IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

  • F-35 maintenance diagnostic system needs software fix

    Key Points ALIS is experiencing high "false positive" rates Software upgrades will have to be introduced to fix the problems over time The automated maintenance system under development for the Pentagon's Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is still experiencing high

  • IDF expands elite combat engineering unit to tackle tunnel threat

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is in the process of enlarging an elite combat engineering unit so that it is better-prepared to counter the threat of tunnels constructed by militant groups in the Gaza Strip. The Engineering Unit for Special Missions, which is known by its Hebrew acronym YAHALOM,

  • India to halve size of new mountain corps

    Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on 15 April that a financial crunch was forcing him to halve to 35,000 soldiers the strength of the Indian Army's new 17 Mountain Strike Corps. Parrikar told The Hindustan Times that he was also freezing the corps' formation budget at INR380 billion

  • Indonesian Air Force grounds F-16 fleet after Jakarta airport fire

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) has temporarily grounded its fleet of F-16C and F-16D combat aircraft pending investigations into a fire that claimed one airframe on 16 April. TNI-AU chief Air Chief Marshal Agus Supriyatna told reporters that the

  • Iranian S-300 sale to go ahead

    Key Points Russia has announced Iran will get S-300 systems as a reward for as yet un-finalised deal on its nuclear programme It is unclear if Iran will get the P or V series S-300 Russia and Iran have agreed a new deal under which the latter will receive an unspecified variant of the S-300


  • Briefing: Lighter than air

    With the development of new technologies and materials aerostats are enjoying a resurgence, proving to be an inexpensive surveillance solution for military and homeland security applications. Martin Streetly reports
  • Unmanned at sea: the advent of the maritime rotary-wing UAS

    Deploying rotary-wing UASs in the maritime environment is still in the early stages, but concepts of operation are being developed against a headwind of declining defence expenditure. Andrew Drwiega reports
  • Industry briefing: Spanish succession

    Despite suffering from austere defence budgets in recent years, Spain still maintains a highly developed defence industry that continues to produce a wide range of major platforms. Andrew MacDonald reviews the country's current defence-industrial status
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