• Aleppo resistance on verge of collapse

    Syrian government forces appeared on the verge of overrunning the last pocket of opposition fighters in Aleppo on 9 December, the rebels having lost more than 75% of their territory in the city since the Russian-backed offensive began on 18 November. The latest advances involved Syrian troops

  • Cameroon Special Forces receive new equipment from France

    The French government has donated 15 new vehicles, along with weapons, communication, and ballistic equipment to Cameroon for use by the country's Special Forces. The handover to the Cameroonian military took place on 29 November in Yaoundé during a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Joseph

  • Lithuania buys 168 M577 command vehicles from Germany

    Lithuania will receive 168 more M577 armoured vehicles from Germany, after a deal was signed for them on 30 November. Speaking after signing the deal, the commander of Lithuania's Logistic Support Command, Lieutenant Colonel Ramunas Baronas, said, "The Lithuanian Armed Forces is buying

  • Thales to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems on ADF Bushmasters

    Thales Australia has been awarded an AUD11.2 million (USD8.8 million) contract to upgrade 40 remote weapon systems (RWSs) on Australian Defence Force (ADF) 4x4 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, the country's Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced on 1 December. The

  • Minotor-Service unveils new light armoured vehicle

    Belarus' Minotor-Service has developed a new tracked light armoured vehicle (LAV), IHS Jane's has learned. Designated Breeze, the vehicle consists of an upgraded one person turret - originally installed on the Volgograd Tractor Plant BMD-2 airborne assault vehicle (AAV) - that is integrated onto a

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  • US clears transport and attack helo sales to Middle East

    The US government has approved a package of transport and attack helicopters for the Middle East valued at USD7.01 billion. Two separate sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worth USD3.51 billion and USD3.5 billion respectively were approved by the State Department on 8
  • UK orders two more River-class OPVs

    BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP287 million (USD361 million) contract to build two more Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Navy, it was announced on 8 December. The order of two more OPVs was set out in the United Kingdom's 2015 defence review, and will add to the