• Russia to start heavy UAV serial production in 2017

    Russia is to begin series production of large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2017, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Commission (VPK) at a military-industry conference on 16 September in Krasnoarmeisk, near Moscow. "There are robots in the national defence

  • Thai Navy orders EC645 helicopters

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase five EC645 T2 medium multirole helicopters, industry and RTN officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 19 September. The contract, which was signed in Bangkok earlier this month, demonstrates Airbus Helicopters' growing

  • Nigeria to buy 'significant number' of Russian helos

    Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a 'significant' consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. "In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian]

  • French Rafale jets strike IS in Iraq

    France has conducted its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, the government announced on 18 September. French Air Force Dassault Rafale combat aircraft attacked and destroyed a depot in the northeast of the country on the same day as the announcement, said President

  • Mexico orders 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helos for counter-narcotics duties

    Sikorsky has been awarded a USD203.6 million contract to build 18 UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Mexico. The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 15 September, covers the manufacture of 18 'green' UH-60M helicopters for the Mexican Air Force (Fuerza

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  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.
  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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