• 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

  • Norwegian submarine poised for IDAS test

    Key Points An Ula-class submarine will conduct Norway's first IDAS test launch in 2015 A German Navy requirement could pitch IDAS against France's A3SM system The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) is preparing to conduct its first test-firing of the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for

  • Singapore launches new cyber-security agency

    Singapore has established an agency under the Prime Minister's Office to provide centralised oversight of national cyber-security activities. A statement by the Prime Minister's Office on 27 January said the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) will become operational from 1 April 2015 and will

  • Suspected Nigerian CH-3 UAV crashes

    Photographs emerged on social media websites on 27 January showing a CASC CH-3 (or improved CH-3A) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had purportedly crashed in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. Although operated by Pakistan, the CH-3 was not previously reported to be in service with


  • Future proofing: European AFVs evolve for road ahead

    To meet constantly evolving operational requirements and increasingly complex tasks Europe's armies are demanding more from their armoured fighting vehicles. Christopher F Foss assesses key programmes under way
  • Skimming the surface: Unmanned maritime systems target new roles

    The development of the USV market has stuttered in comparison with its airborne counterpart, with only target drones keeping many industry players involved. However, initial efforts in the MCM and force protection domains seem to be providing impetus to the market, with some commentators identifying significant potential for USVs in the future. Andrew White reports
  • The Islamic State grows its grassroots network

    The possible connection between the Islamic State and the Paris attacks highlights how the group's media outlets reach out to its worldwide support base. Ezzeldeen Khalil examines their effectiveness in inciting individuals to carry out terrorist attacks abroad.
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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