• Israel to build more hardened aircraft shelters

    The Israeli Air Force is planning to construct hardened aircraft shelters and support facilities at one of its bases, according to a pre-solicitation notice released by the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website on 20 March. The notice did not say how many shelters would be

  • JGSDF reorganises under single command, launches Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has undergone its largest reorganisation since its formation in 1954 with the creation of a unified command and the launch of an amphibious brigade tasked with defending Japan’s remote islands. Called the Ground Component Command, the new structure

  • Outranged by Russia, US Army seeks to bolster lagging artillery systems

    The US Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) portfolio, its highest-priority acquisition portfolio, is seeking longer-range weapons with newer guidance technologies to address growing threats – particularly from Russian weapons. “We’ve got to push the maximum range for

  • Afghan Air Force drops first laser-guided bomb in combat

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has used laser-guided bombs (LGBs) for the first time in combat, according to a 27 March statement by the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission. A squadron of AAF A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft dropped an undisclosed number of GBU-58 LGBs on a Taliban

  • Poland orders additional M-346 Master trainers

    Poland has signed a contract with Leonardo for four more M-346 Master aircraft for the Advanced Trainer Jet (AJT) system. The PLN1 billion (USD294 million) contract includes delivery of four M-346 trainers– known as ‘Bielik’ in Poland – a logistics package, and seven

  • Russia strengthens footprint in Laos

    Russia plans to expand its military-technical presence in Laos by opening a new facility in the country to support military platforms in operation in the Southeast Asian country. Citing a government statement, the state-run Tass news agency said Russia and Laos have recently signed an agreement to

  • Brazil makes steps to gain SATCOM independence

    Brazil is to purchase a second geostationary dual-band communications satellite (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações Estratégicas: SGDC). Brazil’s state-controlled Telebras awarded Visiona Tecnologia Espacial (a joint venture between Telebras and

  • China reveals sale of advanced missile-tracking technology to Pakistan

    China has revealed the sale of an advanced missile-tracking system to Pakistan that may enhance the South Asian country’s ability to develop multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology for its medium- to long-range missile systems. In a 14 March statement the Chinese

  • Czech MoD plans IFV tender in mid-2018

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to issue a CZK53 billion (USD2.6 billion) tender for a family of 210 tracked armoured vehicles by mid-2018 and select a winning platform by early 2019, with initial deliveries expected to commence in 2020. The new vehicles are to replace obsolete

  • Record number of US Marines to train in Australia

    Advance elements of the US Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) will begin arriving in northern Australia in late March to commence a six-month training rotation, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 23 March. The rotation – which will include 1,587 US Marines, 8 MV-22

  • Saudis say ballistic missile barrage launched from Yemen

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) launched seven ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia, including three that reached Riyadh on 25 March, according to the Saudi-led coalition. The official Saudi Press Agency reported coalitions spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki as saying that the other

  • US Navy establishes mobile capability in Guam to test shipboard EM systems

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has established a mobile electromagnetic (EM) test-and-evaluation capability at Naval Base Guam to support US 7th Fleet's Forward-Deployed Naval Force ships' combat systems. The EM test-and-evaluation effort, established in February through the Shipboard

  • US senators press Trump for fighter jet sale to Taiwan

    Key Points Two US senators pressed Trump to allow the sale of F-35B or F-16Vs to Taiwan They cited Taiwan’s need for fifth-generation fighters to fend off Chinese aggression A pair of US senators are pressing President Donald Trump to permit the sale of either the Lockheed Martin F-35B

  • Philippine Navy receives remaining three TC-90 aircraft from Japan

    The Philippine Navy has received a further three Beechcraft TC-90 King Air aircraft from Japan. The airframes, which were formerly in service with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) as training platforms, were formally received on 26 March in a ceremony held at the service’s Naval

  • PLAAF conducts combat exercises over Western Pacific, South China Sea

    China’s People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) recently sent out multiple aircraft formations to conduct combat exercises over the Western Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea (SCS), according to a 25 March statement by the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Beijing. PLAAF

  • Bulgaria expresses interest in Israeli F-16s

    Israel will be invited to offer F-16C/D fighters for the Bulgarian tender for a new fighter to replace the Bulgarian Air Force’s MiG-29s, Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on 19 March. He added that a letter from Boeing offering the F/A-18 had been received and that the

  • NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command to be located in southern Germany

    NATO’s new Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) will be located in Ulm, southern Germany, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 March. The new command, for which Germany is the framework nation, will be co-located with the Multinationale Kommando Operative

  • Turkey looks to expand against Kurds in Syria, Iraq

    Key Points Turkey has been buoyed by military victory against the YPG in Afrin Ankara is now threatening to attack Manbij if the US does not force the YPG to withdraw Encouraged by its victory in Afrin, Turkey appears intent on expanding its buffer zone in Syria and possibly into Iraq. Nearly

  • Peruvian Army establishes multipurpose brigade

    The Peruvian Army on 20 March formally established its new 1st Multipurpose Brigade ‘Mariscal Eloy Gaspar Ureta Montehermoso’, assigned to II Division. The unit, based in Lima, has 1,500 troops and comprises four rapid intervention companies, a medical battalion, a fumigation unit, and

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Congress unveils ‘omnibus’ appropriation with USD654.7 billion for DoD

    Congressional appropriators agreed to a fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence spending bill that provides USD589.5 billion in base Department of Defense (DoD) funding and USD65.2 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The funding is consistent with a bipartisan deal reached in February

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