• USMC expects F-35B IOC 'soon'

    Key Points The USMC expects to soon declare 'initial operational capability' (IOC) for the F-35B Once IOC is declared, the F-35B will be deployable anywhere in the world An initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters met all the requirements for a declaration

  • Finmeccanica confirms Kronos radar sale to Qatar

    The Italian defence company Finmeccanica announced on 26 July that its Selex ES division will supply the Qatar Armed Forces with Kronos radars to monitor the country's airspace. The Finmeccanica statement came over a year after Qatar said it was buying Kronos radars when it announced a series of

  • IED attack kills four soldiers in Egypt's North Sinai

    FOUR soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by militants from the Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai, detonated targeting their vehicle near Rafah in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 23 July, Aswat Masriya reported. Wilayat Sinai - formerly known as Jamaat Ansar Bayt

  • IED attack kills one person in the Philippines's Zamboanga del Sur

    ONE person was killed and at least eight others were wounded when an IED, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated outside a massage parlour in the San Jose area of Zamboanga City in the Philippines' Zamboanga del Sur province on 23 July, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. No group

  • Libyan civil war likely to continue despite UN peace deal and EU sanctions against key individuals

    EVENT Senior figures identified as 'spoilers' on both sides of Libya's current civil war are to be sanctioned with asset freezes and travel bans by the European Union, in support of the United National Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Peace Accord. Head of the Libyan National Army (LNA) General


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Mapping militant activity in Iraq and Syria

    Territory is changing hands daily in Iraq and Syria. Hugo Foster describes how open source intelligence collection enables analysts to map these changing dynamics.
  • Steady course: Naval capability development in Sub- Saharan Africa

    Whether combating piracy at sea, securing coastlines and trade routes, or navigating relationships with extra-regional powers, the navies of the Sub-Saharan Africa region face varied challenges over the next decade. Martin Ewence assesses how some of these navies are meeting these challenges
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  • Saudi, UAE forces deployed to Yemen

    Saudi Arabia's Al-Watan newspaper cited unidentified sources on 17 July as saying that Saudi special forces soldiers had arrived in Aden to guard officials from Yemen's internationally recognised government who had arrived in the city after a series of victories by pro-government forces. It said


  • Air-Boss Lightweight Overboot (ALO)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss Lightweight Overboot (ALO) was developed to provide various armed forces worldwide, including the Canadian Department of National Defense, the US Department of Defense DoD (as the AFS) and the UK Ministry of Defence (as the NBC

  • AirBoss CBRN moulded glove (AMG)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss-Defense CBRN Moulded Glove (AMG) was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Government to offer protection against Chemical Warfare agents (CWAs), Biological Warfare agents (BWAs) and a large variety of Toxic Industrial

  • C4 CBRN Gas Mask

    Type Individual protection - Masks general issue. Development The Airboss C4 CBRN gas mask was developed according to the CBRN requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces. Further engineering changes during its development phase were prompted by field trial testing during Operation Desert Storm, in

  • Chemring Defence - Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL)

    Description Originally produced in the United Kingdom by Brock's Explosive Development Ltd, the Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL) Chemical is now produced by Chemring Defence UK. SPAL is designed to simulate chemical weapon spray and liquid-filled airburst weapons by projecting a