• EU Training Mission in Somalia suffers another setback

    The Netherlands is set to withdraw from the EU Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM-S) by April. It currently has 15 soldiers serving with the mission, which was set up in 2010 and trains and advises the Somali National Army (SNA) and Ministry of Defence. “Scarcity of means within the Dutch

  • Israeli investigation blames aircrew of downed F-16

    The shooting down of an Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-16I fighter jet by a Syrian surface-to-air missile on 10 February was the result human error, an IAF investigation has found. The investigation looked into the events leading up to the SAM strike on the F-16I, which was one of the eight aircraft

  • Belarus announces modernisation priorities

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said his country's defence modernisation plans as well as upgrades of existing military equipment are one of the priorities of his government, the offical BelTa news agency has reported. During a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the Armed Forces

  • Latvia plans to spend EUR234 million on defence procurement in 2018

    Latvia plans to spend EUR234 million (USD288 million) of its EUR576.34 defence budget for 2018 on procurement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced on its website. The 2018 defence budget is EUR126.8 million higher than in 2017, according to the ministry. It gives a breakdown of 43% on

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD21.2 billion requested for military intelligence

    The Pentagon has requested USD21.2 billion for its classified Military Intelligence Program (MIP) budget in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019). That total “includes both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations” account, the Pentagon said in a 27 February announcement. The MIP budget

  • Brazil names new minister of defence

    The Army Reserve General Joaquim Silva e Luna will become Brazil’s interim minister of defence, replacing Raul Jungmann. Gen Silva e Luna is the first military officer to assume the post since the organisation was created in June 1999. He has been the General Secretary of the Ministry of

  • UK government addresses F-35 concerns, states continued commitment to programme

    The UK government has responded to a parliamentary report that was highly critical of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme, saying that it remains committed to delivering the capability on time and within budget. In its response to the December 2017 report

  • Brazilian Navy boosts its helicopter force

    The Brazilian Navy’s helicopter fleet, operated mainly from São Pedro da Aldeia naval aviation base in state of Rio de Janeiro, is receiving a significant upgrade. Squadron HU-2 is to receive the first of five Helibras H225Ms anti-surface warfare helicopters (designated the UH-15B Super

  • Canada identifies five potential suppliers for its future fighter competition

    The Canadian government said eligible suppliers for its future fighter programme are the United States’ Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the United Kingdom’s Airbus Defence and Space, Sweden’s Saab, and France’s Dassault. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on 22

  • Saab receives order for sustainment of RAN’s Anzac-class frigates

    Saab has received an order from the Australian government that will see the continuation of sustainment for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Anzac-class frigates, the company announced in a 24 February statement. “This five-year follow-on programme is a continuation of

  • Report identifies Sweden’s long-term defence equipment requirements

    A Swedish government inquiry report has proposed a three-stage financial plan into the long-term defence equipment requirements of the country's armed forces if they are to continue to sustain operational capabilities after 2020. The report is meant as input for Sweden's upcoming decision on its

  • AFA Winter 2018: USAF targets youthful future fighter fleet with F-35 buy

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to reduce the average age of its fighter fleet Procuring 48 aircraft strikes a balance, helping save money that would be otherwise spent on mods The US Air Force (USAF) requested 48 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in its fiscal

  • Bulgaria modernises armed forces

    By the end of March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia will present the Council of Ministers investment projects worth more than BGN3.5 billion (USD2.2 billion) for the acquisition of new armoured vehicles, patrol boats, and jet fighters, the defence minister has said. Bulgaria is procuring

  • Malaysia seeks balance in ‘15-to-5’ concept to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy is shifting its force structure focus to address maritime security challenges in its eastern region Multinational co-operation is helping reduce maritime security risks in Malaysia’s eastern and western regions The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking

  • Indian MoD plans to scrap IAF's single-engine fighter project

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to abandon its two-year-old proposal to procure 114 licence-built single-engine fighter aircraft and to broaden its fighter requirement to include twin-engine platforms. Official sources told Jane’s that the MoD

  • Czech MoD to launch IMINT centre

    The Czech Ministry of Defence on 20 February announced it will open a satellite imagery centre (SATCEN CR) to provide imagery intelligence (IMINT) to the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) and other NATO forces. SATCEN CR is to start initial operations on 1 July and will fall under the command of the

  • PLA equips special operations branch with QTS-11 integrated combat system, says report

    China’s People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has equipped a branch of its special operations forces with the QTS-11 infantry integrated combat system, according to a 22 February report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper. The Sky Wolf Commandos from the PLA’s Western

  • Senior Philippine Navy official reiterates call to acquire submarines

    A senior Philippine Navy (PN) official has reiterated calls for the country to operate its own fleet of submarines amid mounting security challenges in the region. The service’s flag officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, made the call during a hearing with the Philippine senate.

  • AFA Winter 2018: Key officer doubts non-developed offerings for light attack experiment

    Key Points A USAF officer said non-developed aircraft will likely not be considered for the light attack experiment He said the service is looking for aircraft already in production A key US Air Force (USAF) officer cast doubt that a non-developed entrant for any acquisition stemming from the

  • European Parliament committee approves money for defence capability projects but with provisos

    The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee on 21 February approved, by 49 to 12 votes, EUR500 million (USD618 million) in kick-start funding for the European Union’s proposed European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) for 2019-20. However, parliament wants

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