• 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

  • 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

  • NATO officials not optimistic about speed of reformed response force

    The allies' recent decision to boost the size of their NATO Response Force (NRF) by a third as part of NATO's readiness action plan (RAP) to counter aggression from Russia and elsewhere looks impressive on paper. However, the acid test will be if the NRF can actually mobilise as fast as intended -

  • New Argentine Army commander takes office

    Argentine minister of defence Agustin Rossi swore in General Ricardo Luis Cundom on 29 June as the new commander of the Argentine Army. Gen Cundom is an army aviator and a veteran helicopter pilot of the Falklands War. He was appointed on 24 June by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after

  • OSINT Summary: Islamic State attack in Yemen's Sanaa underlines continued sectarian division

    A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated behind a military hospital in the Shaoub district of Yemen's capital Sanaa on 29 June. International media, citing unnamed security sources, confirmed that 28 people were killed and that 20 were wounded in the explosion. The media reports

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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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