• ACR to implement radical structural changes

    Key Points The ACR plans to transform the structure of its combat and combat support units as one of its top priorities A new cyber and information warfare command, logistics battalion, and rapid reaction regiment will be created The leadership of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) is planning

  • ASC International reveals its Hilux-based Hornet SOV

    ASC International displayed its Hornet Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) for the first time and told Jane’s that development of a larger 6×6 variant should be complete by the end of summer. The Hornet SOV began development in 2016 and is based on a much-modified Toyota Hilux. Its design

  • Images show possible YJ-18 ASCM in Chinese Shang-class submarine

    Video footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inspection of a modified Type 093 (Shang-class) nuclear-powered attack submarine on 11 June shows what appears to be a canister for the submarine-launched version of China’s YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM). The images, which

  • Mercedes-Benz unveils MRV 6.2 multirole vehicle

    The Mercedes-Benz MRV 6.2, a further development of the LAPV 6.1-based project unveiled two years ago, was shown publicly for the first time at Eurosatory 2018. According to Mercedes-Benz, the MRV 6.2 is now production-ready. The MRV 6.2 continues to be based on G-Class 461 series serial

  • Russian Navy commander highlights upcoming deliveries of missile corvettes to Black Sea Fleet

    Admiral Vladimir Korolev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, announced on 15 June on the official Krasnaya Zvezda news portal that his service is being equipped with Project 22160 Vasiliy Bykov-class patrol vessels. In addition, nine Project 21631 Buyan-M-class missile corvettes have been

  • Safran reveals Geonyx inertial navigation system for assured PNT

    Safran has developed a new family of inertial navigation and pointing systems for land vehicles, called Geonyx, which was launched at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition in Paris. Geonyx provides alternative assured position, navigation, and timing (APNT) if global navigational satellite systems (GNSS)

  • Slovakia to procure new 3D radar

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 June plans to procure 17 3D air defence radar systems for EUR155 million (USD179 million) on a government-to-government basis to accelerate the acquisition of the new systems and ensure maximum transparency. The announcement was made following

  • Turkish, US troops begin co-ordinated patrols around Manbij

    Turkish and US troops began co-ordinated patrols along the demarcation line north of the Syrian city of Manbij as the first step in a de-escalation agreement, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on 18 June. “Co-ordinated independent patrol activities by

  • Swedish submarine Gotland to relaunch after MLU

    The Swedish diesel submarine HSwMS Gotland will begin sea trials after its relaunch in Karlskrona on 20 June following a mid-life upgrade (MLU), Saab announced on 18 June. Gunnar Wieslander, senior vice-president and head of business area Kockums at Saab, said the MLU included the integration of a

  • US DISA issues SETI unrestricted pool awards

    The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded USD7.5 billion to 14 large businesses to find solutions for complex IT engineering and developmental requirements for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The Systems Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (SETI) contracts will initially

  • Belgium delays, rescopes fighter programme

    Belgium’s ongoing programme to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon fleet has been hit by another roadblock, as the government considers a previously disregarded option to upgrade its incumbent fleet and not necessarily acquire a new-build aircraft. Two offerings were being

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • Elta 3D air-defence radar excluded from NATO air-defence architecture

    The NATO Air and Missile Defence Command and Control Security Accreditation Board (ASAB) informed the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 7 June that the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta EL/M-2084 3D mobile air-defence radar (MADR) systems it plans to procure for the Army of the Czech

  • UK parliamentarians call for defence spending increase towards 3% of GDP

    The UK parliamentary defence committee has published a report calling for defence spending to be increased towards 3% of gross domestic product (GDP) to provide the necessary resources for national security. Entitled ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence

  • US grants additional Sherpas to Brazil

    The Brazilian Army will receive additional four Short Brothers’ C-23B+Sherpa light utility aircraft as US excess defense articles (EDAs) in order to further increase its aerial transport capability, Jane’s was told in mid June. A first tranche of four former US Army National Guard

  • US, South Korea suspend ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ exercise

    The United States and South Korea have agreed to suspend this year’s joint ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ military exercise scheduled for August amid ongoing efforts by the two countries to ease tensions with, and denuclearise, North Korea. The move comes after US President Donald Trump

  • Alliance between Iraqi rival Shia coalitions reduces risk of inter-Shia violence; ongoing recount likely to delay government formation

    Key Points The announcement of an alliance between Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri, is a step forward for government formation, while reducing the likelihood of intra-Shia militia fighting. The alliance announcement was likely intended to pre-empt calls for a rerun of the 12 May parliamentary

  • China offers military credit to Cambodia

    China has agreed to provide Cambodia with more than USD100 million in aid to support the modernisation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), the government in Phnom Penh has announced. The funding will be provided through a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) signed by the two countries

  • Double suicide and RPG attack kills at least 31 people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 31 people were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded in a double suicide and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack by suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya - formerly Boko Haram - militants in the Shuwari and Abachari districts in Damboa local government area (LGA) in

  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued