• Saab positions to meet Philippines combat aircraft requirement

    Saab is positioning itself as an early contender to meet the Philippine Air Force's (PAF's) anticipated requirement to procure a multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) platform. The Swedish group displayed its JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft at the inaugural Asian Defence, Security & Crisis Management

  • UK Royal Navy chief: Type 45 destroyers provide option for potential future BMD missions

    Pushing back against a former US defence secretary's observation in early 2014 that the UK's military is in a state of decline due to defence spending reductions, the head of the UK Royal Navy (RN) on 30 July said that, on the contrary, the force is experiencing a maritime renaissance that will

  • Uruguay procures two C212s from Portugal

    The Uruguayan Air Force (FAU) has procured two former Portuguese Air Force (FAP) Airbus Military C212-300 Aviocar transport aircraft, according to a 30 July FAU communiqué. The FAU Logistics Commander, General Alberto Zanelli, signed a letter of intention with the Portuguese Ministry of

  • Venezuela receives first Diamond DA40NG trainer

    Venezuela's Military Aviation (AMB) took delivery of its first Diamond Aircraft DA40NG Star trainer in Austria, it announced on 26 July. The trainer forms part of a 36 aircraft order signed in February 2014 that includes the DA40NG single-engine and DA42 multi-engine trainers, as well as D-SIM-40

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

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  • Russia lays keels for three nuclear subs

    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered
  • RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)
  • Swiss IMESS soldier system ready for serial production

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's
  • 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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