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Belarus fills sight gap for Khrizantema-S

Belarus has been able to provide Russia with a substitute electro-optic sight for the KBM Khrizantema BMP-3 tank destroyer, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin has claimed. Speaking to Russian press agency ITAR-TASS on...

Canada conducts first airstrike in Syria

Canadian combat aircraft bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on 8 April, the Department of National Defence (DND) has stated. An undisclosed number of Boeing F/A-18C (CF-18/CF-188) Hornet fighter aircraft...

Italian Army Shadow 200s begin flight operations

Following a lengthy qualification process an Italian Army Shadow 200 tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (T-UAV) took off for the first time from Italian soil on 31 March. The T-UAV, acquired from AAI Textron, was...

US approves Egyptian Hellfire sale

In a further sign of the normalisation of defence ties between the United States and Egypt, the State Department has approved the sale of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Egyptian Armed Forces. The announcement...

South African defence exports increased in 2014

South Africa approved just under ZAR3 billion (USD250 million) in defence exports in 2014, a significant increase on the ZAR1 billion approved in 2013, according to the latest report by the National Conventional Arms...

Brazil, Argentina reaffirm strategic co-operation

Brazilian defence minister Jaques Wagner signed a joint agreement on South American security co-operation with his Argentinian counterpart Agustín Rossi on 7 April. The meeting, Wagner’s first official foreign engagement in the post, saw...

Air Force Restarting Long-Term Development Planning

The Air Force is restarting a focus on long-term developmental planning, or a game plan to develop a better technology product over time, according to the service’s top officer. Air Force Chief of Staff...

How Marines Plan To Survive Littoral Warfare

PENTAGON: “You ever seen what an attack helicopter does to a small boat? That’s a Cuisinart.” The Navy’s long been nervous about the survival of its high-cost high-seas warships in coastal knife fights. (That...

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