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  • Update: US disinvites China from 2018 ‘RIMPAC’ naval exercise

    The United States has disinvited China from participating in this year’s multinational ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) maritime exercise due to what Washington described as Beijing’s “continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China

  • Bulgaria invests in aircraft and armoured vehicles

    Bulgaria's Council of Ministers on 16 May approved the acquisition of new combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) and 150 new combat vehicles for the Bulgarian Land Forces (BuLF). The acquisition of a new combat aircraft is a two-phase project to equip the BuAF with 16 jet fighters to

  • GAO rules against Sikorsky in UH-1N replacement predecisional bid protest

    Key Points GAO rules against Sikorsky in its UH-1N replacement predecisional bid protest This paves the way for the USAF to award a long-awaited UH-1N replacement contract The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 22 May denied in part and dismissed in part Sikorsky’s predecisional

  • China building pier at Djibouti base

    China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility. Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by

  • European MALE UAV flies under satellite control for first time

    Leonardo and its partner Thales have conducted the first satellite-controlled flight of a European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The milestone, announced on 23 May, involved an unmanned Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead aircraft demonstrate the ability to be

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  • 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
  • King of the sea: The United Kingdom aims to bolster its maritime air power

    The United Kingdom is poised to take delivery next year of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to fill a major gap in its capability to hunt for submarines and monitor naval activity around the country’s shores. Tim Ripley reports on the UK effort to regenerate its shore-based air power
  • Personal effects: Assault rifles and small-arms technology

    Responding to the requirements arising out of an increasingly complex operating environment, international armed forces are finally witnessing the gradual proliferation of alternative weapon and ammunition designs aimed at improving the mobility, precision, and lethality of soldiers on the battlefield. Andrew White reports
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  • More attacks on naval vessels in Red Sea revealed

    Key Points There have been three attacks on naval vessels in the Red Sea that the Saudi-led coalition has not reported. The fate of two vessels is unclear, but a UAE minehunter was not lost. At least four Saudi-led coalition naval vessels have been attacked in the southern Red Sea since June
  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the
  • UK takes delivery of MHC sweep demonstrator system

    Key Points The UK's MHC Sweep Capability demonstrator achieved system acceptance on 26 April The MHC Sweep demonstrator combines an 11 m ARCIMS USV, configured with a power generation module, with towed magnetic, acoustic, and electrical influences, including up to three coil auxiliary boats The
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