• Patria buys Swedish aerospace services operation

    Finnish aerospace and defence group Patria has announced it has acquired Malmskogen Aerocenter's business operations in Linkoping, Sweden. The transaction - announced on 1 September - is intended to complement the existing operations of Patria's rotary-wing services facility at Stockholm Arlanda

  • Ukrainian patrol ship sunk by artillery fire

    A Ukrainian patrol ship has been sunk in the Azov Sea after coming under artillery fire, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (DPSU) announced on 1 September. Two Ukrainian Coast Guard vessels based in Mariupol had been patrolling three miles off the Ukrainian coast near Bezimenne when they

  • German government clears transfers to Algeria for Fuchs production

    The German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy has confirmed that it has approved Rheinmetall's transfer of production equipment to Algeria to enable local construction of Fuchs armoured vehicles. Two export approvals valued at EUR28 million (USD37 million) and EUR98 million (USD129 million)

  • Excalibur and Rafael develop modernised BMP-2 to meet Czech requirement

    Czech defence manufacturer Excalibur Army has developed a modernised infantry fighting vehicle, together with Israel's Rafael, based on the Russian-designed BMP-2. The development is an effort to meet the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACR) requirement for 200 such vehicles beginning in 2018. The

  • Turkey looks to produce Altay MBT powerpacks locally

    The Executive Committee of the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has opted to start contract talks with local firm Tümosan on developing an engine and transmission for Turkey's indigenously produced Altay main battle tank (MBT). Prototypes of the MBT are being developed by


  • 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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  • Boeing awarded AH-6i contract for Saudi Arabia

    Boeing has been formally awarded a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The contract, which was first revealed by Boeing in late 2013 but only announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August, is valued at


  • 155 mm/52-calibre Firtina self-propelled gun

    Development To meet its operational requirements for a new 155 mm/52-calibre full-tracked self-propelled gun to supplement its older upgraded M44 and M52 155 mm/39-calibre systems, the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) selected a version of the Republic of Korea Samsung Techwin K9 Thunder. This

  • Doher 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

    Development The Israel Defense Force has taken delivery of at least 530 BAE Systems (previously United Defense) 155 mm M109 series self-propelled howitzers from the US. It is believed that Israel placed its first production order for the M109 in 1969 and this consisted of 24 units. Many additional

  • Nimr Automotive Nimr family of armoured personnel carriers and variants

    Development In the past the Nimr family of 4 × 4 and 6 × 6 vehicles was originally manufactured in Jordan but today all design, development and production is undertaken in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Nimr Automotive is a subsidiary of Tawazun Holding and is expanding the

  • Otokar Ural (4 × 4) armoured personnel carrier

    Development Based on their experience in the design, development and production of the Cobra (4 × 4) and Arma (6 × 6 and 8 × 8) range of armoured vehicles which are covered in separate entries in IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Otokar have developed the