• 'No evidence' Russia is inclined to de-escalate in Ukraine

    Evidence is thin on the ground so far that Russia intends to respect its commitment - agreed in Geneva on 17 April - to help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, according to Washington's chief envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A failure on Russia's

  • Air traffic control contract awarded for Saudi Arabia National Guard bases

    Thales Defense and Security Inc has been awarded a USD11.7 million contract to provide air traffic control (ATC) equipment and services to the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 23 April. The contract covers the provision of precision approach

  • Asia-Pacific navies sign code to reduce crisis risk at sea

    Naval chiefs from 25 Asia-Pacific (AsPac) countries, including the US, signed an agreement on 22 April aimed at improving communication at sea to prevent maritime tensions from flaring into conflict. The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) was ratified unanimously on the opening day of the

  • Boeing sells new ISR collector internationally

    Key Points Boeing says it has at least one customer for its Reconfigurable Airborne Multi-Intelligence System (RAMIS) The company developed RAMIS without using government funds Boeing has made sales of a tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform, the Reconfigurable

  • Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod, Lucznik Radom announce small arms production agreement

    Czech small arms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod has outsourced production of components for its semi-automatic pistols to Lucznik Radom in Poland; an agreement underscored by a partnership agreement signed by the two companies in 2012. Defence industry analysts said the commencement of

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  • Vietnam to arm new Gepard-class frigates with Palma CIWS

    The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy will equip its third and fourth Russian-built Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661) light frigates with the Palma close-in weapon system (CIWS), Nudelman Precision Engineering Design Bureau confirmed in a statement issued 22 April. The PAVN is scheduled to take
  • Mexico requests UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Mexico has requested the sale of 18 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters from the United States government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 21 April. The requested sale is valued at USD680 million, and includes associated equipment, parts, training and
  • Australia signs up for 58 more F-35s

    Australia is to buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of AUD12.4 billion (USD11.4 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on 23 April. Together with the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) 24 in-service Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet strike