• Analysis: Latest Yemeni ballistic missile fails to impact

    The Yemeni rebels fighting the Saudi-led military coalition claimed they launched a ballistic missile at the oil refinery in the Saudi coastal city of Yanbu on 22 July, but there was no corroboration that the attack took place. The pro-rebel Al-Masirah TV station released low-quality footage

  • Bangladesh Army to get 97 more units in four years, says report

    The government in Dhaka has announced that the Bangladesh Army will form 97 more military units under three cantonments within four years as part of a push to strengthen and modernise the country’s military, according to a 16 July report by the Dhaka-based The Independent newspaper. Anisul

  • Brazilian Army announces ambitious aviation modernisation plan

    The Brazilian Army has established an ambitious strategy to boost its aviation capability through planned helicopters and transport aircraft acquisition and upgrades from 2018-37, the army said on 24 July. As part of its Strategic Program Army Aviation (Pg EE AvEx), the service will build new and

  • Chile, Bolivia begin border committee meetings

    Bolivian and Chilean customs, border enforcement agencies, and foreign affairs representatives are meeting from 25-26 July, for the first time since 2011, to try and restore bilateral co-operation along a troublesome border area in the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions. The meeting’s

  • China bolstering defences along border with North Korea, says report

    China has been bolstering defences along its border with North Korea in preparation for a potential crisis in the region, including the possibility of a US military strike, T he Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on 24 July Based on a review of official Chinese military and government websites,

  • Dutch receive first upgraded PC-7

    The Netherlands has received its first upgraded PC-7 trainer from Pilatus, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 July. The aircraft is the first of the Netherlands' Elementaire Militaire Vlieger Opleiding (Basic Military Pilot Training, EMVO) programme's 13 PC-7s being upgraded. The

  • High frontiers: Maritime BMD developments in Europe

    European navies are viewing maritime ballistic missile defence requirements through a number of different prisms. Richard Scott reports History was made on 20 October 2015 when a US Navy (USN) Aegis guided-missile destroyer became the first ship to perform a live intercept of an exo-atmospheric

  • Incremental improvements in Houthi militants' ballistic missile campaign increase risk to assets in central Saudi Arabia

    Key Points Houthi militants have repeatedly attempted to hit targets in Saudi territory with long-range ballistic missiles; Saudi Arabia has confirmed that more than 34 ballistic missiles have been launched from Yemen into its territory since the conflict began in 2015. Confirmed use of

  • RDEL launches first two Project 21 NOPVs for Indian Navy

    The first two of five Project 21 naval offshore patrol vessels (NOPVs) on order for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR25 billion (USD388 million) were launched by Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) on 25 July at the company’s Pipavav shipyard in India's westernmost state of Gujarat.

  • US Air Force analysing future of multi-domain C2

    Key Points The USAF is performing a year-long analysis of multi-domain C2 The goal is to increase the speed of C2 to overwhelm an enemy The US Air Force (USAF) is performing a year-long analysis of the future of multi-domain command and control (C2), according to the service’s top officer.

  • China maintains contingencies for North Korean instability

    Key Points China's ability to pressure North Korea through control over the border and holding a military advantage is likely to be a permanent feature of their relationship; in these areas, Beijing retains decisive leverage over Pyongyang. It is possible but unlikely that North Korea's illicit

  • China to take extra measures on border amid stand-off with India

    China has warned India that it will defend its territorial sovereignty "at all costs" and step up “targeted deployment” as the nuclear-armed neighbours remain locked in a stand-off over a border dispute that has lasted more than a month. Speaking at a press conference on 24

  • Nigerian Air Force builds up training capabilities

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is strengthening its training capabilities to meet the demands of a major expansion that has involved reactivating and procuring fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters in recent years. This has resulted in a need for additional aircrews and prompted the NAF to send officers

  • Pipeline siphoning incidents in Mexico to continue to rise as fuel price liberalisation increases criminal incentives

    Key Points The liberalisation of fuel prices is likely to spur the activity further as demand for cheaper alternatives to legal fuel increases. The worst affected areas include Guanajuato, Puebla, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz states; the activity is also spreading with notable increases in Mexico

  • USN commissions first Ford-class aircraft carrier

    Key Points The commission officially places new US aircraft carrier into active service Next steps will see first at-sea testing of EMALS and AAG technology and possible elimination of full ship shock trials The US Navy (USN) and President Donald Trump commissioned the first-of-class future

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • Indian Army critically short of ammunition, says CAG

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) ammunition stocks are barely enough to enable the service to fight a 10-day war, the country’s Comptroller and Auditors General (CAG) said in a report tabled in the Indian parliament on 21 July. The CAG revealed that 121 of 152 types of ammunition –

  • US Army opens collaborative cyber research space

    Key Points The ACAL will give scientists access to highly sensitive live cyber security data A core focus will be rapidly developing cyber defence solutions The US Army’s research laboratory has opened a collaborative research space to bring together academia, industry, and the military

  • USN hopes new research framework will accelerate future force capabilities

    Key Points New strategic direction refocuses naval science, research, and development Framework pinpoints cultural mindsets that have hindered USN acquisition at the speed of technological innovation The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a new framework for science and technology

  • USN introduces S&T framework to field decisive capabilities

    Key Points CNR introduces new strategic direction for naval research and innovation Framework pinpoints outdated cultural mindsets and current acquisition challenges The US Office of Naval Research released a new framework for science and technology (S&T) development on 20 July 2017 that is

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