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  • Sweden buys back submarine base on Gotland

    Sweden has decided to buy back the port in Fårösund on Gotland under an agreement signed by the Swedish Fortifications Agency (SFA) on 15 January, the agency has said. The SEK20 million (USD2.5 million) deal must be approved by the government by 16 April. The port will officially be taken

  • Belgium set to sign nearly EUR10 billion in procurement contracts in 2018

    Belgium will sign contracts worth nearly EUR10 billion (USD12.4 billion) on dozens of programmes in 2018, the Belgian chief of defence has said. Giving his New Year's address at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels on 25 January, which was published on the Belgian

  • Fighting in Afghanistan increases, but government’s territorial control does not

    Fighting in Afghanistan appears to be ramping up and the Afghan government appears to control slightly less territory, as the US commitment to the 16-year long conflict deepens. The US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction's (SIGAR's) latest quarterly report, published 30 January,

  • Trump calls for more defence funding, nuclear force modernisation

    US President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union address on 30 January, called for more defence funding and nuclear weapons modernisation, but Congress is still mired in the same budget impasse it has struggled with for five years. Echoing his National Security Strategy and the National

  • ADF establishes new SIGINT and Cyber Command

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command to enhance its cyber capabilities in what it described as a “more refined” command structure, according to a 30 January statement by the Department of Defence (DoD) in

  • Russia orders first 10 Tu-160M2 bombers

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered the first 10 Tu-160M2 strategic bombers from United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), in a deal worth RUB160 billion (USD2.7 billion dollars), the ministry said on 25 January. The signing ceremony took place during a visit by President Vladimir Putin

  • Latvia orders Polaris vehicles

    The Latvian National Armed Forces have ordered all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Polaris Government and Defense through the US Foreign Military Sales programme, the company announced on 24 January. Polaris said the USD500,000 contract is for MRZR 2 side-by-side, Sportsman 6x6, and MV850 ATVs, plus

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • China’s creeping military presence near Europe sets off policy alarms

    China’s ongoing reform and expansion of its military, combined with efforts to create overseas footholds via commercial ports and military bases, is raising alarm bells among some EU policymakers and experts as Beijing skirts ever closer to Europe’s periphery. “China is bringing

  • JASDF’s first F-35A deployed to Misawa Air Base

    Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera announced on 26 January that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) first F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has been deployed to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The recently deployed conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A

  • US, Vietnam commit to deepening defence ties

    The United States has committed to deepening defence ties with Vietnam amid concerns regarding Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea. During a two-day visit to Hanoi, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis committed to enhancing the bilateral defence co-operation based

  • China to donate tanks, APCs to Cambodia, says report

    China is to donate tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA) to strengthen relations between the countries, the Khmer Times newspaper reported on 29 January, citing Cambodian Defence Minister General Tea Banh. The minister said the platforms are scheduled to

  • Czech MoD announces helicopter procurement delay

    Czech Defence Minister Karla Slechtova announced on 23 January that the planned procurement of 12 medium multirole helicopters for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) would be delayed, stating that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) had made no progress in the selection process. “Based on the

  • KC-46A programme faces EMP testing hurdles

    Key Points The KC-46A programme is not performing critical EMP testing, according to a Pentagon plan The Department of Defense instituted a new, strengthened EMP requirement after it awarded the original contract Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) testing performed in July on the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus

  • PLA releases new military training outline, says report

    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has published a new military training outline aimed at transforming the Chinese military into a “world-class force”, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 27 January. Approved by the country’s Central Military Commission (CMC), the

  • Spanish Army chief announces reform of brigade structure

    The pilot brigade for a reorganised and more heavily equipped and qualified Spanish Army is due to begin operating under its new “war of the future” role later this year, the army chief of staff has announced. The 25 January announcement was made by army General Francisco Javier Varela

  • France donates ALTVs to Mauritania

    The French ambassador in Mauritania handed over 10 4x4 pickup ACMAT Light Tactical Vehicles (ALTVs) to the Mauritanian Army on 25 January. The vehicles are destined to equip the Mauritanian component of the G5 Sahel joint anti-terrorist force that also has detachments from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali,

  • India to set up overseas military base on Seychelles

    India is to establish an overseas military base on an island in the Seychelles archipelago to augment its naval presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and the Seychelles’ Secretary of State, Barry Faure, signed an agreement on 27 January

  • PLAAF conducts drill using civilian UAVs, says report

    The logistics department of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted in late January its first logistics support drills involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from two civilian companies, according to a 29 January report by the People's Liberation Army (PLA)-sponsored China

  • Denmark funds naval AAW, ASW upgrades in new defence agreement

    Denmark’s cross-party Defence Agreement for 2018–23 has earmarked funding for the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) to invest in significant upgrades to its anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Under the new six-year plan, published on 28 January, the Danish

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