• Chinese yards show off new designs at INMEX 2014

    The INMEX 2014 maritime expo, held in Guangzhou from 10-12 December, provided details on a number of new or recently completed vessels built by various Chinese shipyards. The most interesting of which were for the China Coastguard (CCG) and other maritime agencies. CCG 1401 with a naval gun CCG

  • Egypt receives withheld Apache attack helos

    Egypt has received 10 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters withheld since the military took control of the country in July 2013. The delivery was reported on 20 December by the Reuters news agency, which quoted local security sources. Confirmation that delivery of the 10 AH-64D Block II

  • Embraer tight lipped on Rogozin snub reports

    Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer of military and commercial aircraft, has refused to comment on reports it turned down a request by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, to tour its facilities in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, during mid December. The incident, which was

  • KC-46A first test flight expected six months behind schedule as costs rise

    Key Points Boeing is preparing for its KC-46A test model's first flight six months late as costs increase Estimated cost of Boeing's work has increased to USD1.5 billion above the contract ceiling Boeing is expected to fly a test model of its KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker for the US Air Force

  • Update: Pakistan prepares air strikes in response to Peshawar school attack

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) finalised plans on 18 December to carry out fresh bombing raids targeting suspected Taliban militant camps across the tribal areas close to the country's border with Afghanistan. A Pakistani defence ministry official told IHS Jane's the attacks will mainly be carried


  • 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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  • Alenia offers M-346 Master to Thailand

    Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as a replacement for its ageing Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros platforms, the company told IHS Jane's on 19 December. No further details of the offer were disclosed, except to say that the offer was being made in


  • 1P76 Rakurs (PO1×20) collimator sight

    Type Weapon sight - optical Description The 1P76 Rakurs (PO1×20) is a collimator sight designed for quick aiming and firing with small arms. It's features include: Elevation and windage handwheels; Reticle illumination; Contrast increasing light filter; Operating temperature range from

  • Centauro (8 × 8) tank destroyer

    Development In the 1980s, the Italian Army drew up its requirements for a complete new family of tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles to meet its future requirements for the 1990s. Four vehicles were developed, the Centauro (8 × 8) tank destroyer, the Ariete MBT, the Dardo HITFIST

  • FIAT - Oto Melara Type 6616 armoured car

    Development The Type 6616 (4 × 4) armoured car was a joint development between FIAT and Oto Melara, with the former responsible for the hull and automotive components and the latter for the two-person turret and armament installation. The vehicle shares many common automotive components with

  • Geccon Armoured MultiRole Vehicle (AMRV)

    Development The Geccon Armoured Multi-Role Vehicle (AMRV) was originally developed as a private venture by the German company Rheinmetall Landsysteme (which in 2010 became Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles) and DETEC of Slovakia and is an enlarged version of the Aligator (4 × 4) light wheeled