• Vessel readiness checks cut into USN ship operations in Western Pacific

    The new US Navy (USN) focus on surface-ship safety and readiness in the Western Pacific is creating a better-prepared – but less available – fleet of ships, Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy, said. The more-vigorous ship

  • Xianglong UAVs spotted on China’s Hainan Island

    China continues to boost its aerial surveillance capabilities on its southern island of Hainan: a strategic location for military operations in the South China Sea. Commercial satellite imagery captured in February 2018 shows that two Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong ('Soaring

  • US denies military base planned for Ghana

    The United States is not planning to establish a military base in Ghana, its embassy in Accra said on 20 March in response to local media reports that the country’s government submitted a basing agreement to parliament for its approval earlier that day. The US embassy said the status of

  • JMSDF commissions new submarine rescue ship

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the replacement submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda in a ceremony held on 20 March in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan. The 128 m (420 ft)-long ship (with pennant number ASR 404) was inducted into the JMSDF's Submarine Flotilla 2, based in

  • Only peacekeepers and more weapons for Kiev will secure Donbass, say officials

    The stalled Minsk II ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine and attempts to pry away Russia’s illegal control of the territory cannot be effected without a legitimate peacekeeping force in the region and new deliveries of weapons to Kiev to protect its sovereignty, according to Ukrainian

  • South Korea, US to resume joint military exercises

    South Korean and US forces will resume their joint military exercises on 1 April after Washington and Seoul had agreed to suspend them during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as part of a move to ease tensions with North Korea. US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and South Korean Minister of

  • Arrest of Syrian jihad veterans in Libya reflects Al-Qaeda’s effort to redeploy fighters across North Africa

    Event The General Command of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on 20 March that jet fighter aircraft had launched a number of airstrikes targeting two large groups of jihadist militants in southern Libya, without providing further details. The airstrikes came two days after

  • Australia declares IOC for P-8A ahead of schedule

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), five months ahead of schedule. The milestone, which was announced by the service on 20 March, comes with six of the 12 aircraft currently under

  • Canada to send helicopter group to Mali

    The Canadian government announced on 19 March that it would contribute an “aviation task force” to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for 12 months. It said the task force would include CH-147F Chinook helicopters “to provide

  • Elbit Systems revenue exceeds USD1 billion in Q4

    Elbit Systems for the first time recorded in excess of USD1 billion in revenues in a single financial quarter during the final one of 2017, contributing to the USD3.38 billion total received over that calendar year. The total revenues for the year was an increase on the USD3.26 billion the company

  • Italy to develop evolved Otomat ‘MK2E’ variant anti-ship missile

    The Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allocated funding for the development and acquisition of an evolved-range variant of the MBDA Otomat MK2 Block IV (also designated Teseo MK2/A) long-range ship-borne high-subsonic anti-ship missile. The MK2E development programme will be launched by the end

  • KBP unveils MTs-116M sniper rifle

    Russia’s Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Firearms (TsKIB SOO), a subsidiary of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has unveiled the MTs-116M bolt-action sniper rifle. Unlike the sporting/police rifle that shares the same product designation, the military

  • Latvia takes delivery of first TPS-77 MMR

    The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of the first of three Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems, following the completion of a successful site acceptance test (SAT) in Ventspils on Latvia’s Baltic Sea coast on 1 March. The SAT – which is designed

  • Maldives’ president unlikely to be ousted in coup unless faction of armed forces turns against him

    Event The Maldives Police Service said that it had arrested up to 200 people from 16–18 March during anti-government protests in the capital, Malé. The 16 March protests involved arson, with at least one vehicle set on fire outside the office of local telecoms firm Dhiraagu, and

  • Pentagon mulling new submarine- or surface-based nuclear cruise missile

    The Pentagon is mulling either a new submarine- or surface ship-based nuclear cruise missile and low-yield nuclear ballistic missiles in response to Russian and Chinese capabilities, according to the top US nuclear officer. The US Navy formerly had a nuclear-armed submarine-launched cruise missile

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • Singapore denies Leopard 2A7 acquisition, but questions remain over anomalies

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has refuted speculation that the country has acquired the A7 variant of the German-built Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) that stemmed from a recent entry in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s

  • Small-scale ethnic Macedonian protests in FYR Macedonia likely to continue, arson attacks against vehicles, buildings probable

    Event On 18 March 2018, several dozen people protested in front of the private home of Frosina Remenski, an MP from the ruling centre-left Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia. The demonstration was against the adoption of the Law on the Use

  • Ukraine signs defence co-operation agreement with Kuwait

    Ukraine and Kuwait have taken steps towards further bilateral defence co-operation, having signed an agreement that will provide a legal framework for the development of military training and education, among others. Signed between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the emir of Kuwait, Sabah

  • Vehicle-impact attack kills two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank

    TWO Israeli soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a vehicle-impact attack by a Palestinian man near the settlement of Mevo Dotan, near Jenin, in the West Bank on 16 March, the BBC reported. The alleged attacker was detained by security forces. Although Hamas praised the attack, there