• Indian company says it will build new Omani airbase

    The Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced on 18 September that it had been awarded a contract by the Omani Ministry of Defence to build the new airbase, but provided no further details. "We have been gradually establishing our credentials in the Middle East and, especially in

  • Thailand requests additional Lakota helicopters

    Thailand has submitted a request to purchase additional Airbus Helicopter UH-72A light utility helicopters from the United States, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. The Foreign Military Sale - if approved by US Congress - will be the first major US export

  • USAF: Use of F-22s target dependent, JTACs crucial for air support

    The US Air Force (USAF), which is leading airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, has said planners are choosing specific attack platforms based on individual targets and highlighted the key role played ground-based air controllers. Since operations began in August,

  • Air strike kills 11 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    ELEVEN Islamic State militants were killed in an air strike by unspecified military forces west of the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 25 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strike kills four Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    FOUR Islamic State militants, including the so-called Wali al-Hawija, known as Abu Hassan, were killed in an air strike by the international Arab coalition between the villages of Azariya and Saad in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 25 September, NINA reported.

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  • UK deploys Watchkeeper UAV to Afghanistan

    The first operational flight of the Thales WK450 Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken place in Afghanistan only three months before UK forces are due to withdraw from the Southwest Asian country. Details of the flight were revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24


  • AAM-3 (Type 90)

    Type Infrared (IR) guided air-to-air missile (AAM). Development Little is known about the development of air-to-air missiles in Japan because all such programmes are treated with the utmost secrecy. While Japanese industry has built several models of AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow under

  • ASM-3 (XASM-3)

    Type Radar-guided anti-ship missile. Development Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is developing XASM-3 high-speed anti-ship missile as a successor to Japan's Type 93 (ASM-2). Work is proceeding in partnership with the Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) of the Japan Defense Agency

  • Nasr (C-704)

    Type Radar-guided anti-ship missile. Development Nasr ("victory") is a medium-range anti-ship missile developed for Iran through a collaborative effort with China. Iran's Nasr-1 missile appears to be a rebadged CASIC C-704, designed developed and tested in China and then transferred to

  • Tien Chien I (Sky Sword 1)

    Type Infrared (IR) guided air-to-air missile (AAM). Development Tien Chien I (Sky Sword 1) development programme was revealed in 1986, when it was announced that the first test firing of the new missile had taken place from an F-5 against a target drone. The programme was launched in the early