• Bulgaria to launch fighter programme

    Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev has revealed that the country is to launch a fighter procurement by the end of June. According to Bulgarian media reports on 21 May, Nenchev told a parliamentary defence committee that the procurement would replace a number of aircraft. However, it was

  • Indian Coast Guard commissions four more patrol vessels

    The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned four new vessels at Porbandar in the western state of Gujarat. The vessels - the Aadesh-class fast patrol ship ICGS Ankit (pennant number 247) and the interceptor boats C-419, C-420, and C-155 - were commissioned on 14 May. In recent months, the coastguard

  • A400M operators warned to check engine control units following crash

    Airbus has recommended that operators of the A400M Atlas transport aircraft perform checks on the aircraft's engines "to avoid potential risks in any future flights". The announcement comes in the wake of the fatal crash of MSN23 on 9 May. In a statement, Airbus said on 19 May it had

  • Boeing touts A-10s for international customers should USAF divest fleet

    Boeing is in discussions with the US Air Force (USAF) to sell off the service's Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft to international customers should the fleet be retired from the inventory, a senior company official disclosed on 20 May. Speaking to reporters at Boeing's

  • Brazilian Army to receive modernised Urutu AFVs

    Technicae Projetos e Serviços Automotivos, a Brazilian operation of Singapore's ST Kinetics, is soon to deliver the first modernised EE-11 Urutu 6x6 armoured personnel carrier to the Brazilian Army. Final tests of the approved prototype are under way and the platforms are to be re-delivered in

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  • US approves large guided bomb sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of over 20,000 guided bomb kits and 8,650 associated warheads, including additional 5,000 lb 'bunker busters', the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 May. The DSCA notification said the estimated cost of the proposed
  • 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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