• 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

  • 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.

  • TTP militants kill four security forces personnel in Pakistan's Balochistan

    FOUR security personnel were killed when Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants riding motorcycles opened fire with 9mm firearms targeting a motorcycle patrol near the Sariab Road in the city of Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 14 February, Geo TV reported. The TTP claimed

  • Unidentified gunmen kill police conscript in Iraq's Baghdad

    A POLICE conscript was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the al-Bakriya region of Iraq's Baghdad province on 13 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • US Army requests expeditionary and mobile systems to counter ‘low, slow, and small’ UASs

    The US Army is looking to rapidly deploy two new systems to protect its forces against ‘low, slow, and small’ unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the service disclosed on 14 February. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) related to the requirement were posted on the same day for

  • British Army unveils Sky Sabre air defence system

    The British Army unveiled the major components of its Sky Sabre air defence system at a customer engagement event on 5 February. The event, hosted by 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at its home base at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island in West Sussex, brought together for the first time in a public forum

  • Lacklustre international support for Iraqi reconstruction makes decreased budget allocation to KRG more likely, raising protest risks

    Event At the conclusion of the International Donor Conference on Iraq on 12–14 February, held in Kuwait City, Iraq received USD30 billion dollars in pledged loans, credit lines, and investment for reconstruction efforts. Iraq assess that it needs USD88 billion to rebuild the country after the

  • National Brigades likely to increase frequency of street violence in Ukraine, harassment of businesses, including foreign, likely

    Key Points The National Brigades, which are legal according to Ukrainian legislation, are likely to become involved in law enforcement activities alongside with the police, especially during protests and rallies. The groups are likely to be selectively involved in ‘settling’ political

  • NATO to launch military training mission in Iraq

    NATO defence ministers agreed to begin planning for a formal NATO training mission in Iraq during a meeting in Brussels on 15 February. That mission is expected to be formally launched during the alliance’s summit in July. NATO currently trains Iraqi officers in Jordan and Serbia, with ad hoc

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