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  • Boeing's Phantom Eye to be museum exhibit

    Boeing's hope that the Phantom Eye high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) might be returned to the skies has been ended with the disclosure by the US Air Force (USAF) that the sole prototype is to be sent to a museum instead. Flight trials of the liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom

  • USAF QF-4 target drone flies final unmanned mission

    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown its final mission of an unmanned QF-4 Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) drone as it continues its transition over to the newer QF-16, the service disclosed on 29 August. A QF-4 from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico performed target duties for a Lockheed Martin

  • Canada announces new peace, stability ops programme

    Canada has launched a new Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) and pledged to make available up to 600 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel for possible UN peace operation deployments. In a 26 August announcement, the Canadian government said it would devote CAD450 million (USD346

  • Germany to update its civil defence plans

    On 24 August the German parliament passed a proposal by the interior ministry to update the country's civil defence concept some 20 years after its previous update, when it was geared towards a Cold War scenario. The aim is to prepare both authorities and the population to endure and function when

  • Nigerian Air Force says airstrike kills hundreds of militants

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 23 August that it had killed about 300 members of the militant group known as Boko Haram during airstrikes carried out four days earlier, describing it as "another major success". It said it began a series of intelligence, surveillance, and


  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Rolling out the big guns: Self-propelled artillery developments

    While recent conflicts have seen the West deprioritise the use of self-propelled artillery systems, a number of emerging requirements are keeping the market for this class of equipment buoyant. Jon Hawkes reports
  • Yemen conflict raises maritime risks

    The ongoing conflict in Yemen and geopolitical competition in the Middle East have the potential to raise maritime security risks. Peter Chalk assesses the threat posed to commercial shipping in a key strategic chokepoint by AQAP, the Islamic State, and others.
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  • Colombian government, FARC announce final peace agreement

    The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached a final agreement towards ending a bloody war ongoing since the 1960s, the parties announced on 24 August. "We have reached a final accord, complete and definitive, to end an armed conflict with the
  • North Korea releases footage of SLBM launch

    North Korea's state-run Uriminzokkiri website has released video footage of what is believed to be the 24 August test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The site also shows images of the missile, thought to be a Pukkuksong-1 (also referred to as the Bukgeukseong-1 or KN-11),