• Defence sales buoy Boeing

    Strong F-15 fighter jet and C-17 transport jet shipments drove a 34% revenue increase in the Boeing Military Aircraft division during the first three months of 2016, as civilian sales tailed off. Sales at Boeing Defense, Space & Security rose by 19% during the first quarter, to USD7.95 billion.

  • French Army to receive Metravib Pilar V gunshot detection system

    The French Army will install its latest Metravib Pilar V integrated acoustic gunshot detection system on 500 of its new generation of wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). Production is set to commence in 2017 and will see the Pilar V fitted to 248 Jaguar 6x6 reconnaissance vehicles and some

  • Germany outlines plan to create Bundeswehr cyber command

    German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen outlined on 26 April a plan to establish a dedicated cyber and information command by merging the Bundeswehr's current cyber and IT units. The Kommando Cyber- und Informationsraum (Cyber and Information Space Command) will be responsible for cyber, IT,

  • Indian navy deploys Dhruv helicopter to Maldives

    The Indian Navy (IN) deployed one of its helicopters to the Maldives, along with a 33-member team, including officers and technicians on 27 April, to assist the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) in coastal surveillance and reconnaissance. In an official statement, the IN stated that the

  • MDA solicits industry input on new booster for GMD missile shield

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has asked industry for feedback regarding the possible development and delivery of a new booster for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) counter-missile programme. MDA is aiming for a 50-inch diameter, multi-stage solid rocket motor boost vehicle (BV)


  • Cognitive techniques support better forecasting

    Accurate forecasting is crucial for the intelligence analysis community to anticipate significant events. Nick Hare, Peter Coghill, and Alison Evans analyse the effectiveness of using cognitive techniques inspired by Bayes theorem to provide forecasts on North Korea's nuclear programme.
  • French armour programmes move ahead

    The French armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) industry comprises two key players, Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense. Christopher F Foss looks at these contractors and the AFVs they are developing for domestic requirements and the export market.
  • Renaissance force: US Marine Corps seeks new solutions to new challenges

    After nearly 15 years supporting land operations in one primary theatre, the United States Marine Corps is resetting itself to focus on other challenges. Grace Jean explores how the service is preparing for new tasks while remaining ready for operations.
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  • Brazil details new C295 aircraft deliveries

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is to receive three new C295 aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space between 2017 and 2019, a FAB spokesperson told IHS Jane's . The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in May 2017 and the third in May 2019, with a date for the second delivery yet to be
  • Russian Il-96 now fitted with MANPADS countermeasures

    A Russian Ilyushin Il-96-300 wide-body passenger aircraft has been seen fitted with a system to protect against man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) for the first time. Registered as RA-96022, the aircraft is operated as a VIP transport by Russia's Special Air Group (SLO Rossiya) and was
  • QinetiQ extends ASX family

    QinetiQ displayed the smallest variant of its ASX Airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) system at the 2016 Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The ASX Communications Intelligence (COMINT) and direction-finding (DF) range of software-defined systems has a scalable and modular
  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47