• China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

  • Iran's Caspian frigate undergoing sea trials

    The first frigate to operate in the Caspian Sea is currently undergoing tests and will become operational in the next six months, Iranian media organisations have reported. The announcement was made by Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN),

  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

  • Mechem's operations in Somalia and Mozambique revealed

    Denel Land Systems has revealed that its Mechem business unit has expanded from demining operations into general logistic support and is now operating six UN bases in Somalia. It said in a press release that Mechem has around 460 employees in Somalia, including local staff, running three bases in

  • RAN to decommission three Balikpapan-class LCHs

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 July that it will retire the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three 45 m Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held in Cairns in November 2014. The 360-tonne vessels - HMAS Brunei (L 127), HMAS


  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
  • Test your military knowledge - name the aircraft pictured here

    Each week we feature an unidentified platform on www.ihsjanes360.com. Test your identification capabilities by working out what is being depicted in the image and then checking to see if you're correct.
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  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards
  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should
  • 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:


  • 6 × 8 in Electronic Flight Instrument

    Type Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) Description Astronautics' 6 × 8 in (EFI displays are direct replacements for electromechanical HSIs, ADIs, Altimeters, air speed indicators (ASI), flight mode annunciators (FMA), and other indicators for aircraft applications. The EFI can

  • AAAI RS-16

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development Founded in 2002, American Aerospace Advisors Inc (AAAI) UAS activities are 'dedicated' to the creation of systems for use by 'civil government and industrial customers worldwide'. Key RS-16 programme events include: 13 May 2014 AAAI announced that it

  • Airborne multi function colour displays

    Type Multi Function Display (MFD) Description Astronautics produces 4, 5, 5 × 7, 6, 6.25, 6 × 8, and 10 × 8 in MFCDs, designed to display video, mission, navigation, sensor and aircraft data in high-performance aircraft. Common display features include: Video only or smart display

  • ALL S/TAR™ (Strategic/Tactical Airborne Recorder) digital video recorder

    Type Video imagery analysis and exploitation system Description Specifically developed for airborne surveillance missions, the ALL-S/TAR™ digital video recorder (DVR) supports recording from a range of composite, component and digital high-definition and standard-definition input formats.