IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

  • China confirms CH-4 UCAV in PLA service at 'Peace Mission 2014' drill

    The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) showcased a CH-4 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) during the multilateral 'Peace Mission 2014' exercise featuring Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members in Inner Mongolia in late August. In a rare move, and indicating strong confidence in

  • Indian Navy plans new carrier, SSBN base in Bay of Bengal

    The Indian Navy (IN) is building a new base on India's east coast to further boost force levels in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and to counter China's growing presence. Senior IN sources told IHS Jane's that the new facility, codenamed Project Varsha, will be located at Rambilli on the Bay of

  • Maiden flight for UK's first A400M transport aircraft

    The first Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has made its maiden flight, the company announced on 1 September. The aircraft, MSN015, departed the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, for a five-hour test flight on 30 August. The

  • RSAF grounds US-based F-16Ds after structural cracks found

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has grounded an unspecified number of Lockheed Martin F-16D multirole combat aircraft attached to its Peace Carvin II training detachment at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) revealed to IHS Jane's on 29 August.

  • Slovakian C-27J contract imminent

    Slovakia's longstanding aim to buy new transport aircraft may soon come to fruition, with the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcing it hopes to sign a contract to acquire two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft by 30 September. Speaking at the Slovak International Air

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  • Guam: tip of the spear

    As the United States' westernmost territory, Guam is playing an increasingly important role. Gordon Arthur reports on progress there with improvements to accommodate part of the US strategic shift to the Pacific
  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
  • Drifting apart

    Military leaders have warned repeatedly that the United Kingdom risks becoming a 'hollow force' unable to offer useful help to its closest ally, the United States. So is this the end of an unusually close partnership? Matthew Bell reports
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