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Russian firms looking to boost business with China

Key Points Russia’s aerospace industry is planning a major push at next month’s Air Show China in Zhuhai Russia’s pariah status in relation to its interventions in Ukraine is forcing Moscow to consider relinquishing...

Update: US approves JASSM sale to Poland

The US Congress approved the sale to Poland of up to 40 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) and Polish Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 fighter aircraft upgrades on 2 October. Poland had requested...

US looking to lean on commercial companies

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is acutely aware that it no longer dominates the development of technology, and so it is looking for ways to convince commercial companies to join its industrial base....

France says $3bn arms sale to Lebanon will proceed

French president François Hollande has approved the sale of defence and security equipment to Lebanon under a USD3 billion Saudi grant, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on 8 October. “All the work...

Islamic State uses MANPADS against Iraqi helo

The Islamic State branch in Iraq’s Salah-al-Din province has released images showing a militant firing a Chinese FN-6 man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS) at an Iraqi Army helicopter near the town of Bayji. This is...

Israeli defence export orders declined in 2013

Israeli defence export orders declined in 2013 to USD6.54 billion; a fall of more than USD1 billion on the prior year’s total. The figures – released by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) significantly...

Greece requests P-3B Orion MPA modernisation

Greece has requested approval for the overhaul and modernisation of its Lockheed Martin P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 6 October. According to Greek Ministry...

French Navy receives first upgraded Rafale F3

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) has received the first of its Dassault Rafale M carrier-borne fighter aircraft modernised from the F1 to the F3 standard, the French defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement...

Yabhon Smart Eye Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Yabhon Smart Eye is a medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and manufactured by ADCOM Systems, a company based in the UAE. …read more Source:: Air Force technologie (Air)

RAAF bombs first ISIL target in Iraq

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Air Task Group has launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq. …read more Source:: Air Force technologie (Air)

Stored Rafale M completes F3 upgrade

​One of the French navy’s first Dassault Rafale M combat aircraft has been returned to the nation’s DGA defence procurement agency, following the completion of an upgrade activity to bring it to the latest...

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