• Abe unveils plan for Japan's constitution to be revised by 2020

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled plans to revise his country's post-war pacifist constitution by the year 2020 when Tokyo is set to host the Olympic Games. "I strongly desire that 2020 will be the year when a new constitution goes into force," said Abe on 3 May in a video

  • Russia, Philippines to conclude framework agreement on defence co-operation

    In a bid to enhance bilateral defence ties the Philippines has said that it is ready to conclude a framework agreement with Russia on defence and security co-operation when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte visits Moscow in June. "The Philippines looks forward to enhanced security and

  • Baltic states grow wary of Russian intentions with 'Zapad' manoeuvres

    The director general of Russia's authoritative International Affairs Council, Andrei Kortunov, has intimated that Moscow "must" share information with NATO about its forthcoming exercises - particularly the massive Zapad-2017 drills in September - but that this information could only be

  • Pyongyang issues rare warning to Beijing over Chinese media criticism of North Korea's nuclear programme

    North Korea has issued a rare warning to China over criticism carried by Chinese state-owned media of Pyongyang's development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. A commentary published by the state-run Korean Central News

  • Brazil's Avionics Services in talks towards first Caçador UAV order

    Avionics Services, a Brazilian company partly owned by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is in initial talks with the Brazilian Armed Forces to sell its Caçador (Hunter) Class-4 multipurpose medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), company officials told Jane's .

  • Indian Navy considering alternative options for submarine procurement

    Key Points The Indian Navy is considering alternative submarine procurement options to replace its diesel-electric submarines Delays in Strategic Partnership policy are at the heart of delays The Indian Navy (IN) is considering alternative options for acquiring six long-delayed conventional

  • Myanmar looks to procure submarines

    The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) is considering a move to procure submarines, the country's deputy defence minister Rear-Admiral Myint Nwe has confirmed in comments reported by local media. Speaking at a press conference in Naypyidaw on 3 May, he said the potential procurement is driven by a

  • Saudi naval special forces seen using ACMAT PATSAS vehicle

    Photographs released on 26 April showed that Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) special forces are now using the ACMAT Bastion PATSAS 4x4 armoured vehicle. Photographs released by both the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) and the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) showed Saudi soldiers and one Jordanian in a PATSAS

  • Saudi prince says time is on coalition's side in Yemen war

    Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince and defence minister, indicated on 2 May that the Saudi-led coalition will not launch a major ground offensive against Yemen's rebel alliance. In a 50-minute Saudi television interview, he said the kingdom could mobilise its forces and

  • US Army artillery support used heavily during advance on Mosul

    The US-led air campaign supporting counter-Islamic State forces has had a higher profile, but US Army artillery fires played a significant role as Iraqi security forces advanced upon Mosul, according to a recently redeployed brigade commander. During Iraqi forces' manoeuvres to retake Mosul the US

  • Trump, Putin agree to seek diplomatic solution to North Korean standoff

    US president Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to work together to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff with North Korea. In a telephone conversation, the two leaders spoke about how best to resolve the "very dangerous situation" in North Korea,

  • Duterte open to joint Sino-Philippine military exercises

    Philippine President Rodrigo Durterte has said he is open to his country's military conducting joint exercises with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) as Manila seeks closer ties with Beijing, despite an ongoing dispute over parts of the South China Sea. "I said, I agree [to the idea]. You

  • HCDC calls for increase in defence spending to build up British Army

    The ambitions of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to field a fully equipped and trained 'warfighting' division of 40,000 troops will only be realised with an increase in defence spending, according to a UK parliamentary defence committee. In its 29 April report into the 'Strategic Defence and

  • New Turkish purge sees 1,000 officers dismissed, including over 100 pilots

    The Turkish government expelled about 1,000 officers of various ranks from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on 29 April, including one general and more than 100 pilots, under new decrees that are part of the emergency measures imposed after last year's failed military coup. The officers were fired

  • Turkey to procure aerostats to boost border security, collect intelligence

    Turkey plans to deploy aerostats to boost security along its 900 km southern border with Syria. A request for proposals (RFP) to procure the systems was issued to local companies by the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 30 March, Jane's has learned, with the deadline for

  • UK reorganises Foxhound units

    A major reorganisation of UK units equipped with the Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle is under way to reduce the operating costs of the 399-strong fleet of the mine-protected vehicles. Under plans expected to be finalised by British Army chiefs, the Foxhound will be withdrawn from six

  • US for the first time launches national security payload on commercial rocket

    On 1 May 2017 the United States for the first time launched a national security satellite payload on a commercially-procured rocket. A US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload, NROL-76, was launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a NRO

  • New Russian S-300 base to enter service in Siberia

    A new S-300 long-range air defence missile base will be opened shortly at Divnogorsk in the Krasnoyarsk region of central Siberia and be operational from 1 July, according to the commander of the 14th Army Air Force and Air Defence, Lieutenant General Alexander Tatarenko. The missile brigade

  • North Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrence 'to the maximum'

    A North Korean foreign ministry official has said that his country will bolster its nuclear deterrence capabilities "to the maximum" as tensions mount on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "Now that the US is kicking up the

  • THAAD system in South Korea reaches initial operational capability, say reports

    A battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that was recently deployed to South Korea has reached initial operational capability, according to US officials. "US Forces Korea [USFK] confirms [that] the THAAD system is operational and has the ability to

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