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Recent content from Jane's 360: IHS Jane's Defence Weekly - Digital, Online and Print Magazine

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    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 26 June that they had awarded a contract for the largest and most complex technological project in Israeli military history. The contract worth "hundreds of millions of shekels" was awarded to a

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    China has continued enhancing its dual-use facilities on three artificial islands in the South China Sea (SCS) by building new shelters and installing additional radar and communications structures there, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for Strategic and

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    Argentina's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) on 29 June rolled out the first IA-63 Pampa III destined to the Argentine Air Force. This is the first of an initial small order for three aircraft and is to be followed by a second larger batch that is being negotiated. The aircraft's first

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    The US Navy has awarded a USD9.6 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract to Raytheon for the procurement of five launcher control processors for the Takanami-class destroyers operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 June that

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    Following its approval of EUR10 billion (USD11.4 billion) worth of defence programmes on 21 June, the German parliament (Bundestag) cleared more projects for funding on 28 June. During the final two sessions before the summer break and the September general elections, the Bundestag budget committee

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    Russia has delivered at least 12 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official

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    Nearly two years after identifying a requirement to cut its civilian workforce by 30% by 2020, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has still not put in place a firm plan to downsize its staff as part of its drive to free up money to buy new equipment. It had been hoped that the savings from more than

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    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 25th Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate on 29 June, just six days after the previous ship of the class. Named Wuhu and given pennant number 539, the vessel is expected to join two other Type 054A frigates operated by the 10th

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    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed media reports that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted trials of a new light battle tank (LBT) in Tibet. "Recently a new type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibetan Plateau. The trials were aimed at testing the

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    Key Points A Senate panel recommended authorising the USAF spending USD1.2 billion on OA-X This is a lot of money for an effort that is not an official USAF programme of record A US Senate panel recommended authorising USD1.2 billion for the Pentagon to procure a fleet of light attack/observation

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    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is preparing to roll out a new automatic command-and-control system developed in collaboration with local industry. The programme is indicative of Seoul’s efforts to wean itself off of its long-standing reliance on US

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    Key Points South Korea has begun work on a third KSS-III diesel-electric boat Programme will see South Korea operate its largest and most capable submarines South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a steel-cutting ceremony for the country's third KSS-III submarine, the

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  • 07/02/17--17:00: FARC completes arms handover
  • The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have turned in 7,132 individual firearms, following the arrival of 6,803 FARC members at various gathering points, the United Nations Mission in Colombia disclosed on 26 June. According to the UN, this represents the total balance of individual

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    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Sikorsky a USD3.8 billion contract to manufacture 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army and Saudi Arabia, it announced on 30 June. The multiyear contract, which is the ninth for the Black Hawk, covers UH-60M utility and HH-60M medical

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    Key Points Beijing has reacted angrily to another US Navy freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea Incident comes ahead of scheduled talks between leaders of the two countries, and suggests renewed pressure on Beijing to respect international laws In response to what it perceives as

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    Airbus has completed a re-organisation of the company designed around simplifying reporting structures and unifying the brand name, the company announced on 3 July. The changes, originally announced in September of 2016, include elevating the company’s previously commercial Airbus division to

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    Key Points The long-awaited Batch 1 contract covers the construction of the first three of a planned class of eight ships The formal steel cutting for the first of class will occur at BAE Systems' Govan facility later this month BAE Systems will officially begin production of the first of the UK

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    Russian underwater warfare specialist JSC Concern 'Sea Underwater Weapon - Gidropribor' displayed its Mayak-2014 target detection sonar for the first time at the 2017 International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg. "Mayak-2014 is a solution that provides automated detection and

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    Key Points House authorisers would require a military plan for Europe, possibly including more permanently based troops The Senate is considering a more stable funding account for European operations in order to signal commitment Citing 'Russian aggression', the House and Senate versions of the

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    Key Points ULA beat SpaceX in a competition for a Pentagon launch mission Rarely do the two companies admit whether they won or lost in a head-to-head battle United Launch Alliance (ULA) beat out SpaceX for a recent US Air Force launch contract. ULA was awarded a USD191 million firm-fixed-price

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