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Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence...

Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which...

ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11...

Australia approves USD800 million defence fuel programme

The Australian government has approved an AUD1.1 billion (USD800 million) ‘Defence Fuel Transformation Programme’ aimed at delivering “a safer, simpler and a more assured defence fuel network in partnership with industry” over the coming...

MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts

MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concept for integration with the ARTEC 8×8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements. In April this year,...

India test-fires locally developed man portable tank-killer system

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently conducted the test-firings of a new locally developed, low-weight man portable anti-tank missile system. According to the statement, announced 16 September by the Press Information Bureau...

GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish...

Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m...

South African government considers VR Laser buyout

South Africa’s Public Investments Corporation (PIC) is considering taking part in a buyout of troubled steel supplier VR Laser. Deon Botha, head of corporate affairs at PIC, told Jane’s on 17 September that the...

Egypt requests latest APFSDS-T tank round

The US State Department has approved the sale of 60,500 120 mm rounds for Egypt’s M1A1 Abrams tanks, including the latest armoured-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding-sabot tracer (APFSDS-T) munition, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced...

Army Insists 1,000-Mile Missiles Won’t Breach INF Treaty

There are loopholes in the 1987 accord that newer technologies like hypersonics might shoot through, independent arms control experts told me. But, they warned, you might end up nitpicking the treaty to death. …read...

Milkor to unveil new armoured vehicle at AAD 2018

The Milkor company is planning to unveil a new 4×4 armoured vehicle during the this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition. The new Milkor 4×4 multirole armoured vehicle has a V-shape hull for...

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