• South Korean president raises possibility of postponing joint RoK-US exercises

    In a bid to ease regional tensions ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on 19 December that he is willing to postpone his country’s military exercises with US forces if North Korea pauses its development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic

  • Zambian C-27J Spartan buy confirmed

    The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is set to receive two C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, ZAF Deputy Commander Major General David Muma has reportedly confirmed. The Lusaka Times reported on 17 December that Maj Gen Muma told an annual ball at Livingstone Air Base (AB) that two Spartans would be

  • Colombian Air Force receives new training aircraft

    The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) has received two new Perkoz SZD-54-2 gliders, manufactured by Polish company Allstar PZL Glider for training purposes the service announced on 15 December. The two-seat glider has a 20 m wingspan and stalling speed of 61.6 km/h. The FAC

  • Japanese cabinet approves deployment of two Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 19 December approved the introduction of two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "North Korea's nuclear and missile

  • Russia donates military equipment to Tajikistan

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 December that it had donated defence equipment to Tajikistan as part of an effort to modernise the Central Asia country’s armed forces. The military products, which included small arms, artillery, armoured vehicles helicopters,

  • US officials see fewer Russian sorties over Euphrates in Syria

    Russian aircraft appear to have reduced sorties around the Middle Euphrates River Valley in Syria after a non-lethal engagement between US and Russian combat aircraft. A 'deconfliction' agreement has the United States operating against Islamic State targets east of the river, and Russia operating

  • Indonesia reduces submarine requirements from 12 to 8 in revised modernisation plan

    Key Points Indonesia has revised its ambitions to operate a class of 12 submarines by 2024 Emphasis now shifts towards acquisition of more large surface platforms that can perform ‘on-station’ tasks in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zones The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional

  • Irish Air Corps signs for three PC-12s

    The Irish Air Corps signed for three new Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft on 19 December, to replace the current Cessna 172s that have been in service since the early 1970s. The contract, valued at EUR32 million (USD38 million), will see all three PC-12NG aircraft delivered to the Irish Republic

  • Spotlight falls on Philippine frigates acquisition programme after navy chief’s sudden removal

    Key Points The Philippine Armed Forces has relieved the country’s navy chief of his duties in a shock move Removal has put a spotlight on the country’s frigates acquisition programme, which has seen a number of irregularities Acting on instructions from the Department of National

  • Serbia overhauls equipment in Bosnia

    Serbia is interested in using specialised military overhaul facilities in Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on a permanent basis, the Serbian defence minister has said. Serbia is implementing a policy to develop RS enterprises and its

  • Contenders wait on confirmation of Bundeswehr heavy-lift helo procurement

    The two primary contenders for Germany’s heavy-lift helicopter requirement are waiting on confirmation from the Bundeswehr that the project has indeed been signed off as reported. Both Boeing and Lockheed Martin confirmed to Jane’s on 19 December that neither has received notification

  • Polish territorial army takes shape

    On 16 December, the last intake of 250 members of the Polish territorial army, the Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej (WOT), were sworn in in Bialystok after completing their basic training. It was the second such ceremony of the 1st Podlaska Territorial Defence Brigade. In addition to

  • Trump National Security Strategy focused on homeland defence, US economy

    The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS), unveiled on 18 December, broadly outlines the White House’s focus on homeland defence and bolstering the US economy. For the former it emphasises border security and missile defence, for the latter it hopes to reinforce the

  • UK bemoans lack of F-35 transparency, requests regular programme updates

    The UK parliament has requested that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) provide it with six-monthly updates on the progress and cost of the international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. The request was made in a Defence Committee report titled ‘Unclear for

  • Trump vows acquisition reform in National Security Strategy

    Key Points Acquisition reform is prioritised in Trump’s new National Security Strategy The strategy provides an overview of the president’s defence priorities, despite few financial details The United States will pursue new approaches to acquisitions to make better deals that avoid

  • USN fleet burdened by ballistic missile defence missions, review says

    The expanding need for ship-provided ballistic missile defence (BMD) has added to the US Navy (USN) fleet’s already overburdened operational mission requirements, the recently released USN Strategic Review said. “The proliferation of ballistic missiles in the Middle East and Northeast

  • UK equipment plans at risk

    UK hopes that “efficiency savings” will free up money to buy new capabilities are “not an adequate basis for delivering major projects at the heart of the UK’s defence capability”, according to an influential committee of parliamentarians. The report by the House of

  • Nicaragua to acquire two Stan Patrol 4207s

    Nicaragua’s National Assembly on 14 December authorised acquisition of two patrol vessels for the Nicaraguan Army’s naval force, and USD9.8 million in funding was loaned by BV Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem for the purchase. The navy will receive two Stan Patrol 4207 vessels produced by

  • US National Security Strategy portends less foreign assistance funding

    President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS) suggested the US government will provide less assistance to foreign countries and instead encourage private sector investment abroad. The United States "will promote a development model that partners with countries that want

  • Beijing continues construction work on disputed South China Sea islands, says report

    While tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea (SCS) may have eased in recent months, Beijing has continued to carry out substantial construction activities on its dual-use facilities in the Spratly and Paracel Islands, according to a 14 December report by the Asia Maritime

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