• Dutch helicopter withdrawal threatens to undermine UN Mali mission

    The Netherlands plans to withdraw its helicopters from Mali at the beginning of 2017 due to the heavy strain the deployment had taken on its helicopter fleet, according to Dutch Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Jos van der Leij. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has contributed four AH-64D

  • Jordan receives final Cheetah SPAAGs

    A final instalment of 25 Cheetah self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) has now arrived in Jordan. Decommissioned by the Armed Forces of the Netherlands in 2006, the Cheetah (Gepard in German service) consists of a modified Leopard 1 tank hull armed with twin 35 mm Rheinmetall Air Defence

  • North Korea building new, larger submarine pens

    North Korea is constructing a fortified structure near the port city of Sinpo that will have what appears to be two covered docks (pens) that could shelter ballistic missile submarines (SSBs). Located 2.25 km south of the Sinpo shipyard, close to the Mayang-do Naval Base on the country's east

  • Russian MoD releases more video of Tu-22M3s striking targets in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently announced that on 21 June Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) attacked targets identified as operational bases for the Islamic State located in western Syria. The information, in an unusual show of publicity,

  • US Navy conducts first Harpoon Block 1C launch from Independence-class LCS

    USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducted the first Independence-class launch of an off-the-shelf Boeing RGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C surface-to-surface guided missile on 19 July during the navy's 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise. The test event validated the operation of the Harpoon missile on board a


  • Credible choices: UK General Purpose Frigate programme

    The UK's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review unveiled plans for the Royal Navy to receive a new class of smaller, cheaper and more exportable general-purpose frigate. Richard Scott reports
  • US debates cruise missile procurement

    The US is facing Russian modernisation of nuclear-capable cruise missiles and the threat of hybrid warfare. Heather Williams examines the US debate around the purchase of new missiles and whether Washington will accept a future 'cruise missile gap' with Moscow.
  • Brexit tests European security co-operation

    Aside from economic and political consequences, the UK's vote to leave the EU will have an impact on defence and security co-operation. Brooks Tigner assesses the implications for the EU and NATO. Benoît Gomis considers the ramifications for France-UK relations.
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  • UK Gazelle helicopters to have lives extended until 2025

    The British Army's Westland Gazelle AH.1 observation and utility helicopters are to remain in service for another nine years, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). This extension will take the Gazelle past its 50th anniversary in UK military service in 1971 and make it the oldest