• Australia outlines F-35 opportunities for local industry

    The Australian government has pointed to a new contract secured by Victoria-based Marand Precision Engineering as evidence of local industry's increasing involvement in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. Secured earlier this month, Marand's contract calls on

  • Cameroon Air Force develops helicopter night attack capability

    The Cameroon Air Force's (CAF's) 23 Squadron is now capable of conducting night attack operations using its three Harbin Z9WE helicopters. One Z9WE crewmember told IHS Jane's that the capability was operationally tested in late January, when the three Z9WEs were involved in a live firing training

  • CANSEC 2016: Colt Canada unveils new rifle family

    Colt Canada introduced a new family of infantry weapons at CANSEC 2016 on 25 May: the Modular Rail Rifle (MRR) that is based on the C7 assault rifle and the C8 carbine in Canadian service. The 5.56 x 45 mm MRR is available in four versions based on barrel length: 11.6, 14.5, 15.7, and 18 inches.

  • General Dynamics introduces latest LAV variant

    General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C) on 25 May introduced the latest variant of its LAV family at CANSEC in Ottawa. The LAV Combat Support Vehicle (LAV CSV) builds on the LAV 6.0 baseline and is said to improve the LAV family's modularity. Doug Wilson-Hodge, GDLS-C's manager of corporate

  • IAI reports 'challenging' first quarter

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)'s revenue in the first quarter of 2016 was 5.6% lower than in the first quarter of 2015, results released by the company on 26 May show. IAI, which is state owned, generated USD859 million in the three months to March 2016, down from USD910 million in the same


  • Joint effort

    With tensions along Europe's eastern frontier with Russia fuelling regional efforts to enhance military co-operation, plus looming prospects for involvement in multinational operations further afield, the time may be right for the evolution of an integrated multirole fighter force built around European operators of the Saab Gripen. Jim Dorschner examines the implications of Gripen's growing footprint in Europe.
  • Transitioning for the future: Canadian defence policy review

    The Canadian Armed Forces is looking to reset, rebuild, and reorient after a decade of engagement in Afghanistan and in the face of diverse threats and intense budgetary pressures. Dr Dylan Lee Lehrke reports.
  • Building up: Kazakhstan industry briefing

    Kazakhstan's ongoing military modernisation and efforts to improve domestic industrial capabilities and independence continue to build on years of energy-funded development. However, the Central Asian republic faces significant headwinds owing to the recent decline in oil prices, writes Charles Forrester
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  • Russia to modernise sole aircraft carrier in 2017

    Key Points Russia's aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is set to be refitted in 2017 The process is likely to take at least 2-3 years, leaving the Russian navy without an aircraft carrier for some time Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov , will undergo an extensive overhaul and
  • CAE moves to enhance MSHATF fidelity

    CAE continues to migrate its next-generation Medallion-6000 visual system onto the Common Database (CDB) architecture of its Dynamic Mission Simulators (DMSs) at its Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) located at Royal Air Force (RAF) Benson, UK, in order to provide more
  • Poland buys 53 Balsa light reconnaissance robots

    Poland's Armament Inspectorate has signed a contract with Przemyslowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarow (PIAP) for the delivery of 53 light unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for its military's 'Balsa' requirement. Under the PLN14.9 million (USD3.75 million) deal the first Balsa UGV is set to be