• Belgium considers deploying NH90s to Mali

    Belgium is considering contributing its NH90 helicopters to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The Belgian government will decide at the end of 2017 which operations the armed forces will

  • Russia orders VTA Il-76MD-90A transports

    Lieutenant General Vladimir Benediktov, head of Russia’s military transport aviation command (Voyenno-Transportnoy Aviatsii, VTA), announced at the beginning of October that the Russian Air Force would require 150-200 new Il-76MD-90A transports by the end of the 2020s. The announcement was

  • Saudi THAAD sale approved

    Saudi Arabia’s long-expected request for the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was made public on 6 October, when the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department had approved a proposed sale estimated to be worth USD15

  • South Korea secures technology to develop ‘blackout bomb’, says report

    South Korea has secured the technology to build a non-lethal graphite-based ‘blackout bomb’ that could paralyse North Korea’s power systems in case of a war, the Yonhap news quoted military sources as saying on 8 October. “All technologies for the development of a graphite

  • US to allocate USD5 million for Russian border radar in Estonia

    Washington is to allocate USD5 million to Estonia for the construction of radar systems for electronic monitoring along the Narva river, which forms Estonia’s north-eastern border with the Russian Federation. On 6 October, the Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs, Andres Anvelt, said,

  • AUSA 2017: Army restructuring its acquisition process around six modernisation priorities

    The US Army has a new set of six modernisation priorities and it will re-organise its acquisition structures specifically around those efforts, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told reporters on 9 October. “We’ve been studying this for a quite a bit of time, and it’s got

  • AUSA 2017: US Army buys Trophy active protection system for Abrams tank brigade

    The US Army is buying the Trophy-HV active protection system (APS) for its M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams main battle tanks as an interim measure to address urgent threats against US tanks in Europe. About a year ago the army was directed to install and characterise existing APS, and it chose to work with

  • AUSA 2017: US Army training, advising role expected to expand with new dedicated brigades

    The US Army is expanding its training and advising role for foreign military forces with its new Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) that are now being established. “We are training, advising, and assisting indigenous armies all over the world, and I expect that will increase and not

  • US Navy chief approves new frigate requirements

    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson approved the requirements on 3 October for a future frigate to replace the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), officials told Jane’s . With the CNO’s approval, the US Navy (USN) is now cleared to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) for the

  • USN deploys more amphibious ships for relief work

    The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) were preparing on 6 October to leave their homeport in Mayport, Florida, to sail to the United State's Gulf Coast to help the region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, which is projected

  • Indonesian military displays Kaplan MT prototype, Apache helicopter

    Indonesia displayed several new platforms during a 5 October military parade held in the coastal city of Cilegon, Banten Province, to mark the 72nd anniversary of its armed forces. Among the platforms shown were an AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter and a prototype of the Kaplan MT Modern

  • Bulgaria to reopen fighter tender

    Bulgaria will not rush the procurement of a new fighter for its air force and will only buy a new-build aircraft if it can be paid over a longer period of time than initially envisaged, Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said in an interview with Bulgarian bTV on 5 October. He added that the

  • Russian forces ‘now 11,000 strong in the Donbass’

    Key Points Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor has detailed the Russian contingent now supporting the separatists in the country’s Donbass region Anatoly Matios says the number of Russian nationals now fighting in the region has reached 11,000 The number of Russian nationals fighting

  • Blue Origin to start BE-4 engine testing ‘soon’

    Key Points Blue Origin will start testing its BE-4 engine ‘soon’ The engine could power future US national security launches Blue Origin will ‘soon’ start testing its BE-4 rocket engine that could serve as the first stage booster for future US Air Force (USAF) launches.

  • Luftwaffe Tornadoes arrive in Iraq

    Four Luftwaffe Tornadoes arrived in Al-Asraq, Jordan, on 4 October, a few days before resuming their reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State, the Bundeswehr announced. This completed the withdrawal of the German contingent from Incirlik, Turkey, it said. Unlike the Luftwaffe

  • The US Navy will repair USS John S McCain in Yokosuka

    The US Navy (USN) will repair the USS John S McCain (DDG 56) guided-missile destroyer at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Repairs will begin upon arrival from Singapore aboard a heavy lift vessel in October, the USN said in a 4 October

  • Belgium steps up recruitment

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it is launching its latest recruitment drive on 11 October. The objective is to fill 1,570 posts in 2018, a 35% increase from 2017. The number of non-commissioned officer (NCO) posts will remain unchanged at 600, but the number of posts

  • MKU Limited to manufacture newly developed bulletproof jackets for IA

    Indian defence firm MKU Limited will be manufacturing newly developed bulletproof jackets for Indian Army (IA) and paramilitary forces personnel, it has been announced. The jackets were developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which recently transferred the

  • Qatar orders JSOW glide bombs

    Qatar has ordered the Raytheon AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 4 October. The DoD said a USD173 million contract had been awarded to Raytheon to deliver 200 AGM-154C Block III JSOWs to Qatar. Expected to be completed by June 2020, the contract

  • Turkey to develop heavier attack helicopter

    Ismail Demir, Undersecretary of the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM), revealed on 3 October that Turkey had begun design work for an attack helicopter that is bigger and heavier than the existing T129 currently produced under licence from Leonardo. Turkey plans to build a

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