Jane's Defence Weekly


  • China enhances protection of underground facilities

    China has awarded its highest accolade for science and technology, the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award, to 82-year-old engineer Qian Qihu for his work in guaranteeing “the security of the country’s strategic arsenal against potential attacks, including those from future

  • Croatia cancels procurement of Israeli F-16 Barak

    On 14 January the Croatian government officially cancelled its March 2018 decision on the winner of its international fighter aircraft procurement bid. This has followed months of speculation about Israel suffering problems obtaining third party transfer (TPT) permission from the US for the sale of

  • India’s Tejas LCA production affected as IAF demands modifications

    Series production of the Mk 1 variant of India’s indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) faces disruption following frequent modifications demanded by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to enhance the fighter’s capabilities. The Tejas LCA has been jointly designed and developed

  • Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit

    An Iranian attempt to put a satellite into orbit failed on 15 January, according to Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi. Iranian media organisations cited the minister as saying the launch was successful, but the third stage did not reach sufficient speed

  • Turkey launches BMC production and technology base

    In a ceremony on 13 January, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the establishment of a BMC production and technology base in the northwestern Turkish province of Sakarya. The site will produce Altay main battle tanks (MBTs), military and commercial vehicles, and engines of various

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  • Sovereign safeguarding: Iceland’s maritime security

    Iceland’s national security policy sets out risks that the country must address. Dr Lee Willett discusses how national capabilities and international co-operation combine to overcome such risks at sea
  • Annual Defence Report 2018: The Americas

    In the Americas US forces began in earnest the process of re-adapting their force structure to again face down a high-end threat in 2018, while Canada committed to a series of long-term procurement projects. Some Latin American countries managed to enhance their capabilities, but more crucially the region remained free of open conflict. Michael Fabey, Pat Host, Ian Keddie, Gabriel Porfilio, Ashley Roque, and Daniel Wasserbly report
  • Annual Defence Report 2018: Middle East & Africa

    Syria has stabilised, but tensions remain on the front lines of the areas of influence carved out by external powers. Meanwhile, the war in Yemen has come into sharper focus, with the US using Iran's support for the rebels to bolster its efforts to isolate Tehran even as the growing civilian death toll threatens arms exports to the Arab Gulf countries. Jeremy Binnie reports
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  • Update: France launches F4 upgrade for Rafale

    France has formally launched the development of the F4-standard for the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 14 January. Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, received the F4-standard development contract for the Rafale during a visit by French defence
  • MBDA validates dual-role capability for Mistral missile

    MBDA has validated a dual-role capability with the latest version of its Mistral very short-range surface-to-air missile with a demonstration of a surface-to-surface engagement with effector at an undisclosed range off the Mediterranean coast in late 2018. In the course of the company-funded firing
  • China’s SZMID highlights handheld C-UAV system

    Shen Zhou Ming Da High Technology Co Ltd (SZMID), a Beijing-based company specialising in radio frequency (RF) detection and jamming technology for counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) applications, is eyeing export opportunities for its indigenously developed DZ-02 Pro Portable Jammer Gun. The
  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was
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