• US commanders worry about China’s expansion in South Asia, Africa

    US military commanders are concerned about China’s growing economic and military footholds in Africa and Asia, specifically with a new base and possible new ports. “China seeks to capitalise on regional concerns over what it perceives as waning US influence and support,” said US

  • India, France expand strategic ties

    New Delhi and Paris have signed a series of agreements during French President Emmanuel Macron’s 10-14 March visit to India designed to augment the strategic and defence ties between the two countries. Signed on 10 March the deals include a logistics support agreement aimed at providing

  • US Navy awards General Dynamic USD696.2 million in attack sub work

    US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded USD696.2 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification on 12 March for additional long-lead time material associated with the fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) 802 and 803, and 804 and 805

  • Angola announces C295 maritime patrol aircraft order

    Angola will buy three Airbus C295 maritime patrol aircraft to enable its navy to monitor its exclusive economic zone, the state press agency reported on 9 March. It said President João Lourenço signed a presidential order on 2 March, authorising the Angolan Ministry of Defence’s

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar’s new naval base still on track

    The Qatari Emiri Naval Forces’ (QENF’s) new base will be fully operational in early 2022, despite the blockade imposed on the country by other Gulf states, a senior Qatari naval source told Jane’s during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX)

  • Georgia and Ukraine still knocking on NATO’s door

    Georgia and Ukraine are continuing their efforts to become NATO and EU members, senior officials from the two former Soviet republics have said. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States’ Brussels Forum conference on 10 March, “We

  • UN peacekeeping force for Ukraine discussed with Russia

    A proposed UN peacekeeping force for Ukraine was last discussed with Russia in January and the ball is now in Moscow’s court, the US special representative for Ukraine has said. Kurt Volker told the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States’ Brussels Forum conference on 10 March

  • US ambassador to NATO calls for transparent and open PESCO

    The US ambassador to NATO has called for transparency and openness in the EU’s Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO). Expressing concerns that “the Europeans would have an advantage in any kind of a bid for products or equipment”, Kay Bailey Hutchison told the German Marshall

  • Saudi Arabia signs MOI for 48 more Typhoons

    Saudi Arabia has firmed-up its long-awaited procurement of an additional 48 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, with a memorandum of intent (MOI) being signed on 9 March. The MOI for the BAE Systems-built aircraft was announced by the company in a notification to the London Stock Exchange. It is

  • USN, USMC accelerating directed-energy programmes

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are developing their directed-energy (DE) programmes at a much faster clip, service officials told Congressional members during recent testimony on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. “We’ve been accelerating this as fast as we can and

  • Japan mulls over requests for defence equipment from Southeast Asia

    Key Points Japan is studying several requests from Southeast Asian governments for donations of defence equipment However, Japanese operational requirements will take precedence over assistance to foreign governments, a top military official has told Jane’s The Japanese Maritime Self

  • New CGS for Czech army confirmed

    On 8 March, the Czech government confirmed a nomination submitted by the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) to appoint Lieutenant General Ales Opata as the new Chief of General Staff (CGS) of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) in May. Defence Minister Karla Slechtova nominated Lt Gen Opata on 1

  • Turkey confident of Afrin victory, despite Kurdish reinforcements

    Key Points Operation ‘Olive Branch’ should be completed by May, the Turkish foreign minister has said. It is unclear if the Syrian government is allowing Kurdish reinforcements into Afrin. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu announced on 8 March that the

  • NATO aims to create new Atlantic Command, new European logistics command

    NATO ministers are considering adding two new entities to improve logistics and support capabilities, in addition to a new cyber-operations centre, as part of a wider reform of NATO’s command structure, according to Czech General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Alliance

  • New USCG commandant nominated

    US President Donald Trump nominated US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Karl Schultz on 8 March to be the next commandant of the service, taking over from Admiral Paul Zukunft, who has had the position for four years and is slated to retire after the change of command scheduled for 1 June, Kirstjen Nielsen,

  • USN, USMC gear up for confrontations with Russia, China

    Russian forces and Chinese intentions underscore the Pentagon shift back to those peer competitors and budget boosts for a bigger US naval force, US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) officials told members of Congress. “A major component of resurgent Russian has been in the

  • UK submarine arrives in the Arctic for joint exercise with USN

    A UK Royal Navy (RN) nuclear-powered attack submarine is heading under the Arctic ice pack for the first time in more than a decade as part of a joint exercise with two US Navy (USN) submarines. ‘Ice Exercise 2018’ ('ICEX'), which started on 7 March, aims to test operational readiness

  • PAF launches new JF-17 squadron

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has inaugurated a new squadron equipped with the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft, according to a 28 February report by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Named No 28 Multirole Squadron and stationed at PAF Base Samungli

  • Indonesia inaugurates explosives plant

    State-owned Indonesian company PT Dahana – a specialist in military explosives – inaugurated a new production facility in Subang, West Java, on 7 March. In a statement, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the new plant would help reduce the Indonesian Armed Forces’

  • USN to conduct new force structure assessment

    With a bigger fleet, an updated long-term shipbuilding plan, and revamped US and defence security plans under its keel, the US Navy (USN) is looking to carry out a new force structure assessment (FSA) that will more specifically spell out the types and numbers needed to fulfil the fleet’s

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