• Turkey deploys small force to Qatar

    The Turkish military announced on 22 June that it had deployed 23 personnel and five armoured military vehicles to Qatar. It did not say how many Turks are now in the country, but a senior defence official told parliament in May that the country had 94 soldiers in Qatar at that time. The Qatari

  • EU leaders give nod to PESCO, defence fund, and battlegroup deployment

    EU leaders unanimously decided to launch so-called permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) in defence, agreeing first to define a common list of membership criteria, binding commitments, and a list of projects to enable interested member states to quickly notify their intention to participate.

  • Lithuania invests in defence modernisation

    Lithuania spends 32% of its defence budget on equipment, well above the 20% NATO guideline, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told Jane's . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference during Exercise 'Iron Wolf 2017' on 20 June that Lithuania and Latvia would achieve NATO's

  • Saudi Arabia says it captured IRGC boat

    Saudi Arabia has said that it captured three members of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) who were approaching an offshore oilfield in a boat on 16 June. The incident was initially reported by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on 18 June. It said the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF)

  • SM-3 Block IIA intercept test ends in failure

    The Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor failed to engage its target in the latest test carried out by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense off the coast of Hawaii. "At approximately 7:20 pm Hawaii Standard Time, June 21


  • New-model African armies

    Following their independence, most Sub-Saharan and East African militaries tended to use second-hand military equipment donated by former colonial powers, as well as the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Jeremy Binnie and Erwan de Cherisey report on how that trend is changing
  • Desert watchers: MINUSMA's intelligence capabilities

    The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is currently the only UN peacekeeping operation with an organic military intelligence-gathering and processing capability. Erwan de Cherisey reports
  • Bargain hunt: Air forces move to embrace low-cost UCAVs

    Unmanned systems have become increasingly sophisticated and consequently expensive. Richard Scott and Huw Williams examine the emerging requirement for low-cost unmanned combat air vehicles and how this can be delivered
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  • China launches record-breaking UAV swarm

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) claims to have set a new record for the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a swarm, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the corporation as saying. The 11 June news report states that the swarm comprised 119 UAVs,