• North Korea reshuffles top military officials ahead of summit with US, says report

    Pyongyang is believed to have replaced three of its top military officials ahead of a summit scheduled to take place between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on 12 June in Singapore. No Kwang-chol, first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces,

  • Philippine Army equipped with new mobile command centres

    The Philippine Army (PA) has been equipped with two new mobile command centres (MCCs) based on M939 6×6 cargo trucks designed to provide “situational capability and secure communications to [PA] units in the field”, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on 29 May.

  • Rwanda looking at Russian air defence

    Rwanda is interested in acquiring Russian air defence systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Kigali on 3 June. “The Rwandan security forces, army, and law-enforcement agencies operate our helicopters. There are also Ural vehicles used by the army and the

  • German and Dutch army chiefs discuss co-operation

    German Army chief Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer met his Royal Netherlands Army counterpart, Lieutenant General Leo Beulen in Harde, the Netherlands, on 29–30 May to discuss possibilities for co-operation with the Dutch Land Operations Support Command. The 5,000-strong command is the

  • Shangri-La Dialogue: ASEAN develops protocol for unexpected aerial encounters amid maritime tensions

    Key Points ASEAN is developing guidelines for unexpected military aerial encounters, and hopes to expand it across the Asia-Pacific region Guidelines are being established as part of efforts to mitigate against possible military miscalculations, especially in disputed maritime areas Amid an

  • Shangri-La Dialogue: ASEAN to be fully represented at inaugural maritime exercise with China

    Key Points ASEAN will be fully represented at an inaugural maritime exercise between China and the group of 10 countries Exercise will be held amid rising tensions over Beijing’s militarisation of South China Sea islands All countries from the Association of Southeast Asians (ASEAN) have

  • Brazil cuts corvette programme funding by BRL500 million

    The Brazilian government recently cancelled BRL500 million (USD134 million) from the BRL2.5 billion allocated in the country’s 2018 budget law to fund acquisition and local building of four Tamandaré-class multipurpose corvettes for the Brazilian Navy. Amounts of BRL1 billion and BRL1.5

  • China, Russia agree to further deepen military co-operation

    Beijing and Moscow have agreed to enhance bilateral military ties, China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 31 May following the 20th round of strategic consultation held between the People’s Liberation Army and the Russian armed forces. “The two sides exchanged

  • Shangri-La Dialogue: India, Singapore establish framework to enhance naval co-ordination, logistics

    Key Points India and Singapore have taken steps to improve naval engagements between the two countries The move comes amid a wider plan by New Delhi to enhance defence partnerships with countries in Southeast Asia The Indian Navy (IN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have established a

  • Sierra Nevada utilising army’s Black Hawk exchange programme for UH-1N replacement

    Key Points SNC is using an Army helicopter exchange programme for its USAF UH-1N replacement offering It could acquire newer L-model Black Hawks through the programme for faster delivery Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) will utilise a US Army used Black Hawk helicopter exchange programme in its pursuit

  • DLA director touts efforts to ‘operationalise’ support to military services, combatant commands

    Key Points The agency aims to become more agile to support full-spectrum operations DLA is taking steps to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities to cyber and other threats As the US Department of Defense shifts its focus from counter-terrorism towards a potential high-end fight against a peer

  • GAO notes MDA progress but cites testing, transparency shortfalls

    While the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made progress on meeting weapon deliveries and testing goals, the agency needs to do a better job of communicating capabilities, drawing up contracts, and certifying test missiles, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said in a recent

  • US changes name, commanders for Pacific combatant command

    As expected the US military changed the name of its Pacific Command (PACOM) to reflect the further expansion and growing importance of India and its surrounding region to US interests, noting the shift during the change of command for those forces. “In recognition of the increasing

  • Israel targets Hamas’ naval capabilities

    Israel Defence Forces (IDF) targeted “advanced naval capabilities” developed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip to carry out “maritime terror attacks”, the IDF announced on 30 May. The Palestinian militant group’s naval capabilities where targeted in a series of strikes that

  • Cameroon extends barrier along Nigerian border

    The Cameroonian Defence Forces are crediting the construction of a trench along the country’s border with Nigeria with significantly improving the security situation in the country’s Far North region. Work on the trench began in October 2016, when an experimental 20 km long section was

  • NATO to police Montenegrin airspace

    Italy and Greece will begin air policing Montenegro on 5 June, a year after the Balkan nation joined NATO, the alliance announced on 29 May. The Italian and Greek aircraft conducting Montenegrin air policing will be on quick reaction alert based in their home countries. Montenegrin airspace will

  • Over 70 Taliban leaders killed in US precision strikes in Afghanistan, says ‘Resolute Support’

    More than 70 senior Taliban leaders were killed in a series of precision strikes carried out by US forces in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province from May 17 to 26: a move described by the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission as “one of the largest blows” dealt to the

  • US Air Force UH-1N, T-X programmes set for FY 2018 contract awards

    The US Air Force (USAF) is set to award contracts in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) for its T-X next-generation trainer aircraft and UH-1N helicopter replacement programmes. USAF Secretary Heather Wilson said on 29 May that T-X is slated for a contract award by August. The programme, currently in

  • Israel says Iran continues missile tests

    Iran carried out previously unreported ballistic missile tests in January that contravened UN Security Council Resolution 2231, according to Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. “Last January they launched a Shahab-3 and a ‘Scud’ variant: both capable of delivering nuclear

  • USAF commences Reaper ops out of Poland

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun flying its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Poland for the first time. The USAF in Europe (USAFE) announced on 29 May that it had begun operating the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV out of

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