• US House, Senate set to reconcile FY 2018 defence policy legislation

    The US Senate has agreed to begin 'conference' negotiations with members of the House to reconcile their versions of the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill. Senators voted on 17 October to begin the talks and appointed all members of the Armed Services Committee as conferees. The House

  • Trump nominates US AFSPC’s Thompson for A11 position

    Key Points Trump nominates AFSPC’s Thompson for key A11 position He will lead the effort to better integrate space requirements into the air staff US President Donald Trump on 17 October nominated Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Vice Commander Major General David Thompson to serve as the

  • Syrian SAM engages Israeli aircraft over Lebanon

    A Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) system engaged Israeli aircraft in Lebanese airspace on 16 October, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits were

  • ADEX 2017: Leonardo waits on South Korean helicopter requests

    Leonardo is waiting on the South Korean government to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for three key rotary-wing requirements and a contract decision on a fourth as it looks to expand its presence in the country. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence

  • Portugal proposes 2018 defence budget

    The Portuguese government has proposed a defence budget of EUR2.151 billion (USD2.524 billion) for 2018, compared to EUR2.149 billion in 2017. The budget, which was submitted to the national parliament on 13 October, includes EUR270 million for equipment, a 9.3% increase compared to 2017, as well

  • Saudi AWACS to get more upgrades

    Boeing has been awarded a USD240 million contract to provide the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) upgrades, the US Department of Defense announced on 16 October. It said the contract covered mission computing, navigation, and communications upgrades, as

  • India, Russia to conduct first-ever joint tri-service exercise

    The first-ever joint tri-service exercise between the Indian and Russian armed forces is to be conducted between 19-29 October, according to a statement by the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). This year's 'INDRA' exercise, the previous editions of which had been conducted as

  • Kuwait requests Abrams tank hulls

    Kuwait has requested 218 M1A1 Abrams tank hulls rather than use its existing ones as part of its upgrade programme, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 16 October. The DSCA said it had informed Congress that the US State Department had approved a Kuwaiti request covering

  • Senate confirms top Pentagon policy shop official

    The US Senate on 17 confirmed David Trachtenberg in a 79-17 vote to become the next deputy undersecretary of defence for policy. Trachtenberg most recently headed Shortwaver Consulting and was a senior advisor at Renaissance Strategic Advisors. From 2001-03 he was principal deputy assistant

  • Argentine Army to receive 20 JetRanger helicopters

    The Argentine Army expects by December or January to receive 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 JetRanger helicopters purchased from the Italian government. The delivery would follow lengthy negotiations and delays after an initial proposal in 2009. The helicopters belonged to Italy’s Carabinieri and

  • EU moves to extend mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Meeting in Brussels on 16 October, national foreign ministers agreed to extend Operation ‘Althea’: the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The extension awaits a renewed mandate from the UN. Declaring their “unequivocal commitment” to BiH as a single

  • New UN mission replaces MINUSTAH in Haiti

    The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) began on 16 October, replacing the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) that concluded the day before. Unlike its predecessor, MINUJUSTH does not have a military component and is comprised of up to seven formed police units (FPUs): 980

  • Arms and Security 2017: Temp 3000 fireproof overalls save lives in Donbass

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the company Temp 3000 revealed that its new fireproof overalls have entered service with the Ukrainian armed forces and are well received. Povkh Yuri from Temp 3000 explained that prior to the 2014 conflict with Russia in the Donbass region of

  • DGA supports speedy acquisition of UAVs for urban operations

    The Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) Lab, the French procurement agency's innovation laboratory, is supporting the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS), France's special operations command, acquire mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for fighting terrorists

  • Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 561 times in first half of FY 2017

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 561 times in the first half of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: a decrease of 5.6% compared with last year’s record-setting figure. The

  • Australia conducts inaugural trilateral security patrol with Indonesian maritime agencies

    Key Points The Australian Border Force has taken part in a co-ordinated patrol involving two Indonesian maritime agencies for the first time Improving collaboration between the two countries will enhance maritime security in Timor Sea In a sign of increasing interoperability and collaboration

  • Caspian Flotilla to relocate headquarters

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has announced that it will be closing the headquarters of the Caspian Flotilla in Astrakhan and moving to a new location in Dagestan. The new location has yet to be officially disclosed, but Jane’s understands that it will more than likely be the town of

  • Sources: Venezuela restarts effort to buy Russian submarines

    Venezuela has begun negotiating with Russia towards a potential order of two to four Project 636.3 Improved 'Kilo'-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) following Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow earlier this month, military

  • South Korean military eyes new operational plan against North Korea, says report

    The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jeong Kyeong-doo has said that his country’s military is considering a new operational plan to counter “advanced” threats from North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported. "We are envisioning a new operational

  • US Marines end six-month training rotation in Australia’s Northern Territory

    A battalion of US Marines has ended a six month-long training rotation through Northern Australia that took place under the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI) in the country. The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) began its departure from Darwin on 15 October, according to a

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