• Austria further reduces QRA capabilities

    More austerity-induced cuts are being made to Austria's active air surveillance capabilities. The head of the combat section in the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Major General Karl Schmidseder, told a press conference on 20 August that the Bundesheer's 15 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be

  • Indonesia and US to sign Apache MoU

    Indonesia and the United States are expected to sign an agreement soon to facilitate the Indonesian Army's (TNI-AD's) enhanced operation of on-order Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence said on 20 August that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will cover

  • New Saudi donation to Lebanon raises doubts about USD3 billion pledged in 2013

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is lobbying for the bulk of a surprise USD1 billion donation from Saudi Arabia to be swiftly spent to equip and arm Lebanon's security forces, as it claims they are more capable of confronting the radical Sunni jihadist groups operating along the country's border with

  • Russia's A-100 AEW&C platform almost ready for production

    Acceptance trials of Russia's Beriev A-100 new-generation advanced airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft could begin in 2017, according to Anatoly Krailyuk, deputy director-general for research and development at the Vega concern that is building the new platform's radar system.

  • Top Guatemalan general killed in helicopter crash

    Guatemala's Chief of National Defence, Major General Rudy Ortiz, and several other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash on 20 August. According to a government statement, Gen Ortiz and his staff were flying in a Bell 206 JetRanger to inspect military installations in Guatemala's


  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
  • Rearming Russia

    Russia's rearmament ambitions envisage the replacement of some 70% of its old equipment by 2020, but current funding levels suggest it will fall well short of this goal. Karl Soper reports
  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
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  • Supacat wins Australian special forces vehicle contract

    Australia has awarded UK-based Supacat Group an AUD105 million (USD98 million) contract for 89 special operations vehicles based on the latest version of the Extenda high-mobility transport (HMT), the company said on 19 August. The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded the contract for what
  • Tunisia's patrol boat programme makes steady progress

    The Italian government is helping the Tunisian Navy and the National Guard bolster their maritime patrolling capabilities by donating 12 patrol boats as part of a security assistance package signed in April 2011. The 12 patrol boats include six P270TNs for the Tunisian Navy and six P350TNs for the


  • DRDO Abhyas

    Type Expendable aerial target. Development Abhyas is an expendable high speed unmanned aerial target being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. Description Airframe High-wing monoplane with cropped-delta

  • Meggitt BTT-1 Imp

    Type Training and all-arms air defence target. Development More than 500 Imps have been produced since 1983 for a variety of customers. They are used as targets for a variety of light air defence weapons, including 0.50 in general purpose machine guns and a range of visually controlled gun

  • Orbital Sciences GQM-163A Coyote

    Type Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST). Development The Orbital Sciences Corporation's (Chandler, Arizona) GQM-163A Coyote is an analogue for supersonic, sea-skimming anti-ship cruise missiles such as the Raduga 3M80 (NATO Reporting Name 'Sunburn') and is designed to support ship defence

  • Adcom Systems Yabhon-GRN 1 and 2

    Type Advanced high performance jet turbine and long endurance airframe target. Development Designed as enhanced performance targets for air-to-air or ground-to-air missile systems, these new generation high-speed targets were displayed at the Dubai air show in November 2011. The Yabhon-GRN 2 is