• AFSOC retires its last AC-130H Spectre gunship

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has retired from service the last of its Lockheed Martin AC-130H Spectre gunships after more than 45 years of service, it was announced on 28 May. A ceremony marking the departure of aircraft 69-6569 'Excalibur' from the 16th Special

  • Analysis: Parsing China's latest defence White Paper

    The growing importance to China of the maritime domain and its protection by "the preparation for military struggle" were the key takeaways from a defence White Paper published by Beijing on 26 May. The second defence White Paper published under the leadership of Xi Jinping, 'China's

  • CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy

    CANSEC 2015: Kenney outlines Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy Canadian Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney, nominated earlier this year and speaking for the first time at Canada's main defence exposition, outlined his vision for implementing the country's new procurement strategy. The

  • Germany looks towards Leopard 2 replacement

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to initiate concept studies for a successor to the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) before the end of the year. The news was announced by German Defence State Secretary Markus Grübel to Parliament, with Grübel adding that the MoD plans to conduct

  • Islamic State likely to become Libya's dominant armed group, enabling it to threaten North African energy assets

    Key Points The Islamic State has rapidly expanded its capabilities in Libya since late 2014, launching attacks against the forces of both governments and the oil sector that supplies their revenues. In the probable absence of a unified Libyan government approach to combating the group, it is

  • Lockheed Martin's new seeker lab eyeing work on redesigned EKV, THAAD

    Key Points The lab has a cold space chamber to mimic environmental conditions a seeker will encounter in space An advanced digital scene projector enables seeker testing against multiple threats and targets Lockheed Martin has opened a new laboratory at its facility in Sunnyvale, California, to

  • South Korea unveils second indigenously built minelayer with ASW capabilities

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has unveiled the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN's) second indigenously manufactured minelayer with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, an HHI spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 28 May. The vessel, RoKS Nampo (570), was unveiled in Ulsan on

  • Taiwanese coastguard launches OPV amid ongoing force development programme

    Key Points Taiwan has launched the third of four 1,000-tonne offshore patrol vessels The OPV is part of a 37-ship programme to bolster Taiwan's coastal patrol capabilities Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has launched a 1,000-tonne offshore patrol vessel (OPV) at Jong Shyn Shipbuilding

  • Yemen's Ansar Allah unveils its rocket power

    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni Zaidi group that a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is currently trying to defeat, has unveiled 'homemade' rockets for the first time as well as a BM-27 Uragan multiple rocket launcher (MRL) under its control. The Piercing Star (Al-Najim al-Thaqib) rockets were

  • China justifies Spratly Islands construction as Carter presses Beijing to stop work

    The Chinese foreign ministry official in charge of boundary and maritime affairs has said the country's island building in the Spratlys is necessary for the country to "fulfill her relevant international responsibilities and obligations" and is in no way an attempt to firm up its

  • Images emerge of new Chinese twin-fuselage HALE UAV concept

    Images have appeared on a Chinese website of a new large twin-fuselage turbofan-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could serve as a new high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) multi-mission platform. Reportedly produced by the 601 Institute of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), the large

  • Israeli Navy expands role of RHIB unit

    The Israeli Navy is assigning more offensive roles to one of its three fast inflatable boat units that are traditionally used for port security missions, a senior naval source said on 27 May. The three Snapir (Fin) units operate small rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) made by US-based Safe

  • Simultaneous international drills show growing PLAN confidence

    The participation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in international exercises continues to increase, with Chinese warships involved in three separate exercises in the second half of May. Type 054A 'Jiangkai II'-class frigate Yulin was dispatched to Singapore to take part in the

  • USMC poised for successful completion of F-35B operational test

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is on schedule to conclude the first operational test (OT-1) of its new short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp on 27 May, USMC and US Navy officials told

  • Egyptian fighter order a shot in the arm for RSK-MiG

    The imminent sale by Russia of 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters to Egypt, reported by Russian business daily Vedomosti on 25 May, was stated to be worth about USD2 billion, making it the largest order for the MiG-29 since the fall of the Soviet Union. The MiG-29 contract would follow the announcement in

  • Libyan National Army continues to receive support from Egypt, UAE

    More evidence has emerged showing that the Libyan National Army (LNA) continues to receive aircraft and armoured vehicles from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The LNA is a coalition of military units and allied militias that is fighting on behalf of the Tobruk-based government

  • Canada releases second Defence Acquisition Guide

    Canada has released the second edition of its Defence Acquisition Guide (DAG) long-term procurement planning document and formally confirmed that it will stand up a third-party panel to "review and validate" projects valued at CAD100 million (USD80 million) or more. The announcement was

  • EDA's goal of UAV C2 transfer between satellites falling short of live demo

    The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) newest research project into transferring command-and-control (C2) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from one satellite to another should carry that goal a step or two closer to regulatory and operational reality, but will fall short of actually demonstrating

  • India moves to sign off on Apache, Chinook deals

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cleared the USD2.5 billion procurement of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters from Boeing ahead of US defence secretary Ashton Carter's visit to New Delhi in early June. Industry sources said the MoD had forwarded the tenders to the finance

  • NATO eyes more 'capacity building' efforts in Middle East, North Africa

    NATO is considering expanding its activities in the Middle East and North Africa to address instability there through 'capacity building', according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Challenges along the alliance's southern perimeter tend to stem from non-state actors and, therefore, the