• Indian parliamentary panel decries army's financing of new mountain strike corps

    Key Points Indian committee says the army is using its own reserves to create mountain strike corps Such 'milking' of the army's existing resources is 'suicidal', says the panel India's parliamentary committee on defence has criticised Indian Army measures to create its new 17 Mountain Strike

  • Russia orders new Project 23550 Arctic corvettes

    Russia has ordered two Project 23550 ice-class armed patrol boats, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The class is described (in Russian) by the MoD as being "without analogues in the world", and combining "the qualities of tug, ice-breaker, and patrol boat".

  • Spain's next two BAMs receive capability upgrades

    Key Points Keels are laid on the next two Navantia-built BAMs for the Spanish Navy The ships will receive equipment updates, including receiving some systems being fitted to Armada ships for the first time Spain's next two BAM patrol vessels will receive improved capabilities, it was revealed as

  • Singapore downselects helicopter contenders

    Singapore has downselected Airbus and Leonardo-Finmeccanica to replace its ageing Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma platforms, it was reported on 3 May. Sources familiar with the details of the procurement said that both European manufacturers will compete for the requirement to provide a dozen new

  • Elbit reports 'extremely positive' feedback from BrightNite demos

    Elbit Systems recently demonstrated its BrightNite counter-degraded visual environment (DVE) system for helicopters to pilots from a number of air forces from around the world, the company announced on 4 May. The demonstrations, which took place in Israel aboard an Airbus Helicopters Twin Star/Twin


  • Building up: Kazakhstan industry briefing

    Kazakhstan's ongoing military modernisation and efforts to improve domestic industrial capabilities and independence continue to build on years of energy-funded development. However, the Central Asian republic faces significant headwinds owing to the recent decline in oil prices, writes Charles Forrester
  • Closing the gap: tactical UASs set to muscle in on MALE mission space

    As their capabilities have grown, tactical UASs have found themselves in a position to undertake some of the missions previously reserved for larger platforms. Huw Williams examines the enabling factors
  • Island endeavour: Taiwan country briefing

    While cross-strait relations with Beijing have improved in recent years, Taiwan still has to consider a Chinese invasion as its most prominent threat and is facing a rising tide of Chinese military capability, as Gavin Phipps reports
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  • Egypt unveils new self-propelled guns

    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence and Military Production released a video on 3 May that revealed it has developed two new types of wheeled self-propelled artillery systems by mounting old guns on 6x6 trucks. The video of the 'Magd 14' artillery exercise held near the city of Suez showed that one of
  • Keeping pace: NATO trains to counter mine threat

    Western navies have been increasing their focus on mine-countermeasures operations in the Gulf, and in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. As Guy Toremans reports, the training for such operations often begins ashore In March 2016, the combined Belgian-Netherlands Ecole de Guerre des Mines