• Split in Wilayat Khorasan would reduce threat in Pakistan, but northern Afghanistan likely to be increasingly targeted

    Key Points The leadership of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Khorasan faction is contested between Aslam Farooqi – a former Pakistani Taliban commander who favours rapprochement with Pakistan and the Taliban – and Moawiya Uzbekistan, an ideological supporter of core Islamic State.

  • US, South Korea kick off joint ‘Vigilant Ace 18’ aerial exercise

    Units from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States commenced on 4 December the five-day ‘Vigilant Ace 18’ aerial exercise amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang’s testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The air combat exercise, which

  • Collapse of Houthi-Saleh alliance in Yemen gives Saudi coalition opportunity to defeat Houthis and an exit strategy

    Key Points The announcement came after five days of intense fighting in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, between Houthi fighters and soldiers from the Republican Guard loyal to Saleh, in which at least 250 fatalities have been reported. The collapse of the alliance will create a common front against

  • Common by design: Norway and Germany partner to evolve next-generation Type 212CD submarine

    The Norwegian government’s desire to reap the benefits of a common submarine design has provided the catalyst to a long-term strategic partnership with Germany. Richard Scott reports On 2 February this year the Norwegian government decided to pursue a strategic co-operation with Germany

  • France receives first MMP missile systems

    The French Army received its first Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) lightweight medium-range multi-purpose/anti-tank missile systems on 15-23 November, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, announced on 30 November. Fifty missiles and 20

  • PLAAF seeks to regularise combat aircraft deployments to South China Sea

    Recently broadcast video footage showing Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11B fighters on Chinese-controlled Woody Island suggests that Beijing is seeking to regularise deployments of combat aircraft to the contested Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. While such combat aircraft have been

  • USAF selects Tyndall AFB to home new Reaper wing

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to locate a new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, the service announced in late November. The new wing will comprise 24 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

  • Estonia to incorporate offensive capabilities into its future cyber command

    Estonia’s military is preparing to launch its own cyber command with a remit including cyber offensive response to an adversary’s offensive attacks, said Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources. Its new command will mirror those in a handful of other NATO countries, and reflects a growing

  • Russia negotiating access to Egyptian airbases

    The Russian government released a document on 30 November showing that it is reached a preliminary agreement with Egypt to use its “airspace and aerodrome infrastructure”. Signed by Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev, the document authorised the Russian Ministry of Defence, in

  • Congress likely to revisit USAF Space Corps proposal next year

    Congressional defence committees expect to do more work towards possibly implementing a new Space Corps within the US Air Force (USAF), as lawmakers remain unsatisfied with current structures for managing a growing mission in space. “I think we will revisit the Space Corps,” Adam Smith,

  • Czech army to expand UAV capabilities by 2020

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has unveiled plans to dramatically bolster its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities to include unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) to be procured in 2021. “The ACR will procure an as yet unknown UCAV platform in 2021 as part of the strategy to

  • India signs naval pact with Singapore

    India and Singapore signed a bilateral pact in New Delhi on 29 November that provides their respective navies access to each other’s bases. The ‘India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation’ is designed to increase temporary deployments from both navies and enhance

  • Romania signs agreement to buy Patriot from US

    Romania has signed a letter of offer and acceptance to buy Raytheon’s Patriot air defence system from the United States, the company announced on 29 November. The agreement paves the way for Romania’s Patriot force to rapidly reach its initial operational capability and for contract

  • US State Department approves HIMARS sale to Poland

    The US State Department has approved the sale of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Poland under the Foreign Military Sales programme, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 28 November. The sale, including related support and equipment, is worth USD250 million.

  • Belgium to deploy NH90 helicopters to Mali

    The Belgium cabinet has approved the deployment of two Belgium Air Force NH90 helicopters to Mali to support the United Nations mission in that country. The Belgium government announced on 23 November that the helicopters would be deployed along with approximately 50 personnel to a “secured

  • Brazil eyes local VSHORAD development

    Brazil’s privately owned Mac Jee, and the Brazilian Army’s Department of Science and Technology are discussing jointly developing a mobile protected very-short-range air-defence (VSHORAD) system, the company told Jane’s . The potential solution includes the under-development

  • US space industry delegation to visit Brazil in December

    Key Points A US space industry delegation is visiting Brazil in December Brazil is courting nations to launch from its soil to help improve its space capabilities A delegation of US space industry officials will visit Brazil in December, Jane’s has learned. A Brazilian delegation of 25

  • German Boxers deploy to UK

    A company of German army mechanised infantry equipped with Boxer armoured personnel carriers has been exercising for the first time with British Army units on Salisbury Plain to test digital communications interoperability with the latest version of the Bowman radio network. Senior British Army

  • North Korea claims test-launch of new ICBM shows all of US is within range

    North Korea said on 29 November that it successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking anywhere in the United States, adding that the development of the weapon system marks the completion of its nuclear-capable missile force. The land-based ICBM, which

  • Polish short-range missile defence system could be ready in two years

    Poland’s new Narew short-range missile defence system could reach its initial operational capability within two years, the country’s defence minister has said. During a 23 November press conference while visiting the 3rd Air Defence Brigade in Sochaczew, where he saw the Surface-to-Air

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