• Arms and Security 2017: Temp 3000 fireproof overalls save lives in Donbass

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the company Temp 3000 revealed that its new fireproof overalls have entered service with the Ukrainian armed forces and are well received. Povkh Yuri from Temp 3000 explained that prior to the 2014 conflict with Russia in the Donbass region of

  • Russian report on maritime threats: More about resources than rivals

    Domestic economic pressures and the temptation to spend less on the fleet pose a greater threat to Russian naval capabilities than foreign powers, according to a new report. Dr Mark Galeotti reports Despite the heightened rhetoric on both sides, especially associated with the recent ‘Zapad

  • ADEX 2017: Boeing’s Poseidon takes centre-stage following MSA’s axing

    Boeing is focusing all of its maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) attentions at this year’s International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Seoul on its P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), following the company decision earlier this year to axe its smaller Maritime

  • ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut

    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional

  • ADEX 2017: Korean Air progresses development of unmanned Little Bird

    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has progressed development of an unmanned version of the MD 500 Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter, with a prototype being showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017. An optionally piloted prototype of

  • AUSA 2017: US Army to get mobile Patriot C2 system by end of 2017

    Raytheon will deliver the first of five mobile Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) battalion command-and-control (C2) units to the US Army by 1 December, with the remaining systems to be provided by the end of 2017. The Dismounted Patriot C2 system is packed into seven transit cases

  • Caspian Flotilla to relocate headquarters

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has announced that it will be closing the headquarters of the Caspian Flotilla in Astrakhan and moving to a new location in Dagestan. The new location has yet to be officially disclosed, but Jane’s understands that it will more than likely be the town of

  • Chad’s “redeployment” from Niger indicates lower terrorism risk to its territory from Diffa region

    Event Chadian Defence Minister Bissa Ichara confirmed on 14 October that several hundred troops had left Niger’s southeastern Diffa region and had been sent to Wour on Chad’s northern border with Libya. He denied it was a withdrawal from Niger, stressing the troops had been redeployed

  • End of siege exposes Deir al-Zour to complicated conflict

    Key Points The breaking of the siege of Deir al-Zour is a significant step for the Syrian government, but underlined its dependence on a range of foreign and foreign-backed militant groups to achieve military effect. The Islamic State is likely to seek to hold out in the city, making use of the

  • Following Austrian early election, alliance between centre-right and right-wing most likely whilst political instability will remain high

    Key Points Former foreign secretary Sebastian Kurz and his centre-right ÖVP came first in the latest general election with around 31%. The centre-left SPÖ under current Chancellor Christian Kern came second while the right-wing FPÖ managed to increase its electoral share

  • Germany selects G95 carbine for special forces

    On 10 October, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new

  • Growler down under: RAAF prepares to bring EA-18G into service

    The introduction of the EA-18G Growler will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a potent airborne electronic attack capability. Richard Scott reports In early July the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced that the full 12-strong fleet of the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic

  • IED kills one person in Iraq's Baghdad

    ONE person was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a vehicle by unidentified militants, detonated in Falahat neighbourhood north of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 12 October, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Indonesian Navy commissions two AS 565 MBe helicopters, VIP transport aircraft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its first two new AS565 MBe Panther helicopters and a Beechcraft King Air 350i transport aircraft. The assets were inducted on 13 October at an airbase in Juanda, Surabaya in a commissioning ceremony presided

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • Seoul seeks to develop counter-rocket system, says report

    South Korea is pushing to develop an indigenous counter-rocket system amid persisting threats from North Korea's long-range artillery, the Yonhap news agency quoted the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying in a report. In their report, which was presented during a parliamentary

  • South Korean military eyes new operational plan against North Korea, says report

    The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jeong Kyeong-doo has said that his country’s military is considering a new operational plan to counter “advanced” threats from North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported. "We are envisioning a new operational

  • Unidentified assailant kills a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's Cairo

    MEDIA reports on 12 October stated that a Coptic Christian priest had been killed by an unidentified assailant in Egypt's capital Cairo on an earlier unspecified date, Al-Ahram reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • US Marines end six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory

    A battalion of US Marines has ended a six month-long training rotation through Northern Australia that took place under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) in the country. The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) began its departure from Darwin on 15 October, according to a

  • USN destroyer shoots down missile during NATO drill

    The US Navy (USN) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) continued a successful run for ballistic missile defense (BMD) testing during a 15 October trial with an Aegis destroyer. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range

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