• German MoD reports progress in armaments programmes

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) identifies positive trends equipping the Bundeswehr in its latest report on armaments. The 19 March report said that 34 projects worth at least EUR25 million (USD31 million) each, for a total of about EUR14 billion, were approved by the Bundestag in 2017. For

  • Chilean Air Force receives more Embraer Super Tucanos

    Brazil’s Embraer delivered two new A-29B Super Tucano light strike aircraft to the Chilean Air Force in mid-March, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . These are part of an order for six Super Tucanos, which Embraer first announced in October 2017 without unveiling the

  • India to post attachés to boost co-operation with USN, Pentagon

    The Indian Navy (IN) will imminently station an officer at US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) in Bahrain to augment the strategic and naval co-operation between Washington and New Delhi. Senior IN officials told Jane’ s on 22 March that the long-pending decision to base one of its

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Spending bill provides 20 additional F-35 aircraft

    Key Points The FY 2018 spending bill provides an additional 20 F-35s that the Pentagon requested The legislation is part of a wide-ranging ramp up of US defence spending The US fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) spending bill released late 21 March provides the Pentagon with 20 additional Lockheed Martin

  • Brazilian Army adds new modernisation programmes

    The Brazilian Army has recently approved implementing three new programmes within its existing portfolio of ‘strategic’ modernisation programmes. It will implement the Protected Amazon (PrgEE AmzPtg), Sentinel of the Homeland (PrgEE Sentinela da Pátria), and Engineering System

  • Spanish Air Force reports personnel shortage

    Spain is facing a major shortage of air force personnel, especially pilots, Air Force Chief General Javier Salto has warned. Some 5,000 personnel are needed in the short term to cover current missions and new challenges such as cyber defence and space monitoring, he told a press briefing in Madrid

  • USN sees room for sub-building capacity increase

    If more funding is approved, the US Navy (USN) can likely increase the submarine-building capacity in private shipyards to bolster the subsurface force, James Geurts, assistant secretary of the navy for research, development, and acquisition, has said. Currently, General Dynamics’ Electric

  • Xianglong UAVs spotted on China’s Hainan Island

    China continues to boost its aerial surveillance capabilities on its southern island of Hainan: a strategic location for military operations in the South China Sea. Commercial satellite imagery captured in February 2018 shows that two Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong ('Soaring

  • US denies military base planned for Ghana

    The United States is not planning to establish a military base in Ghana, its embassy in Accra said on 20 March in response to local media reports that the country’s government submitted a basing agreement to parliament for its approval earlier that day. The US embassy said the status of

  • Only peacekeepers and more weapons for Kiev will secure Donbass, say officials

    The stalled Minsk II ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine and attempts to pry away Russia’s illegal control of the territory cannot be effected without a legitimate peacekeeping force in the region and new deliveries of weapons to Kiev to protect its sovereignty, according to Ukrainian

  • South Korea, US to resume joint military exercises

    South Korean and US forces will resume their joint military exercises on 1 April after Washington and Seoul had agreed to suspend them during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang as part of a move to ease tensions with North Korea. US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and South Korean Minister of

  • Canada to send helicopter group to Mali

    The Canadian government announced on 19 March that it would contribute an “aviation task force” to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for 12 months. It said the task force would include CH-147F Chinook helicopters “to provide

  • Latvia takes delivery of first TPS-77 MMR

    The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of the first of three Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems, following the completion of a successful site acceptance test (SAT) in Ventspils on Latvia’s Baltic Sea coast on 1 March. The SAT – which is designed

  • China to step up research on hypersonic technologies

    China is building a wind tunnel for hypersonic tests that would permit development of aerial vehicles capable of travelling at speeds up to Mach 25, according to reports published in state media. The Xinhua News Agency and the Global Times newspaper quote from an interview given on China Central

  • RoKA to create new missile unit, says report

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) is planning to create a new tactical missile unit capable of destroying North Korea's long-range artillery sites, according to a 19 March report by KBS World Radio. The South Korean broadcaster reported that that the service plans to create a new operational

  • US Air Force still struggling with stabilising airborne lasers

    The US Air Force (USAF) continues to struggle with stabilising lasers on its airborne platforms, according to a key service official. Tony Hostutler, technical advisor at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for laser technologies, told reporters on 19 March at the Pentagon that the aero-optics

  • Canada to deploy aviation task force to Mali

    The Canadian government will deploy an aviation task force and support personnel to Mali, Minister for National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced on 19 March. The task force will provide tactical airlift and logistics for the UN Multidimensional

  • Serbia develops defence technology industrial base

    Serbia is continuing to develop its defence industry under the 'Defence Technology Industrial Base of the Republic of Serbia - Vision 2020' project, focusing on its aerospace industry, the head of the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) department for defence technologies has said. During a panel

  • Argentina advances negotiations towards French OPVs

    The Argentine government and French company Naval Group from 12-16 March held a new series of meetings, including one with Argentine Minister of Foreign Relations Jorge Faurie, to advance negotiations towards the sale of four OPV 90 vessels to the Argentine Navy. The original offer was for four new

  • IAF plans to order 201 Tejas LCA Mk 2 fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to induct a total of 18 squadrons or 324 indigenously designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) over the next decade in an effort to boost its rapidly declining combat fleet. Official sources said the IAF is finalising a proposal to order 201 Tejas Mk 2 fighters to

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