• IDF rolls out cloud system

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) Center of Computing and Information Systems (CSIS) has created a computing cloud to enable information sharing, according to the centre’s commander. Colonel Talya Gazit, commander of the CCIS, which is a part of the C4i and Cyber Branch, said the

  • India quietly launches second SSBN

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a

  • Japanese MoD plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore BMD systems, says report

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested an additional JPY730 million (USD6.4 million) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to introduce two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on

  • RAN decommissions Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned its Adelaide-class, guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service. In a ceremony held on 9 December at the vessel’s homeport of Garden Island in Sydney, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that “the ship and her

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship continues trials despite equipment failure

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has continued builder’s trials (BTs) despite equipment failures that affected its propulsion and electrical systems one day after leaving Bath Iron Works, US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) officials said. The

  • US Army activates second Security Force Assistance Brigade

    The US Army has activated its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) for training and advising foreign military forces, as the concept becomes clearer. This SFAB, the second of a six planned units, is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The first was established at Fort Benning in

  • US funds Macedonian simulation centre

    The Armed Forces of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) received USD1.4 million from the United States on 5 December to set up a simulation centre (SC). Established within the ARM's Training and Doctrine Command, the centre is located at Alekso Demnievski-Bauman military barracks in Veles. The SC will

  • China’s CSIC unveils concept for nuclear-powered combat support ship

    The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) unveiled a concept model for a large nuclear-powered combat support ship (AOE) at The All China Maritime Conference and Exhibiton (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Initial images of the AOE model were posted on 6 December

  • Czech Republic increases foreign deployments

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to seek parliamentary approval in January 2018 to deploy an additional 45 Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) personnel to Iraq by June. The pro-NATO outgoing defence minister, Martin Stropnicky, whose Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party won the elections

  • Japan to equip JASDF fighter aircraft with stand-off cruise missiles

    Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera announced on 8 December that Tokyo plans to equip Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter aircraft with long-range cruise missiles amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and

  • NATO, EU agree a new round of co-operation goals, although many remain abstract

    NATO and EU foreign ministers have endorsed a new set of 32 proposals to boost their two organisations’ co-operation against security threats, including a new push to accelerate military mobility, or the rapid deployment, of troops and materiel across Europe. The proposals are mostly an

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • DigitalGlobe plans to bid for NGA’s EnhancedView contract follow-on

    Key Points DigitalGlobe plans to compete for the follow-on to its 2010 EnhancedView contract award Planet and Airbus could be competitors DigitalGlobe plans to compete for the follow-on programme to its US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) EnhancedView contract when it opens to bids

  • Hungary to procure transport aircraft

    Hungary plans to procure transport aircraft under the 10-year Zrinyi 2026 procurement programme. The first step of a two-phase plan unveiled by Lieutenant General Tibor Benko, the Hungarian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, in the pro-government Magyar Idok daily in September is to be

  • UK amphibious plans come under fire

    Proposals to retire the UK Royal Navy’s (RN's) two landing platform docks (LPDs) and reduce the size of the Royal Marines (RM) have come under fire from retired officers and academic experts during a parliamentary inquiry. The proposals prepared by RN chiefs as part of the ongoing UK national

  • BAE Systems providing C-UAS prototype to USN for Mk 38 testing

    Key Points The capability is not expected to use lasers or rely on signals jamming The USN intends to install the prototypes on ships in September 2019 The US Navy (USN) is expected to issue a sole source contract to BAE Systems to add a counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability to the

  • Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

    Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December. The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been

  • Finland’s Boomeranger Boats to deliver special operations RHIBs to UAE, India

    Finnish boat manufacturer Boomeranger Boats announced on 27 November that it had signed contracts to deliver special operations rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military and the Indian Navy (IN). The company said in a statement that it will provide 34 such boats

  • FLIR appoints new Government, Defence unit president

    US electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) specialist FLIR Systems announced that it had appointed a new president of its Government and Defense business unit on 7 December. From 8 January David Ray, who has worked for Raytheon since 2002, will assume the role, taking over from James Cannon, president and

  • NDAA would impact major Pentagon satellite communications provider

    Key Points A NDAA provision would bar Pentagon from buying satellite services from countries like Russia Commercial satellite communications companies that do business with DoD launch from Russia A fiscal year 2018 US defence authorisation bill provision governing what is known as covered

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