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  • New Zealand receives first batch of T-6C Texans

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received four Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers and three more are en route, officers told IHS Jane's on 20 November. Wing Commander Chris Andrews, director of operations at 488 Wing, said the final four would arrive by mid-2015 to fulfil a contract

  • Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • EU defence ministers discuss new pooling and sharing concepts

    European Union (EU) defence ministers are considering several new concepts that could catalyse future capability development and see more pooling and sharing (P&S) among their militaries, including a new barter mechanism for exchanging services between them. The concepts were debated during the

  • China and Namibia reportedly discuss naval basing

    China is planning to establish a naval support base at the Namibian port of Walvis Bay, The Namibian newspaper reported on 19 November. It quoted Chinese press sources and reported the Namibian Defence Force spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Monica Sheya, as saying that she was aware of the matter

  • IDF to establish new Jordan Valley battalion

    The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on 13 November that it was creating a new territorial infantry battalion to patrol the eastern border with Jordan: a move that reflects growing concern over future potential threats from radical jihadist forces in the neighbouring country. The Lions of Jordan


  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
  • Consumer kingdom

    With a defence budget estimated at USD48.4 billion in 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to be the Gulf's leading military power and, arguably, the world's largest arms importer. The IHS Jane's defence industry team reports
  • Taking the stage: Indonesia envisions a 'world-class navy'

    The Indonesian Navy sees itself as instrumental in helping to realise Indonesia's vision of becoming a maritime power. Ridzwan Rahmat describes the transformation taking place to enable the service to support this aim
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  • China building airstrip-capable island on Fiery Cross Reef

    Key Points China is reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, according to satellite imagery The reclamation, which started in August, is creating a land mass large enough for a 3,000 m-long airstrip China is building an island at least 3,000 m long on Fiery Cross Reef that
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • RPG-76 Komar disposable anti-tank weapon

    Development Development of the RPG-76 Komar (Mosquito) weapon began in 1971 by the Military Institute of Weapon Technology (WITU) in a project named 'Argon'. Initially the project focused on two systems, one recoilless, the other rocket propelled, both using the same 73 mm warhead (60° cone)

  • Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher

    Development The Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher is offered as a 'stand-alone' alternative 40 mm low-velocity grenade delivery system to the Swiss Arms GL5040/5140 under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL) - (see separate entry). Description The GLG40 launcher consists of a high impact

  • VSS 9 mm suppressed sniper rifle

    Development The development of the VSS (Vинтовка Sнайперская Sпециальная) (Grau Index - 6P29/6P29) 9 mm suppressed sniper rifle was

  • Hirtenberger M6H 60 mm mortars

    Development Production of the Hirtenberger 60 mm mortars began with two models, the M6-111 standard version and the M6-211 long-range mortar. As a result of additional development work, the company now offers the M6H or 'Heavy' model, which offers extended range and varying barrel lengths. Model