• BAE Systems Australia develops new supply chain system

    BAE Systems Australia has teamed with a domestic industry organisation to develop a system to enhance supply chain integration, the company announced on 18 March. The approach will be tested on the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike

  • RUAG unbundling plans take shape

    The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council. Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisations: MRO Switzerland and RUAG International.

  • S-400 and S-500: Russia’s long-range air defenders

    Russia’s land force modernisation includes continuing development of advanced long-range air-defence systems. With the S-300P/V systems now more than 40 years old, Russia is bringing in to service its latest and most capable system yet. Jon Hawkes , Oscar Widlund, and Sunil Nair report

  • Ship shift: US Navy prepares way for revamped surface force

    While continuing to bolster its traditional sea power, the USN is also moving towards the creation of a modern, more autonomous, surface force. Michael Fabey reports The proposed US Navy (USN) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget plan has set the service on a new surface-fleet course while trying to

  • South Korea outlines technology initiatives

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced a series of initiatives to support the introduction of next-generation military technologies to boost the capabilities of the both country’s armed forces and its national defence industry. The MND said on 18 March that the


  • Rocket man: SOF teams demo wearable flight systems

    SOF personnel may soon be able to turn 'jetpacks' from science fiction into reality, as wearable jet propulsion technologies appear to be advancing. A variety of jetpacks are being considered by SOF components around the world, including USSOCOM and French COS. Andrew White reports
  • Shaping the future: The UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force

    The United Kingdom’s new Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a pool of high-readiness forces that can respond rapidly to any peacetime security, humanitarian, or warfighting role. The independent force is developing quickly with European partners and, despite the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the JEF is set to ensure the country will continue to play a vital role in European defence while maintaining its full commitment to NATO. David Reynolds reports
  • Keep on keeping on: South America’s navies strive to sustain submarine capabilities

    Faced with ageing submarine fleets - many fast approaching the end of their service lives - a number of South American navies have launched programmes to upgrade or replace them. Tim Fish reports
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  • Qatar receives first Apache attack helicopter

    Qatar has received the first of its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Embassy in Doha disclosed on 20 March. The first of 24 helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) was handed over during a formal delivery ceremony at Boeing’s Mesa production
  • UK cancels ASDOT aggressor programme

    The UK has cancelled its effort to provide air combat training for its pilots using private contractors, with a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson telling Jane’s that it is re-examining its options. The decision to cancel the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) project,
  • 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