• Kazakhstan announces 36.6% increase in defence spending over next three years

    Kazakhstan has announced plans to increase defence spending by 36.6% in nominal terms over the next three years. Under measures revealed by the Ministry of Finance, the defence budget will increase from KZT362.7 billion (USD2 billion) in 2014 to KZT495.5 billion (USD2.7 billion) in 2017. According

  • Niger, Kenya to get Cessna 208 ISR aircraft

    Niger is to get two Cessna 208B Caravan light aircraft that have been converted into intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has told IHS Jane's . Kenya will also get a 208B converted to ISR capability, the agency said. The

  • Russia to start heavy UAV serial production in 2017

    Russia is to begin series production of large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2017, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Commission (VPK) at a military-industry conference on 16 September in Krasnoarmeisk, near Moscow. "There are robots in the national defence

  • Thai Navy orders EC645 helicopters

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase five EC645 T2 medium multirole helicopters, industry and RTN officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 19 September. The contract, which was signed in Bangkok earlier this month, demonstrates Airbus Helicopters' growing

  • Nigeria to buy 'significant number' of Russian helos

    Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a 'significant' consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. "In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian]

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  • AAD: Sosna nears production

    The Sosna mobile short-range air-defence system will complete its firing trials later this year and production will start for India in 2015, according to Dr Vladimir Slobodchikov, the managing director of technical sciences at Russia's Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau (KBtochmash).


  • Meggitt Banshee

    Type Recoverable aerial target Development First flown in January 1983, Banshee was designed as a low-cost target system to simulate the threat of missiles and aircraft for gun and missile air defence systems. It has since become one of the most widely used such systems in the world, with over

  • Allsopp Desert Star Helikite

    Type Multi-purpose, scalable, tethered aerostat. Development Development of what Allsopp Helikites claims to be the 'smallest, all-weather, high-altitude aerostats in the world' began during 1993, with significant programme events including: 1995 The Desert Star Helikite was used to provide the

  • Alp

    Established 1998, and on 29 July 1999 became joint venture company with Sikorsky Aircraft Turkey Inc and The Alpata Group (50 per cent each) to manufacture high-technology, precision-machined aerospace and defence components and assemblies for global market. Alp Aviation is Turkey's third largest

  • Northrop Grumman XS-1

    Type Technology demonstrator. Programme On 19 August 2014, Northrop Grumman revealed that, in partnership with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, it was working on the preliminary design and a flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental