• Analysis: Iraq's Shia militias roll-out heavy rockets for Islamic State offensive

    Key Points Iraq's Shia militias are using improvised heavy rockets rather than equivalent Iranian systems The Iraqi rockets prioritise warhead size over range more than their Iranian counterparts ANALYSIS The Iraqi Shia militias who are leading the fight back against the Islamic State militant

  • Competition between Islamic State and AQAP in Yemen increases risk of attacks targeting aviation

    EVENT The Sanaa wilayat (province) of the Islamic State allegedly claimed responsibility for the execution of 29 soldiers carried out on 20 March in al-Hawtah, Lahij. This claim, made on 23 March, is the third made by Islamic State in Yemen after its establishment was announced in November 2014.

  • Japan commissions helicopter carrier Izumo

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned first-in-class helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) in a ceremony in Yokohama on 25 March. The 248 m-long vessel, which displaces 24,000 tonnes at full load, is the largest Japanese military ship built since the Second World War and can

  • Saudi Arabia launches intervention in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a military operation against Ansar Allah, the Yemeni Zaidi group popularly known as the Houthis, at the request of Yemen's beleaguered President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi, the kingdom announced on 26 March. In a statement released in the name of Saudi Arabia,

  • US operating UAVs in Lebanon

    The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in support of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) operations against Sunni militant groups dug into mountains along the country's northeast border with Syria, several diplomatic and military sources have

  • Croatia displays new AFV fleets

    The Croatian Armed Forces (CAF) presented new armoured vehicles at their Gasinci training grounds on 20 March. Four variants of the Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) were presented: medical, logistical, and command versions, plus an armoured personnel carrier variant fitted with a Kongsberg

Platforms Platforms

  • Netherlands signs for initial operational F-35s

    The Netherlands has officially signed for its first eight operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 March. In signing for the Royal Netherlands Air Force's (RNLAF's) initial aircraft, which are to be

Weapons Weapons

  • DRDO makes progress with more Astra BVRAAM tests

    Two Astra (Mk I) air-to-air beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles have been test fired from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter off the Odisha coast, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 19 March. A test on 18 March "aimed at confirming the missile's

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

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