• Afghan military units continue to struggle with key logistics efforts

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) and contractor Textron are struggling to maintain M1117 Armoured Security Vehicles for the army's Mobile Strike Force (MSF), highlighting deeper logistics and training issues that officials have long warned could plague the nascent force. A 29 July report from the US

  • Airbus plans to divest Dassault Aviation stake

    Airbus Group has confirmed that it is actively looking to divest its 46% holding in French aerospace firm Dassault Aviation. Confirmation that it "continues to pursue disposal options for its investment" came in Airbus' half year results statement on 30 July. Airbus (formerly EADS) holds

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces

    Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43

  • Islamists make further gains in Benghazi

    The Al-Saiqa unit in Benghazi suffered a significant defeat when its headquarters was overrun by a coalition of Islamist groups, including the radical Ansar al-Sharia, on 29 July. Al-Saiqa commander Wanis Abu Khamadah acknowledged that his forces had withdrawn from the base after days of heavy

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  • Russia lays keels for three nuclear subs

    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered
  • RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)
  • China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been
  • Analysis: The strange case of Iraq's missing uranium

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group made world headlines on 10 June when it rolled into Mosul, routing the security forces that were supposed to defend the city and robbed the bank of some USD400 million in gold. Now there is news that they also took other things:

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