• Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region. In his fourth

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • Spain's Guardia Civil police force orders two patrol boats for anti-piracy missions

    Spain's paramilitary Guardia Civil police force has ordered two 20.5 m long patrol boats from the Astilleros Gondán yards, mainly to be used for anti-piracy patrols. The vessels will be built at the company's Vegadeo plant in the northern region of Asturias. No price was given for the

  • Indian Navy receives fourth Saryu-class OPV

    The Indian Navy (IN) has taken delivery of a Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), INS Sumitra on 16 July March, according to a statement by shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited. The vessel was received by Sumitra 's commanding officer designate, Commander Milind Mokashi. Sumitra is the fourth

  • Philippine DND calls tender for two RHIBs

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines issued a joint invitation on 23 July to bid for a PHP63.1 million (USD141,000) rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) contract. The two RHIBs are meant for the Philippine Navy's Naval Special Operations Group and

    FEATURED REPORT

  • Briefing: Tense transitions

    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
  • Briefing: Into Africa

    The growth in co-operation between West African states and Brazil is reaching new heights, reports Janet Tappin Coelho
  • Back to the jungle: tactical communications in disadvantaged areas

    Ground troops have been spoiled for communications choices in Afghanistan and elsewhere, but jungle communications remain as much an art as they are a science and need regular practice. Rupert Pengelley investigates the options
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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
  • Egyptian BTR-50 upgrade close to completion

    The Egyptian Army is apparently intent on keeping its vintage BTR-50 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in service for many more years, it has been revealed. Valery Hrabenshchykow, the director general of Belarus' Minotor-Service, told the BelaPAN news agency on 12 July that his company has nearly

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