• Coalition investigation concludes IS lured airstrike against civilians

    The US-led coalition fighting confirmed on 25 May that over 100 civilians were killed when it bombed a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul on 17 March, but blamed the Islamic State fighters who had rigged it with explosives and were using it as a sniper position. Brigadier General Matthew Isler,

  • NATO summit: Invoking the fight against terrorism, Trump demands more money from allies

    Invoking the bomb attack in Manchester and the implacable need to fight terrorism, US president Donald Trump upbraided most of NATO's European nations for "not paying what they should be paying" as they all headed into their first meeting with the US leader on 25 May. "The attack on

  • Algeria confirms PLZ45 acquisition

    The Algerian military confirmed on 22 May that it has taken delivery of Chinese-made 155 mm PLZ45 self-propelled howitzers when it released imagery showing them being used during an exercise. A photograph and video of six PLZ45s firing were released during a visit by chief-of staff Lieutenant

  • Helibras delivers two H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces

    Brazilian defence company Helibras has delivered two H225M Caracal medium-lift helicopters for the Brazilian Army and Air Force, according to a 24 May press release. One of the helicopters will be utilised by the army's 1st air battalion (1st Batalhão de Aviação do Exército: 1st

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA to procure, upgrade THAAD to address global threats

    Key Points MDA request will fund procurement of 34 THAAD interceptors in FY 2018 MDA is also seeking funding to keep SBX on-station up to 330 days Concerns with North Korea's ongoing efforts to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States and the potential for Iran

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force proposes 78% cut to Space Fence

    Key Points The US Air Force requested USD36 million for Space Fence in FY 2018 Officials say this is because the programme is getting closer to IOC The US Air Force (USAF) is proposing a 78% cut in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to its Space Fence space situational awareness platform, which a key

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USN's Tomahawk request replenishes inventory

    Key Points The navy seeks 61 missiles to replace those used against Syria in April 2017 The FY 2018 request will begin funding the Tomahawk recertification effort The US Navy USN) is requesting USD234.46 million for procurement of 100 Block IV Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles. The request

  • Singapore Army showcases Next Generation ARV prototype

    The Singapore Army has taken the opportunity at its Army Open House 2017 event being held from 27 to 28 May to unveil a prototype tracked armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) that is presently known as the Next Generation ARV (NGARV). The NGARV is destined to be the next addition to its Next Generation

  • Singapore debuts F-15SG fighters in naval exercise with India

    Key Points Singapore has introduced F-15SG aircraft into an annual naval exercise with the Indian Navy Besides enhancing anti-air warfare scenarios, the introduction will further boost military interoperability between the two countries In a bid to increase the complexity of an annual bilateral

  • US Air Force could substantially increase B-21 buy

    Key Points The US Air Force could increase its B-21 buy from between 80 and 100 to as many as 145 aircraft This could increase the cost of the total buy between roughly USD23 billion and USD33 billion in 2010 dollars The US Air Force (USAF) could boost its recommended B-21 Raider Long-Range

  • US Army, Lockheed Martin complete longest range TACMS test to date

    Key Points The 240-km shot was the longest achieved by TACMS at WSMR For the sixth test, the HIMARS cab was manned by test operators The US Army and Lockheed Martin announced on 25 May they had completed the sixth and longest test flight to date of the Tactical Missile System (TACMS) munition.

  • US strike fails to stem CW use in Syria

    Key Points With an increasingly co-ordinated use of chlorine, the Syrian government remains the primary actor accused of using chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. The use of sarin on Khan Sheikoun on 4 April 2017 is only one of the reported uses of the agent since Syria's accession to the Chemical

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army boosts WIN-T Inc 2 procurement

    Key Points The US Army realigns Inc 1 funding to TNT-MIS US Army request for WIN-T Inc 2 increases funding by 44% The US Army is requesting USD479.48 million in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget for procurement of 877 Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Inc 2)

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army seeks an anti-armour, maritime ATACMS missile

    US Army's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request outlines USD10 million in renewed funding for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block II missile development programme to add moving ground and maritime targets for the munition. The budget request, released on 23 May, asks Congress to

  • USAF increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up air power in Afghanistan in April, releasing more ordnance than in any other month since August 2012, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The figures show that USAF aircraft released a total of 460 weapons in April as

  • Exercise 'Formidable Shield' to test SMART-L's BMD capabilities

    International maritime exercise 'Formidable Shield', to be held in the Hebrides this October, will be used to test NATO's theatre ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities. During the exercise the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) air defence and command frigate (LCF) HNLMS De Ruyter , fitted with a

  • USN destroyer sails near Chinese-controlled Mischief Reef in South China Sea

    The US Navy (USN) carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed waters of the South China Sea (SCS) on 24 May, US media have reported: the first such challenge to Beijing's claims to the resource-rich area by the administration of President Donald Trump. USS Dewey (DDG 105), an

  • USN will not fund icebreaker capability

    Key Points USN does not intend to programme for the USCG future heavier icebreaker USN will support icebreaker construction through leadership on the integrated programme office team The US Navy (USN) will not fund the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) need to have a heavy icebreaker delivered by 2023,

  • Yemeni rebels claim heavy Sudanese losses

    Yemen's rebels have claimed that they had inflicted heavy casualties on a Sudanese force fighting on Saudi Arabia's behalf in northern Yemen. Sudan has been a member of the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of its military intervention in Yemen in March 2015. While Sudanese troops have been

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA budget reflects need to counter advanced threats

    Key Points MDA will complete acquisition and deployment of all 44 GBIs by end of 2017 The agency is seeking funds to begin efforts to counter hypersonic weapon threats The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is seeking USD7.9 billion in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request, which includes

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