• Indonesia bolsters western fleet with four KCR-40 missile boats

    The Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL's) Western Fleet Command (Komando Armada RI Kawasan Barat - KOARMABAR) will receive an additional four KCR-40 missile attack craft by the end of 2014 to strengthen its regional maritime interdiction capabilities. Speaking

  • Haftar loyalists claim Su-24s carried out Tripoli airstrike

    The Libyan faction led by retired general Khalifah Haftar has claimed responsibility for an airstrike carried out against militias in Tripoli on the night of 17-18 August. The strike reportedly targeted an ammunition store at Mitiga Airbase, which is controlled by the Islamist militias from Misrata

  • India commissions first-of-class destroyer Kolkata

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kolkata , the first of three locally designed and built 7,400-tonne Project 15A guided-missile destroyers, on 16 August in Mumbai. Two follow-on warships - Kochi and Chennai - are also under construction at Mumbai's Mazagaon Dockyard Limited and will be

  • Indonesia upgrades naval base near South China Sea

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has begun upgrading its naval base at Ranai in Riau Islands to support a planned increase in ship numbers in the region, a senior TNI-AL officer has said. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 14 August in Jakarta, TNI-AL Chief of

  • RAF RC-135 operations over Iraq revealed

    Signals intelligence (SIGINT) operations are being conducted over Iraq by a Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon revealed on 16 August during a visit to the British Sovereign Base on Cyprus. Fallon said the RAF's sole RC-135 was flying

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  • USN conducts manned-unmanned aircraft ops aboard carrier

    The US Navy (USN) has for the first time conducted manned and unmanned aircraft operations simultaneously aboard an aircraft carrier. A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet conducted flight operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on 17 August,
  • USAF extends BACN mission support contract through 2015

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD89.7 million support contract for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system, the company said in a 7 August press statement. The company will continue its overseas operational support of the USAF's seven systems through
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:


  • AIM-7 Sparrow

    Type Semi-active radar-guided air-to-air missile Development The Sparrow has one of the longest developmental and service histories of any air-launched weapon in current service. The AIM-7 version that is so familiar today is, in fact, the third iteration of a design that can be traced back to

  • GFAB and TAB general purpose bombs (azerbaijan)

    Type General purpose bomb Development Azerbaijan has been a producer and supplier of Soviet- and Russian-designed military equipment. The state controlled Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan Republic (MODIAR) continues to be a provider of many of these weapons including a GFAB series

  • LRS-180

    Type S-band medium range 3-D air surveillance mobile radar Description The LRS-180 is a 3-D medium range air surveillance radar with solid state active phased array antenna. The radar operates in the S-Band and is designed to provide enhanced transportability and flexible installation for its

  • LRS-450

    Type L-Band 3D Active Electronically Steered Array (AESA) air surveillance radar Description The LRS-450 radar operates in the L-band which is optimum for detecting low-observable (stealth) aerial targets at long range distance even under adverse weather conditions. The radar features AESA