• ATT signatories conclude first conference

    Signatory nations to the UN's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded their first formal conference on 27 August, selecting Geneva as the site for the ATT's secretariat and confirming the participation of the defence industry as an observer to its work. The three days of negotiations in Cancun, Mexico,

  • South Korea reveals plans to boost 2016 defence budget

    South Korea's government is looking to "sharply" increase its defence budget, a member of the country's ruling Saenuri Party revealed on 27 August. Reuters reported that legislator Kim Sung-tae had said the government was expecting to bolster combat power at the border with North Korea

  • Taiwan conducts first Apache live-firings

    The Republic of China Army (RoCA) confirmed on 27 August that it has conducted the first live-fire drills of its recently acquired Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. According to the RoCA, the drill included test-firing AGM-114L Hellfire missiles and AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles. The

  • Update: Yemeni ballistic missile attacks continue against Saudi Arabia

    The continuation of ballistic missile attacks has further undermined Saudi Arabia's claims that it and its allies had successfully destroyed Yemen's surface-to-surface missile capability since the outset of the military operation they launched in late March. Saudi Arabia confirmed on 26 August that

  • Boeing launches rotary-wing MRO venture in Saudi Arabia

    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

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  • UK requests remanufacture of Apaches to AH-64E standard

    The United Kingdom has requested from the US government the remanufacture of 50 of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters to the latest AH-64E Guardian standard. The request, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 August,
  • MAKS 2015: KRTV adds IR seeker to Kh-58UShK anti-radiation missile

    Russia's Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) company demonstrated for the first time at the MAKS 2015 air show its upgraded version of the Kh-58UShK anti-radiation missile featuring an imaging infrared (IIR) channel. This missile intended to be integrated into the internal weapons bays of Russia's
  • MAKS 2015: Russian Mi-28Ns to receive N025 radars in 2016

    Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters will receive the N025 mast-mounted radar from 2016, an industry source told IHS Jane's at MAKS 2015. "The military is completing the tests of the N025 radar on three helicopters. Starting next year, it will be produced serially for mounting on
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget
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