• French contractor helps prepare Côte d'Ivoire for UN peacekeeping

    The French contractor Sovereign Global France (SGF) has helped prepare the infantry company that Côte d'Ivoire is about to contribute to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), a SGF executive has told IHS Jane's . The 140-strong unit was trained

  • Lockheed Martin rolls out Symphony Block 40 IED countermeasure system

    Key Points The Block 40 is designed to provide greater ease of upgrading to counter new threats The system will be primarily sold to coalition and partner nations via the FMS programme Lockheed Martin has upgraded its Symphony Block 20 improvised explosive device (IED) countermeasure system,

  • Zetor Tractors pushing new infantry fighting vehicle

    Zetor Tractors, a Czech-based manufacturer of tractors and related agricultural machinery has developed a new tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) being marketed by the company as the IFV Wolfdog. The new vehicle was developed by Zetor's recently established Zetor Engineering division. Zetor

  • SOCOM awards Battelle new contract for covert trucks

    Battelle has been awarded a USD170 million contract to build Non-Standard Commercial Vehicles (NSCVs) for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the organisation announced on 19 July. Battelle, a research and development group, in 2013 won a similar SOCOM contract for NSCVs. That three-year 2013

  • Obama deploys additional troops to South Sudan

    The United States has deployed additional troops to South Sudan and the region as conflict in the nascent state worsens. "I ordered the deployment of additional US Armed Forces personnel to South Sudan to support the security of US personnel and of our Embassy in Juba and the pre-positioning


  • Brexit tests European security co-operation

    Aside from economic and political consequences, the UK's vote to leave the EU will have an impact on defence and security co-operation. Brooks Tigner assesses the implications for the EU and NATO. Benoît Gomis considers the ramifications for France-UK relations.
  • Steady as she goes: Germany country briefing

    Given Germany's history in the 20th century, the Bundeswehr has experienced a remarkable makeover in the past two decades to become a 21st century operational force, making it the dependable cornerstone in Europe's defence architecture, writes Sebastian Schulte
  • On the rise: Japan industry briefing

    Japan's defence industry is reshaping itself to meet international opportunities and respond to the country's new security environment. Jon Grevatt reports
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  • China rolls-out indigenous flying boat

    China rolled out a new amphibious aircraft from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) production line in Zhuhai on 23 July, state media announced. With a wing span of 38.8 m and a length of 37 m, the four-turboprop AG600 is the largest 'flying boat' to have been built by China. The