Jane's Information Group

Jane's Information Group (often referred to as Jane's) is a British publishing company specialising in military, aerospace and transportation topics. It was acquired in 2007 by IHS Inc., and its open-source intelligence databases and publications continue to be produced under the IHS Jane's and IHS brands.

FounderFred T. Jane
Country of originEngland
Headquarters locationCoulsdon, England
Publication typesDatabases, books, periodicals
Nonfiction topicsMilitary, Defence, Aerospace, Transportation
Official websitejanes.com

Jane's was founded in 1898 by Fred T. Jane who had begun sketching ships as an enthusiast naval artist while living in Portsmouth. This gradually developed into an encyclopedic knowledge, culminating in the publishing of All the World's Fighting Ships (1898).[1] The company then gradually branched out into other areas of military expertise. The books and trade magazines published by the company are often considered the de facto public source of information on warfare and transportation systems.

Based in London for most of its existence, Jane's Information Group was acquired by IHS Inc.[2] in June 2007, having previously been owned by The Woodbridge Company and before that the Thomson Corporation for a number of years. Major periodical competitors include Defense News, Flight International, Aviation Week & Space Technology and the Shephard Group. The company continues to provide open-source intelligence in the defence, security, aerospace and transportation sectors.

Of their publications, books (published annually[3]) include Jane's All the World's Aircraft, Jane's Fighting Ships, Jane's Military Communications,[4] Jane's World Air Forces,[5] Jane's World Navies,[5] and Jane's World Railways. Periodicals include Jane's Airport Review, Jane's Defence Weekly, Jane's Intelligence Review, Jane's International Defence Review, Jane's Navy International, and Jane's Police Review (discontinued).

Jane's Combat Simulations was a brand of computer flight simulator games and naval warfare simulator produced, between 1994 and 2000, under licence to Electronic Arts.


  1. Brooks, Richard (1997). Fred T Jane: An Eccentric Visionary. Coulsdon, Surrey, England: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0710617518.
  2. Press release (12 June 2007). "IHS Acquires Jane's Information Group –Move Creates Global Powerhouse for Aerospace, Defense and Security Insight and Analysis", IHS.com. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  3. Jane's yearbooks, 1990–91 & 2000–01 issues
  4. articles.janes.com
  5. IHS Web site
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