• Indian MoD approves PC-7 follow-on buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the purchase of 38 additional Pilatus PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft for CHF230 million (INR14.88 billion) on 28 February. These will supplement 75 PC-7s acquired by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2012 for USD1 billion to replace the locally

  • Portugal may buy France's Siroco LPD

    The Portuguese defence procurement agency (DGRDN) is considering buying the French Navy's landing platform dock (LPD) Siroco , the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has told IHS Jane's . However, no final decision has been made to buy the ship yet due to financial considerations. In

  • Bell confirms Mexican order for 407GX

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has ordered 15 Bell 407GX helicopters, Bell Helicopter confirmed in a 2 March statement. Deliveries to the 111th Air Squadron at Zapopan, Jalisco, are scheduled to occur in 2015 and add to a fleet of Bell 206, 212, and 412EPs in service with the FAM since 1973, the

  • India boosts defence budget by 10.9%

    India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February. The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over

  • Indian MoD launches first locally led network-warfare programmes

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has, for the first time, launched two major programmes led by Indian consortia to indigenously develop network-centric systems for the Indian Army. Under the 'Make in India' initiative launched by India's new government that stresses indigenous materiel

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  • Royal Navy graduates first operational Wildcat crews

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has graduated its first operational crews to be trained on the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter, the service announced on 2 March. Eleven pilots and seven aircrew from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 652 Squadron based at Royal
  • Aselsan, Thales continue LMM launcher development

    Key Points Aselsan and Thales have signed a further agreement for joint development of shipborne launcher systems for the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) The agreement covers continued development of four- and eight-round LMM Missile Launching System variants Aselsan and Thales UK's
  • 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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