Australias new frigates would be armed with Lockheed Martins Aegis combat management system together with a Saab Australia-developed tactical interface. Canberra in May revealed plans to build nine frigates, 12 new submarines and 12 offshore patrol vessels worth an estimated 89 billion Australian dollars ($70 billion)
Turkey announced new tax measures aimed at boosting defense spending, the finance minister said on Thursday. "The tax raises will be transferred directly to the defense industry fund as the fund is not a part of central government budget," Naci Agbal said in a speech at the Istanbul Financial Summit
Iran has started the construction of two large naval zones and three bases on the coasts of Makran, located in Iran's southeastern region, next to the Oman Sea. “We are building two naval zones and three naval bases on Makran coasts, and this is in line with our policy of making a return to the sea,” Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press conference in Tehran on Monday, as quoted by Tasnim News agency
North Korea is upgrading its largest naval facility Munchon located on the east coast, including conventional as well as mass destructive weapons. Satellite images analyzed Thursday on 38 North, a website of Johns Hopkins University, suggest that the countrys leader Kim Jong Un is likely to be investing heavily on the country's largest naval facility for coastal defenses
The US Navy tested a technology innovation that makes landing fixed-wing aircraft aboard an aircraft carrier easier. The Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, or Magic Carpet, is advanced technology designed to streamline the aircraft carrier landing process, which provides improved safety, efficiency and success rates in recovering fixed-wing aircraft on board aircraft carriers, according to the Navy press release
The territorial row in South China Sea has further escalated with an incident where Chinese coast guard vessels prevented members of a Filipino nationalist youth group from planting a Philippine flag on a rocky outcrop at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal last Sunday. The incident between the Chinese and the Kalayaan Atin Ito movement (Freedom Its Ours) took place as the country was commemorating Independence Day and just as foreign ministers from Southeast Asian countries and China were preparing for a meeting in Kunming to discuss territorial rows in the hotly contested South China Sea, The Philippine Star reported
The Iranian parliament approved a bill on Sunday to increase the countrys missile power with the aim of boosting the Islamic Republics deterrent and defense capability. According to FARS News Agency (FNA), the bill approved within the framework of Irans 5-year development plan, calls for enhancement of the countrys deterrence power by developing and boosting its missile production capability, strengthening the air defense power at different short-, mid- and long-range levels
Indias Ministry of Defence has decided to appoint a committee to suggest reforms in the armed forces. The purpose of setting up a committee is to bring in major structural changes in the Army, IAF and the Navy and to do away with posts that may have become redundant and ensuring modernization or addition of new equipment shouldnt mean a corresponding rise in numbers for the forces,
The US Navy is reviving its rules on the body fat restrictions by allowing sailors to be retested who had failed the test earlier. This week, the force said that the 2,400 people will be allowed one more chance to be tested this spring, under the new limits, The Telegraph reported
Accenture Federal Services, CACI Enterprise Solutions, CGI Federal, Deloitte Consulting, ECS Federal, IBM, Leidos, and Main Sail were awarded an estimated $147 million task orders contract from the US Navy. The contract announced by US Department of Defense yesterday, is to obtain process improvement, reengineering, management and data support services, to include Navy Enterprise Resource Planning sustainment on behalf of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC)
In view of the recent terrorist attack on Pathankot air base, the Indian government announced a decision to undertake a time-bound security audit of all "vulnerable" installations of armed forces, paramilitary and police organisations. A decision was taken at a high-level meeting on Friday, which was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and NSA Ajit Doval besides top officials of intelligence and security agencies, Tribune India newspaper reported today
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