• Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • China commissions Type 81A MCMV into North Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 81A mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV) into the North Sea Fleet. The vessel, named Yucheng and given the hull number 846, is the North Sea Fleet's second Type 081A and will be based in Dalian in Liaoning Province, according to the

  • Peru receives first two KT-1P trainers

    The Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú - FAP) received the first two of 20 KAI KT-1P trainers during a ceremony at Las Palmas Air Base in Peru's capital Lima, on 21 October. Both KT-1Ps have been assigned to the No.51 Air Group out of Pisco, where they will replace Embraer EMB-312

  • Barco disposes of defence and aerospace products

    Esterline Corporation is on track to complete its acquisition of Barco NV's aerospace display technology businesses in the first quarter of 2015. The deal, worth about USD200 million, was announced in September and includes Barco's range of air traffice control (ATC) displays. Manufactured at

  • Boeing, Thales confirmed as preferred tenderer for Australian HATS programme

    Boeing Defence Australia and partner Thales Australia have been formally confirmed as preferred tenderer to provide a new joint helicopter aircrew training system (HATS) for Australian Army (AA) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel. This decision was reported by IHS Jane's in January, although

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  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp
  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website
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