• Netherlands commits to first operational F-35s

    The Netherlands announced on 15 December that it will sign a contract in April 2015 for an initial eight Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). In total the Netherlands is planning to buy 37 F-35s, with the first of the eight initial aircraft expected to enter service in

  • Spain buys extra Patriot SAM batteries from Germany

    Spain is to buy two surplus Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries from Germany ahead of deploying some of its existing Patriot systems as part of the NATO cover agreed for Turkey. The two batteries will each include five launchers in the Patriot Advanced Capability Two Plus (PAC-2+)

  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and

  • MQ-8B concludes successful US Coast Guard cutter demonstration

    Key Points USCG conducts radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS technical demonstration 10 days of testing off California saw system achieve all of the USCG's objectives A radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed a 10-day technical

  • Aero Vodochody in talks with Thailand over L-39 replacement

    Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody is in negotiations with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to supply replacements for at least four Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainers. Aero is offering its L-159 ALCA or L-39NG as replacement aircraft. The RTAF currently operates a total of 36 L-39ZA/ART

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  • Annual Defence Report 2014: the Americas

    The US military is re-engaging in Iraq despite its pivot to Asia and continuing budgetary difficulties, while Canadian efforts to support Washington against the Islamic State have also highlighted issues of funding and capability shortfalls. Meanwhile, the main role of Latin American militaries remains supporting the region's police forces.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Europe

    War. Crisis. Invasion. Insurrection. Annexation. Return of the Cold War. Not words many on New Year's Eve 2013 would have predicted being used to describe the year ahead for Europe, but the reality it was dealt nonetheless.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Middle East/Africa

    The emergence of the so-called Islamic State as an entity that controls a vast swathe of Syria and Iraq dominated 2014 and resulted in a new US-led effort to defeat the group, setting the scene for a drawn-out struggle that will be complicated by Iran's continued support to allied militias.
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  • Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her
  • Spain buys extra Patriot SAM batteries from Germany

    Spain is to buy two surplus Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries from Germany ahead of deploying some of its existing Patriot systems as part of the NATO cover agreed for Turkey. The two batteries will each include five launchers in the Patriot Advanced Capability Two Plus (PAC-2+)
  • Estonian Air Force seeks enhanced C2, and to support allies

    The Estonian Air Force is to prioritise its efforts towards developing a more advanced command and control (C2) capability over the coming years, as well as ensuring that it is properly equipped and prepared to host NATO allies in the Baltic republic. Speaking to journalists at Amari Airbase near

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