• India boosts defence budget by 10.9%

    India announced a core defence budget of INR2.5 trillion (USD41.1 billion) for fiscal year 2015-16 on 28 February. The figure is a 7.7%, or INR1.8 billion, increase over the initial 2014-15 budget announced by the previous Congress Party-led government in February 2014, or a 10.9% increase over the

  • Airbus Helicopters discusses partnerships in India

    Airbus Helicopters is in discussion with defence companies in India about potential partnerships that could lead to the group's rotary-wing aircraft being constructed within the country, a regional executive has told IHS Jane's . Rainer Farid, Airbus Helicopters' vice president of sales, India and

  • Bell confirms Mexican order for 407GX

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has ordered 15 Bell 407GX helicopters, Bell Helicopter confirmed in a 2 March statement. Deliveries to the 111th Air Squadron at Zapopan, Jalisco, are scheduled to occur in 2015 and add to a fleet of Bell 206, 212, and 412EPs in service with the FAM since 1973, the

  • Evidence emerges of possible DF-31 ICBM variant

    Recent testimony by the commander of US Strategic Forces Command and recent images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher (TEL) point to a potential new variant of the solid-fuel DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In testimony given before the US House of Representatives' Armed

  • FLIR CFO resigns

    FLIR's chief financial officer (CFO), Tony Trunzo, has resigned from the company effective 27 March, the company announced in a press release on 3 March. Dave Muessle, currently a vice-president and corporate controller for the company, will replace Trunzo in an interim capacity. In the press

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  • Royal Navy graduates first operational Wildcat crews

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has graduated its first operational crews to be trained on the AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter, the service announced on 2 March. Eleven pilots and seven aircrew from 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) 652 Squadron based at Royal
  • Aselsan, Thales continue LMM launcher development

    Key Points Aselsan and Thales have signed a further agreement for joint development of shipborne launcher systems for the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) The agreement covers continued development of four- and eight-round LMM Missile Launching System variants Aselsan and Thales UK's
  • 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