• Analysis: The KMW-Nexter merger and Europe's defence industrial base

    The merger of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter Systems is a long-awaited tie-up for the two companies, which have been seeking to consolidate their businesses for years. However, there are hurdles for the two companies and Europe's wider defence-industrial base, writes Charles Forrester. The

  • ASPI report calls for sea change in Australian approach to amphibious warfare

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) currently lacks the tradition, culture, and organisational expertise needed to maintain and employ a world-class amphibious warfare capability, according to a new study by a leading think-tank. The paper, released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute

  • Australia receives seventh C-17 transport aircraft

    Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. Australia said it would purchase two C-17s on 10 April after requesting four in late 2014. The

  • Brazil and Sweden reach financing agreement on fighter deal

    The Brazilian Ministry of Defence and Swedish Export Credit Corporation agreed on 29 July to a financing plan that fixes annual interest rates at 2.19%, compared with the 2.54% requested by the Swedish government to finance Brazil's acquisition of 36 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft. The

  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the

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  • Picking up the pieces: Putting Project SEA 4000 back on course

    Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme has been blighted by schedule slippage, cost escalation, and dysfunctional management. Julian Kerr finds out how and why plans have gone awry, and looks at the efforts to put Project SEA 4000 back on an even keel
  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
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  • Australia begins receiving Growlers

    Key Points The RAAF on 29 July received its first EA-18G Growler during a rollout ceremony Australia is the first and only international customer for the electronic attack aircraft Boeing rolled out the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Growlers on 29 July during a ceremony at the company's
  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the
  • Thales UK receives Scout SV sights subcontract

    Thales UK has been awarded a GBP125 million (USD195 million) subcontract for sighting and situational awareness systems for the British Army's new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicles. Announced on 30 July, the subcontract from prime contractor General Dynamics UK includes 245 Orion commander
  • 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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