• Philippine Air Force receives two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft from US

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received two US-built Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX aircraft modified to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The service released images of an unrelated awards ceremony held on 24 July at the Villamor Air Base in Manila showing

  • Bangladesh Army to get 97 more units in four years, says report

    The government in Dhaka has announced that the Bangladesh Army will form 97 more military units under three cantonments within four years as part of a push to strengthen and modernise the country’s military, according to a 16 July report by the Dhaka-based The Independent newspaper. Anisul

  • China bolstering defences along border with North Korea, says report

    China has been bolstering defences along its border with North Korea in preparation for a potential crisis in the region, including the possibility of a US military strike, T he Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on 24 July Based on a review of official Chinese military and government websites,

  • Chinese regional leverage and offer to mediate between Eritrea and Djibouti makes border war unlikely

    Event China's ambassador to the African Union, Kuang Weilin, has said that his country is ready to mediate in the ongoing border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, and to send peacekeepers to the contested Dumeira region The original mediator, Qatar, withdrew its 450 peacekeeping troops on 14

  • Dutch receive first upgraded PC-7

    The Netherlands has received its first upgraded PC-7 trainer from Pilatus, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 July. The aircraft is the first of the Netherlands' Elementaire Militaire Vlieger Opleiding (Basic Military Pilot Training, EMVO) programme's 13 PC-7s being upgraded. The

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  • Egypt receives first single-seat Rafales

    Egypt has received the first of eight single-seat Dassault Rafale C multirole combat aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 July. Two aircraft making up the fourth installment of Rafale deliveries (the previous three installments being made up of twin-seat Rafale B