• Argentine MoD confirms development of new basic trainer, UAVs

    The Brigadier San Martin Argentine Aircraft Factory (Fabrica Argentina de Aviones: FAdeA) has begun development of a new basic trainer aircraft, designated the IA-100, according to Santiago Rodriguez, president of the General Directorate of Military Manufactures (Dirección General de

  • USMC expects F-35B IOC 'soon'

    Key Points The USMC expects to soon declare 'initial operational capability' (IOC) for the F-35B Once IOC is declared, the F-35B will be deployable anywhere in the world An initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters met all the requirements for a declaration

  • Analysis: F-35 Lightning II - last of the manned fighters?

    With the US Marine Corps set to declare initial operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) before the end of July, many are again asking if there will ever be another manned fighter, or if the JSF truly is the last of its kind. The history of military

  • Finmeccanica confirms Kronos radar sale to Qatar

    The Italian defence company Finmeccanica announced on 26 July that its Selex ES division will supply the Qatar Armed Forces with Kronos radars to monitor the country's airspace. The Finmeccanica statement came over a year after Qatar said it was buying Kronos radars when it announced a series of

  • Looming shadow: Australian naval shipbuilding and the 'Valley of Death'

    With overseas companies well-positioned for many of Australia's planned major naval programmes, domestic shipbuilders are awaiting strategic guidance and practical direction from government on how to navigate a way out of an arid industrial landscape. Julian Kerr reports Australia's naval

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  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
  • Cyber-mercenary industry grows worldwide

    As attention focuses on inter-state cyber-warfare, private non-governmental actors have rapidly proliferated. Tim Maurer examines the rise of these often powerful proxy groups.
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  • Saudi JSOW contract awarded to Raytheon

    The US Department of Defense announced on 24 July that it had awarded a USD180 million contract to Raytheon's Missile Systems division to produce 200 AGM-154C-1 Joint Stand-Off Weapons (JSOWs) for Saudi Arabia. The contract is expected to be completed in April 2018. The JSOW is a 1,000 lb-class
  • 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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