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France proceeds with Reaper weaponisation

France has begun arming its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with a weapon integration contract awarded on 22 March. The contract for the France MQ-9 Block 1...

Northern exposure

From its bases on the Kola Peninsula, the Northern Fleet is at the heart of Russian naval strategy and operations. Tim Ripley reports From the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 up to...

LIMA 2019: Malaysia downsizes Littoral Mission Ship ambitions

Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) and the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC) are discussing the terms of a new partnership following the Malaysian government’s decision earlier this year to “minimise costs” in...

LIMA 2019: AVIC partners Malaysia on Y-12 production

A joint venture (JV) between Malaysian company UA Aerospace and the investment arm of the government of Kedah, Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah), has secured a partnership with China’s biggest defence enterprise, the...

France drives MMP for EU BLOS capability

European missile consortium MBDA is continuing to develop potential opportunities for expanding the userbase of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) fifth-generation man-portable land-combat missile system. Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA told Jane’s, “We have...

US awards Dutch Reaper contract

The United States has contracted General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to build four MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The USD123.3 million contract covers the Exportable...

France drives MMP for EU BLOS capability

European missile consortium MBDA is continuing to develop potential opportunities for expanding the userbase of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) fifth-generation man-portable land-combat missile system. Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA told Jane’s, “We have...

Leonardo establishes helicopter JV with Algeria

The Algerian Ministry of National Defence and Leonardo have formed a joint venture (JV) for the domestic assembly, sale, and support of Leonardo’s helicopters. The Algerian government will own 51% of the JV and...

Lasers: Beyond The Power Problem

Miitary lasers are getting more and more powerful, fast. But raw power isn’t all you need for a workable weapon. …read more Read more here:: Breaking Defense (Air)

Laos joins Yak-130 operators list

Russia’s Irkut has confirmed the delivery of Yak-130 advanced jet trainers to Laos, with Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer recording four examples as having been handed over to the nation’s air force so far this year....

Singapore’s A330 MRTT to fly over LIMA 19

The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s new A330 MRTT aerial tanker will fly over the LIMA 2019 on Mar. 26, based on the flying schedule.Pedro Aragao [CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons …read...

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