• China unveils ASW version of Z-18 helicopter

    A new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undergoing trials and testing, according to news reports and Chinese military websites. The aircraft, believed to be designated Z-18F, has been developed from the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG)

  • India lifts ban on Denel

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has lifted a nine-year-old ban on Denel, rendering the state-owned South African aerospace and defence technology company eligible to bid for Indian military contracts once again. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that the MoD told Denel of its intent to revoke the

  • Italian Tornados lost in low-level training mission

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado strike aircraft crashed into a mountainous wooded area in the Ascoli Piceno region of eastern Italy on 19 August following what is thought to have been a mid-air collision. The Tornados, from the Italian Air Force's 6th Wing, were based at Ghedi Air Base in the plains

  • Malaysian training ships delayed by manufacturer's money troubles

    The entry into service of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training ships, Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera , remains in limbo owing to financial issues surrounding the Malaysian shipbuilder NGV Tech. RMN sources said that NGV Tech was in financial difficulties and as a result, its creditors had a

  • New Zealand buys FDS3 floating decoy

    UK-based Airborne Systems Europe is to supply its FDS3 rapid response floating corner radar decoy to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) as part of the Anzac-class Frigate Systems (FSU) programme. An export derivative of the Outfit DLF(3b) decoy system in service with the UK Royal Navy (RN) since

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  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Changing landscape: transforming the UK's surface ship sector

    In the run-up to the Type 26 Global Combat Ship main investment decision, plans are taking shape for a much modernised complex warship capability on the north bank of the River Clyde. Yet there remains an element of uncertainty ahead of Scotland's forthcoming referendum on independence, reports Richard Scott
  • Spinning out - Iran's nuclear talks receive four-month extension

    With the new deadline for a final agreement on Iran's nuclear programme set for November 2014, interested parties gained four months to resolve their differences. Alex Vatanka examines the numerous pressures affecting a deal.
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  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through
  • 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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