• 'Coalition of the willing' goes into action in Iraq

    Key Points USAF aircraft are expanding the scope of their sorties against the IS in Iraq A 'coalition of the willing' has been formed to counter the IS following a meeting of 30 foreign ministers in Paris on 15 September As US strike aircraft stepped up the range and scope of their offensive

  • AAD: Belorussia has new Shershen ATGM in the pipe

    Belorusian company SRPC is developing a new addition to its Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems. Vitali Mikachev, Belarus' deputy director of foreign economic affairs, told IHS Jane's at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September, that

  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

  • Indian Army hands over first M-346 guns for upgrade contest

    The Indian Army on 10 September approved the release of four Soviet-era M-46 130 mm field guns to four local contractors that will upgrade them to 155 mm/45 calibre standard. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that the guns would be handed over to Bharat Forge, Punj Lloyd and Tata from the private

  • Land Systems launches RG21 mine-protected vehicle

    Land Systems South Africa has launched a new mine-protected general-purpose vehicle that is designed specifically for ease of manufacture and support by partner companies in another country. The RG21 is a 13.8-ton (combat weight) 4x4 vehicle that provides all-round protection against rifle fire and


  • Make and mend: the revolutionary promise of 3-D printing

    Nick Brown, Marina Malenic and Huw Williams explore the potential impact of 3-D printing in defence
  • Tactical advantage

    Shaun Connors examines how recent tactical wheeled vehicle procurements - including two-tier approaches and joint acquisitions - are balancing cost and protection as well as the competing attractions of tracks and wheels
  • US Africa Command comes of age

    Africa's demanding social, political and environmental landscape has proved a steep learning curve for the United States' youngest unified combatant command. Jim Dorschner examines the state of play in Africa Command and what may lie ahead
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  • Saudi Arabia begins receiving new AH-64E Apache helos

    Saudi Arabia has begun receiving the first of its new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from Boeing, images posted online in early September appear to show. According to these pictures, at least three AH-64E helicopter have arrived in the kingdom having been transported from Boeing's Mesa
  • ST Marine launches third Omani patrol vessel

    Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine has launched the Royal Navy of Oman's (RNO's) third Al-Ofouq-class patrol ship, a company official confirmed to IHS Jane's . Replacing the Dhofar class, the as yet unnamed 75 m vessel will be part of the RNO's effort to bolster Oman's offshore patrol capability.


  • Bailey Bridge

    Development The Bailey Bridge was originally developed by Sir Donald Bailey, at the then Military Engineering Experimental Establishment at Christchurch and was widely used during the Second World War. In 1948, Thos Storey (Engineers) gained a licence from the National Research Development

  • Anti-Helicopter Mine

    Type Man-portable anti-helicopter mine Development Research and development of the anti-helicopter mine was conducted under the specific targeted Project Number 4867 and was partly funded by the Ministry of Science and Information Society Technologies. The system is a requirement from the Polish

  • Bavar-373

    Type Self-propelled Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system Development The Iranian Defence Industry has been working on the Bavar-373 (lit., 'belief') since at least 2011 and possibly even before, conflicting reports emanating from within Tehran have suggested a start date as early as February 2009.

  • HN-5

    Type Man-portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPADs) Development The China National Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CNPMIEC), HN-5 (Hong Nu or Red Cherry) is a product-improved version of the first-generation Russian Strela-2 (SA-7 'Grail') man-portable surface-to-air missile