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Turkey sends tanks to border as IS advances in Syria

Turkey has deployed tanks and armoured vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria after Islamic State (IS) militants advanced on Syria’s Kurdish-controlled town of Kobani. …read more

End of an icon: the rise and fall of the Humvee

For nearly 30 years the Humvee has been the workhorse of militaries across the globe. It has achieved iconic status and is now one of the most recognisable vehicles on the planet. But after...

US To Keep 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

A top aide to President Obama said Monday that the United States and Afghanistan will sign an agreement Tuesday allowing some 10,000 US troops to stay in Afghanistan after combat operations end at the...

Bulgaria buys more Textron Commando 4x4s

Bulgaria has ordered additional Textron Systems Commando Select 4×4 wheeled armoured vehicles, it has been revealed. In total the country will receive 10 vehicles under a USD15.2 million contract awarded by the US Army...

Indonesia inducts four KCR-40 missile craft

Four KCR-40-class anti-ship missile craft on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) were commissioned in a ceremony presided over by Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro on 27 September....

Slovakia to train Ukraine troops in mine clearance

Slovak Army combat engineers will provide land mine clearance training to their Ukrainian counter-parts. Slovak defence minister Martin Glvac confirmed the news to media on 25 September during an official visit to Slovakia by...

Portugal reaches Pandur II agreement with GDELS

The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MND) and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) signed an agreement on 26 September over Portugal’s partially cancelled Pandur II 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) programme. The agreement...

Indonesian Navy commissions oiler, ‘leopard carrier’ LST

Despite initial fears that it would miss an October 2014 commissioning deadline, a 120 m indigenously produced landing ship tank (LST) dubbed a ‘leopard carrier’ by the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan...

Afghanistan orders additional MD 530F helos

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has exercised an option for additional MD 530F Little Bird helicopters, according to a US Department of Defense (DoD) contract modification announced on 26 September. The service will acquire...

US Army develops new sand table technology

The US military has displayed a potential new sand table technology at the recently concluded Modern Day Marine exhibition held aboard the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, US. …read more

The top 10 aerospace and defence companies in 2014

Boeing sits atop the pinnacle, as the highest earning aerospace and defence contractor in 2014, followed by other industry behemoths such as Airbus Group and Lockheed Martin. Army-technology.com lists the top 10 aerospace and...

Major French Vehicle Deal Closer to Reality, Execs Say

A three-company industrial team is confident the government will go ahead with an order this year for the French Army’s Scorpion vehicle modernization program despite budgetary concerns, a top executive with one of the...

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