• Brazil launch opportunity at Alcantara intrigues US companies

    Key Points Brazil is courting US companies to launch from its Alcantara launch site in northeast Brazil The equatorial location is enticing, but regulatory and logistical hurdles are large Brazil’s welcoming climate for small satellites and a prime equatorial launch location is intriguing

  • Argentina reinforcing radar coverage with three systems

    The Argentine Air Force chief of staff, Brigadier General Enrique Víctor Amrein, on 29 December signed a contract with local company INVAP’s assistant manager, Marcelo Basigalup, to modernise a radar, update another with new software, and purchase a new system. An AN/TPS-43 radar will be

  • Polish special forces to come under unified command

    Polish special operations forces (SOF) have been operating under a single command since 1 January 2018 following the signing of a document by Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz on 13 November that reformed the chain of command of Polish SOF. The document unified the command structure, which

  • Jordan aims for greater close air support autonomy

    Key Points A Canadian-led team has trained the first cohort of Jordanian joint terminal attack controllers The Jordan Armed Forces is setting up its own training capabilities The air-land integration capabilities of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) have received a boost from a Canadian-led

  • SNA 2018: Aegis director cites importance of BMD training

    The US Navy (USN) continues to face questions about its ability to deploy a surface fleet that can provide adequate ballistic missile defence (BMD). James Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis, the combat system on those ships, said Aegis BMD success is mostly a matter of adequate training.

  • US Air Force, Orbital ATK sign CRADA for next-generation launcher

    The US Air Force (USAF) and Orbital ATK have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) as part of the company’s effort to certify its next-generation launch vehicle for national security space missions, according to a service statement. This co-operative agreement,

  • DoD IG: Effort to train Afghan Air Force lacks metrics, maintenance instruction

    The United States and coalition efforts to establish and train an Afghan Air Force (AAF) lack means for tracking the service’s progress and are outsourcing the sort of logistics and maintenance tasks required for running an air force, according to the US Department of Defense Inspector General

  • Putin details top priorities for Russian armed forces

    Key Points Implementing the GVP and enhancing strategic mobility are key priorities for the Russian military, the Russian president has said Putin wants Russia to be “the absolute leader in building a new-generation army” Russian President Vladimir Putin set several priorities for the

  • Ugandan, Congolese militaries conduct joint operation against ADF militants

    The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) is conducting a series of cross-border artillery and airstrikes against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militant group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) North Kivu province as part of a joint operation with the Armed

  • India’s MoD issues RFP to domestic companies for air defence systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to seven Indian companies to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) with a “new generation” close-in weapon system (CIWS) to augment the service’s air defence capabilities. Issued on 26 December under the

  • Shoigu details Russian military expansion in the Arctic

    In a year-end message widely reported in state-controlled media, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu set out Russia’s upcoming military expansion in the Arctic. The minister flagged up that advanced systems would soon be delivered to remote bases. The new Tor-M2DT Arctic version of the

  • China initiates satellite project to enable ‘uninterrupted observations of South China Sea’

    China announced on 14 December the official start of a satellite constellation project in southern Hainan Province designed to enable “full uninterrupted observations of the South China Sea”, according to a report published on the China Military Online website. Referred to as the Hainan

  • US, South Korea to suspend joint military exercises during Winter Olympics

    Joint South Korean-US military exercises will be suspended throughout the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, which begin 9 February and end 18 March, according to officials in Seoul and Washington. “We worked with [the South Koreans] on it and [the exercises] will start

  • USN CNO underscores carrier ops, seamanship skills

    In a message to US Navy (USN) personnel released on 4 January, Admiral John Richardson, the USN chief of naval operations (CNO), reminded sailors and officers of the need to regain a sense of basic seamanship. Adm Richardson particularly noted the importance of aircraft carrier operations in

  • Russian defence minister summarises modernisation progress in 2017

    Key Points Shoigu has summarised Russia 's military modernisation progress over the past year The State Defence Order for 2017 has been accomplished “almost to the full extent”, the minister claimed Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu summarised the Russian armed forces’ progress

  • Czech C295M buy a 'flawed procurement', court told

    Crown witness and Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) pilot Karel Danhel has testified before a Czech court that the selection of the EADS CASA (now Airbus Defence and Space) C295M tactical transport aircraft by the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2009 was a flawed procurement. Danhel testified in

  • Israeli military chief outlines Hizbullah’s Syria commitment

    Some 40% of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hizbullah’s personnel and capabilities have been “directed outside of Lebanon” to fight wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot told a conference on 2 January. Speaking at the

  • Key IFV decisions ahead for Czech MoD

    While the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) surges forward with plans to replace obsolete Russian-designed BMP-1/2 tracked AFVs in service with the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) with a modern Western platform, key decisions have yet to be made concerning the type of turret and gun calibre to be

  • Philippine Navy to receive first ASW helicopter, Spike ER missiles in 2018

    Key Points The Philippine Navy will soon be equipped with the Spike ER anti-ship missile system, and its first ASW helicopter Deliveries will significantly bolster the service’s anti-submarine and anti-surface capabilities The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive the first of two AW159

  • Serbian air force finally accepts Lasta 95s into service

    Following six years of testing, the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence force finally accepted into service the Utva Lasta 95 basic trainer in late December 2017. Thirty-seven Lasta 95s were produced in the Utva factory in Pancevo. The first prototype flew in February 2009, after which 20 Lasta 95Ns

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