• Brunei confirms Black Hawk transfer to Malaysia

    Brunei confirmed its intention to transfer its S-70As Black Hawks to Malaysia on 28 January. In a statement titled 'Defence Co-operation between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia', the Brunei Ministry of Defence said that the transfer of the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) S-70As to Malaysia would take

  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the

  • Indian MiG-27 crashes on training sortie

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 'Flogger' combat aircraft crashed during a routine training sortie on 27 January, local media reported. The single-seat aircraft came down close to Barmer city, in the northern province of Rajasthan. The pilot ejected, though there were reports of minor injuries

  • Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

    In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah. The videos were released on 25 January on YouTube channels that are supportive of Kataib Hizbullah, a Shia

  • Navantia increases presence in Latin America

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced that it begun the process of establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil on 23 January. The new company, Navantia Brasil projetos Navais LTDA, will be owned 90% by Navantia and 10% by Navantia Australia. According to the Navantia communiqué dated 26

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  • Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash

    The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza AĆ©rea Ecuatoriana: FAE) lost a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv utility helicopter to a training accident in late January, the second to be lost this month and the fourth since deliveries began in 2009. The accident, which is reported to have occurred
  • SpaceX drops lawsuit against USAF over launch vehicle contract

    Key Points SpaceX has dropped a lawsuit against the USAF over a 2014 EELV contract Although the block buy from ULA will proceed, the USAF did pledge to re-examine its certification process for new competitors SpaceX has agreed to drop its lawsuit relating to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Evolved
  • 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



    Type Weapons command and fire-control system Development The CONTROLView air-defence gun and missile fire-control system has been developed by Thales France for a range of applications. It was announced in early 2015 that a system based on CONTROLView would be installed in the aircraft carrier

  • M3

    Description M3 is a simple metal-cased anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation mine dating back to the Second World War. The body of the mine is made from thick cast iron filled with flaked TNT and has a large circular closing disc covering the filling well in the base. There are three threaded fuze

  • MBV-78A2

    Description MBV-78A2 is a small, simple anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine. The cylindrical plastic body has a plain (unthreaded) fuze well in the centre of the top surface, a screw-on base and two mounting lugs on the side. The body houses a hollow cylindrical main charge; around this is

  • NO-MZ 2B

    Description NO-MZ 2B is a small locally-manufactured anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation mine, generally initiated by tripwire. The cylindrical metal body resembles a food can and has a hole in the centre of the top surface to accept a fuze. The body contains a cylindrical main charge with a central