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  • Bulgarian C-27Js and Su-25s flying again

    Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) twin-engine Leonardo C-27J Spartan tactical transport and Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircraft are flying again after they were recently grounded due to an inability to service them. A BuAF C-27J, along with Spartans from Romania and Lithuania, is flying at the 16-26 April

  • India withdraws from FGFA project, leaving Russia to go it alone

    Key Points India has pulled out of its 11-year collaborative programme with Russia to build a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft The decision has ramifications for both the IAF and the Russian aerospace industry The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shelved its 11-year old collaborative Fifth Generation

  • Cubic to sell military training business

    Cubic Corporation has agreed the sale of its military training business Cubic Global Defense Services, the company announced on 19 April. The division is to be sold to fellow US defence supplier Valiant Integrated Services at a cost of USD135 million. Chairman, president and chief executive officer

  • DSA 2018: Gripen in pole position after re-issuance of IAF fighter RFI

    Key Points The Saab JAS 39 Gripen E seems to be leading the IAF's latest fighter contest The requirement stipulating use of GaN-based TRMs in the aircraft's AESA radar seems to be a major discerning factor Despite the decision in February to broaden the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s)

  • Mexico approved to buy MH-60R helo

    The US government has approved the sale of eight Lockheed Martin MH-60R multirole maritime helicopters to Mexico for USD1.2 billion. The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 19 April, covers the helicopters as well as spares, ancillary


  • Testing tempo: The role of special forces in the 21st Century

    With governments within NATO changing their attitude to conventional force intervention, special forces have become the immediate response for nations endorsing a new approach to regional security. However, there is concern that special forces cannot sustain the current high tempo of operations being asked of them. David Reynolds examines the political drivers behind the demand to employ such units
  • New dimensions: NATO maritime strategy

    NATO is facing traditional maritime threats from multiple angles. Dr Lee Willett investigates how the alliance’s maritime strategy is aligned to face these challenges
  • Flourishing forces: Chile maintains a competent combat capability

    While austerity budgets have slowed the pace of modernisation for many forces in Latin America, Chile’s military is continuing to reap the rewards of a long modernisation programme that has made it one of the region’s best-equipped forces. Jose Higuera reports
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  • Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has finalised the developmental testing (DT) campaign for the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) network-enabled precision-guided glide munition. Developed under a US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) joint interest programme (with the USAF as the
  • Portugal to establish UAV-based ISTAR capability

    Tekever, Elbit Systems, Airbus’ SURVEY Copter, AeroVironment, and Altus are competing to deliver the Portuguese Army’s first intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability based on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The procurement, to run through
  • USMC deploys APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed the introduction of the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed first operational flights in a news release on