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  • US Air Force still struggling with stabilising airborne lasers

    The US Air Force (USAF) continues to struggle with stabilising lasers on its airborne platforms, according to a key service official. Tony Hostutler, technical advisor at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for laser technologies, told reporters on 19 March at the Pentagon that the aero-optics

  • Serbia develops defence technology industrial base

    Serbia is continuing to develop its defence industry under the 'Defence Technology Industrial Base of the Republic of Serbia - Vision 2020' project, focusing on its aerospace industry, the head of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) department for defence technologies has said. During a panel

  • IAF plans to order 201 Tejas LCA Mk 2 fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to induct a total of 18 squadrons or 324 indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over the next decade in an effort to boost its rapidly declining combat fleet. Official sources said the IAF is finalising a proposal to order 201 Tejas Mk 2 fighters to

  • NATO’s latest spending figures stress the positive but reveal the negatives, too

    NATO released its annual report on 15 March on defence developments across the 29 allies during 2017, revealing a decidedly mixed picture on defence spending priorities and their implications for financing capabilities. While the report notes that the European allies and Canada hiked their

  • Russian airborne commander claims 20% increase in force capabilities

    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) commander Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov has reported that the capabilities of his forces have increased 20% since 2012. In a 12 March interview with the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) daily, he said this growing combat power

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