• IDEX 2017: Al Fattan unveils new Combat Boat concept

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based shipbuilder Al Fattan displayed its new 16 m Combat Boat concept for the first time at the NAVDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. "The boat is the first of its kind to be designed and built in the UAE," said Mohamed Abdellah Kamil, project coordinator. The

  • Germany to boost its military strength to 198,000

    The German military will have its authorised strength increased to 198,000, German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on 21 February. The increase is due to be spread out over the next seven years (until 2024), and comes on top of a similar announcement in May 2016 to increase the

  • INS Betwa to be fully operational by April 2018

    INS Betwa , the Indian Navy (IN) guided missile frigate that tipped over during undocking in early December 2016, is back on an even keel and expected to be fully operational by April 2018, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 23 February statement. The complete salvage operation

  • North Korea, China among main challenges to stability in Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says top US commander

    US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), has identified what he regards as "considerable challenges" to stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region: North Korea, China, Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. "Freedom,

  • SANDF takes real-term hit in defence budget

    South Africa's defence budget has again been reduced in real terms, with an overall nominal increase of just 3% to ZAR48.62 billion (USD3.74 billion) against a general inflation rate of about 6%. While this was to be expected, given the country's poor economic performance, it will further aggravate


  • Turning the tide in the South China Sea

    Despite an international court ruling invalidating China's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has managed to boost its influence in the disputed waters by strengthening commercial and defence ties with neighbouring countries, bolstering its military capabilities and repeatedly putting on a show of force. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Gulf challenges

    Modernisation and deployment on military operations are driving a number of programmes in the GCC states, as the region continues to face increasingly complex challenges to its security. Charles Forrester reports on the threats and capabilities in the region
  • Strengthening partnerships: Nordic defence collaboration amid regional security concerns

    While still nascent, Nordic defence co-operation within the NORDEFCO framework has been increasing in recent years, driven in large part by the growing tensions with Russia and encouraged by the United States and NATO. Erik Brattberg reports
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  • IDEX 2017: UAE confirms order for third Saab GlobalEye

    It was confirmed during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a third Saab GlobalEye aircraft. The UAE military's General Headquarters (GHQ) announced that it had awarded an AED866 million (USD238 million) to Saab for "new airborne G6000 SRSS [Swing Role
  • IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

    Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun.