• Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars

    Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

  • IDEX 2017: MSPV confirms large Egyptian order

    The Dubai-based company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV) confirmed during IDEX 2017 held in Abu Dhabi that it is building large numbers of Panthera T6 light armoured vehicles for Egypt. The Panthera T6 was first seen in May 2014 during an Egyptian military parade. Later that year the

  • IN signs contract for surface surveillance radars

    The Indian Navy (IN) has signed a contract with Nova Integrated Systems for the procurement of surface surveillance radars (SSRs), India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 17 February statement. The company, a subsidiary of Tata Advanced System, would indigenously manufacture the radars in

  • Pakistan orders further AW139 helicopters from Leonardo

    Pakistan has ordered an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 multirole twin-engine helicopters, Italian defence group Leonardo announced on 20 February. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the country, the company said, adding that

  • Turkey orders MPT-76 rifles from Sarsilmaz

    Turkey has awarded a contract to Sarsilmaz to build 10,000 MPT-76 battle rifles for the Turkish Armed Forces. Awarded by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) on 17 February, the contract means Turkey now has three different production lines for the rifle. Turkey has now ordered about


  • Turning the tide in the South China Sea

    Despite an international court ruling invalidating China's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has managed to boost its influence in the disputed waters by strengthening commercial and defence ties with neighbouring countries, bolstering its military capabilities and repeatedly putting on a show of force. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Predatory instincts: Wildcat's sharper senses elevate ISTAR utility for RN

    Tactical development and early operating experience have shown that the new Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter is already capable of much more than the Lynx it replaces. Richard Scott reports from RNAS Yeovilton on how that has shaped a new concept of operations
  • Losing its edge: The Russian aero industry's disappearing design capabilities

    As Russia’s legendary jet aircraft designers begin to die out, the country’s design bureau-based aeronautical expertise is also becoming a thing of the past. China, on the other hand, has learnt its lessons well and is nurturing aerospace expertise that only goes from strength to strength. Reuben Johnson reports
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  • IDEX 2017: Iraq takes delivery of Textron Commandos

    The Iraqi Federal Police is currently in the process of receiving the Textron Commando Select armoured vehicles that were ordered last year, Jonathan Dalrymple, vice president for business development at Textron's Marine and Land Systems division, told Jane's at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. "We
  • IDEX 2017: Yugoimport unveils 'giant Grad' rocket

    The Yugoimport SDPR stand at the 2017 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi was dominated by the 400 mm Sumadija correctable rocket. The rocket is 8.25 m long, has a total launch weight of 1,502 kg, a 889 kg solid motor, and a 200 kg unitary high-explosive/fragmentation warhead fitted with a proximity/impact
  • IDEX 2017: Bahrain selects GCS-200 UGV

    Global Clearance Solutions' GCS-200 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) will be supplied to Bahrain as the launch customer for the platform, a company official has revealed. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi where the GCS-200 was unveiled, Global Clearance Solutions' head of marketing and