• IDF constructing anti-vehicle 'cliff' on Lebanese border

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has completed around 15 km of a new 'cliff' barrier on its border with Lebanon to prevent Hizbullah from launching cross-border infiltrations. Major Eliyahu Gabai, an engineering officer in the 300th Territorial Brigade, which is responsible for a stretch of the 120

  • India to deploy newly ordered T-90MS tanks along border with Pakistan

    The Indian Army (IA) plans to deploy about 464 newly ordered T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs) along India's western and northern borders with Pakistan, military officials told IHS Jane's on 19 January. The T-90MS MBTs, which are being acquired in kit form from Russia for INR134.80 billion (USD2

  • India's Nirbhay cruise missile programme extended by 18 months, says report

    India's Nirbhay cruise missile programme has been given an 18-month extension following a failed test flight of the missile on 21 December, according to local media reports. Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar approved the move at a review meeting in early January, asking the team in charge of the

  • NATO commanders emphasise alliance's counter-terrorism role

    NATO is at the "forefront of fighting terrorism", according to the alliance's most senior military official, General Petr Pavel, chair of NATO's Military Committee. Gen Pavel, as well as the alliance's two most senior commanders - General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander

  • North Korea 'could fire ICBM from mobile launcher', says report

    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has warned that North Korea "seems to be capable" of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a mobile launcher, according to local media reports. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted an MND spokesperson on 10 January as

  • Iranian navy flotilla stuck in South Africa

    The two Iranian naval vessels that reportedly reached the Atlantic in November 2016 subsequently had to put into the South African port of Durban to carry out emergency repairs, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows. The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) did much to publicise the

  • US looks to joint RC-135 base with the UK

    A senior US Air Force officer has revealed that the service could set up a joint base with the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) for Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic and signal intelligence aircraft operations after the closure of the USAF's Mildenhall air base in 2022. Mildenhall is

  • Indonesia appoints new air force chief amid modernisation efforts

    The Indonesian government has appointed Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as the new air force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) chief, replacing Air Chief Marshal Agus Supriatna, who has been at the helm since January 2015. AM Tjahjanto was sworn in by Indonesian president Joko Widodo

  • Israel declares Arrow-3 operational

    Israel declared the top tier of its air defence umbrella operational on 18 January, when the first Arrow-3 interceptors were formally handed over to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in a ceremony. Made by Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing, the Arrow-3 is designed to intercept incoming ballistic

  • ONR invites proposals for swarming unmanned amphibians

    Key Points ONR is co-ordinating a science and technology effort intended to provide the US amphibious community with more small autonomous vehicles Funding of USD41 million is anticipated over five years and the first study contracts will be awarded in September 2017 Amphibious assaults could be

  • USAF chief calls for more personnel, resources

    The US Air Force (USAF) needs more personnel in order to continue meeting its overall operating requirements without incurring higher risk, according to General David Goldfein, USAF chief of staff. "We're too big for the resources available, but we're too small for what the nation

  • USAF chief signals strong interest in light-attack aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) may soon embrace a concept of fielding less expensive light-attack fighter aircraft for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, in part to preserve higher-end fighters for other roles. "We're 15 years into a long campaign in the Middle East … so we've

  • US destroys Islamic State camps in Libya

    The United States conducted air strikes against Islamic State camps in Libya on 18 January, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced. The strikes, which were carried out in conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, saw the destruction of two remote desert camps some 45 km

  • Sudan's Rapid Response Forces subordinated to military

    The Sudanese parliament passed an act on 16 January transferring responsibility for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) from the National Intelligence and Security Services to the Sudan Armed Forces, the Sudan Tribune reported. The RSF was formed in 2013 from the Janjaweed militias that operated in the

  • Malaysia to establish three designated submarine exercise areas in South China Sea

    Key Points Malaysia will establish three permanent submarine exercise areas in the South China Sea The move is being undertaken to enhance submarine operating safety in the region, said the Royal Malaysian Navy The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is in the midst of finalising three permanent submarine

  • McCain proposes large-scale defence build up

    John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has unveiled a proposal that would dramatically increase national defence spending over the next five years. The scheme offers a potential blueprint as the new Congress considers possible increases in defence spending. A

  • Mexican Navy launches new coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) launched a new coastal patrol vessel (CPV), ARM Bonampak (PC 339), at Naval Shipyard N1 (ASTIMAR N1) in Tampico, Tamaulipas, on 12 January. The vessel, based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 series and known as the Tenochtitlan class in Mexico, is the ninth of the type to be

  • THAAD site acquisition may be delayed for administrative reasons, says report

    The South Korean military's acquisition of a site from Lotte Group for the deployment of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system may be delayed for administrative reasons, according to Yonhap news agency. "The administrative process is under way to secure a golf course

  • Tunisia to get new coastal radars

    The United States will provide new radars for 13 Tunisian coastal radar sites, US Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein said during a ceremony to hand over two SAFE Boats International 65 Full Cabin Inboard patrol boats to the Tunisian Navy on 16 January. "Starting this summer, 13 radar stations along

  • Estonian MoD outlines plans for cyber range

    Developing a state-of-the-art cyber range and improving the level of automation in a number of aspects of its functionalities are amongst the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF's) plans to enhance this capability. Speaking to IHS Jane's, Kusti Salm, National Armaments Director at the Estonian Ministry

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