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  • Airbus reports year-end results

    Airbus reported its full 2014 results on 27 February, with revenue increasing 5% and net income increasing 59% for the year. At EUR60.7 billion (USD68.0 billion), Airbus 2014 revenue was a record for the group, climbing with the help of continued strong commercial aircraft sales. The increase to

  • 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

  • Two Hellenic Navy submarines set for service

    Two Hellenic Navy submarines participated in a tactical exercise at sea and are expected to join fleet operations soon, augmenting the navy's presence in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean seas. HS Pipinos (S-121), the first of the three Hellenic Shipyards-built Type 214 Papanikolis-class

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • Identification of Charlie Hebdo suspects supports Islamist scenario with vigilante attacks on Muslim assets likely across France

    EVENT Further details have emerged of the shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine on 7 January. Twelve people are confirmed dead, including nine journalists, a bodyguard and two police officers. French police have released the names of three suspects: Hamyd Mourad (18), Cherif

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17

  • 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

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement was signed between the NATO Support

  • Russia completes assembly of Iveco armoured vehicles

    Russia has completed the assembly of 358 Iveco LMV-M65 vehicles, Russian state news agency TASS reported on 10 November. Moscow contracted for an initial batch of 358 of the vehicles it calls Rys (Lynx) in 2011, but by early 2013 had announced it would end its co-operation with Iveco at that point.

  • France completes Operation Tudelle in northern Mali

    France completed its Operation 'Tudelle' in Mali's Ifoghas mountains, 500 km north of Gao and close to the Algerian border in early November. The operation saw a shift in both jihadist and French military tactics, while behind the scenes all the indications are that France's military involvement in

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • UK to upgrade Sentinel R.1s for maritime operations

    The United Kingdom is to begin the process of upgrading its fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to conduct maritime operations in mid-2015, the government disclosed on 24 October. Answering questions in the House of Commons, the parliamentary

  • Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Bharat Forge-Safran in licence production arrangement

    India's Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) and French group Safran have formed a partnership to produce in India aerospace components for commercial and military applications. In a statement on 13 October, BFL said it had secured a purchase order from Safran to build components for the company's commercial

  • Analysis: How the RAF will target IS

    The introduction of RAF Tornado aircraft in a strike role will provide the coalition with an enhanced capability to engage moving targets through the use of MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone (DMB) missile. DMB features both Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and MMW radar guidance, providing a greater ability

  • HAI signs deal with Tata

    Greece's Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. (HAI) signed a production deal with India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), HAI announced 15 September. The deal is HAI's first foray in the promising Indian aerospace market. HAI will design the tooling and produce, at its Aerostructure Unit, a

  • Suspected ALF militants damage a mink farm in Italy's Venice

    A MINK farm was damaged when Animal Liberation Front militants liberated minks in the village of Scorze via Tossati in Italy's Venice province on 23 August, BiteBack reported. The ALF claimed responsibility for the attack on 12 September.

  • Austria further reduces QRA capabilities

    More austerity-induced cuts are being made to Austria's active air surveillance capabilities. The head of the combat section in the Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Major General Karl Schmidseder, told a press conference on 20 August that the Bundesheer's 15 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters will be

  • Royal Navy's new flagship named in Rosyth

    Key Points The UK's first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has been formally named in Rosyth Queen Elizabeth will be handed over to the Royal Navy in 2017 The first of the United Kingdom’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers was formally named by head of state HM

  • QinetiQ acquires optics firm as US services division divested

    UK technology company QinetiQ will expand its OptaSense subsidiary through the acquisition of low noise semi-conductor laser manufacturer Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO). In a statement on the acquisition released on 22 May, OptaSense Managing Director Magnus McEwen-King said the acquisition would

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