• DRDO outlines future MBT requirements

    Further details have emerged about India's plans for the main battle tank (MBT) element of the Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) programme. Requirements for the main armament, powerpack, and mission systems have been revealed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Speaking

  • Russian military to replace Soviet-era passenger aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking at replacing all of its Soviet-era passenger aircraft following the fatal loss of a Tupolev Tu-154 late last year, state media disclosed on 20 January. Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu has instructed that modern replacements to the current Tu-154,

  • Ukraine seizes missile components destined for Iran

    The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (DPSU) announced on 20 January that it had found missile system components on an aircraft that was about to leave Kiev's Zulyany airport for Iran. The DPSU said that, during an inspection of the aircraft on 19 January, its personnel had found 17 boxes with

  • DSME launches Thailand's first multipurpose frigate

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January. The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013,

  • Mattis officially becomes US secretary of defense

    Retired US Marine Corps General James Mattis was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the next secretary of defense on 20 January. The Senate voted favourably on his nomination, 98-1, several hours after President Donald Trump officially took office. Immediately after his own swearing in, Trump

  • Missile defences a top priority for Trump

    Key Points President Trump wants a "state-of-the-art missile defense system" to defend against potential ICBM threats from North Korea or Iran Republicans in Congress are likely support new investments in missile defences President Donald Trump, who took office on 20 January, called for


  • Factional politics threaten Zimbabwe's stability

    Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has been selected as his party's candidate for the 2018 presidential election. Sabine Machenheimer and Sumaiya Aboo assess the outlook for state stability in Zimbabwe as its long-serving president seeks a further term
  • Spending drive: Military ground vehicle developments

    Spending on military ground vehicles is expected to keep rising as Russia's aggressive stance spurs Western investment across the whole spectrum of combat armoured fighting vehicles. Jon Hawkes reports on the IHS Jane's Market Forecast - Military Ground Vehicles 10-year forecast
  • UK declares cyber war on Islamic State

    The United Kingdom has publicly declared the start of offensive cyber operations amid a general trend towards increased cyber war activity. Andreas Haggman analyses the implications for the country and the effects of the campaign against the Islamic State

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  • China's North Sea Fleet receives first Type 052D destroyer

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January. Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea

Weapons Weapons

  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles

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  • AUDS achieves TRL 9, deploys with US forces

    An undisclosed number of Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS) have been supplied to US forces and are now in operational service. The AUDS has been developed in a collaborative effort by a UK defence consortium comprised of Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

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  • ECOWAS forces gear up for Gambia intervention

    Forces from at least three of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are preparing to launch a military intervention to oust The Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh after he rejected a 19 January ultimatum to stand aside for his democratically elected successor. ECOWAS troops are

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

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  • Kashmir neighbours install new security chiefs

    Key Points A series of incidents in 2015 and 2016 called into question India's ability to defend against militant incursions, although its intelligence capabilities against mobile targets appear to have improved. With India maintaining a clandestine network of agents within Pakistan, Islamabad is

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