• UAE, allies advance in southern Yemen

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ground forces deployed to southern Yemen and their allies have made significant advances against the Iranian-backed Ansar Allah (Houthis) group. The coastal town of Al-Khawkhah was taken on 9 December and the advance continued further inland to Hays and Zabid with the

  • US Army selects four vendors for long-running SMET unmanned ground vehicle

    Key Points General Dynamics Land Systems, ARA teamed with Polaris, Howe and Howe, and HDT were selected for the US Army’s SMET trials In fiscal year 2019 the army will decide whether to make SMET a programme of record and downselect to one system The US Army has downselected to four

  • US suspends Somalia’s military stipends, increasing parliamentary pressure for leadership change and higher seaport taxes

    Event The United States has suspended funding for rations and wages to the Somalia National Army (SNA), according to media reports on 14 December. Citing a US review of the SNA’s performance, the reports highlight poor oversight of the military’s payroll. The Federal Government of

  • PLAAF sends fighters, bombers on ‘regular patrol exercise’ around Taiwan

    China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on 11 December sent several aircraft on what it referred to as a “regular patrol exercise” over two strategic waterways near Taiwan. PLAAF spokesperson Senior Colonel Shen Jinke was quoted by Chinese media as saying that the

  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • DRC attack highlights MONUSCO capability gaps

    More needs to be done to improve the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUSCO’s) intelligence and rapid reaction capabilities, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN’s under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said in the wake of the most lethal

  • NATO signs ELGTR follow-on agreement with Lockheed Martin

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries. ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

  • Guatemala receives slew of US military vehicles

    On 11 December the Guatemalan military received 108 vehicles donated by the US government, including 41 J8 4x4 Jeeps, 32 Polaris Ranger vehicles, 8 12-tonne cargo trucks, 12 9.5-tonne cargo trucks, and civilian vehicles, according to the Guatemalan Ministry of Defence. Previously, the United States

  • Indian Navy commissions first licence-built Scorpène-class submarine

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kalvari , the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs), on 14 December during a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who presided over the event, said that the 67.6 m-long

  • Brussels preparing for EU to help cover the costs of future military CSDP deployments

    The European Union aims to carve out a new “peace facility” from its next seven-year budget – co-financed with the member states – to support deployment and other costs associated with the union’s common security and defence policy (CSDP) missions, Federica Mogherini,

  • First GPS III satellite receives commands from OCX ground control segment

    Key Points The first GPS III satellite successfully received commands from its ground control segment This is a milestone on the path to the satellite’s anticipated 2018 launch The first Lockheed Martin Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) successfully

  • IDF issuing soldiers with military smartphones

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has begun issuing its first smartphone devices to ground forces, a senior officer from the Technological Research and Mission Support Division (LOTEM) said on 12 December. Colonel Avi Duek, head of the Systems and Project Department, said the introduction of

  • PESCO’s enabler projects should get first billing, say EU sources

    Operational enablers need to be pegged as priorities among the list of 17 projects that the EU’s new Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence will pursue, according to EU and NATO sources. PESCO was formally approved during meetings of EU foreign ministers and heads of government in

  • Raytheon ready to deliver CEC system for RAN’s AWDs

    Raytheon Company announced on 13 December that it has completed design, development, and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will be fitted onto the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs). The CEC, which was described

  • Airbus flies Project EAGLE rotorcraft automation system

    Airbus Helicopters has undertaken in-flight validation of its Project EAGLE on-board image processing system that is geared at furthering the automation of rotorcraft. The milestone aboard an H225 testbed, which was announced by the Marignane arm of the company on 14 December, demonstrated the

  • Argentine Antarctic campaign in jeopardy, without platforms for resupply

    The commander of Argentina’s ARA Almirante Irízar has declared the icebreaker not ready for deployment, meaning a mission to supply Argentine bases in Antarctica may be in jeopardy. The loss of submarine ARA San Juan in November has raised concern about the Argentine Navy vessels’

  • BAE Systems contracted for RN combat systems support

    Key Points BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP200 million contract to manage, maintain, and refresh the combat management systems, tactical data networks, and shared infrastructures fitted to RN surface ships The JSS2 contract forms part of the MoD’s new Common Support Model, which has

  • Bulgaria turns to Russia for MiG-29 logistics

    On 7 December the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia invited Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to provide the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) with integrated logistical support for its 15 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ twin-engine jet fighters for 48 months. The single-source tender is aimed at

  • Czechs procure new hand grenade

    The Czech Ministry of Defence awarded a CZK200 million (USD9 million) order to small arms maker Ceska Zbrojovka to supply hand grenades to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), the company announced on 13 December. Ceska zbrojovka is the prime contractor, while the hand grenades will be

  • Development of PAK-DP could begin in 2018

    Tiago Machado Russian news sources reported that the development of the PAK-DP ‘sixth-generation’ long-range interceptor may begin as soon as 2018, depending on the release of the Russian State Armament Programme document. In an interview between United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)