• India to transfer four Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to ANDSF by early 2016

    India will deliver four refurbished Russian-made Mi-25 'Hind' attack helicopters to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) by early 2016, official sources have said. The renovated Indian Air Force Mi-25s, armed with YakB four-barrelled 12.7 mm machine guns, rockets, and grenade

  • Qatari SATCOM up and running

    A military satellite communications system that Thales is delivering to the Qatari military has reached the initial operating capability (IOC) stage, the French defence company announced on 24 November. It said the IOC had been achieved 10 months after the contract was awarded and described it as

  • Russia responds to Turkish Su-24 shootdown

    Russia has responded to Turkey's downing of one of its Su-24M aircraft by stating it will deploy advanced air-defence systems to protect its aircraft based in Syria. The country has also announced the deployment of the Slava-class (Project 1164) guided missile cruiser Moskva off the Syrian coast,

  • UK spending review outlines 3.1% real-term defence increase

    The United Kingdom's 2015 Spending Review, published on 25 November, has outlined a 3.1% real-term increase for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) budget to 2019-20 as part of the commitment to spend 2% of GDP on overall defence. The announcement was expected following the release of the new Strategic

  • UPDATE: SDSR 2015: UK doubles spending on special forces

    Investment in UK Special Forces (UKSF) equipment will be doubled to more than GBP2 billion (USD3 billion) over the next 10 years, according to the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Most of this funding will be spent on upgrades to fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that support


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
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  • FAdeA tests first IA-58H Pucara with new engines

    The first FAdeA IA-58H Pucara light strike aircraft equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6A-62 engines, after several delays, took its maiden flight on 24 November. The aircraft selected (tail number AX-561) in June received a re-modelled set of wings from Israel Aerospace Industries
  • Iraqi army receives heavy air-launched rockets

    The Iraqi Army Aviation Command has taken delivery of an initial consignment of 128 mm air-launched rockets, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 23 November. The MoD did not identify the rockets or their manufacturer, saying only that they are of "international origin". It


  • Agusta-Bell 212.

    Operational speed: 120 kt (222 km/h). Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,373 m). Range: 270 n miles (500 km). Role/Weapon systems: Assault (seven aircraft) and ASW/ASUW (11 aircraft); mainly deployed to escorts, but also shore-based. Sensors (ASW/ASUW): APS-705 radar; ASQ 13-B sonar; STAR SAFIRE II

  • Multipurpose Patrol Ships

    Fleetlist Programmes: The Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura (PPA) programme is for a class of six multipurpose offshore patrol vessels, with an option for a further four ships. Five are to be in a low-end configuration (patrol) and one in high-end configuration (combat). A modular design approach

  • AM-35 and AM-50 (humanitarian anti-mine boots)

    Development Zeman's mine resistant boots are designed to provide leg protection against Anti-Personnel (AP) mines containing up to 35 g (AM-35 type) and 50 g (AM-50 type) high explosives (TNT) and have been developed by Zeman in cooperation with Aall Jiri Chladek explosives consultants (see


    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface