• Turkish intervention in Syria likely to force US to choose between NATO ally, Turkey, and the YPG

    Key Points If, as is likely, Russia chooses to restrict Turkey’s access to the airspace over Afrin, there will be an increased risk of unintended incidents between Turkish, Russian, and Syrian government aircraft. If, as claimed by Turkish President Erdogan, the operation is eventually

  • Airbus Helicopters reveals 2017 orders

    Airbus Helicopters received gross orders for 350 rotorcraft in 2017, down year-on-year from the 388 ordered in 2016. After cancellations, net orders amounted to 335 helicopters, the company said, adding that the overall backlog stands at 692 helicopters for the year, and that there was a strong

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • IARPA eyes defence applications for AI efforts

    The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working on several projects in video analysis and other areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that could have military applications, according to an organisation official. IARPA, which sits within the Office of the Director of

  • Orao to overhaul Klimov helicopter engines

    The Or?o JSC engine production and overhaul company in Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will soon become an authorised heavy maintenance facility for Klimov helicopter engines. “Possession of capability to overhaul

  • ADS achieves ‘world-first’ functionally safe APS

    ADS – the distributed hard-kill active protection system (APS) developed by Germany’s ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall – has been developed to IEC61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), the highest safety critical standard currently

  • AFRL plans C-UAS directed energy weapon demonstration

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL’s) Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Group (SDPE) is planning to demonstrate the application of directed energy technologies – lasers and high-power microwave devices – to defeat unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).

  • APG Aero Systems secures investment

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) start-up APG Aero Systems has received USD3 million from private investors to support the development of a series of new UAV designs. According to Israeli media, the new systems will benefit from having the best features of a variety of different UAV types, eliminating

  • At least 18 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

    At least 18 people were killed and 12 others injured when gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on 20 January, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban, began when at least five gunmen wearing army uniforms and

  • Azerbaijan receives equipment from Russia

    Russia delivered new equipment to Baku on 19 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Republic of Azerbaijan has announced. On the same day, the MoD published photos on its website of BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers and what looks like ammunition crates in a ship's hold and the vehicles

  • Beijing accuses Pentagon of ‘playing up Chinese military threat’

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has criticised the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) for being permeated with a “Cold War” mentality and for “playing up the so-called Chinese military threat". MND spokesperson

  • Bolivia’s MoD progresses towards new radar system, other budget priorities

    The Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has executed about 83% of its 2017 budget programme, the MoD announced on 18 January. That programme included progress on Bolivia’s new Defence and Air Traffic Radar System (SIDACTA), acquired from Thales Air Systems. Construction began in October and

  • Brazil to acquire additional SAR-configured C295

    Brazil has exercised an option for an additional Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 search and rescue (SAR)-configured aircraft, to add to two that were ordered in 2014. The additional SAR-configured aircraft, which was announced on 22 January, will bring the total number of SAR and

  • Brazil to receive ammunition carriers for self-propelled howitzers

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington to sign a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) with the US government to buy 40 M992A2 field artillery ammunition support vehicles (FAASVs). The former US Army vehicles would be granted as excess defence articles through the US Foreign

  • China launches sixth Type 071 LPD

    China’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard has launched the sixth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The platform entered the water on 21 January, according to reputable online Chinese sources, corroborated with a

  • China vows to take action after USN destroyer sails near disputed Scarborough Shoal

    China has accused a US Navy (USN) warship of ‘illegally’ entering what Beijing claims are Chinese territorial waters near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea (SCS), vowing to take “necessary measures” to “safeguard” Chinese sovereignty. The Ministry of

  • China’s growing importance as aid donor and development partner to enable Cambodia to pursue new authoritarian politics

    Key Points China is growing its role as Cambodia’s development partner and foreign aid donor while Western donors are cutting aid and threatening sanctions in response to the country’s ongoing political crackdown. Increasing Chinese investment and support will diminish Western

  • Chinese navy’s amphibious capabilities continue to grow

    China's latest 20,000-tonne Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was launched on 20 January at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai. It is the sixth ship of the class and joins the previous vessel, which was launched in June 2017, fitting out alongside. All ships of the

  • Dismissal of case on 2014 armed standoff in Nevada raises assassination, arson risks against federal assets

    Event On 21 January, rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, spoke at a rally of 200 people in Paradise, Montana, held by the Western Property Owners, restating how they would never recognise the authority of the federal government over Western lands The rally followed an 8

  • Double IED attack damages military school in the Philippines' Maguindanao

    AN INFANTRY Division training school was damaged when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated along a highway in the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat in the Philippines' Maguindanao province on 19 January, the Sun Star reported. No group immediately claimed