• Indian MoD plans to scrap IAF's single-engine fighter project

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to abandon its two-year-old proposal to procure 114 licence-built single-engine fighter aircraft and to broaden its fighter requirement to include twin-engine platforms. Official sources told Jane’s that the MoD

  • Bank IED attack in Myanmar’s Shan State indicates increasing risk to commercial assets due to military-militant conflict

    Event At approximately 16:40 local time on 21 February, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at a domestic commercial bank in Lashio city in Myanmar’s Shan State. Images shared on social media showed extensive damage to the Yoma Bank building, some damage to the adjacent Ayeyarwady

  • Czech MoD to launch IMINT centre

    The Czech Ministry of Defence on 20 February announced it will open a satellite imagery centre (SATCEN CR) to provide imagery intelligence (IMINT) to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) and other NATO forces. SATCEN CR is to start initial operations on 1 July and will fall under the command of the

  • Bulgaria modernises armed forces

    By the end of March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia will present the Council of Ministers investment projects worth more than BGN3.5 billion (USD2.2 billion) for the acquisition of new armoured vehicles, patrol boats, and jet fighters, the defence minister has said. Bulgaria is procuring

  • Crash course: US Navy revamps training, oversight to fix surface-fleet operations

    Buffeted by a spate of recent surface-ship collisions, the US Navy is changing the way it trains its sailors, inspects ships, and operates vessels. Michael Fabey reports on the service’s internal overhaul On the night after Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain (DDG 56)

  • Guinean opposition’s rejection of local election results increases risks of persistent violent protests before September parliamentary poll

    Key Points President Condé’s RPG enjoyed a clear lead in the first local polls since 2005 but was beaten in the capital Conakry and lost its dominance in the mining region of Boké. The main opposition UFDG and UFR denounced the polls as fraudulent, prompting persistent violent

  • Leidos defence income down despite revenue boost

    The Defense Solutions business of US company Leidos Holdings reported a slight reduction in operating income in 2017, according to financial results released on 22 February. While total revenue for the division rose by 29% – to USD4,959 million – thanks to the integration of what was

  • Malaysia seeks balance in ‘15-to-5’ concept to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy is shifting its force structure focus to address maritime security challenges in its eastern region Multinational co-operation is helping reduce maritime security risks in Malaysia’s eastern and western regions The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking

  • PLA equips special operations branch with QTS-11 integrated combat system, says report

    China’s People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has equipped a branch of its special operations forces with the QTS-11 infantry integrated combat system, according to a 22 February report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper. The Sky Wolf Commandos from the PLA’s Western

  • Separatist rhetoric threatens stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Key Points The hardening tone of nationalist rhetoric among senior political figures in Bosnia and Herzegovina increases the risk of an unintended escalation into conflict as a result of a miscalculation around the October elections. It is unlikely that a dispute over electoral law will be

  • SVBIED attack kills at least three LNA soldiers in Libya's Fezzan

    AT LEAST three Libyan National Army (LNA) soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a checkpoint 22km west of the city of Waddan in Libya's Fezzan region on 21 February, Libya Herald reported. Although no claim

  • Unidentified militants kill four NDS personnel in Afghanistan's Parwan

    FOUR National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, including a senior official, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire targeting their vehicle in Khanqah area in Bagram district in Afghanistan's Parwan province on 21 February, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately

  • Senior Philippine Navy official reiterates call to acquire submarines

    A senior Philippine Navy (PN) official has reiterated calls for the country to operate its own fleet of submarines amid mounting security challenges in the region. The service’s flag officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, made the call during a hearing with the Philippine senate.

  • AFA Winter 2018: Key officer doubts non-developed offerings for light attack experiment

    Key Points A USAF officer said non-developed aircraft will likely not be considered for the light attack experiment He said the service is looking for aircraft already in production A key US Air Force (USAF) officer cast doubt that a non-developed entrant for any acquisition stemming from the

  • European Parliament committee approves money for defence capability projects but with provisos

    The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee on 21 February approved, by 49 to 12 votes, EUR500 million (USD618 million) in kick-start funding for the European Union’s proposed European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) for 2019-20. However, parliament wants

  • German parliamentary report identifies personnel and equipment shortages

    Key Points A parliamentary report has highlighted a lack of equipment and personnel across the German armed forces Collective defence and foreign deployments, as well as thousands of unfilled posts, are putting a burden on 'the smallest Bundeswehr of all time' The Bundeswehr was short of

  • India test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi II SRBM

    India successfully conducted a night-time test-launch of its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi II short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) to a range of 350 km off the country’s east coast on 21 February. Official sources told Jane’s that Indian Army (IA) personnel from the

  • Japan suspects North Korean ship of violating UNSC resolutions

    Japan spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker apparently accepting an unknown cargo from a smaller vessel of unknown nationality in the East China Sea on 16 February: a move that raises suspicion that the ships may have been in breach of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. “Judging from the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: Russian, Chinese hypersonics emerge as clear concern

    Development of hypersonic weapons, and defences against those weapons, are given new life in the US Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget amid concerns that peers such as Russia and China are advancing hypersonics technologies. These systems, such as hypersonic glide

  • UK flies Kaliningrad surveillance missions

    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 airborne stand-off radar surveillance aircraft have been flying missions around Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, where Moscow deployed nuclear capable Islander-M ballistic missiles earlier this month. The two missions by the aircraft, based at RAF Waddington

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