• AFRL awards final component contract for SHiELD development

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to design, develop, and industrialise the Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) component of its embryonic airborne Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme.

  • China’s DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

    China's Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago. “The

  • Czech MoD completes tracked armoured vehicle testing

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that it has completed extensive field trials and technical tests of five tracked armoured vehicle platforms begun during the summer. The ministry stated that all platforms have fulfilled the necessary minimum requirements stipulated by the

  • Islamic State claims suicide attack on security forces in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    IN A STATEMENT released on 9 November, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed that an Islamic State militant had conducted a suicide attack against security forces personnel on the outskirts of al-Hari village, near Al-Bukamal, in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate earlier that day, BBC

  • Poland purchases 1,000 Warmate loitering munitions

    On 20 November, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with the Warsaw-based WB Group for the delivery of Warmate loitering munitions for Polish land, territorial defence, and special forces (SF). “The contract is for 1,000 of these missiles – at least in the first

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  • War zone Syria: Russian and US interventions assessed

    During the past two years, operations by Russia and the United States in Syria have intensified as Moscow and Washington have sought to bolster their allies in the region. Tim Ripley assesses the progress of these rival operations
  • Artificial intelligence begins to transform security landscape

    Artificial intelligence has advanced rapidly in line with computer processing power and the proliferation of data. Professor Hussein Abbass considers how artificial intelligence and trusted autonomous systems could change the way intelligence and security organisations process and respond to information
  • China heads for a step change in naval capabilities

    In recent months there have been a number of indicators that China’s military technology is on the verge of entering an era of innovation, rather than cloning or reverse engineering overseas designs. Andrew Tate considers developments within the naval environment and looks at what may be over the horizon
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  • Chinese armour plays prominent role in Zimbabwe coup

    The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) made extensive use of Chinese-made Type 89 armoured vehicles during what appeared to be a bloodless coup that ousted President Robert Mugabe on 14 November. Photographs and video footage of ZNA deployments around the capital Harare showed multiple Type YW534s, the
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