• Analysis: US displays evidence of Iranian weapons smuggling to Yemen

    Analysis US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley held a press conference on 14 December during which there was an unprecedented display of evidence that Iran is arming the Ansar Allah (Houthis) group in Yemen. All the weapons that were displayed have previously been documented, but more details were

  • CRS cites concerns over Aegis availability with ship losses

    The recent loss of two US Navy (USN) guided-missile destroyers in the Western Pacific equipped with advanced Aegis combat systems meant to provide greater ballistic missile defence (BMD) has raised concerns about US BMD protection in the region, according to a recent report by the Congressional

  • Ready and lethal: USN seeks to fix the fleet while boosting surface warfare power

    USN surface fleet leaders warned more than three years ago that the service was heading for disaster if it did not address readiness, training, and other shortfalls in seagoing fundamentals. Now, after a spate of accidents, navy secretary Richard Spencer says the USN must address those issues while

  • North Korea says it will build more nuclear-capable weapons

    Two weeks after test-firing its Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) North Korea announced on 13 December that it plans to increase the quality and quantity of its nuclear weapons. Addressing scientists and workers at a munitions industry conference, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

  • PGZ proceeds with Pilica production

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced on 5 December that it is launching the production of the Pilica air defence system. Deliveries of the system will start in 2019 and last until 2022. The contract to equip six PSR-A Pilica batteries is worth PLN750 million (USD211 million). The radio-location

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