• MSPO 2015: Slovak-Polish Diana SPH debuts in Kielce

    Slovak company Konstrukta Defence unveiled a prototype of the 155 mm Diana tracked self-propelled howitzer (SPH) at Poland's MSPO defence exhibition, held in Kielce from 1 to 4 September. Developed for an Indian artillery tender, the Diana SPH consists of a Slovakian autonomous turret armed with a

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    India and Australia have agreed to deepen bilateral defence ties through joint military exercises and increased maritime and counter-terrorism co-operation. During a three-day India visit that ended on 4 September, Australian defence minister Kevin Andrews conceded that Australia had been wrong to

  • Legislation reveals EUR950 million cost to France of Mistral settlement

    A draft law published by the French National Assembly on 3 September has revealed that agreement with Russia on the cancellation of an order for two Mistral-class amphibious assault ship was reached at a cost of a EUR949.8 million (USD1.1 billion) refund. The negotiations, which resulted from

  • MSPO 2015: Poland's Rosomak range extended

    The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) unveiled several new developments and variants of the Rosomak 8x8 family at the MSPO defence exhibition held in Kielce from 1-4 September. These included the modernised Rosomak-M, the uprated Rosomak-XP, a Rosomak direct support vehicle armed with a 120 mm cannon,

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    US military vehicles prime Navistar Defense was awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract worth USD369 million to supply 2,293 replacement trucks to Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense announced on 31 August. Navistar officials told IHS Jane's that the trucks were based on the 7000 6x6 of

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  • UK receives second Airseeker ISR aircraft

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the second of three Boeing RC-135W Airseeker intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 September. The aircraft arrived at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk the day before the
  • GRSE lays keel for Indian Navy's eighth Mk IV LCU

    Key Points Work has started on the Indian Navy's final Mk IV LCU The LCUs will augment the Indian Navy's amphibious capability India's state-owned shipyard, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has laid down the final landing craft utility (LCU) Mk IV vessel on order for the Indian

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