• India to transfer four Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to ANDSF by early 2016

    India will deliver four refurbished Russian-made Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) by early 2016, official sources have said. The renovated Indian Air Force Mi-25s, armed with YakB four-barrelled 12.7 mm machine guns, rockets, and grenade

  • Qatari SATCOM up and running

    A military satellite communications system that Thales is delivering to the Qatari military has reached the initial operating capability (IOC) stage, the French defence company announced on 24 November. It said the IOC had been achieved 10 months after the contract was awarded and described it as

  • Singapore enhances rotary-wing aircraft operations in Exercise 'Wallaby 2015' with new facility

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has commenced operations from Warriors Camp: a new facility prepared specifically for rotary-wing aircraft launch, recovery and maintenance operations during Exercise 'Wallaby 2015'. The exercise is being held from 25 September to 28 November in the

  • Su-35 deal signals PLAAF's lack of faith in Chinese defence sector

    The announcement on 19 November that China would buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 combat aircraft is being viewed as a clear signal that Beijing is still dependent on Russian-made hardware for its primary defence requirements. The contract came after years of negotiations - and only after interventions by what

  • USMC selects BAE Systems, SAIC for Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition

    Key Points BAE Systems and SAIC are to compete for the marine's ACV 1.1 programme, which is projected to cost USD1.2 billion The USMC hopes to have fielded all ACV versions 1.1 and 1.2, and upgraded legacy AAV7A1s by FY 2028 The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 24 November chose teams led by BAE Systems


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
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  • First free-flight test for Harpoon Block II+

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a first free-flight test of the network-enabled AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile in a test on the Point Mugu sea range off the California coast. A modification of the existing AGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C missile, the Block II+ weapon


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see


    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface