• Egyptian BTR-50 upgrade close to completion

    The Egyptian Army is apparently intent on keeping its vintage BTR-50 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in service for many more years, it has been revealed. Valery Hrabenshchykow, the director general of Belarus' Minotor-Service, told the BelaPAN news agency on 12 July that his company has nearly

  • Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces

    Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43

  • Nigerian Army to get new uniforms

    Nigerian Army chief Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah has announced that new uniforms will be issued to soldiers to make them look smarter and differentiate them from imposters. "The Nigerian Army has decided to change the camouflage uniform of the service," the Daily Trust newspaper

  • UK sets out DGP plan for Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems

    The UK government has outlined plans for a new Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems (CMIS) as part of its Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative. To be based at Portsdown Technology Park, just outside Portsmouth, the CMIS will initially support the development of an unmanned systems

  • US hosts Asia Pacific proliferation security exercise aimed at halting spread of WMD

    Key Points 'Fortune Guard' is meant to represent a new level of commitment to the Proliferation Security Initiative within Asia The focus is currently on finding and halting the spread of dual use components The United States will host a three day Asia Pacific Proliferation Security Initiative

  • Australia yet to decide on ASC privatisation

    The government of Australia has made no decision to privatise state-owned ASC despite a recommendation made earlier this year by the National Commission of Audit that Canberra should sell the naval shipbuilder "as soon as practicable". Speaking to IHS Jane's on 30 July, a spokesperson for

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  • Sands of time - China's 'salami slicing' in South China Sea

    China is aiming to extend the land in the reefs it controls in the disputed Spratly Islands, building an airstrip and port, amid condemnation from the Philippines and Vietnam. James Hardy looks at the long-term consequences of Beijing's construction.
  • Ramping up relief

    With natural disasters projected to intensify in the Asia-Pacific region in future decades, regional militaries are required to develop capability to deal with the threat more effectively and cohesively. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports

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  • Russia lays keels for three nuclear subs

    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered

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  • UK casts doubt on Harpoon future beyond 2018

    The UK could remove the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service as early as 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. Withdrawal of Harpoon would leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW), opening up a gap in long-range

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  • China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

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  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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  • Iraq focuses on swift delivery of Russian weaponry

    Key Points Russian officials have said that TOS-1A rocket launchers are being delivered to Iraq under a USD1 billion arms deal The acquisition of Russian artillery and ground attack aircraft raises questions about the tactics that the Iraqi military intends to use against the Sunni areas that are

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