• Esper's vision for US Army of 2028 emphasises role of unmanned platforms

    Key Points The US Army is preparing for a high-end fight in accordance with the Defense Department strategy The army secretary plans to grow the force and employ new technologies such as robotics The US Army's vision of the future force, with a target date of 2028, leverages the development of

  • US GAO recommends Congress restrict F-35 Block 4 funding

    Key Points GAO recommends Congress restrict funding for F-35 Block 4 modernisation The office said the Pentagon has not provided a sound business case for this part of the programme The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends lawmakers restrict funding for Lockheed Martin F-35

  • US SASC bill backs air force advanced battle management plan

    Key Points SASC backs the USAF’s plan to cancel JSTARS recap and pursue advanced battle management The House wants JSTARS recapitalisation to continue US Senate authorisers support the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target

  • India to further S-400 acquisition talks with Russia despite US sanctions

    New Delhi has declared its intention to disregard recent US sanctions against Moscow and further the acquisition of five Russian S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “I'd like to make it clear that in all our engagements with the

  • US, Turkey reach agreement on Manbij

    The US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) group has confirmed it will withdraw its personnel from Manbij under a bilateral agreement between Turkey and the United States. It said in a 5 June statement that only personnel it still has in the northern Syrian city were advisors

  • Japan signs for third Advanced Hawkeye

    Japan has signed for the third of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft it is expected to procure, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 5 June. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) was awarded USD153.2 million to deliver

  • RIMPAC 2018: Malaysia, Philippine navies set-off on group sail towards Hawaii

    Key Points The Malaysian and Philippine navies are making inaugural vessel deployments to ‘RIMPAC’ Exercise provides an opportunity for both services to hone various naval capabilities in a multilateral setting A delegation of warships from Malaysia and the Philippines have begun a

  • Spain names new defence minister

    A former secretary of state for defence, Constantino Méndez, has been named defence minister by Spain’s new socialist (PSOE) prime minister, Pedro Sánchez. Mendez’s first term at the ministry was in the last PSOE government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, when he

  • Malaysia to establish committee that will probe into 2002 submarine contract

    Key Points Malaysia will investigate allegations of corruption in the deal to procure its Perdana Menteri-class submarines Probe will be part of a wider effort by the new government to investigate other alleged irregularities at the defence ministry The newly installed Malaysian government will

  • Estonian think-tank proposes Baltic air defence improvements

    The International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn has presented a study to the Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD), which commissioned it, that identifies air defence as the biggest military capability gap in the Baltic region. In C4ISR, the study found gaps in low-level radar coverage,

  • US Marines aim to provide greater surge capacity for high-end fight

    Key Points The US Marines are shifting their focus toward the high-end fight Ultimately leaders intend to provide a surge force that can be deployed for high-end contingencies The US Marine Corps is pursuing “dynamic force employment” to better address both static and surge

  • USMC looks to expand operational concepts with future navy fleet

    As the US Navy (USN) deploys different types of vessels and prepares for a bigger fleet, the US Marine Corps is eyeing different operational concepts for existing and future ship types. The USN’s proposed 355-ship fleet should provide the 38 amphibious ships the USMC has said it needs instead

  • Serbia demines airfield

    The Serbian Army has begun demining Dubinje-Sjenica airfield, which was damaged during NATO’s 1999 Kosovo air campaign. Visiting the airfield on 1 June, Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said, “Sjenica airport is of strategic importance in this area and it is very important that

  • Task Group Taji-6 completes training rotation in Iraq

    The joint Australia–New Zealand military training force known as Task Group (TG) Taji-6 has completed a six-month deployment to the Taji Military Complex in Iraq during which its members trained more than 5,675 Iraqi security forces, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 4

  • ‘Malabar’ naval war games move to Guam as drills grow in complexity

    Key Points A trilateral naval drill involving India, Japan, and the United States will take place in waters off Guam for the first time The location provides opportunity for navies to exercise with longer-range weapons, sensors, and operating concepts In what is likely to be further indication of

  • China, US spar over South China Sea militarisation

    The United States has disinvited China from this year’s ‘Rim of Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise off the coast of Hawaii in response to what the Pentagon called the Asian country’s militarisation of the South China Sea with the establishment of bases on operations on

  • North Korea reshuffles top military officials ahead of summit with US, says report

    Pyongyang is believed to have replaced three of its top military officials ahead of a summit scheduled to take place between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on 12 June in Singapore. No Kwang-chol, first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces,

  • Philippine Army equipped with new mobile command centres

    The Philippine Army (PA) has been equipped with two new mobile command centres (MCCs) based on M939 6×6 cargo trucks designed to provide “situational capability and secure communications to [PA] units in the field”, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on 29 May.

  • Rwanda looking at Russian air defence

    Rwanda is interested in acquiring Russian air defence systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Kigali on 3 June. “The Rwandan security forces, army, and law-enforcement agencies operate our helicopters. There are also Ural vehicles used by the army and the

  • German and Dutch army chiefs discuss co-operation

    German Army chief Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer met his Royal Netherlands Army counterpart, Lieutenant General Leo Beulen in Harde, the Netherlands, on 29–30 May to discuss possibilities for co-operation with the Dutch Land Operations Support Command. The 5,000-strong command is the

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