• Donbass-Abkhazia coal export scheme, if implemented, to provide separatist entities in Ukraine and Georgia with additional revenues

    Key Points Russia is interested in facilitating exports from its protectorates in eastern Ukraine to provide them with additional revenue streams and make them more financially self-sufficient. Any coal exports from Donbass via Abkhazia are likely to be mislabelled as Russian-produced, thus

  • US AFRICOM donates patrol craft to Senegal

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) handed over two Metal Shark 38 Defiant patrol craft to the Senegalese Navy in Dakar on 8 February. The two craft were funded by AFRICOM’s Counternarcotic and Transnational Threats Programs Division and are to be used by Senegal to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone

  • Cross-strait military build-up heightens war-risk and increases likelihood of discrimination against Taiwan and US companies in China

    Key Points Taiwan’s relations with China have deteriorated significantly since President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office, as indicated by an increase in hostile rhetoric and Chinese military activities near Taiwan’s airspace, including increased frequency and scale of Chinese military

  • Disrupted attack indicative of restrictive security environment, reducing likelihood of successful assault causing property damage in Kenya

    Event Kenyan armed police on 15 February arrested two suspected Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) militants and shot and killed another during a security operation in Merti, Isiolo county. Police seized five AK-series automatic rifles and 36 hand grenades, as well as high-impact

  • Pentagon Budget 2019: Congressional opposition mounts to USAF’s JSTARS recap cancellation

    Key Points Capitol Hill opposition to the USAF’s JSTARS recapitalisation cancellation is growing Lawmakers have stopped the service from divesting platforms, such as the A-10, in the past Influential lawmakers are opposing the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Joint

  • Top US marine wants more submarines

    US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller has said he wants a stronger undersea force to ensure marine access to the shore. “I want more submarines,” Gen Neller said on 15 February during a speech at the Amphibious Warship Congressional Forum, sponsored by the Amphibious Warship

  • USAF steps up Afghan campaign in January

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more weapons over Afghanistan last month than in any other January since 2011, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data show that USAF aircraft released a total of 321 weapons in January 2018 as part of Operation

  • Amphibious ships need new C2 suites to pace aircraft, USMC commandant says

    With the increasing use of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and the advent of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deployments on US Navy (USN) large-deck amphibious assault ships, the US Marine Corps (USMC) sees a need for more advanced communications networks on the vessels. “We’re

  • Argentina to buy more RBS 70 launchers and missiles

    The Argentine government has approved a purchase of 18 RBS 70NG anti-aircraft missile launchers, three simulators, and an undisclosed number of missiles, an Argentine Air Force source told Jane’s . The purchase, as well as some restorations for other anti-aircraft weapons – 25 mm and 30

  • IED attack wounds two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near street markets in the al-Maamel area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 14 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Pentagon budget 2019: US Army to ‘pure fleet’ Javelin Block I capability

    The US Army has requested USD161.4 million in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) to convert 969 Javelin Block 0 Command Launch Units (CLUs) to the newer Block 1 configuration. The CLU upgrades will be for Javelin systems deployed with armoured brigade combat teams (ABCTs) – these are the only

  • Saudi and Houthi willingness to start peace talks reflects both sides’ need to end war in Yemen

    Key Points The outgoing United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced on 9 February that Oman had agreed to host a new round of peace talks, following a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. While Saudi Arabia has been trying to find an exit strategy to

  • US Navy finds renewed life in legacy programmes

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to deploy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and develop next-generation missiles, the service is finding ways to stretch the service lives of its existing combat jets and cruise missiles. The USN is extending the lives of its Boeing F/A-18 A-D

  • Canada to rejoin NATO E-3A Component after seven-year absence

    Canada is to rejoin the NATO E-3A Component about seven years after it left the multinational NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF), the country’s government announced on 14 February. Canada was one of the 12 founder nations of the E-3A Component in 1979, but withdrew

  • China built new bases in South China Sea, US PACOM commander says

    After years of 'reclamation' – creating artificial islands or artificially adding to existing ones – in the South China Sea, China is now establishing military bases on those manmade features, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), said. “They now have

  • IED attack kills one civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and five others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the al-Radwaniya neighbourhood in Iraq's Baghdad province on 13 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Number of senior UK MoD civilian officials continues to grow

    A drive by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to cut the number of senior civilian officials and military officers has not yet produced reductions in top brass, according to analysis by Jane’s. For nearly eight years, successive UK defence secretaries have tried to cut the number of senior

  • Portugal takes steps to make its soldiers more effective

    The Portuguese Army is working to significantly improve its soldiers’ mobility, survivability, firepower, and C4I capabilities in different terrain through the acquisition of a range of new equipment. The first troops will be equipped in 2019 with an advanced modular solution offering open

  • Russia institutes military reserve system

    Russia has begun implementing a military reserve component, Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources told the Izvestia newspaper on 13 February. They did not indicate how large the reserve force will be or how many men have signed up so far. This effort proceeds from a 2015 presidential decree, but it has

  • Suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya suicide bombers wound three soldiers in Cameroon's Extreme Nord

    Near Kolofata commune, Mayo-Sava department, Extreme Nord region, two female suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya suicide bombers wounded three soldiers in an attack.

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