• Australian air chief reveals Islamic State air mission details

    Fighter aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) air task group (ATG) supporting coalition forces in Iraq have flown some 5,000 hours and employed more than 400 weapons against Islamic State targets, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown disclosed on 30 June. AM Brown said that this

  • Colombian Navy deploys OPV to support 'Atalanta'

    The Colombian Navy has deployed its ARC 7 de Agosto ocean patrol vessel (OPV) to support the European Union's Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta' off the coast of Somalia. 7 de Agosto sailed from Cartagena on 27 June and will deploy for five-months to protect World Food Programme shipments

  • Flare-ups likely in Russia-Ukraine standoff

    Key Points The Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine has failed in its strategic aim of forcing Kiev to accede to Moscow's demands, but the situation remains fluid and Moscow retains the initiative. Ultimately aiming to pressure Kiev towards a federal Ukraine, Russia is seeking to increase

  • Industry sources: Boeing agrees to extend India's Apache, Chinook deadline for 10th time

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has obtained another three-month extension from Boeing on its offer of attack and heavy lift helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the price negotiated for them in late 2013, industry sources said. They added that this was the 10th postponement request that

  • Mexican Army launches armour modernisation programmes

    Mexico's Ministry of National Defence (SEDENA) launched a procurement programme for 105 new armoured vehicles as well as a programme to upgrade its existing 6x6 Panhard Defense ERC 90 Lynx armoured reconnaissance vehicles, according to documents published in late June by the Ministry of the

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  • Nigerian Army to establish air corps

    The Nigerian Army is set to establish an aviation wing, the chief of the army staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, reportedly said on 25 June. Citing a statement released by the army, Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper reported that Lt Gen Minimah told a group of 10 soldiers enrolled in a course

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