• Bulgaria turns away from Russia for future support of MiG-29

    Key Points Bulgaria is looking to Poland rather than Russia to keep its MiG-29 fleet airborne Sofia is looking to reduce its dependence of Russia wherever possible in light of Moscow's interventions in Ukraine Bulgarian defence minister Nikolai Nenchev announced on 6 July that the country's air

  • China's PLA introduces spending regulations

    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has issued new regulations intended to close existing loopholes in spending guidelines as part of continuing efforts to eradicate corruption. According to state news agencies in China the new guidelines have been issued by the military's financial inspectors

  • Israeli personnel start David's Sling training

    Israeli personnel have begun the first training course to operate the David's Sling air defence system, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 29 June. It said the six-month course was being jointly run by its 'Homa' administration, main contractor Rafael, and the US Missile Defense Agency,

  • Japanese P-1s to visit RIAT, Djibouti in first overseas trip

    Japan will send its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) overseas for the first time later this month to conduct operational trials in Djibouti and take part in the UK's Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) P-1s will leave Naval Air Facility

  • Obama vague on defence bill veto threats

    President Barack Obama would not say definitively whether or not he will follow through on threats to veto defence legislation, but noted that either way military personnel will get paid. "Our men and women are going to get paid," Obama said in response to a question during a rare

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  • Seeker UAV crashes in Yemen

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down near the Saudi border in Yemen's northern Sadah province, the Al-Masirah news channel reported on 5 July. It broadcast footage showing the wreckage of a UAV that appeared to be a Denel Dynamics Seeker 200 (previously known as the Seeker II). Like the
  • Australia ready to sign EF88 Austeyr rifle contract

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will begin taking delivery in 2016 of about 30,000 new EF88 Austeyr 5.56 mm rifles under an AUD100 million (USD75 million) contract to be signed later this month, a Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 July. The contract, to be signed
  • Seeker UAV crashes in Yemen

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down near the Saudi border in Yemen's northern Sadah province, the Al-Masirah news channel reported on 5 July. It broadcast footage showing the wreckage of a UAV that appeared to be a Denel Dynamics Seeker 200 (previously known as the Seeker II). Like the
  • 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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