• Dossier shows ‘Iranian’ missile that landed in Saudi Arabia

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition has compiled a dossier of evidence of Iranian military support for Yemen’s rebels. It includes photographs of a ballistic missile that landed in Saudi Arabia. The remnants of at least one Iranian Qiam ballistic missile have been recovered in Saudi Arabia,

  • Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

    The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments. “This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris,

  • China reveals more details about locally developed electromagnetic catapult

    Further details have been revealed about China’s development of a conventionally powered electromagnetic catapult that will reportedly be fitted onto the second of the country’s indigenously built aircraft carriers, commonly referred to as the Type 002. Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, director

  • Chinese armour plays prominent role in Zimbabwe coup

    The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) made extensive use of Chinese-made Type 89 armoured vehicles during what appeared to be a bloodless coup that ousted President Robert Mugabe on 14 November. Photographs and video footage of ZNA deployments around the capital Harare showed multiple Type YW534s, the

  • Latest IL-76 set to feature DAS

    Recently released imagery and reports in the Russian media suggest that the new Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft will be equipped with a defensive aids suite (DAS). Data have previously pointed to an optional electronic countermeasure (ECM) fit for the IL-76 family being available since the

  • Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

    Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November. However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • DARPA’s XAI seeks explanations from autonomous systems

    Through its Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) programme, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on technologies to enable autonomous systems to better explain their actions. In situations where autonomous systems provide analysts with information about

  • Mattis: Cyber, space, and USN fleet emerge as key focus areas for FY 2019

    Cyber concerns, space, and the US Navy (USN) fleet loom large as Pentagon planners are working on a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget that is expected to include a longer-term plan for growing the US military, according to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. “We’re looking at what changes

  • Mattis: Security progress in Afghanistan to be quantitatively and qualitatively measured

    The US, Afghan, and coalition partner governments will constantly measure and report – quantitatively and qualitatively – on conditions in Afghanistan, as the military campaign there will no longer use timelines. The US and Afghan governments reached an agreement outlining over 100

  • UAE base in Somaliland under construction

    Construction of a United Arab Emirates naval base in the separatist region of Somaliland has begun, according to a UN report released on 8 November. It was announced in February that Somaliland’s parliament had approved the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) request to establish a military

  • Chile eyes helicopters, landing craft to augment amphibious assault capabilities

    The Chilean Navy has launched two tenders, one for four second-hand medium transport helicopters and another for an unspecified number of landing craft vessels, local military sources have told Jane’s . The helicopters, expected to be Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk IIs, would fulfil a

  • India's military unveils joint tri-service training doctrine

    India’s military released a joint training doctrine on 14 November designed to augment inter-operability between its three services to co-operatively deal with the entire spectrum of conflict, ranging from insurgencies and conventional fighting to nuclear warfare. Released by all three

  • Brazil advances indigenous air-defence radar programmes

    The Brazillian Army’s Technology Centre and Embraer’s Bradar Indústria are finalising the joint development of the SABER M200 Vigilante transportable air-defence radar. The radar is being developed as part of an effort to boost the service’s air defence capabilities, and the

  • EDA’s budget set to grow and possibly shift to EU footing, but with proviso

    Planning is underway to possibly shift the bulk of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA’s) annual budget – for example its administrative costs – to an EU footing, thus opening the door to far greater funding for personnel and other operating costs. While any decision to do so

  • Modernising the US Army’s network will take time and money to complete

    Key Points The current network will likely be inoperable in a complex battlefield The army could be at risk if it were deployed into a contested environment The US Army’s top leaders agreed it was time to stop throwing money at networking systems that are inadequate to meet the needs of the

  • Bundeswehr deploys MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is deploying parts of the Modular, Automatic, and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, the Bundeswehr announced on its website on 15 November. This will improve the

  • Slovakia to procure Patria AMVs without tender

    The Slovak government on 15 November voted to select Finland's Patria to supply the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8x8 chassis as the basis for a prototype for a new wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. The Patria AMV was selected as the preferred

  • MINUSMA faces new air support issues

    The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is facing a reduction in military air support due to the withdrawal of the Bangladesh Utility Aviation Unit (BANUAU) and the Ghana Aviation Unit (GHAV). The BANUAU was deployed to Kidal with three Bangladesh Air

  • Russian defence chief updates on Russian naval improvements

    The tempo of Russian Federation Navy operations worldwide has significantly increased over the past five years, Russia’s armed forces chief General Valery Gerasimov has said. Briefing a Russian Ministry of Defence board meeting on naval developments covering the 2013-2017 timeframe on 7

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