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  • Guatemalan Army sends contingent to MINUSTAH

    Guatemala deployed 52 troops to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on 23 June. The peacekeeping contingent includes a commander officer, support staff, and 23 military police personnel. This is the country's 17th deployment to Haiti. Guatemala has participated in MINUSTAH

  • Indian Air Force to raise first Tejas LCA squadron

    The Indian Air Force is to raise its first Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 squadron in Bangalore after it receives the first two indigenously developed fighters from manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on 1 July. Christened the Flying Daggers 45, the squadron will receive six more LCA

  • Indian warships dock in Vladivostok to demonstrate service's operational reach

    A flotilla of three vessels from the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet is currently in Vladivostok, Russia for a four-day visit that will take place until 1 July. The flotilla consists of the Shivalik (Project 17)-class guided-missile frigate INS Sahyadri (F 49), the Deepak-class fleet tanker INS Shakti

  • Mexican Navy commits in strength to 'RIMPAC 2016'

    The Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) announced on 27 June that it will participate in the upcoming US-sponsored 'Rim of the Pacific 2016' ('RIMPAC 2016') naval multinational exercise off the coast of southern California. The Mexican Navy's commitment is the most significant ever made by

  • North Korean 'Scud-ER' missile can reach US naval base in Japan, says report

    North Korea is capable of hitting the US naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, with its short-range 'Scud'-derived missiles, multiple sources in the South Korean military were quoted as saying by the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper on 28 June. "We previously assumed the 'Scud-ER', a modified version of the


  • Reaching out: over-the-horizon weapon systems

    The US Navy is planning to fit an over-the-horizon anti-ship missile into the Littoral Combat Ship and its follow-on Frigate class. Grace Jean and Richard Scott examine the thinking behind this move
  • Steady as she goes: Germany country briefing

    Given Germany's history in the 20th century, the Bundeswehr has experienced a remarkable makeover in the past two decades to become a 21st century operational force, making it the dependable cornerstone in Europe's defence architecture, writes Sebastian Schulte
  • Capability matrices aid military conflict analysis

    The development of capability matrices represents one way to analyse armed conflict in a structured way across a wide range of scenarios. Lucie Hruskova uses these matrices to analyse the outcome of hypothetical conflict scenarios in Latin America.
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  • Lebanon braces for more bombings

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and other Lebanese security agencies are bracing for an expected fresh round of suicide bomb attacks perpetrated by Sunni militants affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group. Security was tightened across Lebanon after two waves of suicide bombings in the