• Australian court orders newspaper to stop publishing leaked Scorpene data

    A court order compelled The Australian newspaper to cease publishing classified data on the Indian Navy's (IN's) Scorpene-class submarine programme from 30 August. The New South Wales Supreme Court also instructed The Australian to remove portions of the classified documents from its website and to

  • Lithuania to sign Boxer IFV contract on 22 August

    The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) was to formally sign an agreement on 22 August to acquire ARTEC Boxer 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles, it was announced on 17 August. Approval to proceed came from the MND Council on Defence Resources following the conclusion of a report from the MND

  • Myanmar air force commissions transport and trainer aircraft

    The Myanmar Air Defence Force (Tatmadaw Lay) formally inducted two Chinese-built Y-8F-200W transport aircraft and 10 Grob G 120TP trainer aircraft in a commissioning ceremony at Meiktila Air Base on 22 August, according to Myanmar's Ministry of Defence. With the inductions the Tatmadaw Lay is now

  • NAVAIR surveys industry for MQ-25 ISR fit

    Key Points The MQ-25 UAS is primarily intended to provide a carrier strike group (CSG) with a persistent, organic, refuelling capability but will additionally contribute to the CSG's ISR output RfIs have been released for candidate ESM, COMINT, and EO/IR fits The US Navy (USN) has asked industry

  • North Korea 'setting up nuclear backpack attack units', says report

    Top soldiers from North Korea's military have reportedly been selected to serve on units that would carry nuclear devices in backpacks and detonate them behind enemy lines in the event of a war. On 29 August Radio Free Asia cited an unnamed source in North Korea as saying that: "Outstanding

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  • Crossroads of the Caucasus

    Azerbaijan's long-running conflict with Armenia, combined with its geostrategic importance in the Caucasus and as a gateway to Central Asia, have fuelled a significant investment in military capabilities and defence-industrial growth in recent years. Charles Forrester reports
  • Tipping point: South African defence industry briefing

    While South Africa's defence industry has innovated and exported successfully despite years of inadequate funding that hampered R&D, it now stands at a crossroads where future potential is dependent on a serious cash injection into the sector. Helmoed Heitman reports
  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
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  • Algeria shows Mi-28NE helicopters for the first time

    The Algerian Ministry of National Defence (MDN) confirmed on 30 August that it has received its first Mil Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters when it released coverage of Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah inspecting Ain Oussera Air Base, 135 km south of Algiers. Two
  • Belgium to buy Minimi 7.62 Mk3 light machine guns

    The Belgian government has approved a plan "to replace and modernise the [country's] stock of armed forces weapons" with the purchase of 242 Minimi 7.62 Mk3 light machine guns manufactured by FN Herstal, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 August. Procured under a
  • Advances in stealth, range expected under NGAD

    Key Points NGAD will include improvements to legacy combat aircrafts' low-observable capability and range Stealth would be improved by reducing observability of aircraft at more frequencies, while greater range could be achieved with penetrating aerial refuelling capability The Pentagon's

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