IHS Jane's Defence Weekly


  • Central Accord 2016 offers combined training for US, French, and Gabon forces

    Key Points The exercise focused on peacekeeping and the response to natural disasters in Africa French, Gabonese, and US paratroopers executed multinational airborne operations US Army paratroopers participated in the largest most complex exercise ever conducted in Africa, alongside French,

  • EU sets aside money for first-time defence R&D projects

    The European Commission decided on 30 June to set aside EUR25 million for the first yearly budget of the EU's initiative to fund pilot projects in defence research. Meanwhile, the European Defence Agency (EDA) simultaneously announced that it has received 21 proposals from industry and other

  • India issues RfI for multi-service UAVs

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by mid-September from local manufacturers for an unspecified number of medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for all three services. In a request for information (RfI) despatched on 15 June, the MoD outlined

  • India signs submarine upgrade deal with ThyssenKrupp

    The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR2.6 billion (USD38.4 million) contract on 29 June with Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems to upgrade two of its four Shishumar-class (Type 209/1500) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK). The company said in a statement that the upgrade, which includes arming

  • Iraq secures USD2.7 billion FMF loan

    Iraq and the United States signed a declaration of intent on 29 June to provide USD2.7 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) credit facilities. "This FMF facility will allow Iraqi security forces to defer payment for the purchase of ammunition and maintenance for its F-16s and M1A1

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  • Rotary recap: UK helicopter renewal continues apace

    After years of neglect that resulted in a political crisis during the Afghanistan war, the UK's helicopter fleet is beginning to see the fruits of a long-overdue multi-billion-pound renewal programme. Gareth Jennings examines this effort, which is seeing additional platforms procured, old types replaced with new ones, and trusted workhorses upgraded with additional capabilities.
  • Tomorrow's fighter, today: Saab promises future for Gripen C/D and eyes further opportunities

    The Gripen C/D combat aircraft will not be left to fade into obsolescence once its newer and more capable Gripen E/F stablemate enters the scene, with Saab promising future upgrades for the platform as it seeks to secure additional sales. Gareth Jennings explores the future growth plans for Saab's bantamweight fighter.
  • Reaching out: over-the-horizon weapon systems

    The US Navy is planning to fit an over-the-horizon anti-ship missile into the Littoral Combat Ship and its follow-on Frigate class. Grace Jean and Richard Scott examine the thinking behind this move
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