• Ecuador loses another Dhruv helo to crash

    The Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea 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

  • Malaysia mulls air defences for submarine base near South China Sea

    Key Points Submarine base defences are being considered against a backdrop of rising regional maritime tensions The base is home to Malaysia's only dedicated submarine facility Malaysia is looking to equip its naval base at Teluk Sepanggar with an air defence system as a pre-emptive measure

  • USS Green Bay sails to join USN amphibious group based in Japan

    The US Navy's (USN's) fourth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD) ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed San Diego on 26 January for Sasebo, Japan, to join the service's Forward Deployed Naval Forces. In February 2014, the USN had announced that Green Bay would replace the Austin-class

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • P-S-1

    Description P-S-1 is a tripwire-operated anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine. The body, housed within a smooth outer sheet-steel sleeve, contains a propelling charge, a tether wire, an integral pull fuze and a main charge with booster. The design is very similar to that of the Russian

  • POMZ-2

    Description POMZ-2 is an obsolete anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine which has been extensively copied by other countries. The main portion of the cast iron body is externally grooved to enhance fragmentation. POMZ-2 has six rows of fragmentation whereas its successor, POMZ-2M, has five.