• Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Sikorsky Raider completes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's S-97 completed its first flight on 22 May Sikorsky now plans to demonstrate more advanced capabilities needed to support armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack, and special operations United Technologies' Sikorsky Aircraft unit's S-97 Raider coaxial rotor

  • 'No technical problem' in crashed Hungarian Gripen

    Technical faults were not behind the crash of a Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen fighter aircraft on 19 May, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said. "It was reported that there was no technical problem," Stropnicky said as he visited Caslav Air Base in the Czech Republic where the

  • ANDSF claims success in Ghazni, breaks Taliban siege in Ghor

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) reported in early May they had conquered the district of Nawa in the southeastern province of Ghazni, which had been under Taliban control for the last nine to ten years. However, Mohammad Aref Rahmani, a member of parliament from Ghazni, told

  • IMDEX 2015: CMN introduces MCM variant of Ocean Eagle trimaran

    Key Points CMN has unveiled a mine countermeasures variant of the Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boat The vessel is positioned to meet the demands of modern mine warfare operations, company says French shipyard Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) has introduced a mine countermeasures (MCM)

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  • Indian defence minister draws line at 36 Rafales

    Key Points India's defence minister has said Delhi will not buy more than the 36 Dassault Rafales to which it committed in April The announcement confirms the end of the MMRCA tender and the government's commitment to the Tejas LCA programme India will neither licence-build additional Dassault
  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne
  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales
  • 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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