• CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy

    CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy Canadian Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney, nominated earlier this year and speaking for the first time at Canada's main defence exposition, outlined his vision for implementing the country's new procurement strategy. The

  • EDA's goal of UAV C2 transfer between satellites falling short of live demo

    The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) newest research project into transferring command-and-control (C2) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from one satellite to another should carry that goal a step or two closer to regulatory and operational reality, but will fall short of actually demonstrating

  • Pilots killed in Chinese trainer aircraft crash

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  • Private company procures Bell 407GT light attack helo for use in Africa, the Middle East

    Bell Helicopter has sold its first 407GT light attack and armed reconnaissance platform to BBM Inc to perform a variety of security missions in the Middle East and Africa, it was announced on 27 May. Bell Helicopter did not disclose how many of the armed 407GTs are to be acquired, but the private

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  • Images emerge of new Chinese twin-fuselage HALE UAV concept

    Images have appeared on a Chinese website of a new large twin-fuselage turbofan-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could serve as a new high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) multi-mission platform. Reportedly produced by the 601 Institute of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), the large
  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

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  • USAF certifies SpaceX for military satellite launches

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  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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