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  • 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

  • Italy, Japan sign intel sharing agreement

    Japan and Italy have agreed to sign an Information Security Agreement (ISA) to allow the exchange of military intelligence and information on terrorists. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera reached the accord with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti at a meeting in Rome on 7 May. The

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • Hungarian ruling alliance looks to retain constitutional majority, signalling continuing policy direction

    Key Points The ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition of Prime Minister Viktor Orban won the 6 April parliamentary election and is set for another stable four-year term in power. Fidesz-KDNP's strong parliamentary majority signals another period of uncertainty and unpredictable policies for foreign

  • Russia likely to consider trade sanctions or cargo diversion against Latvia

    EVENT Latvian President Andris Berzins and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma issued a joint statement on 26 March condemning political attempts to incite tension between Latvians and the country's ethnic-Russian minority. On 6 March the Latvian government adopted a resolution condemning Russia's

  • Saab and Pilatus sign air trainer MoU

    Saab of Sweden has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pilatus to co-operate on the provision of the Swiss aircraft developer's PC-21 platform as the basis for a basic air training solution for the Swedish Air Force. Sweden has been considering a replacement for its

  • Nexter reports profits, orders down in 2013

    France's Nexter Systems announced its 2013 annual earnings on 18 March, revealing a decline from 2012 in orders and net profit. Orders for the group totalled EUR612 million (USD852 million), down from 2012's EUR862 million, with contracts for 37 CAESAR mobile artillery systems and France's

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • US considering procurement agreement with Slovenia

    The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering liberalising procurement regulations with Slovenia as part of a Reciprocal Defence Procurement (RDP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The DoD is currently in the process of soliciting feedback on industry's experience of dealing with

  • Luxembourg passes operational milestone in support of EU anti-piracy mission

    The Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta', it was announced on 16 February. The MPRA Detachment's Swearingen SW3C Merlin maritime surveillance aircraft

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