• Pakistan to step up fight against militants in Punjab

    The government of Pakistan's Punjab Province has requested the deployment of military troops after a recent upsurge in attacks by militant groups, a senior provincial government official told Jane's on 21 February. Speaking on condition of anonymity the official said the worsening security

  • Finland buys armour support equipment

    Finland is buying 16 ex-Dutch engineering tanks based on the Leopard 1 main battle tank (MBT) chassis the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 February. The deal is Finland's second procurement of surplus equipment in February aimed at significantly boosting both the tactical and

  • Moldovan Army receives more HMMWVs

    The Moldovan Army has received a new batch of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) from the United States, the Moldovan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. In total some 34 HMMWVs were delivered to Chisinau by 15 February, out of a total batch of 41 vehicles. The remaining

  • Japan to speed up frigate construction programme, says report

    Japan plans to accelerate a warship construction programme to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, Reuters news agency quoted three people with knowledge of the plan as saying on 17 February. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said that while Japan was

  • Finland buys K9 howitzers from South Korea

    Finland will purchase K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers from South Korea, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 February. According to the MoD announcement, Finnish defence minister Jussi Niinistö has approved the purchase of 48 former South Korean Army K9s at a cost

  • IDEX 2017: Embraer says 'no comment' on Nigerian Super Tucanos

    Embraer CEO Jackson Schneider indicated that the Nigerian Air Force's (NAF's) announcement that it will receive ex-Brazilian Air Force EMB-412 Super Tucanos was premature, telling Jane's during the IDEX 2017 show in Abu Dhabi that he would not make any comment on the West African country's

  • Trump designates strategist Lt Gen McMaster as national security advisor

    US President Donald Trump announced on 20 February that he has designated US Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster as national security advisor. Lt Gen McMaster is to replace Michael Flynn, who the White House said was asked to resign due to his misleading comments to Vice-President Mike Pence. A

  • Indonesia receives Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing UAV

    Indonesia has become the first customer of UMS Skeldar to receive and complete acceptance tests of the company's Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Switzerland-based developer of unmanned aircraft systems said in a 16 February press release. The Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Libya finally requests NATO help

    After years of hesitation on the part of political authorities in Libya since NATO ended its military intervention in the country in 2011, Tripoli has finally submitted a request to the alliance for assistance in reforming its security structures. "Last night I received a formal request from

  • General Atomics confirms UAE Predator delivery

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now taken delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that it has ordered, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has confirmed to Jane's. It declined to say when and how many Predator XPs were delivered and what payloads they are

  • Keeping Argentine A-4ARs airworthy will challenge maintenance lines

    Argentina's decision to postpone buying new combat aircraft until 2018 and have the Argentine Air Force keep some Lockheed Martin (McDonnell Douglas) A-4AR Fightinghawks flying in the meantime will be a difficult logistical goal, sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's. To keep 12-14 of the air

  • NATO begins study of AWACS replacement

    NATO has begun looking at options for the provision of early warning and control after it retires its fleet of Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft in about 20 years' time. Defence ministers from alliance member nations signed an agreement on 15 February to develop a

  • Pakistan inducts new JF-17 squadron

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has formally transitioned 14 Squadron into a JF-17 Thunder unit following the arrival of 16 new aircraft on 15 February. The arrival of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) aircraft at Minhas Air Base marked the transition of the unit from the Chinese-built F-7P air

  • Panama receives new interceptor craft

    The Panamanian National Naval Air Service (SENAN) has commissioned four new Damen Interceptor 1102 fast craft that were delivered by Panama's president Juan Carlos Varela on 6 February. Varela noted that the craft will help Panama strengthen its capabilities to address drug trafficking and other

  • Germany joins European tanker project, signs transport deal with France

    Catalysed both by US pressure on the allies to spend more on their defence, and by Berlin's political desire to strengthen Europe's own military capabilities, Germany signed off on a quartet of new multination equipment and capability initiatives on 15 February. "Germany is pushing ahead with

  • Aero India 2017: Alpha Design Technologies and Elbit Systems bid for Indian Army's SDR

    Alpha Design Technologies has submitted a bid in response to the Indian Army's request for information for new software define radios (SDRs), which are intended to boost the service's network-centric warfare capabilities, Jane's has learned. The Bangalore-based company exhibited its SDR family -

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • NATO to create new southern-oriented 'eyes-and-ears' hub in Naples

    NATO will create a new hub before the end of 2017 within its joint forces command in Naples to deal with security threats and challenges across the alliance's southern perimeter. Approved by allied defence ministers during their 15-16 February meeting in Brussels, the decision will see new

  • Norwegian Army to receive air defence capability

    The Norwegian Army is to be equipped with two new ground-based air defence systems, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 6 February. The move ends a policy that has been in place since the early 2000s, whereby ground-based air defence has been the responsibility of the Royal

  • Somaliland parliament approves UAE military base

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) request to establish a military base in the northern Somali city of Berbera was approved by an overwhelming majority in the parliament of the Somaliland separatist region on 12 February, local media reported. Few details about the UAE's request have been released

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