• Western allies target Syrian assets

    Key Points The US, UK, and France launched 105 missiles at three sites on 14 April to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to develop and employ chemical weapons Prior to the attack, Syrian and probable Iranian assets relocated to Russian-controlled areas for protection The United States,

  • US Army wants unmanned, autonomous requirement in all future helicopters, ground vehicles

    Key Points The US Army’s chief of staff wants future rotary-wing aircraft to have some sort of autonomy This is likely the first time the army has publicly defined such a requirement The US Army wants every future rotary-wing aircraft and ground vehicle it buys to be capable of some sort of

  • Nigerian and Nigerien air forces carry out joint op

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 10 April that it had carried out a series of airstrikes with Alpha Jet and F-7NI fighters in co-ordination with the Nigerien Air Force, which provided intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support, two days earlier. The NAF said the attack

  • Former special forces officer heads changes in Australian military leadership

    Changes in the senior leadership of Australia’s military have seen a former special forces officer, who later commanded a contentious border security operation, named chief of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Lieutenant General Angus Campbell will take over his new role from Air Chief

  • Montenegro receives first Bell 412

    The first of three Bell 412 twin-engine utility helicopters procured for the Armed Forces of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore, VCG) was delivered to Golubovci air base, near Podgorica, on 13 April. The Bell 412EP was transported from the United States to the Czech Republic for final assembly and

  • Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire line up Indonesian aircraft

    Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire have signed a framework agreement covering the sale of an unspecified number of CN235 and NC212 aircraft, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) confirmed on 15 April, when it posted an Indonesian media report about the deal on its website. The report said the agreement

  • Naval missile barrage anchors Syrian attack

    US, British, and French forces bombarded Syrian sites connected to the country’s chemical weapons programme in a predawn attack on 14 April, with most of the missiles coming from naval assets. At least 69 of the 105 weapons launched on three Syrian sites came from naval forces, according to

  • RAF deploys Sentinel to Cyprus

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft has been despatched to Cyprus as part of a build-up of coalition assets in advance of a potential strike against Syria. Open-source tracking picked up the ADS-B transponder of the RAF aircraft, serial number JZ690, as it took off

  • EDA swarmed sensor project points to larger technology nuts to crack

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) and national defence technology experts are mulling how to build on the results of a recently completed EDA research project that involved swarmed but heterogeneous sensor platforms. Two of the central problems now awaiting solution are how to generate sufficient

  • NATO and others struggle with cyber attribution and legal and military responses

    NATO and other international organisations are grappling to frame a response, military or legal, to cyber attacks that fall short of war but pose potentially deadly threats to society. “The allies now find themselves in a sort of ‘Article Four-and-a-half’ situation today, caught

  • Russian MoD corroborates improved performance of Syrian air defences

    Key Points Russia has said the Syrians shot down five of eight missiles launched by Israeli jets on 9 April The Israelis nevertheless still hit a hangar at T4 airbase The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that Syrian air defences were able to shoot down Israeli stand-off missiles on 9

  • UK Royal Air Force hit by pilot training bottleneck

    Nearly 170 UK Royal Air Force (RAF) student pilots are waiting to complete their flight training because of blockages in the service’s training organisations preventing them from moving to the next stage in their flying courses. The issue appears to have dramatically escalated since June 2016

  • Czech MoD to issue new helicopter tender

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 9 April that it plans to release a CZK15 billion (USD733 million) tender for the procurement of 12 medium multirole helicopters in mid-2018. Defence Minister Karla Slechtova told media on 9 April that the MoD will complete the necessary

  • US Navy ramps up surveillance off the Syrian coast

    Key Points P-8A MPAs have ramped up the USN's surveillance of Russian and Syrian deployments in Syria The operations come amid expectations that Trump will launch missile strikes to punish the Syrian regime for an apparent chemical weapon attack on Douma: the last rebel-held town in Syria's

  • AFP activates unified special operations command

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have unified the special operations units of its major services under one command as a result of lessons learned in the Zamboanga City attack in 2013 and the siege of Marawi in 2017, AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero was quoted by the

  • Bulgaria cancels flight training procurement

    On 4 April, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced the cancellation of the tender for the acquisition of four twin-seat piston-engine light training aircraft for ab initio and basic training of Bulgarian Air Force pilots. The BGN2.53 million (USD1.6 million) tender included visual flight rules

  • Defexpo 2018: India's ATAGS to undergo trials with IA

    India’s Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) will undergo user-assisted technical trials with the Indian Army later this year, Jane’s has learned at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition. The ATAGS, which was jointly developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development

  • Indonesia reorganises surface combatants, prepares for establishment of third fleet

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is reorganising its surface assets to prepare for the establishment of a third fleet The service will undergo a significant reshuffling of surface combatants and change in commands over the next few months The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Japan enhances amphibious interoperability with USN, USMC elements

    Key Points A Japanese Oosumi-class ship landing tank has conducted its first-ever operations with a US Wasp-class amphibious assault ship The operations, which included aircraft cross-deck landing exercises, are meant to boost amphibious interoperability between the two services A Japan Maritime

  • Likely imminent US airstrikes on Syria moderately increase risk to commercial aviation on ground and in flight

    Key Points US-led airstrikes on targets associated with the Syrian government’s chemical weapons capabilities are likely within the next few days. The need to avoid Russian casualties, or a direct military engagement between Russian and US forces, will likely limit target selection and the

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