 billion contract to deliver 245 turrets for the British Army's future Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet has been awarded by prime contractor General Dynamics UK to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK), the latter announced on 21 October. The announcement follows on from the UK Ministry of Defence

  • UK contracts for top-up Tomahawk buy

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed an order for a further 20 UGM-109E Tomahawk Block IV land attack cruise missiles, but has declined to reveal whether it plans to expand the UK's Tomahawk inventory. Royal Navy (RN) Trafalgar- and Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs)

  • AWD programme now AUD800 million over budget

    The projected cost of Australia's troubled Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme has risen to about AUD800 million (USD688 million) more than its AUD8.5 billion budget, informed sources have told IHS Jane's . This figure is nearly AUD500 million more than an overrun forecast by an Australian

  • DSME, Navantia to complete risk reduction for Australian replenishment ship programme

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia have received contracts from Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to undertake risk reduction design studies for two new replenishment ships to be acquired under

  • India re-releases LPD tender to private-sector shipyards

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) reissued a request for proposal (RfP) in mid-September to three local private sector shipyards to build four amphibious assault ships for an estimated INR250 billion (USD4.16 billion. The RfP to ABG, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), and Pipavav Defence and Offshore


  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
  • Choosing sides - Islamic State's influence in South Asia

    Islamic State's presence in South Asia is on the rise, as an increasing number of young people are being radicalised and joining the group. Bibhu Prasad Routray examines Islamic State's expansion and the rising threat it poses to the region.
  • Indonesian intent

    Shifting power in the Asia-Pacific region requires Indonesia to reassess its military modernisation programme, writes Jon Grevatt
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  • USN's seventh Littoral Combat Ship launches

    A seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the US Navy (USN) was launched on 18 October. Christened Detroit (LCS 7), the ship entered the water for the first time at Marinette Marine Corp's construction facilities in Marinette, Wisconsin. The 118.6 m steel monohull is the fourth Freedom variant LCS
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website


  • 9A1472 (9K121) Vikhr (AT-16 'Scallion')

    Type Laser-guided battlefield missile. Development The 9A1472 Vikhr (Whirlwind) laser-guided anti-tank missile was conceived during the 1980s by the Tula-based KBP Instrument Design Bureau. It was to be part of KBP's weapons suite for the new Kamov V-80 combat helicopter, which became the

  • 9M114/9K113 Shturm-V (AT-6 'Spiral')

    Type Command-guided air-to-surface missile. Development The supersonic 9M114 Shturm (storm) missile is a Russian third-generation anti-tank weapon, with the NATO code and designation AT-6 'Spiral'. The missile is also referred to as Kokon (cocoon) in some Russian sources. It was developed by the

  • 9M120 Ataka-V (AT-9 'Spiral-2')

    Type Laser-guided battlefield missile. Development The 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 'Spiral-2') is an improved, longer range version of the 1970's vintage 9M114 (AT-6 'Spiral') missile from the KBM Bureau. The two missiles are similar in their basic configurations but the Ataka (attack) has a more modern


    Type Anti-radiation missile. Development The Anti-Radar Matra (ARMAT) missile was a development from the anti-radar version of AS 37 Martel. The missiles had the same airframe but ARMAT incorporated an improved passive radar seeker and associated electronics. Whereas Martel was an Anglo-French