• USAF dismisses Russian challenge of US MH17 shootdown evidence

    Key Points A top US general dismissed Russian calls for Washington to publicise evidence that Russian separatists shot down a civilian airliner this week The official declined to specify whether US satellites can observe the launch of objects such as SA-11 anti-aircraft missiles The US Air

  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should

  • ASV and QinetiQ team up for target practice

    Defence science and technology company QinetiQ has established a Marine Surface Target Service in partnership with unmanned marine systems manufacturer Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV). The UK-based venture is intended to "rapidly and effectively meet customer needs for trials and training

  • Lockheed Martin reports sales decline, raises profit outlook

    US defence giant Lockheed Martin has reported a 1% decline in sales but a 3% increase in profitability for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year. In results released on 22 July, the company said it had revenues of USD11.3 billion in 1Q14 compared to USD11.4 billion in 1Q13 and net earnings

  • MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER

    The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 16 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, a company official said the company was in advanced


  • IHS Jane's World Defence Industry Survey 2014

    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 2014. Guy Anderson, Stephen Andrews, and Marcia Clough report
  • IHS Jane's Navigating the Emerging Markets: India

    With defence procurement spending on the increase, the country's need to recapitalise vast military inventories, and the continuing defence modernisation of its two neighbours; Pakistan and China, India's future is full of opportunities and challenges.
  • Back to market: privatisation revisited

    Long-stalled stock-market listings of state defence companies from Italy to India are being revisited. Even more may follow, writes Guy Anderson
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  • AgustaWestland funded for FASGW integration on Wildcat

    AgustaWestland has received a GBP90 million (USD153.8 million) contract amendment from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under which it will integrate the respective 'Light' and 'Heavy' variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) onto the Royal Navy's (RN's) new Wildcat HMA.2 small
  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards
  • Farnborough 2014: Thales debuts Talios pod

    Thales has released additional details for their new Thales Optronique targeting pod, known as Pod de Désignation Laser de Nouvelle Génération (PDL NG) for the French Air Force and has given it the company name Talios, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Designed as a
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things: