Signalling further tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan’s Ministry of Defence has requested a 2.4% increase in its annual budget. The 2015 budget will total ¥4.9 trillion ($47.25 billion). In a budget request document, Japan’s MoD stated that the regional security environment has become more tense recently, citing China’s increasing activities in Japan’s...Full Article »
Lockheed Martin said Monday that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program enjoyed a good August, successfully completing several milestones, including its 400th flight and, on Aug. 13 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., firing a missile. The F-35 has completed 19,500 hours of flight time. The defense contractor expects the Marines to attain F-35B operational capacity next year. Also Monday, Lockheed...Full Article »
Supacat, the UK-based high mobility vehicle specialist, has been awarded a $105 million contract by the Australian Defence Forces to deliver 89 Special Operations Vehicles - Commando (SOV-Cdo) under the JP2097 Ph 1B (REDFIN) programme. The new SOV-Cdo are based on the latest MK2 version of Supacat's HMT Extenda and designed to meet Australian Special Force's specific requirements....Full Article »
Bulgaria is seeking to acquire a number of new multipurpose fighter jets under a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) modernisation programme. The country’s current fighter fleets are all Russian-made, including the Sukoi Su-25 and two MiG variants. The programme is part of a wider effort to reduce Bulgaria’s reliance on Russian weapons and military equipment following recent events. The...Full Article »
O, Canada, land of “peace, order and good government.” Land of compromise and polite politics. Land of turmoil over whether to buy the F-35. As in the United States, the fighter plane has become a rancorous political issue. What once looked like a sure buy of 65 planes has been bogged down by infighting and un-Canadian vitriol, and the purchase is on hold while Canadian officials...Full Article »
MILSPRAY's Scorpion Energy Hunter Learn more about MILSPRAY here: www.milspray.com and get in touch at email@example.com Brian Feser’s vision is to exponentially increase MILSPRAY's top line growth over the next two years while planning for long term growth, sustainability and viability. Having taken over as CEO...Full Article »
The world’s only Night Vision conference focusing solely upon handheld Night Vision applications. Militaries from around the globe will be speaking at Night Vision and Thermal Optics 2014 , a two-day conference with a strategic focus on handheld capabilities, providing analysis of the latest opportunities in night vision, thermal imaging and infrared technology....Full Article »
Breakthrough Developments in Small Arms Technology Revealed at Infantry Weapons & Support Systems Event 2014 Militaries from around the globe will be speaking at Infantry Weapons and Support Systems 2014 , a two-day conference with a strategic focus on analyzing the latest developments in small arms technology and infantry support systems. www.infantryweaponsconf.com/PR The conference,...Full Article »
Recently in Fort Worth, officials from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and the Australian government gathered to celebrate the fact that two F-35 fighter jets bound for our ally down under were rolling off the assembly line. If you’ve followed the news about this plane over the past few years, you know it has been one of the most remarkable boondoggles we’ve ever seen – not only...Full Article »
The development of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and tanks is on an “irreversible” track and will soon replace armoured vehicles driven by humans, according to a senior People's Liberation Army speaking to Chinese media. "Unmanned ground vehicles will play a very important role in future ground combat. Realizing that, we have begun to explore how to refit our armoured...Full Article »Events of Interest
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