• Russian defence minister announces Kremlin's strategic plans for next three years

    On 24 May Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu outlined to the Russian Senate increases in the country's nuclear and strategic capabilities over the next three years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. "Tensions are growing in regions strategically important to Russia," Shoigu

  • Saudi Arabia to purchase upgunned US LCS Freedom-class variant

    Key Points US signs USD11.25 billion deal for four Freedom-class LCS variants with the KSA The vessels will be substantially upgunned and more capable than USN variants US president Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) signed a nearly

  • Singapore Army's commando VSV breaks cover

    Although its existence was officially announced as far back as 2009, the Singapore Army's Very Slender Vessel (VSV) finally made its debut public appearance as a static exhibit at its Army Open House 2017 event that is being held from 27 May to 28 May. According to army specifications, the VSV is a

  • Algeria commissions second Meko frigate

    Algeria commissioned the second of its two new A-200 MEKO frigates on 24 May in a ceremony attended by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who serves as both the chief-of-staff of the military and deputy defence minister. The two frigates were built in Kiel by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS),

  • Malaysia investigates breakdown that saw RHIB adrift in South China Sea

    Key Points The Malaysian navy chief has called for investigations into why a RHIB was lost at sea for more than 48 hours Radio equipment failure has been identified as a possible cause that may have led to the incident The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will begin investigations into possible


  • A great leap forward

    China is ramping up efforts to develop the industrial capabilities that can provide the People's Liberation Army with the edge it requires over regional rivals, as Jon Grevatt reports
  • Game changer: Russian sub-launched cruise missiles bring strategic effect

    Russia's attack submarines have been receiving cruise missile fits that are adding a level of power projection and operational punch previously the preserve of select Western navies. Dr Lee Willett discusses how combining emerging cruise missile technology and its newest submarines have produced a capability that has generated immediate strategic effect
  • Northern composure

    Living with Russia on their nation's eastern border has meant the Finnish Defence Forces are more adjusted than most other militaries in the region in how to adopt an appropriate posture, Peter Felstead reports
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  • Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

    Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows
  • Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service

    The Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May. "The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has