• Germany defence minister sees 'no future for G36'

    German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen questioned the future of the German military service rifle, the Heckler & Koch (HK) G36, in a non-public meeting of a parliamentary special committee on 22 April. The comment adds to increasing criticism since 2012 of the rifle's performance under

  • IDF mulls unifying cyber units

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could soon take a decision to unify its offensive and defensive cyber units into a single command that would operate more effectively on the cyber battlefield. The IDF's C4I Corps' Cyber Defense Division currently overseas a range of military cyber defence tasks,

  • Malaysia plans to upgrade four Kedah-class corvettes for ASW role

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) plans to upgrade four of its Kedah (Meko 100 RMN)-class corvettes for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, an RMN official has confirmed. The RMN operates six Kedah-class vessels, which were commissioned between June 2006 and December 2010. The vessels are based

  • NATO and Ukraine sign C4I modernisation agreement

    Ukraine and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) signed a memorandum of agreement on 24 April to implement one of the NATO trust funds that various allies are funding on Kiev's behalf. Once enacted, the agreement will help modernise the Ukrainian military forces' C4I networks and

  • Pentagon pitches innovation, cyber deterrence

    The secretary of defence traveled nearly 3,000 miles to deliver a pair of messages to Silicon Valley on 24 April: we need your help developing the innovations that will maintain a US military advantage, and the backbone of that capability will be undone if cyber experts do not help the Pentagon

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  • LHD model hints at potential Chinese requirements

    An apparent company-produced model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship may offer an indication of the configuration and capabilities of such a ship that is expected to be produced for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An image of the model appeared on Chinese military
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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