Jane's International Defence Review

  • US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and

  • USN official outlines new training concept

    The US Navy (USN) has an urgent requirement to improve the way it trains and increase the pace of technology development and adoption, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran noted during a briefing at the Interservice/Industry Training and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). To meet this

  • NATO centre draws up social media exploitation goals

    The NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) is set to publish a ‘hit list’ of suggestions to further exploit the use of social media in the contemporary operating environment, service officials have disclosed. The findings, which stem from a workshop held in

  • Saab details live training developments

    Saab has developed additions and improvements to its live tactical engagement simulation system (TESS) and displayed these at I/ITSEC 2017 in Orlando. The BT 46 Mk III is the latest version of Saab’s vehicular laser simulator system, which is now completely wireless and supports simultaneous

  • MASA enhances SWORD training system

    MASA revealed a number of developments in its SWORD constructive simulation command and staff training system at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando. The latest iteration of SWORD, version 6.10, has integrated a new, dynamic chat tool


  • Silent service: Special operations freefall

    As special forces continue to evolve their clandestine insertion methods, Andrew White examines the latest parachute technologies and tactics that are being developed
  • China heads for a step change in naval capabilities

    In recent months there have been a number of indicators that China’s military technology is on the verge of entering an era of innovation, rather than cloning or reverse engineering overseas designs. Andrew Tate considers developments within the naval environment and looks at what may be over the horizon
  • Active protection: US and UK vehicle defence projects kick off

    Active protection systems have received substantial investment in countries such as China, Israel, and Russia, but in recent years the UK and the US lagged behind. However, the two countries are now investing in near- and long-term capabilities. James Bingham and Robin Hughes examine these efforts
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  • Qatar signs for Eurofighters

    Qatar’s extensive fighter-recapitalisation effort continued on 10 December with the announcement that the Gulf state had signed for a number of Eurofighter Typhoons. The announcement, which was made by Eurofighter consortium member and lead for the Qatari programme, BAE Systems, covers 24