• Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • Ukraine outlines reasons for high aircraft loss rate

    A lack of experience and training, as well as poor tactics and intelligence not being acted on are the primary reasons for losses being incurred by the Ukrainian Air Force in the restive east of the country, a senior service official noted on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at

  • Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • Russia expresses concern over Armata MBT costs

    Russia's new Armata main battle tank (MBT) is too expensive, according to Russian Military-Industrial Commission deputy chairman Oleg Bochkarev. According to comments reported by state news agency TASS, Bochkarev said the pricing for a three-year contract with Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) had been agreed,

  • Malaysian Army requests funds for UN mission AFVs

    The Malaysian Armed Forces has requested funding to procure 6x6 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for use by Malaysia's United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) contingent, said Chief of Defence Force General Zulkifeli Mohammed Zin. Speaking at a press conference on 17 November, Gen

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  • US Navy supply ships collide in Gulf of Aden

    Two US naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden on 20 November, US Navy (USN) officials announced. Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Henry J Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S Diehl (T-AO 193) were conducting an underway