• Saudi warships seen at Assab

    Vessels from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Gulf-based Eastern Fleet have been seen in the Eritrean port of Assab for the first time, satellite imagery has confirmed. Two Badr-class corvettes and an Al-Jawf (Sandown)-class mine countermeasures vessel were present at Assab on 15

  • Zimbabwe’s army deploys more vehicle types in Harare

    The range of armoured vehicles deployed by the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) during Operation ‘Restore Legacy’ from 14 November has indicated a surprisingly high level of serviceability despite the country’s economic problems. Only Chinese Type 89 armoured vehicles were seen on the

  • EU and national officials perusing US DARPA-like defence R&D approach

    EU and national policymakers are seriously mulling the idea of setting up a forward-looking defence research entity similar to the US government’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), EU and industry sources have informed Jane’s . Locating it within the European Defence

  • US Army releases Mobile Protected Firepower request for proposal

    Key Points The US Army released its Mobile Protected Firepower solicitation The service could buy as many as 504 vehicles The US Army on 21 November released its highly-anticipated Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) request for proposal (RFP). MPF programme manager David Dopp told reporters in

  • UK MoD has still not found full quota of savings

    UK defence chiefs have still to identify GBP4 billion (USD5.3 billion) in efficiency savings two years after being set the target in the country's last strategic defence and security review (SDSR) in 2015. UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Permanent Secretary Stephen Lovegrove said on 21 November that

  • USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35

    The US Air Force (USAF) first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is now up and running on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) announced on 21 November. Twelve aircraft and more than 300 personnel from the

  • EU must reconcile big stake spending ambitions with SME access

    The eyes of Europe’s defence industry are now focused on the European Union’s (EU’s) preparations to launch the so-called ‘capability window’ of its European Defence Fund (EDF). The views of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the sector, however –

  • French president’s first visit to India likely to advance sales pitch for additional Scorpenes

    The impending visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to India in early 2018 is likely to progress the possible sale of at least three additional DCNS Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) to the Indian Navy (IN) to augment its declining underwater assets, official sources have told

  • Poland purchases 1,000 Warmate loitering munitions

    On 20 November, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with the Warsaw-based WB Group for the delivery of Warmate loitering munitions for Polish land, territorial defence, and special forces (SF). “The contract is for 1,000 of these missiles – at least in the first

  • Serbia acquires capability to overhaul M-84 MBT

    The Serbian Army's Technical Overhaul Institution (Tehnicki Remontni Zavod, TRZ) located in Cacak is very close to acquiring the capability to conduct the general overhaul of its M-84 main battle tank (MBT), a military commander has said. In an interview published in the 15 November issue of the

  • US, Afghan forces target Taliban drug production facilities

    US and Afghan forces launched a series of strikes on 19-20 November against Taliban-linked drug production facilities in an effort to cut off the revenue streams of the insurgent group, according to the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission. The forces conducted combined operations to

  • International naval forces aid in search for lost Argentine submarine

    Naval forces from Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay are helping Argentina search for its lost submarine, ARA San Juan , which was last reported to be on patrol on 15 November in the Southern Atlantic. The diesel-electric TR-1700 submarine San Juan and its crew of 44

  • Netherlands plans to invest more in intelligence, logistics, training, support

    The new Dutch government sworn in at the end of October plans to spend EUR5 billion (USD6 billion) more on defence over its four-year term in office, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten has said. The extra funding will be used to reduce personnel shortages in the fire support and ground-based

  • US military advantage over China, Russia eroding, says JCS chairman

    The US military advantage against so-called near-peer competitors such as China and Russia is eroding, according to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford. Speaking at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts on 14

  • Colombian MoD to create peacekeeping unit

    The Colombian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to establish a joint task force of 900 troops to participate in UN peacekeeping operations, it announced on 16 November. The task force will reportedly include an aerial unit, two infantry companies, support staff, and a 140-strong police unit. Female

  • Spain considers relocating Canary Islands naval base

    Spain is to look at moving its naval base on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, defence minister María Dolores de Cospedal announced on 15 November. However, while she promised a commission to study possible new locations would be set up between the Ministry of Defence and local authorities by

  • Turkey withdraws troops from NATO exercise

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 17 November that Turkey has withdrawn 40 Turkish troops from a NATO military drill in Norway in which he and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were listed in an “enemy chart”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg apologised for

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • Dossier shows ‘Iranian’ missile that landed in Saudi Arabia

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition has compiled a dossier of evidence of Iranian military support for Yemen’s rebels. It includes photographs of a ballistic missile that landed in Saudi Arabia. The remnants of at least one Iranian Qiam ballistic missile have been recovered in Saudi Arabia,

  • Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

    The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments. “This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris,

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