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  • Naval Warfare

    New Zealand joins anti-piracy effort

    22nd January 2014

    A frigate from the Royal New Zealand Navy is set to join NATO’s anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, for three weeks from 23 …

  • Land Warfare

    Ukrainian army plans modernisation

    20th January 2014

    The Ukrainian army is set to undertake an extensive rearmament programme from 2017 that will include the purchase of new equipment and modernisation of their existing …

  • Uncrewed Vehicles

    Enhanced UAV security for Sochi Winter Games

    7th January 2014

    Russia is ramping up security ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi with UAVs set to play an integral role in combating terrorism, sources …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Peru-Russia MI-171 helicopter deal finalised

    30th December 2013

    Government-to-government negotiations between Peru and Russia for the acquisition of 24 MI-171 helicopters for Peru have now completed. The armed forces of Peru will use …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Dubai 2013: Swiss Kopter unveils Skyrider trainer

    19th November 2013

    Dubai saw the air show debut of a new two-seater light helicopter, which the manufacturer is aiming squarely at the training market as a competitor …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Poland advances weapons upgrade for combat helicopters

    8th November 2013

    Poland’s Ministry of Defence is considering the purchase of Ukrainian-built anti-tank and missile defence systems for its fleet of Mil Mi-24 combat helicopters, it has …

  • Land Warfare

    Thailand accepts first Oplot tanks

    8th November 2013

    Thailand completed the technical acceptance of 49 Oplot main battle tanks on 5 November. Manufactured by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) in …

  • Land Warfare

    D&S 2013: Black Widow lacks bite

    7th November 2013

    Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI) has said it will work with UK-based Ricardo on the next phase of development of its Black Widow Spider 8x8 …

  • Digital Battlespace

    India launches mission to Mars

    5th November 2013

    India has successfully launched its first interplanetary Mars orbiter satellite to research the Martian atmosphere. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or Mangalyaan, was launched on …

  • Land Warfare

    Russia plans 3 trillion rubles land modernisation

    17th October 2013

    The Russian Ministry of Defence plans to implement of an ambitious programme to renew up to 30% of its land forces arsenal by 2020. In …

  • Land Warfare

    Terminator is back

    30th September 2013

    A new version of the tank support fighting vehicle (BMPT-72) Terminator-2 was officially presented at the Russia Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil. The new vehicle …

  • Land Warfare

    Urals Automotive Plant presents new armoured vehicles

    27th September 2013

    The Urals Automotive Plant, has presented the Taifun-U and Ural-53099 armoured vehicles at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 in Nizhny Tagil. Taifun-U vehicles are designed …

  • Digital Battlespace

    Exercise Vigilant Skies 2013 tests CAI network

    23rd September 2013

    An exercise to test the NATO-Russia Council’s Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI) Information Exchange System (IES) will take place between 23 and 27 September to consolidate …

  • Military Logistics

    Iran unveils new tank transporter

    22nd July 2013

    The Iranian Army Ground Forces have developed a new tank transporter called ‘Sayyad’ or Hunter, it has emerged. According to reports coming from Iranian state …

  • Land Warfare

    KMW could lose out on Saudi tank deal

    12th July 2013

    German tank manufacturer, Krauss Maffei Wegman, could lose out on a €5 billion deal to provide 270 Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks (MBT) to Saudi …

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - HALE

    Akinci (Ukraine)

    Programme Background Two Export Contracts In January 2022, the Daily Sabah reported that Baykar had "recently" signed its first export contract for the Akinci. Haluk Bayraktar ...

  • Tanks

    T-90S (Saudi Arabia)

    Programme Background.  The status of the Saudi Arabian T-90 deal is unclear, it is possible that these tanks may be purchased to replace stocks of ...

  • Loitering munitions

    ZT-180 [Russia]

    Programme Background Claims On 23 February 2023, DER SPIEGEL reported that, according to information it had gathered, China and Russia were negotiating the purchase of 100 ZT-180 ...

  • Loitering munitions

    Shahed-136 [Russia]

    Programme Background Iran's Involvement On 11 July 2022, according to US intelligence, Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor, announced during a statement that the Iranian ...

  • Military UAS - mini, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    SkyRanger R70 (Ukraine Aid) [Canada]

    Programme Background On 19 February 2024, the Canadian Defence Minister, Bill Blair, announced that the country would donate more than 800 SkyRanger R70 UAVs to ...

  • Military UAS - rotary-wing, Military UAS - small

    T-150 (Ukraine)

    Programme Background Virtual Address On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. On 3 May 2022, the UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, virtually addressed the Ukrainian ...

  • Tanks

    Leopard 2A8+ (Germany)

    Programme Background Germany has operated the domestically produced Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 2 since its inception in the 1970s. Spanning now eight versions, the Leopard 2A8 is the ...

  • Military UAS - micro, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Black Hornet 3 (Ukraine Aid) [UK & Norway]

    Programme Background Russo-Ukraine War Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, UAVs have proved vital to the country's defence. Consequently, as in this programme, the ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    Quantix Recon (Ukraine)

    Programme Background April Meeting In mid-April, just shy of two months after Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, the Ambassador and the Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Ukraine met ...

  • Tanks

    Merkava Mk3 (Cyprus)

    Programme Background Following the announced donation of 41 T-80U/UK tanks to Ukraine, Cyprus is actively seeking a replacement MBT for its Armed Forces. Cyprus offered ...

  • Frigates

    Admiral Gorshkov Class (Project 22350) (1 - 8)

    Programme Background The Admiral Gorshkov-class is to consist of between 15 to 20 stealth frigates being built the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg for ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Bayraktar TB2 (Latvia)

    Programme Background Factory Visit On 7 June 2021, Baykar's official Twitter account announced that the Latvian Minister of Defence, Artis Pabrikis, had visited the Baykar ...

  • Frigates

    Admiral Gorshkov Class (Project 22350) (9 – 20)

    Programme BackgroundThe Admiral Gorshkov class is to consist of between 15 to 20 stealth frigates being built the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg for ...

  • Frigates

    Admiral Grigorovich Class (Project 11356M)

    Although the Russian Navy are focusing their efforts on corvettes due to the difficulties in constructing larger vessels, they are still attempting to bring some ...

  • Tanks

    M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 (Romania)

    Programme Background Requirement The Romanian Army's MBT fleet is composed of T-55 variants that are due to be retired in the mid-2020s. Although Romania's TR-85 ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • Tanks


    The 125mm-armed T-80UD MBT is a variant of the T-80 which was in production in Ukraine when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. An ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - mini

    Supercam S350/S350F

    The Supercam S350/S350F is a mini fixed-wing that Supercam Unmanned Systems Group manufactures. The Russian UAV features a modular design and has been primarily designed ...

  • Transport


    The An-140 is a light turboprop military transport aircraft developed from the An-140 regional airliner, which first flew in September 1997. It is designed to ...

  • Loitering munitions

    AQV 100 Scalpel

    The AQV 100 Scalpel, or AQV-100, is a low-cost loitering munition manufactured by One Way Aerospace.  The drone is operated using a first-person view and ...

  • Military UAS - micro, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Mini 2

    The Mini 2 is a micro rotary-wing drone from DJI. It features a 3-axis gimbaled 12MP camera for photographs and 4k/30fps for video capture. Shephard believes ...

  • Loitering munitions


    The Shahed-136 is a loitering munition manufactured by Iran. The aircraft follows a delta-wing configuration and is launched through a Rocket-Assisted Take-Off (RATO) method, with the rocket being ...

  • Fighter - ground attack


    The Su-25 (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) is a single-seat ground attack aircraft developed for close combat air support missions. Production of the Su-25 began in ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - tactical


    Developed by the Russia-based Special Technology Center, the Orlan-10 is a medium-range UAS with many variants, such as the 10E, an export version introduced in 2017. The ...

  • Military UAS - mini, Military UAS - rotary-wing

    Matrice 300 RTK

    The Matrice 300 RTK is a rotary-wing UAV manufactured by DJI. Despite being primarily aimed at industrial applications, militaries utilise it for ISR tasks.  In ...

  • Fighter - air superiority


    The MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is an air superiority fighter aircraft designed to engage air targets in any weather, day and night.  The production ...

  • Air: Helmet-mounted displays


    SURA is a helmet-mounted display system produced in Ukraine. Notably, it offers off-boresight acquisition capability to pilots and can cue the aircraft's sensor systems using ...

  • Transport


    The largest transport aircraft of the time, the An-22 Antei (NATO reporting name Cock) is a heavy military transport aircraft developed by Antonov in the ...

  • Transport


    Developed by Antonov, the An-148 is intended for passenger, mixed cargo-passenger and cargo transport operations for both military and civilian roles. Its maiden flight took ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - HALE

    Shahed-149 / Gaza

    The Gaza, or the Shahed-149, is a HALE UCAV manufactured in Iran. Unveiled on 21 May 2021 by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolution ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - small

    Eleron T-16

    The Eleron T-16, or Valdai, is a small fixed-wing Russian drone.  Multiple media outlets in August 2023 reported that the first Russian Eleron T-16 had ...