• Australia, Fiji establish new annual defence meetings

    Australia and Fiji have agreed to strengthen their bilateral defence relationship by setting up formal annual defence ministers’ meetings, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 2 November statement. “I am pleased we are establishing a new defence ministerial meeting

  • Training ships key to making LCS structure work

    The success of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programmatic operational structure will hinge on US Navy (USN) officials’ acceptance of a relatively novel idea for service warships: setting several of the ships aside to be training vessels. “The respective fleet commander needs to embrace

  • USN BMD operations, bridge controls come under scrutiny in collisions review

    The US Navy's (USN's) comprehensive review of recent warship collisions and other mishaps has called for the service to improve the fundamental seamanship of its surface warfare officers (SWOs). Released on 2 November, the review also calls for the USN to re-evaluate its surface-ship ballistic

  • China, Russia to hold second joint computer-simulated anti-missile drill

    China and Russia will hold their second joint computer-simulated anti-missile drill later this year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 26 October. “Chinese and Russian militaries have been in close collaboration this year. We will continue working together to

  • US to begin building Qatari F-15QA infrastructure

    The United States is to begin building the infrastructure needed for Qatar’s future fleet of Boeing F-15QA Eagle fighter aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 November. The agency disclosed that the US State Department has approved USD1.1 billion of building

  • RCAF officer wants help for soldiers to better understand English accents from other nations

    Key Points A RCAF officer would like a training product to help his pilots understand allies’ English accents He says aviation communication can become difficult at important times of flight A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) officer wants a simulation and training solution to help his

  • Benelux air policing goes Dutch

    Two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s, supported by the air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen, the Netherlands, began policing the airspace over Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) on 30 October. Based in Volkel, the RNLAF fighters will be on 15-minute quick

  • France donates equipment for G5 Sahel battalions

    France has donated vehicles, support weapons, and communications equipment to Burkina Faso and Niger as part of the G5 Sahel counter-terrorism initiative, which also involves Chad, Mali, and Mauritania. The Nigerien military received 13 Technamm Masstech 4x4 pickups equipped with machine guns and

  • Indian MoD approves procurement of 111 utility helicopters for IN

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR217.38 billion (USD3.35 billion) procurement of 111 twin-engine naval utility helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). Officials told Jane’s that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala

  • NATO reinforcement capabilities hampered by infrastructure and transport limitations

    NATO faces major challenges restoring its reinforcement capabilities, UK members of parliament (MPs) heard during an oral evidence session on US, NATO, and UK defence relations in Westminster on 31 October. Elisabeth Braw, non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, said NATO lags behind Russia in

  • US Army’s prepositioned equipment sets now better stocked, quicker to deploy

    US Army units can now fall in on forward-deployed equipment sets, known as Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS), more quickly as they are better stocked with necessary equipment, according to General Gus Perna, head of US Army Materiel Command (AMC). AMC has been adding “shoot, move, and

  • Discovery Air secures ‘Red Air’ training contract for Canada

    Discovery Air has secured a 10-year deal to provide ‘Red Air’ training services to Canada under the Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) programme, the company announced on 31 October. Under the contract Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (DA Defence) will deliver CATS services

  • Italy, Greece to police Montenegrin airspace

    The Greek and Italian air forces will soon begin policing Montenegrin airspace on a 15-day rotational basis, Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic said in an interview with the RTCG national radio and television service on 30 October. He added that Greek jets conducted a high-altitude test

  • Mattis supports current war authorisations, but Senate panel eyes new legislation

    The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee appears poised to draft new legislation to legally authorise US military abroad, which to date have relied upon 16-year-old authorisations passed after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. The 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs)

  • NAO report highlights increase in ‘store rob’ for RN fleet

    Key Points The RN is increasingly being forced to cannibalise equipment because of a lack of spare parts The NAO says the MoD has failed to understand the reasons for, and consequences of, equipment cannibalisation Spares shortages mean that the UK Royal Navy (RN) is increasingly being forced to

  • US Army eyes buying technical data rights to improve logistics

    The US Army is exploring more options for buying technical data rights for systems, which can be costly but in some cases sensible for logistics purposes, according to the head of US Army Materiel Command (AMC) “If equipment is going to be forward, and soldiers are going to do [maintenance

  • US Army working to improve logistics, strengthen supply chains

    The US Army's ability to sustain deployed equipment and units has atrophied over years of counter-insurgency operations, but it is working to strengthen those abilities to fight against a peer competitor, according to the head of US Army Materiel Command (AMC). More than a decade of fighting

  • USMC puts breacher vehicles on landing craft

    After years of successfully operating its Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) in overseas conflicts, the US Marine Corps (USMC) has found a way to fit the mine-clearing modified tanks on Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels. The USMC tested the revamped ABVs during the last week of October as it stormed

  • Taiwan donates military equipment to Dominican Republic

    Taiwan is donating two Bell UH-1H helicopters, 90 AM General Humvees, and 100 engines to the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic valued at more than USD35 million, the Dominican Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 30 October. The MoD said the donation was agreed during Dominican Minister of

  • Russia pondering defence industry bank

    The Russian government is considering setting up a specialised lender to support the defence industry in a bid to reduce the risks to existing lenders from US sanctions, according to business daily Kommersant . The Russian Finance Corporation (RFK), a subsidiary of state-owned Rostec since 2013, is

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