• DSACEUR announces strengthening of NATO’s Baltic regional air and naval forces

    NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General James Everard on 20 September announced the next steps in strengthening NATO Baltic and Poland-based battlegroups with air and naval forces. The announcement came during a two-day visit to Estonia and meetings with the commander of

  • First Egyptian Gowind corvette handed over

    French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) handed over the first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes to Egypt in Lorient on 22 September. “Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS El-Fateh will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Macedonia and Bulgaria intensify military co-operation

    Macedonia and Bulgaria will intensify defence co-operation under the friendship treaty the two countries signed on 1 August, Macedonian Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska and her Bulgarian counterpart, Krasimir Karakachanov, agreed in Skopje on 18 September. Under the intensified co-operation,

  • AFA 2017: ATAC buys French F1s for massive USAF Adversary Air training competition

    Key Points ATAC buys French F1 aircraft in preparation for US Air Force Adversary Air competition The USAF could spend billions of dollars acquiring this capability Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has bought 61 French Dassault F1 multirole fighter aircraft to offer for a

  • Brazilian Army updates its 'strategic plan'

    The Brazilian Army has released a new review of its Army Strategic Plan 2016-19. The update was driven by Brazil’s economic retraction and made several changes to the previous plan that was approved in December 2015. Updates include establishing a new doctrine to be implemented through the

  • UK deploys info manoeuvre teams on first exercise

    An integrated British Army information manoeuvre team has deployed on its first major exercise to support troops training in Canada in future warfare concepts. The team, which brings together cyber, electronic warfare, media, civil affairs, intelligence and military communications specialists, is a

  • UK to gain sovereign upgrade capability with Protector

    A sovereign upgrade capability for the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) new Protector unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a vital part of the project to renew the service's fleet of unmanned systems. Speaking exclusively to Jane’s , Dave Alexander, president of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

  • Argentine Air Force buying liaison aircraft

    The Argentine Air Force is finalising a deal to buy eight liaison aircraft, after Ministry of Defence approval, to begin replacing its fleet of ageing locally built Cessna 182 and Piper Seneca aircraft. The replacements are being purchased through the International Civil Aviation Organization and

  • Myanmar Army steps up troop deployment in Rakhine State

    The Myanmar Army has deployed thousands of troops to the country’s western Rakhine state as it steps up counter-insurgency efforts there. Nearly 40 battalions drawn from a range of local and regional commands as well as of the army’s mobile reserve have been moved to the restive region

  • Baltic conflict simulation concludes Poland is wasting valuable time

    Key Points The latest wargaming of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states and Poland has brought out some harsh lessons about the latter's ability to prevail The key issue is the glacial pace of Polish defence procurement From 12-14 September the Baltic Hegemon wargaming exercise had its second

  • Exercise reveals Azerbaijani Army Dana SPH and RM-70 MRL

    Key Points The Azerbaijani Army showed Dana 152 mm SPHs and RM-70 Vampir 122 mm MRLs for the first time Video footage showed Dana SPHs and RM-70 Vampir MRLs travelling to an exercise area The Azerbaijani Army showed Czech-designed Dana 152 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and RM-70 Vampir 122

  • Brazil, South Korea look to naval collaboration

    Brazil and South Korea are looking to expand defence industrial ties on naval programmes, following a meeting between Brazilian and Korean officials on 19 September. A delegation from South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Authority (DAPA), met with officials from the Brazilian Ministry

  • Policy officials and pundits split over Europe’s future defence capability development

    Officials and defence experts in Brussels are split over how the EU’s new initiatives, such as its European Defence Fund (EDF), should support multinational defence capability programmes, and whether the latter should be open to non-EU players. At stake is future EU-NATO military

  • Russian plans to upgrade T-80 and T-90 jeopardise Armata programme

    The Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 7 September announcement that it was revising plans to permanently remove 10,000 armoured vehicles from its inventory and upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) could jeopardise the future of the Armata programme. The announcement

  • Syrian troops cross Euphrates

    Key Points Syrian government forces have established a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Euphrates The SAA is now in a position to secure crucial oil fields and prevent the SDF advancing further down the Euphrates valley Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have staged a river crossing to set up a

  • US-India Business Council seeks clarity on India’s Strategic Partner policy

    Key Points Business organisation looks to engage with Indian MoD on addressing ‘ambiguity’ in new policy Concerns remain about who owns and controls foreign technologies transferred to India The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed the Indian Ministry of Defence’s

  • Vietnam outlines defence industrial ambitions

    The government of Vietnam has outlined a requirement for its defence industrial base to become more competitive in domestic and international defence markets. At a government meeting on 20 September to shape the development of the defence industry over the coming decade, Vietnam’s Prime

  • AFA 2017: US Air Force not pushing for additional RD-180s

    Key Points A key US Air Force officer said the service doesn’t want to buy more Russian rocket engines The service is paying companies to develop next-generation launch systems The US Air Force (USAF) is not pushing Congress for permission to buy additional Russian-developed rocket engines,

  • Bundeswehr sends invitations to tender for G36 assault rifle replacement

    The Bundeswehr has sent invitations to tender for the assault rifle, which will replace the G36. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw)

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