• Azeri coastguard revamps fleet with Israeli help

    IHS Jane's can confirm that an Israel Shipyards order to deliver six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessel (OPVs), an order reportedly for two separate customers, in fact came from the same customer - the Azerbaijan Coast Guard (Sahil M├╝hafizsin). This development

  • China adding towed sonars to Type 054A, Type 056 vessels

    Photographs of two People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 054A (Jiangkai II) frigates being fitted out at Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou province, China, strongly suggest that variable-depth sonars (VDSs) are being installed. The images, published on the cjdby.net website, show a large aperture

  • Indian MoD approves USD2.91 bn worth of acquisitions, cancels LUH tender

    Key Points India's Ministry of Defence has approved USD2.91 billion of acquisitions, including more Arjun MBTs and self-propelled guns The MoD also cancelled the planned acquisition of 197 light utility helicopters, instead opting to relaunch the tender with a licence-build stipulation India's

  • Islamic State seeks to link its conquered territories

    The US airstrikes to defend Iraqi Kurdistan from Islamic State (IS) militants have attracted considerable attention in recent weeks, but the main IS focus is on unifying its areas of operation in northern Syria and Iraq. Following the IS's capture of Mosul on 10 June and its offensive across much

  • Japanese MoD requests largest ever budget

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 29 August asked for JPY5.05 trillion (USD48.6 billion) for fiscal year 2015, its largest ever budget request. The request is up 3.5% from the current fiscal year budget and is the third consecutive rise under the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

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  • A400M acts as tanker aircraft for first time

    The Airbus A400M Atlas transporter has successfully acted as an air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft for the first time, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 28 August. A company-owned A400M refuelled a Spanish Air Force Boeing EF-18A Hornet fighter aircraft. Airbus said that the tanker test
  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House

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