• Mexico proposes increased defence budget

    The Mexican government has proposed an enhanced defence budget for 2015, with a projected 9% rise over spending in 2014. Expenditure of MXN98.3 billion (USD7 billion) was proposed for Mexico's two defence secretariats: the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) and the Secretariat of National Defense

  • Pentagon releases draft of updated acquisition doctrine

    A heavy emphasis on technological innovation and a call for the closer integration of intelligence into the acquisition process are the highlights of the new draft version of the Pentagon's Better Buying Power (BBP) document, released on 19 September. The third version of the draft, which outlines

  • Canada follows EU and US with new sanctions against Russia

    Less than a week after the EU and US added new sanctions targeting Russia's defence sector and defence officials, Canada added its own sanctions in a 16 September Filing. The new sanctions target four Russian military officers, and five companies focused on technology development and production.

  • AAD: Belarus has new Shershen ATGM in the pipe

    Belarusian company SRPC is developing a new addition to its Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems. Vitali Mikachev, Belarus' deputy director of foreign economic affairs, told IHS Jane's at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September, that

  • AAD: DCD Oribi offers tactical mobility

    South Africa's DCD Protected Mobility has developed a compact three ton-payload utility truck in co-operation with Histomart using commercial driveline components. The Oribi is built on an adaptive, modular space-frame chassis with a three- or six-seat enclosed cab - which can be given ballistic

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  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.
  • AAD: Sky Dragon gets longer-range radar

    China's Norinco marketed an improved version of its Sky Dragon 50 medium-range air defence system at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show, held in Pretoria from 17-21 September. Norinco unveiled the original Sky Dragon surface-to-air missile (SAM) system at the Eurosatory show in 2012 with
  • Saudi Arabia inaugurates northern border security project

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of a border security barrier along the kingdom's northern borders on 5 September. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the multi-layered barrier runs along 900 km of the northern border and consists of 78 monitoring
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House
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