• Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • US awards BAE Systems Brazilian APC modernisation work

    US Army TACOM LCMC awarded BAE Systems Platforms & Services a USD54.6 million contract to modernise another 236 Brazilian Army M113B tracked armored personnel carriers (APCs) to the M113A2 Mk1 standard (designated M113BR in Brazil). The work to be performed in Brazil with assistance from the

  • Greece impounds military vehicles bound for Libya

    Key Points Greek authorities claim to have seized 16 armoured vehicles bound for Libya, in breach of UN sanctions The truth behind the matter, however, is far from clear Greece has impounded 16 armoured vehicles destined for Libya, the Piraeus Sixth Customs Directorate announced on 21 July.

  • Scout SV to be assembled in UK

    Key Points The British Army's new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicle will be now be assembled in the UK Originally set to be assembled in Spain, a contract for a new support facility has enabled the manufacturer to shift the majority of assembly work to the UK The British Army's recently

  • Brazilian Army downselects companies for 4x4 programme

    The Brazilian Army's Manufacturing Directorate (DF) has shortlisted local companies Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial and Iveco Veículos de Defesa as final bidders for the lightweight wheeled multirole protected vehicle (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa - Leve de Rodas: VBMT-LR) programme. Both


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • IHS Jane's World Defence Industry Survey 2015

    Budget issues, changing customer requirements, shifting political environments, and price pressures continue to drive competition in global defence markets, according to the 'IHS Jane's World Defence Industry Survey 2015'. Guy Anderson and Jon Kozan report
  • Canadian defence procurement: constrained renewal

    While Canada faces no direct military threat, its armed forces are actively engaged on the international stage. Andrew MacDonald, Kate Tringham, and Matthew Smith report on the Canadian defence industry's efforts to renew their major platform inventories
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  • AFSOC receives first Ghostrider gunship

    The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first of 37 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, it was announced on 30 July. The aircraft arrived at Hurlburt Field in Florida the day prior to the announcement, ahead of initial developmental test and evaluation
  • Portugal abandons plan to buy French LPD

    Portugal has decided not to buy the FS Siroco (L9012) landing platform dock (LPD) from the French Navy the country's Ministry of National Defence has told IHS Jane's .. Technical visits were made to the ship and requests of information were issued by Portugal, but no acquisition proposal was


  • Jernas

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The MBDA Jernas (Arabic word for a falcon that has just come to maturity and is at the peak of its predatory capability) air-defence system was first shown at the IDEX '93 Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The private venture

  • Rapier

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development The Rapier low-level surface-to-air missile system was developed by the former British Aircraft Corporation (now MBDA), Guided Weapons Division from the early 1960s onwards to meet the requirements of the British Army and Royal

  • Rapier Field Standard C (FSC)

    Type Static and towed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Development In November 1986, the then British Aerospace Stevenage (now MBDA) was awarded a contract worth some GBP1.6 billion for the design, development and initial production of the Rapier FSC air defence weapon for delivery to the

  • TATRA T 815 (6 × 6) truck series

    Development TATRA can trace its origins back to Austria and 1850, the company building its first car in 1897, and its first truck a year later in 1898. As a result of the First World War the part of Austria TATRA originated from became part of the then Czechoslovakia. The TATRA brand first appeared