• ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut

    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional

  • AFRL researches ultra-compact antenna technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has disclosed details of research into a new generation of ultra-compact antennas that could mark a breakthrough in the miniaturisation of military and commercial communication systems. AFRL researchers have exploited new material technologies to reduce

  • AUSA 2017: US Army to get mobile Patriot C2 system by end of 2017

    Raytheon will deliver the first of five mobile Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) battalion command-and-control (C2) units to the US Army by 1 December, with the remaining systems to be provided by the end of 2017. The Dismounted Patriot C2 system is packed into seven transit cases

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

  • Chile considers buying more Type 23 frigates from UK

    The Chilean Navy is considering buying additional second-hand Type 23 frigates after British representatives informed that ships of the type could soon be for sale, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Chile operates three Type 23 frigates procured second-hand in 2005 and commissioned between

  • End of siege exposes Deir al-Zour to complicated conflict

    Key Points The breaking of the siege of Deir al-Zour is a significant step for the Syrian government, but underlined its dependence on a range of foreign and foreign-backed militant groups to achieve military effect. The Islamic State is likely to seek to hold out in the city, making use of the

  • Growler down under: RAAF prepares to bring EA-18G into service

    The introduction of the EA-18G Growler will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a potent airborne electronic attack capability. Richard Scott reports In early July the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced that the full 12-strong fleet of the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • Sources: Venezuela restarts effort to buy Russian submarines

    Venezuela has begun negotiating with Russia towards a potential order of two to four Project 636.3 Improved 'Kilo'-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow earlier this month, military

  • South Korean military eyes new operational plan against North Korea, says report

    The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jeong Kyeong-doo has said that his country’s military is considering a new operational plan to counter “advanced” threats from North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported. "We are envisioning a new operational

  • US Marines end six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory

    A battalion of US Marines has ended a six month-long training rotation through Northern Australia that took place under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) in the country. The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) began its departure from Darwin on 15 October, according to a

  • USN destroyer shoots down missile during NATO drill

    The US Navy (USN) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) continued a successful run for ballistic missile defense (BMD) testing during a 15 October trial with an Aegis destroyer. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 16 October 2017

    Americas Bolivia – 13 October 2017: In Porco, Potosí, the municipality said that it had hired an unnamed private security company to counter metal theft from mines. Colombia – 15 October 2017: In Jamundí, Valle del Cauca, unidentified military officers told local media that

  • EU policymakers call for new strategic-level “structured dialogue” on defence with US

    EU policymakers are calling for a more “structured dialogue” with Washington on defence and security matters – an appeal to which US diplomats say they are ready to act on. They said a more regular EU-US forum for consultations should cover the widest possible range of objectives,

  • South Korean JCS plan to expand WMD response centre as part of wartime OPCON transfer

    As part of the planned transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean troops from the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in Seoul are looking to expand and reorganise the South Korean military's centre into a strategic command that responds to threats from weapons of

  • US, South Korea to hold joint naval exercises amid heightened tensions with North Korea

    Vessels from the US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) will conduct the joint “Maritime Counter Special Operations” exercise from 16–26 October, amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic

  • Chile to modernise Type 23 bow sonar

    The Chilean Navy is to upgrade the bow-mounted medium frequency sonar fitted to its three ex-UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates to the Sonar 2150 standard as part of a wider modernisation programme, military sources in Santiago have told Jane's. Chile will also buy a third Sonar 2087

  • COBRA beach zone mine detection system achieves IOC

    The AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) airborne mine detection system has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. Developed by Arête Associates, COBRA is based on a multispectral electro-optical payload – carried on

  • SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

    Spanish firm SAPA Transmission’s latest SW 624 continuously variable automatic transmission will be fitted to the Spanish Army’s General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Santa Barbara Sistemas-MOWAG 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), the company has confirmed to

  • AUSA 2017: Harris showcases latest night vision weapon sight

    Harris introduced its latest F7030 Generation (Gen) 3 Clip-on Weapon Sight at the annual Association of the US Army symposium in Washington, DC. The F7030 sight includes a new gallium arsenide photocathode component that provides a much higher sensitivity than a Gen 2 sight, Steve Perez, director