• Australian industry, shipbuilding plans take a step forward

    Australia's defence industrial capabilities received a boost on 22 October with the announcement by the country's Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, of the board for the country's Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and the chair of the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. The

  • Buk-M3 SAM enters Russian service

    Russia has received its first Buk-M3 medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, defence minister Sergei Shoigu has announced. The new Buk-M3 system was also shown publically on Russian television for the first time on 23 October by TV Zvezda. According to Shoigu, one anti-aircraft missile

  • Chief of UK procurement watchdog resigns

    In a surprise move, the head of the UK single-source defence procurement watchdog resigned on 24 October for unspecified reasons. Clive Tucker had served as the interim chairman of the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) since February, but gave no reasons for his resignation. The office was

  • Concerns raised about Taiwan's planned military tech department

    Taiwan's defence minister, Feng Shih-kuan, said on 24 October that a military technology department set to be established in 2017 within the Ministry of National Defense (MND) would only begin work "on a trial operation basis". Feng said that the proposed department, expected to support

  • Embraer settles corruption probe

    Brazilian company Embraer has settled a probe into bribery of government officials in the Dominican Republic, Mozambique, and Saudi Arabia as well as fraud related to a deal in India, the company and regulatory authorities announced on 24 October. Embraer will pay a combined USD205 million to end

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  • Lithuania and Norway agree NASAMS deal

    Lithuania has agreed to buy the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from Norway, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 21 October. In total Lithuania is looking to purchase two batteries of the air-defence system for around EUR100 million (USD109