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  • Dutch helicopter withdrawal threatens to undermine UN Mali mission

    The Netherlands plans to withdraw its helicopters from Mali at the beginning of 2017 due to the heavy strain the deployment had taken on its helicopter fleet, according to Dutch Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Jos van der Leij. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has contributed four AH-64D

  • North Korea building new, larger submarine pens

    North Korea is constructing a fortified structure near the port city of Sinpo that will have what appears to be two covered docks (pens) that could shelter ballistic missile submarines (SSBs). Located 2.25 km south of the Sinpo shipyard, close to the Mayang-do Naval Base on the country's east

  • Russian MoD releases more video of Tu-22M3s striking targets in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently announced that on 21 June Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) attacked targets identified as operational bases for the Islamic State located in western Syria. The information, in an unusual show of publicity,

  • North Korea building new, larger submarine pens

    North Korea is constructing a fortified structure near the port city of Sinpo that will have what appears to be two covered docks (pens) that could shelter ballistic missile submarines (SSBs). Located 2.25 km south of the Sinpo shipyard, close to the Mayang-do Naval Base on the country's east

  • Cameroon establishes base for new Special Forces unit

    Cameroon's new Special Forces (Forces Spéciales) unit will be based at Kribi in the country's south province, a Cameroonian Defence Forces (CDF) officer has told IHS Jane's . The creation of the Special Forces was first publicly acknowledged by the French embassy when it donated military

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  • Credible choices: UK General Purpose Frigate programme

    The UK's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review unveiled plans for the Royal Navy to receive a new class of smaller, cheaper and more exportable general-purpose frigate. Richard Scott reports
  • US debates cruise missile procurement

    The US is facing Russian modernisation of nuclear-capable cruise missiles and the threat of hybrid warfare. Heather Williams examines the US debate around the purchase of new missiles and whether Washington will accept a future 'cruise missile gap' with Moscow.
  • Brexit tests European security co-operation

    Aside from economic and political consequences, the UK's vote to leave the EU will have an impact on defence and security co-operation. Brooks Tigner assesses the implications for the EU and NATO. Benoît Gomis considers the ramifications for France-UK relations.
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