• US destroyer sails near disputed Paracel Islands

    The US Navy (USN) launched another freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed areas of the South China Sea (SCS) on 21 October, US officials confirmed. USS Decatur (DDG 73), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed near Chinese-controlled Triton and Woody Islands in the

  • Costa Rica receives Chinese Harbin Y-12s

    The Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service (SVA) has received two new Harbin Aircraft Industries Group (HAIG) Y-12E Harbinger twin-turboprop light transport aircraft. The aircraft were both donated by China after an October 2015 order and officially accepted by a Costa Rican delegation at HAIG's

  • Ecuadorian Air Force selling its remaining Dhruv helicopters

    The Ecuadorian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) three remaining HAL Dhruv helicopters are for sale, Minister of Defence Ricardo Patiño announced on 20 October. Seven of the light utility twin-engine helicopters were purchased new in 2008 for USD45 million, and were the first of

  • Malian Air Force receives first Super Puma

    The Malian Air Force's first Airbus H215 Super Puma helicopter was officially received on 17 October in a ceremony attended by Minister of Defence Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga, according to Malian media reports. The ceremony was held at Air Base 101, which is located at Bamako-Sénou

  • South Sudan faces arms embargo

    Hervé Ladsous, the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, called on 18 October for an arms embargo on South Sudan to punish its government for obstructing the deployment of a new Regional Protection Force (RPF). "I think an arms embargo should happen now and that's even

  • Aleppo's rebel enclave rejects evacuation offer

    No civilians and only eight wounded opposition fighters took advantage of the Russian- and Syrian-declared ceasefire in Aleppo on 20 October to leave the besieged city, according to Moscow's Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic. Despite the apparent lack of

  • Significant improvement in operational availability of Australian submarine fleet

    Operational availability of Australia's six Collins-class submarines has improved significantly and by mid-2017 three and sometimes four boats should be available for tasking, according to an independent review of the fleet's sustainment. The report by John Coles, a former head of what was the UK

  • Another North Korean IRBM launch fails

    North Korea conducted another unsuccessful launch of what appeared to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 20 October, according to US, Japanese, and South Korean officials. "US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean

  • India gives final approval for M777 howitzer buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave its final approval on 20 October for the procurement of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers for the Indian Army (IA) for around USD750 million under the US Foreign Military Sales programme. India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),

  • First Israeli F-35 unveiled

    Lockheed Martin unveiled the Israeli Air Force's (IAF's) first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on 22 June during an official ceremony at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas. The first two Israeli F-35s are expected to touch down at Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel in December and

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • JTIC Global Attack Index - September 2015

    Key Points JTIC recorded 1,516 worldwide attacks by non-state armed groups in September 2015, a 7.5% decrease in the average daily total compared with August. In Yemen, the decreasing militant operational tempo across the month was principally indicative of the extent to which Ansar Allah had been

  • Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

    Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October. The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew

  • DSEI 2015: French Navy details lessons learned from Gulf carrier deployment

    Key Points Carrier deployment demonstrates ability to shape events at sea and ashore while supporting wider strategic interests Gulf maritime environment is becoming more complex, with more navies present The recent deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its

  • China military parade all about signaling

    Key points: What this parade does is confirm Chinese internet-sourced imagery that has been the basis for most open source analysis in recent years. The parade is all about signalling – both to international and domestic audiences of China’s strength and invulnerability. The context

  • Analysis: Emirati armoured brigade spearheads Aden breakout

    ANALYSIS The impasse in Yemen's conflict appears to have been broken by the deployment of a powerful Emirati armoured formation: a logistical triumph that has helped pro-government forces push out of the southern port city of Aden and capture Al-Anad Air Base 48 km to the northwest. The military

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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