• Pentagon adds USD600 million to intelligence budget request

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had added USD600 million to its request for intelligence activity funding, the agency reported on 21 November. The additional funds are largely part of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, a segment of the DoD's budget that was not

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • EU renews CAR mission

    Despite earlier declarations to the contrary, the European Union is prolonging its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) to enable a UN-led force to assume security operations in the troubled country. The EU member states agreed on 7 November to extend the EUFOR RCA mission

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Bharat Forge-Safran in licence production arrangement

    India's Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) and French group Safran have formed a partnership to produce in India aerospace components for commercial and military applications. In a statement on 13 October, BFL said it had secured a purchase order from Safran to build components for the company's commercial

  • Analysis: Declining US military spending pressures defence contractors

    As uncertainty rises over US defence spending and as the possibility of further deep defence cuts tied to sequestration raises questions over the future of the US force structure, both China and Russia are moving forward, significantly increasing their investments in defense procurement and force

  • 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

  • HAI signs deal with Tata

    Greece's Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. (HAI) signed a production deal with India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), HAI announced 15 September. The deal is HAI's first foray in the promising Indian aerospace market. HAI will design the tooling and produce, at its Aerostructure Unit, a

  • Analysis: NATO members comprise 13 of world's 20 fastest declining defence budgets

    Of the world’s top 20 declining defence budgets between 2012 and 2014, the majority were NATO members, according to research from IHS. “While the budgetary challenges facing Western defence ministries have long been apparent, it is still striking to see that 13 out of the 20 fastest

  • Indonesia increases defence budget 14%

    Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced a 2015 defence budget of INR95 trillion (USD8.1 billion), a year-on-year increase of 14%. The proportion of GDP that defence has been allocated in 2015 remains relatively low at about 0.8% and the budget increase mainly reflects

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Berlin points finger at NATO for June ATC blackouts

    The German government has indicated that NATO electronic warfare (EW) training exercises were responsible for civilian ATC radar display blackouts in central Europe on 5 June and 10 June 2014. IHS Jane's has obtained the government's answer to a parliamentary question on 17 July, in which it noted

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • EU renews arms embargo on Sudans

    Alarmed at the violence and chaos in Sudan and South Sudan, the 28 EU nations agreed on 10 July to maintain arms embargoes on both countries, while targeting key individuals considered responsible for the instability. More planned sanctions are in the works if the perpetrators do not cease their

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • Australia outlines plans for F-35 MRO centre

    Australia has become the second Asia-Pacific country after Japan to outline a plan to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility to support Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft operated by regional air forces. In comments to IHS Jane's on 3 July,

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • Analysis: US No Longer Spends More on Defense than Next 10 Biggest Countries Combined

    A commonly cited metric used to highlight American dominance in the post-Cold War era is that not only does the United States spend more on its defense than any other country in the world, but that it actually shells out more than the next 10 highest defense spenders combined. However, 2014 will

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