• China's AVIC outlines 3D printing investment

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has outlined its intention to invest further in developing 3D printing technologies in a bid to "catch up" with the world's most advanced aerospace industrial groups. AVIC statements on 23 October noted the corporation's intention to

  • MILAN ER cleared for production

    On October 15, MBDA completed a firing campaign intended to validate the series production of the MILAN Extended Response (ER) anti-tank missile. This followed qualification of the MILAN ER weapon system during the first half of 2014, and involved the launch of four missiles against fixed and moving

  • Peru receives first two KT-1P trainers

    The Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú - FAP) received the first two of 20 KAI KT-1P trainers during a ceremony at Las Palmas Air Base in Peru's capital Lima, on 21 October. Both KT-1Ps have been assigned to the No.51 Air Group out of Pisco, where they will replace Embraer EMB-312

  • Thailand orders more Airbus helicopters

    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two more EC 725 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, manufacturer Airbus Helicopters announced on 22 October. The company also confirmed that it had signed a contract with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to supply five EC 645T2 medium multirole helicopters. IHS

  • Argentina to negotiate with Brazil for Gripen E multirole fighters

    Argentina is to begin negotiations towards potentially buying 24 Saab Gripen E multirole fighters from the Brazilian production line, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 October. The MoD said that Argentine Minister of Defence Agustin Rossi conditioned the Gripen procurement on

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  • Briefing: Underwater aspirations

    While competing priorities and affordability issues have influenced a decline in submarine numbers in Europe in recent years, several of the region's nations are committing resources to recapitalising their SSK capabilities. Kate Tringham and Richard Scott report
  • Distant memories - glimpses of the past from the IHS Jane's archives

    The IHS Jane's archives hold a wealth of fascinating content. Here is page 129 of the 1918 edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft providing the reader with a profile of the German Fokker triplane; one of the most famous fighter aircraft of World War I
  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
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  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

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  • Alenia Marconi Systems MAF anti-tank missile system

    Development The Alenia Marconi Systems Missile Anticarro della Fanteria (MAF) infantry anti-tank missile system dates from the late 1980s, where it was originally under development as a private venture by Oto-Melara SpA (now part of Finmeccanica). The MAF was never adopted by the Italian Army, who

  • IMI MAPATS anti-armour missile system

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  • LANScout 60/180 thermal imaging system

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