• Brazilian company Flight Tech claims country's first UAV export deal

    Joining an increasingly crowded field of countries vying for sales in the international unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, São Paulo based Flight Tech (FT Sistemas) announced a deal to provide Horus FT-100 Mini-UAVs to an undisclosed African nation. The company also did not disclose the

  • Finmeccanica reports improved order book

    A series of large helicopter contracts increased Finmeccanica's new order intake by 43% during the first half of the year, although the Italian defence and security group was hit by the enforcement of a half billion euro bank guarantee relating to the Indian AW101 VIP helicopter programme during the

  • HDS and ATK sign ammo contracts

    Hellenic Defence Systems (HDS) signed a series of contracts with ATK on 30 July to provide HDS with production support as the company restructures. The first contract with ATK concerns the co-production of 94,670 30 mm combat rounds and 14,450 30 mm training rounds for the Greek Army Aviation's 29

  • Mexican Navy to invest USD125.5 million on shipyards

    Ministry of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) will be spending USD125 million to modernise its two primary shipyards at Tampico and Salina Cruz, according to locally reported government planning documents. The plan calls for the funds to be spent through the end of December 2016. The two yards are the sites

  • 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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  • NATO 'unprepared' to deal with Russia

    NATO is "not well-prepared for a Russian threat against a NATO member state", the influential UK Defence Select Committee warned on 31 July. The report comes in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and continued proxy involvement in the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine. "Recent
  • 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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