• Artillery overmatch: Koalitsiya brings step change in Russian capabilities

    Key Points The 2S35 will provide the Russian Army with an extended-range indirect fire capability The system has a longer range and higher rate of fire than comparable NATO platforms Further details have emerged of Russia's 152 mm 2S35 Koalitsiya - SV (CB) Coalition self-propelled (SP) artillery

  • China continues to invest in carrier support capabiities

    China's investment in its aircraft carrier programme continues with the construction of a second Daguan-class auxiliary ship. The first of class, Xu Xiake (pennant number 88), was introduced into service in 2011 and has accompanied the carrier Liaoning on all of its sea trials. The Daguan-class

  • Denel continues turnaround plan

    South African defence group Denel has reported a good year, firming up its turnaround plan and continuing its five-year trend of growing revenue and profitability. Revenue for the 2015/16 financial year climbed 41% to ZAR8.228 billion (USD596 million) while EBIT and net earnings reached ZAR637

  • EU's Sophia mission to train Libyan naval, coast guard forces

    Operation 'Sophia', the EU's maritime mission in the Mediterranean, will soon train Libya's coastguard and navy. Meeting in Rome on 23 August, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out the training, which begins in the autumn. Sophia will join with other EU agencies and

  • India investigating Scorpene submarine data leak

    India has ordered an investigation into a leak of sensitive information to an Australian newspaper. The information reportedly details the operational and combat capability of six French Scorpene-class submarines that are being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) in Mumbai. "The available


  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.
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  • DoD awards ITEP advanced helicopter engine contracts

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded contracts valued at a combined USD256 million to two companies to begin the process of developing a new helicopter powerplant, it announced on 23 August. The contracts were awarded to Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) - a joint venture between
  • Lithuania signs first contract for Boxer IFV

    Lithuania has placed a EUR390 million (USD440.7 million) contract with Europe's Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) for the supply of 88 Boxer (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAVs), of which most will be in the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration and a small number in