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  • Israel announces Iron Dome tests with US components

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 22 February that it had completed a series of tests of the Iron Dome rocket protection system using a Tamir missile that both Israeli- and US-made components for the first time. The MoD's Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) and Iron Dome's

  • Poland issues RFPs for special forces and ASW helos

    Poland issued two separate requests for proposals (RFPs) for a total of 16 new military helicopters on 20 February, industry officials told Jane's . The two RFPs are for eight helicopters each, and cover the procurement of special forces helicopters to replace the armed forces' current Mil Mi-8/17

  • New EDA project aims for generic tactical training for armed UAVs

    No air platform in Europe grapples with more technical divergence than unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), whose design, operational concept and freedom of manoeuvre - whether at low or medium altitude - vary sharply from one country to the next. A new nine-nation project sponsored by the European

  • New Zealand troops help train over 20,000 Iraqi security forces

    About 1900 members of the Iraqi Federal Police recently completed five weeks of basic combat training at Camp Taji, bringing to more than 20,000 the total number of Iraqi security forces trained by a combined New Zealand-Australian training task group, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) said in a

  • China completing facilities on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, says report

    China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, two US officials were quoted by Reuters as saying. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the two officials told


  • Lessons learned as Mosul operation intensifies

    Despite a faltering start, the operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State has gathered pace. Jonathan Spyer reports from the city on the Iraqi forces' tactical improvements and analyses those tactics' applicability to the eventual Raqqa offensive
  • Turning the tide in the South China Sea

    Despite an international court ruling invalidating China's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has managed to boost its influence in the disputed waters by strengthening commercial and defence ties with neighbouring countries, bolstering its military capabilities and repeatedly putting on a show of force. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Predatory instincts: Wildcat's sharper senses elevate ISTAR utility for RN

    Tactical development and early operating experience have shown that the new Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter is already capable of much more than the Lynx it replaces. Richard Scott reports from RNAS Yeovilton on how that has shaped a new concept of operations
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