• Australia and the US to advance science and technology co-operation

    Defence officials from Australia and the United States have advanced opportunities for bilateral science and technology co-operation in support of national security initiatives, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced. Delegations from the two countries - led by Australia's

  • China inaugurates UGV facility

    The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group) has set up in Beijing a facility to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The facility, formally established in late June, is the country's first dedicated UGV research and development centre,

  • Iran's Caspian frigate undergoing sea trials

    The first frigate to operate in the Caspian Sea is currently undergoing tests and will become operational in the next six months, Iranian media organisations have reported. The announcement was made by Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN),

  • Kazakhstan continues privatisation programme

    Kazakhstan's plans for the privatisation of industrial assets has continued, although the sale of military maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility controlled by national defence company Kazakhstan Engineering (KE) has been suspended due to a lack of interest. Astana announced on 23 July

  • Ukraine to mobilise further personnel

    Ukraine has backed a further mobilisation of its armed forces, with a decree being signed by President Petro Poroshenko and approved by Parliament on 22 July. National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) Secretary Andriy Parubiy presented the bill to Parliament, saying that the mobilisation has

  • Alliance between Bolivian ruling party and COB unlikely to provide long-term solution to labour unrest

    Key Points The Bolivian Workers Confederation (Confederacion Obrera Boliviana: COB), a trade union confederation proud of its political and ideological independence, has formed an alliance with the Movement for Socialism; this is the first time the COB has forged a strategic alliance with a

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  • IDF releases Iron Dome interception rate

    Israel's Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation 'Protective Edge', according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). "Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards

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  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should

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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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  • Ukraine loses two Su-25 combat aircraft to ground fire

    Two Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Sily: PS) Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft were shot down by separatist forces in the east of the country on 23 July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. The two single-seat Su-25s were brought down near the village of Dmytrivka, near the

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