• AFA 2014: USAF could be challenged to meet demand for JSTARS as a new platform emerges

    Key Points A JSTARS recapitalisation effort is to begin in FY 2016 The USAF will retire five JSTARS and their crews to pay for the programme's start The US Air Force (USAF) is beginning to replace its heavily used E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and the service is

  • Airbus Defence and Space looking to divest companies

    Following a 2013 strategy review and the merger of consolidation business units in July, Airbus Defence and Space is to sell half a dozen companies and focus its business on core military aircraft and missiles business, the company announced on 16 September. Airbus named Atlas Elektronik, AvDef,

  • Boeing signs deal with Sky-Watch to develop UAV

    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

  • Delays force Indian Navy to shake up Project 75I submarine plans

    A delay of more than seven years in acquiring six conventional submarines has prompted the Indian Navy (IN) to ditch its plan to import two boats and licence-build the remaining four. Official sources said that under Project 75I (India), the IN now plans to indigenously build all six boats, which

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  • F-35 programme manager confident of evading budget knife

    Key Points The F-35 is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration continues, the programme's manager says The project is 'too important to fail' in the eyes of top officials The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration
  • Azerbaijan receives second Buk-MB battalion from Belarus

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have received a second battalion of Belarus-upgraded Buk-MB medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. Details of the deliveries were revealed to IHS Jane's by a military-diplomatic source at the ADEX-2014 international defence exhibition in Baku. According to


  • Anti-Helicopter Mine

    Type Man-portable anti-helicopter mine Development Research and development of the anti-helicopter mine was conducted under the specific targeted Project Number 4867 and was partly funded by the Ministry of Science and Information Society Technologies. The system is a requirement from the Polish

  • Bavar-373

    Type Self-propelled Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system Development The Iranian Defence Industry has been working on the Bavar-373 (lit., 'belief') since at least 2011 and possibly even before, conflicting reports emanating from within Tehran have suggested a start date as early as February 2009.

  • HN-5

    Type Man-portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPADs) Development The China National Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CNPMIEC), HN-5 (Hong Nu or Red Cherry) is a product-improved version of the first-generation Russian Strela-2 (SA-7 'Grail') man-portable surface-to-air missile

  • Igla-1E

    Type Man-portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPADs) Development The Bulgarian Company, Vazovski Machinostroitelni Zavodi (VZM) was producing, under licence at the time, the Russian-improved second-generation Kolomna KBM 9K310E Igla-1E (NATO SA-16 Gimlet) version of the Igla-1 variant of the