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  • Parrikar says most Indian helo crashes due to human error

    Human error was responsible for most of the 74 crashes of Indian military helicopters over the past 24 years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told India's parliament on 3 March. "Sixty-three percent of these accidents have taken place due to human error by pilots and ground crew," he

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Lithuania to reintroduce conscription

    Key Points The Lithuanian State Defence Council has called for a reintroduction of conscription as a result of the Ukraine crisis The move will reverse a 2008 decision to abandon conscription and will see Lithuania's armed forces increase by 45% in size Lithuania is looking to reintroduce

  • Avalon 2015: IAI in customer discussions for Super Heron UAV

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in discussions with a number of potential customers for its recently unveiled Super Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle, a company official told IHS Jane's on 25 February. Speaking at the Australian International Airshow and

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Aero India 2015: Third LCH prototype breaks cover with new paintjob

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) displayed the third prototype of its Light Combat Helicopter in a new camouflage pattern at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The LCH is designed for anti-tank operations, close air support to ground forces as a battlefield scout and for anti-submarine and

  • SGS-W becomes project of concern for Australian DoD

    Delays in the commissioning of a major Australian Department of Defence (DoD) satellite ground station have resulted in the project being named a 'project of concern' (PoC), the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) announced on 18 February. Satellite Ground Station West (SGS-W) and an associated

  • NATO's new Readiness Action Plan leaves Europe's southern flanks vulnerable

    Key Points NATO's RAP has focused on responding to the emergent threat of Russia to its east As a result it has neglected to deal adequately with the threat from instability to the south in the Middle East and North Africa If carried through as envisioned, NATO's new Readiness Action Plan (RAP)

  • Images show North Korean vessel firing new SSM

    North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun released images on 7 February showing a new type of surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being fired from a surface-effects ship (SES) from the Korean People's Navy (KPN) Eastern Fleet. The images, which showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in attendance,

  • Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013. Kenney, who will retain a position as

  • Jordan breaks silence on airstrikes after death of pilot

    Emboldened by the death of one of their pilots at the hands of the Islamic State, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) acknowledged for the first time on 5 February that Jordan had carried out airstrikes against the militant group. Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured after ejecting from his F-16

  • US, Philippines express concern at Chinese land reclamation in South China Sea

    Key Points The United States and the Philippines have jointly called on China to stop building islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea Beijing's activities are viewed as inconsistent in the context of previous multilateral declarations on the South China Sea dispute The United States and

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Obama to seek Congress' blessing in campaign against Islamic State

    The White House will ask Congress for a new authorisation for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, US president Barack Obama said during his annual State of the Union address. "Tonight I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this

  • US Navy to begin LRIP talks for CH-53K helo

    The US Navy (USN) is to begin negotiations with Sikorsky for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service disclosed on 8 January. According to a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Lots 1 and 2 will be negotiated for

  • US Marine Corps receives first carrier variant F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received its first carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the company announced on 22 December. Aircraft CF-19 will now be transferred from the Fort Worth production facility in Texas to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air

  • Analysis: Five Key Global Defence Budget Trends for 2015

    The annual IHS Jane's Defence Budgets End Of Year Report has revealed five key trends that will shape global defence spending in 2015: 1. The recovery in global defence expenditure will stall – temporarily With further cuts required to government spending in the West and declining oil

  • Israeli missile found in Syria after airstrikes

    Key Points The discovery of a Popeye missile in Syria confirms Damascus' claim that Israel carried out strikes on 7 December The discovery of the stand-off missile also confirms that Israeli aircraft are not entering Syrian airspace to carry out attacks Syria's claims that Israel carried out

  • Brazil receives last VBTP-MR Guarani from initial order

    The Brazilian Army on 9 December received the last 18 of an initial 128 VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious wheeled armoured vehicles ordered from Iveco Latin America, as the programme continues with more orders. Previously 50 vehicles were distributed to the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the

  • Turkey frustrated at European reluctance for deeper defence co-operation

    Turkey's desire to foster stronger links with the European defence establishment is being frustrated by an apparent reluctance from the European Union (EU) to fully engage with the country, a senior government official said on 2 December. Speaking at the 13th annual Berlin Security Conference (BSC)

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