• India's military struggles to spend its modernisation allocations

    India's military has been unable, up to early January, to spend 40% of its modernisation outlay of INR945.88 (USD14.55 billion) for financial year 2015/16, largely because of its inability to take timely decisions in finalising and acquiring equipment. Official sources have said that if a large

  • Mexican Air Force's first UH-60M Blackhawks delivered

    Two photos published online on 5 February appear to confirm that a first batch of three Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters has been delivered to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The photos were first posted by México Aeroespacial , a Mexican aviation enthusiast group. The aircraft were

  • Russia-Turkey tensions increase as Assad forces cut rebel supply line

    Russia has accused Turkey of preparing to intervene in northern Syria after opposition fighters suffered a serious setback around Aleppo, Syria's largest city. "We have reasonable grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state:

  • France orders four new C-130 Hercules aircraft

    France has ordered four more Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the United States, it has been announced. The first two aircraft will be C-130J Super Hercules transports, and the second two in the KC-130J tanker/transport version - to support French helicopter operations. The

  • Mexico's new presidential Boeing 787-8 arrives

    The new Mexican presidential aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, on 3 February landed at Mexico City International Airport where it was received by the Presidency's Air Transports Coordinator General (Coordinadora General de Transportes Aéreos de la Presidencia: CGTAP). According to a


  • Asia's new sub hunters: Fixed-wing MPAs take on growing underwater threats

    With the proliferation of new and advanced submarines in the Asia-Pacific theatre, regional stakeholders are seeking capable airborne countermeasures to safeguard their maritime and economic interests. Kelvin Wong explores some of these options.
  • Loitering with intent

    Stricter rules of engagement and the need to engage fleeting and time-sensitive target sets in complex or remote environments is driving a requirement for surgical precision effects with low collateral damage. Robin Hughes examines the role of loitering munitions in this new paradigm
  • Swords into ploughshares: the challenge of demilitarisation

    Repurposing and decommissioning military equipment presents a range of challenges and opportunities for armed forces and the recipients of technology, the IDR team examines some of the most pressing concerns and potential benefits
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  • Kenya receives 30 Norinco VN4 armoured vehicles

    The Kenyan police commissioned 30 Norinco VN4 light armoured vehicles on 1 February in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Chinese-made vehicles will be used by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) of Kenya's National Police Force for anti-terrorism, international
  • The PLAN commissions fourth Type 071 LPD

    The People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071/Yuzhao-class landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was commissioned at the Wusong naval base in Shanghai on 1 February. Yimengshan (pennant number 988) is the first LPD to enter service with the East Sea Fleet, the other ships of the class


  • YY-1 observation and tracking system

    Type Sensor turret Development The LOEC YY-1 turret-mounted EO observation and tracking system was first noted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore in February 2006, where it was being promoted. It is designed for use on UAVs, helicopters and ground-based applications. In the latter

  • Rockwell Collins CNPC-1000

    Type Miniature datalink. Description The Rockwell Collins Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) - 1000 miniature datalink is designed to provide 'high-reliability' communications between an unmanned AV (including small UAS classes) and a GCS. System features include: the ability to

  • CANA Guardian

    Type Multirole tactical UAV. Development The main objective of the Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina's (CANA - the Argentinian Navy's Naval Aviation Command) two-year, USD164,000 Guardian programme was to develop a system to improve command and control of its surveillance and

  • Cyber Technology CyberEye II

    Type MALE surveillance UAV. Decelopment Cyber Technology characterises its CyberEye II MALE surveillance UAV as being designed for the detection, localisation and tracking of targets and as being suitable for a range of applications including emergency services/safety support, infrastructure