• Chilean military troubled by personnel shortages

    The Chilean armed forces are suffering from a growing shortage of personnel due to low retention levels, with the army currently facing a gap of 8,000 people while the navy and air force have smaller but no less complicating deficits in their ranks, a senior military source in Santiago has told

  • China’s AI ‘entanglement’ with Australia and US

    Beijing’s focus on developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support advances in both military and commercial domains is leading to increasingly strong ‘entanglement’ between Chinese agencies and counterparts in Australia and the United States, a new paper has said.

  • Risks rise in UK defence procurement programmes

    Key Points The UK’s project management watchdog has ‘red-flagged’ five defence procurement projects The number of projects with successful delivery ‘in doubt’ has risen from seven to 13 since 2017 Five major UK defence procurement projects are now considered

  • Saudi armour moves into northern Yemen

    A Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) armoured formation appears to have advanced into the northern Yemeni province of Sadah, entering the mountainous stronghold of the Iranian-backed rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) for the first time in more than three years of fighting. Sky News Arabic broadcast

  • Absence of PLAN will not dent RIMPAC, say US Navy leaders

    The absence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise will not adversely affect the success of the multi-national training manoeuvres, senior US Navy (USN) officials have asserted. Addressing media at the start of the 26th iteration of the

  • MEPs approve EU defence capability pilot budget, but long-term funding uncertain

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 3 July voted 478 to 179 in favour of an EU draft regulation to set aside EUR500 million (USD582 million) in funding for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), the so-called capability window of the EU’s wider European Defence

  • China planning for Arctic operations

    A research report published in the Chinese Journal of Ship Research suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is considering future submarine operations in the Arctic. The study, which was undertaken at Harbin Engineering University, considers techniques to model

  • EDA countries preparing to prove their commitments to PESCO

    Starting in autumn 2018, the European Defence Agency (EDA) will begin defining its so-called strategic context cases, or technology-oriented scenarios, to guide the collaborative defence capability projects that EU countries should pursue in the future. Pegged to Europe’s defence needs in

  • Joint Expeditionary Force reaches full operational capability

    The UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) has reached full operational capability with the signature of a comprehensive memorandum of understanding (CMOU) by the defence ministers of the nine nations that make troops available to it. Signed on 28 July, the memorandum lays out decision-making

  • Netherlands, US sign defence agreement

    The US ambassador to the Netherlands has signed a defence agreement with his Dutch counterpart in Washington, DC, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in The Hague has announced. The ministry reported on 2 July that US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra and Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer signed an agreement to

  • US Air Force ends flying portion of Light Attack Experiment early

    Key Points The USAF cancelled the rest of its LAE after a fatal crash This will further exacerbate a poor availability rate for close air support aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) ended the flying portion of its Light Attack Experiment (LAE) early following a fatal crash that took place on 22

  • AMISOM drawdown put on hold

    The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000

  • Qatar signs for Hawk jet trainers

    Qatar has added nine BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft to its previously disclosed procurement of Eurofighter Typhoons. The company announced on 29 June that the emirate has amended the contract it signed in late 2017 for 24 Typhoons to include nine Hawks (previously, it had stated its

  • Kenya to get three C-27Js

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) will take delivery of three C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, a Leonardo executive has confirmed to Jane’s . Citing a Kenyan National Treasury report to parliament, local media reported the procurement in late June, but said only one C-27J had been ordered for KES20

  • Russia signs contract for first 12 Su-57 multirole fighters

    On 30 June, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko signed the contract for the supply of the first 12 Su-57 PAK FA jet fighters, Russian media reported. The fifth generation multirole fighters developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau will be built at the Yuri Gagarin Aircraft Plant

  • US accuses Chinese national of ‘illegally exporting’ ASW items

    A Chinese national was arrested on 21 June and charged with conspiring with employees of entities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to illegally export US-made anti-submarine warfare (ASW) devices to China, according to a statement by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

  • Afghan forces resume operations after weeks-long ceasefire

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced on 30 June the end of his government’s 18 day-long unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, ordering the military to resume offensive operations against the militant group. “Multiple Afghan National Army Corps and Afghan Special Forces began

  • Argentina without any operational SSKs, minister admits

    The Argentine Navy’s submarine force is without any fully operational boats for the first time since its creation 85 years ago, with one of its two main diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) lost late in 2017 and its sister ship undergoing an extended refit. Addressing questions posed by the

  • Australia approves construction of new facilities in Northern Territory

    Australia’s parliament has approved a AUD495 million (USD364 million) investment into two projects for new facilities at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in the country’s Northern Territory, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced on 30 June. The first project, which consists in an

  • Australian Signals Directorate becomes statutory agency

    The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) became a statutory agency within Australia’s defence establishment on 1 July, Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced, adding that the move will strengthen the intelligence agency’s ability to protect the country. “Foreign signals

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