Japan’s Ministry of Defence has ordered Thales Australia’s Bushmaster armoured personnel carrier for its Ground Self-Defence Force. Four vehicle will be delivered to Japan before the end of the year. “With effective operational deployment across Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bushmaster has proven its effectiveness across urban landscapes as well as mountainous regions, making it...Full Article »
Ultra Electronics USSI has signed a strategic partnership with Liquid Robotics, a manufacturer of hybrid wave and solar propelled Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMVs), for the joint development of a revolutionary and cost effective surveillance system for the global maritime security market. The new product leverages the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the world’s first wave powered ocean...Full Article »
Amid ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group ,two officers were killed last week in a FARC attack in the town of Jambolo in western Colombia, according to police. "One died at the scene. The other was transferred to the municipality's health center where a half hour later he died," Colonel Ramiro Perez Manzano, police commander of Cauca...Full Article »
The UK team of Morgan Advanced Materials, Ricardo and Ultra Electronics has won a £20 million deal to support and develop the Ministry of Defence’s Cougar family of protected patrol vehicles. Morgan Advanced Materials, which used to be known as NP Aerospace, is the programme lead. Covering the Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound vehicles, the dealcould be extended for as long as seven...Full Article »
Uruguay is looking at the option of leasing offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) under a tender that French company DCNS is exploring. “The [Uruguay] Finance Ministry has asked for a leasing,” an executive from a French bank told Defense News. “Talks with ministry officials are due to be held in Uruguay next week. The campaign is well underway.” Requirements are yet to be...Full Article »
At the recent launch of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) at the State House in Abuja, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan looked at a range of armoured vehicles. According to Nigerian newspaper THISDAY , the president viewed sample vehicles from Proforce Limited, a wholly Nigerian protective solutions company. The Nigerian market has seen considerable growth over recent years...Full Article »
At an event to mark the retirement of Gen. Keith Alexander, who stepped down from his role as the chief of the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned that the US must do more to protect its industrial control systems from cyber attack. In efforts to bolster the Pentagon’s cyber ranks, Hagel revealed the US would be doubling the...Full Article »
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is bolstering the country’s defence budget with an additional 6.8 billion hryvnia (US $697 million) set aside for mobilising troops and modernising weapon systems following the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia. “Today we are talking about protecting our country,” Yatsenyuk said in a statement.” All other expenses are not...Full Article »
How much have you been paying attention to military and defence news this week? Just for fun, test your general knowledge and see what you remember from this week… 1. In which region did the U.S. Navy recently conduct an exercise? [Hint: Read about the exercise here ] a) Gulf of Tonkin b) Arctic c) Indian Ocean d) Strait of Hormuz 2. On Tuesday , how many days was it until the Queen...Full Article »
Last weekend, several Members of Congress and defence officials observed the U.S. Navy conducting a training exercise in the Arctic, known as ICEX 2014. ICEX is a longstanding training exercise conducted by the Navy every three years with the mission of developing and honing submarine operational and warfighting capabilities within the challenging Arctic environment. During ICEX 2014, the Navy...Full Article »Events of Interest
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