• Airbus announces replacement of Military Aircraft chief and changes to A400M programme

    Airbus Defence and Space has announced that Domingo Urena-Raso has been replaced as head of Military Aircraft and that activity relating to the A400M Atlas transport aircraft programme will be restructured. Urena-Raso will be replaced by Fernando Alonso; a fellow Spanish citizen who has been head

  • AVIC reports flat profits for 2014

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has posted an increase in annual sales but net profit has remained flat on the back of China's slowing economy and the group's continued investment in expansion. State-owned AVIC said on 28 January that annual sales in 2014 reached CNY394 billion

  • Boeing BDS reports 2014 sales and earnings decline

    Boeing's Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business reported lower sales and earnings for 2014, reflecting lower deliveries of key platforms during the 12 months. Sales dipped 7% to USD33.2 billion, while operating earnings dipped 3% to USD3.2 billion. The decline was attributable to Boeing

  • Cameroon takes delivery of Chinese patrol boats

    Cameroon has taken delivery of the two patrol vessels that were completed in China last year, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery has confirmed. The imagery from 23 January shows two 64 m vessels moored in the commercial area of Duala, rather than at the existing naval base, which will

  • Dassault sales plunge 20% in 2014

    France's Dassault Aviation reported sales of EUR3.6 billion (USD4 billion) for the 12 months to 31 December; down 20% on the previous year. Orders, meanwhile, climbed 11% to end the year at EUR4.6 billion. The group said that it delivered 66 Falcon business jets during the 12 months (77 in 2013)

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  • Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

    In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah. The videos were released on 25 January on YouTube channels that are supportive of Kataib Hizbullah, a Shia
  • Estonia completes air surveillance programme

    Estonia completed the creation of its military air surveillance network on 27 January, with the formal handover of its final ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) GM400-family radar system to the Estonian Air Force. The radar, installed at the Tõika air force facility near Otepää in the
  • 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



    Type Weapons command and fire-control system Development The CONTROLView air-defence gun and missile fire-control system has been developed by Thales France for a range of applications. It was announced in early 2015 that a system based on CONTROLView would be installed in the aircraft carrier

  • MBV-78A2

    Description MBV-78A2 is a small, simple anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine. The cylindrical plastic body has a plain (unthreaded) fuze well in the centre of the top surface, a screw-on base and two mounting lugs on the side. The body houses a hollow cylindrical main charge; around this is

  • P-S-1

    Description P-S-1 is a tripwire-operated anti-personnel (AP) bounding fragmentation mine. The body, housed within a smooth outer sheet-steel sleeve, contains a propelling charge, a tether wire, an integral pull fuze and a main charge with booster. The design is very similar to that of the Russian

  • POMZ-2

    Description POMZ-2 is an obsolete anti-personnel (AP) fragmentation stake mine which has been extensively copied by other countries. The main portion of the cast iron body is externally grooved to enhance fragmentation. POMZ-2 has six rows of fragmentation whereas its successor, POMZ-2M, has five.