• Four vehicles to compete for Brazilian 4x4 programme

    Four armoured vehicle manufacturers have answered a Brazilian Army request for proposals (RfP) issued in October 2014 for the service's VBMT-LR lightweight wheeled multirole armoured vehicle programme. VBMT-LR is part of the army's Strategic Project Guarani. The bidding process, managed by the

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Update: Bulgaria may switch MiG support from Russia to Poland

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is negotiating with Poland's Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No 2 (WZL-2) company regarding a maintenance contract for six Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft. The final contract is planned to be signed in September 2015, when the current

  • China launches fourth Type 071 LPD

    Key Points China launched three ships from its Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on 22 January, including the fourth Type 071 landing platform dock The other two were a Type 054A frigate and a Type 815 intelligence gathering ship The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai launched its fourth

  • India, Russia agree to fast-track FGFA programme

    India and Russia agreed on 21 January to expedite their joint military programmes, particularly the delayed Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project. "We discussed all issues, including the FGFA, and have decided to fast-track many of them as there are apprehensions about the slow pace

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    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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  • Bulgaria may switch MiG support from Russia to Poland

    Bulgarian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft may in future be serviced and maintained in Poland rather than Russia, national media disclosed on 23 January. The Bulgarian Air Force's (BuAF's) 12 remaining MiG-29 'Fulcrum-A' fighters and three 'Fulcrum-B' operational trainers could be sustained in
  • F-35 weapons certification on track for this year

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is expected to complete full weapons certification this year after conducting several significant milestones since September 2014, the Pentagon said in a 15 January statement. "The weapons development programme continues to track
  • 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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