• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • China to step up research on hypersonic technologies

    China is building a wind tunnel for hypersonic tests that would permit development of aerial vehicles capable of travelling at speeds up to Mach 25, according to reports published in state media. The Xinhua News Agency and the Global Times newspaper quote from an interview given on China Central

  • India’s OFB outlines commitment to modernise

    India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has outlined plans to transition from a defence manufacturer to a systems integrator by modernising facilities and promoting closer engagement with private-sector suppliers. In a statement by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 19 March, OFB

  • KAI prepares new MRO enterprise

    Key Points Korea Aerospace Industries invests in new aerospace maintenance firm New company positioned to pursue commercial and military support contracts Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has made concrete steps in its plans to establish a company dedicated to providing maintenance, repair, and

  • NATO unprepared for war with Russia, institute warns

    A paper released by the Institute for the Study of War in early March urges NATO leaders to pay greater attention to the current disposition of Russian forces. Although this shows that a conventional mechanised operation against the Baltics is unlikely, the report noted that Russian forces are well

  • RoKA to create new missile unit, says report

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) is planning to create a new tactical missile unit capable of destroying North Korea's long-range artillery sites, according to a 19 March report by KBS World Radio. The South Korean broadcaster reported that that the service plans to create a new operational

  • Spain invests in urgent requirements

    Spain is preparing to commit more than EUR10.8 billion (EUR13.3 billion) to cover a new cycle of investment programmes to meet the armed forces’ most urgent needs. Sources told Jane’s on 19 March that the figures were presented to a meeting of politicians addressed earlier this month by

  • Turkey-Qatar cement defence ties with DIMDEX deals

    Turkey announced that its defence companies were awarded contracts worth more than USD700 million by Qatar during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March, further deepening the ties between the two countries. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced the USD700