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  • Civilian industrialist tapped as Russian military’s chief of armaments

    On 13 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed former Kalashnikov general director Aleksei Krivoruchko to be deputy defence minister and chief of armaments. Krivoruchko replaces Yuri Borisov, who was promoted to deputy prime minister for defence industry in May. Krivoruchko’s primary

  • Seychelles withdraws offer to India for military base

    Seychelles has revoked an offer that would have allowed India to construct and operate a military base on one of its islands and boost its presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The president of Seychelles, Danny Faure, said during a press conference on 4 June that the 27 January agreement

  • Taliban reject Kabul’s offer to extend Afghan ceasefire

    The Taliban militant group has rejected an offer by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to extend a ceasefire that coincided with the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. "The ceasefire ends tonight [17 June] and our operations will begin, inshallah [God willing]. We have no

  • Enders warns governments about European fighter programme

    Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders has cautioned that any attempt by the governments of the individual nations involved in the development of the ongoing European fighter programme to control the industrial input will hinder the progress of the project. In an interview with Frankfurter

  • Eurosatory 2018: Excalibur Army showcases BM-21 MRL upgrade

    Richard Fowler Czech company Excalibur Army displayed a prototype of its new BM-21 MT multiple rocket launcher (MRL) platform at Eurosatory 2018 in Paris. The BM-21 MT 4x4 is an upgrade to legacy BM-21 Grad systems currently in service using a new Tatra chassis, armoured cab, and artillery-related


  • Motoring along: Chinese military vehicle exports

    China has become the third-largest exporter of weapons and military equipment in the world. James Bingham and Sam Cranny-Evans report on China’s known export activities and its defence-industrial base
  • The fifth domain: Cyber security challenges and opportunities

    Cyber security has emerged as a priority for military organisations during the past decade, gaining it the label of being the ‘fifth domain’ of warfare. This has driven a surge of interest among defence suppliers, from smaller, specialist operators to the major primes. Gerrard Cowan reports
  • Greater than the sum of their parts: Benelux country briefing

    The Benelux countries have a long history of military co-operation. This is particularly the case with the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies, which are under joint command, and the two countries’ air forces, which take turns guarding Benelux airspace. Nicholas Fiorenza examines how Benelux joint capabilities are improving after years of defence cuts
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  • Eurosatory 2018: Arquus readies Hornet RCWS

    France’s Arquus (previously Renault Trucks Defense) has completed development of the Hornet remote controlled weapon system (RCWS) which will be fitted to future French Army armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs). The first application for the Hornet RCWS will be for the new 6×6 Griffon
  • Japan displays new NBC decontamination set

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) unveiled a new truck-mounted nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination set on 27 May at Camp Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, where the service’s Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit is based. Mounted on a 6×6 truck the new set, which is