• Italy begins construction of new PPA patrol craft

    Key Points Event marks the start of construction work for the new class of multipurpose patrol vessels Details have emerged on programme timelines and configurations, including a potential BMD capability Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri cut steel for the first of seven multipurpose offshore patrol

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • North Korea capable of producing up to 60 nuclear warheads, says report

    North Korea is believed to have enough highly enriched uranium and plutonium to produce up to 60 nuclear warheads, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on 9 February, citing a 'secret report by intelligence and military authorities'. Based on 2016 figures, Pyongyang has 758 kg of highly enriched

  • PLA Rocket Force trains deployment of Dong Feng ballistic missiles

    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force has demonstrated its ability to deploy its short-range, nuclear-capable Dong Feng-15B (DF-15B) and Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) ballistic missile systems in exercises carried out in early February, Chinese state-owned media has reported. The China

  • US warns North Korea of 'overwhelming response' to use of nuclear weapons

    US secretary of defence Jim Mattis has warned North Korea that any nuclear attack on the United States or its allies would be met with an "overwhelming" response. "North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons programme and engage in threatening rhetoric and


  • Hypersonics disrupt global strategic stability

    Hypersonic technology offers the potential to strike any point on Earth within an hour. Heather Williams examines the impact of current programmes on the strategic balance between the major nuclear powers and the prospect for arms control agreements
  • Geopolitical order set to be tested in 2017

    Global security is likely to worsen in 2017 as disruptive long-term trends converge in a challenge to the post-Cold War geopolitical order. IHS Jane's identifies the trends and events to watch as liberal democracy gives way to increasingly securitised policies.
  • North Korea reorganises security services

    Organisational changes to North Korea's intelligence and security services in 2016 have strengthened and consolidated Kim Jong-un's position. Joseph S Bermudez Jr surveys the changes and what they mean for domestic threats or challenges to Kim
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  • General Atomics confirms UAE Predator delivery

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now taken delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that it has ordered, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has confirmed to Jane's. It declined to say when and how many Predator XPs were delivered and what payloads they are