• North Korea remains 'most immediate threat' to US in Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says PACOM chief

    North Korea remains the most immediate threat to the security of the United States and its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific-region, US Navy (USN) Admiral Harry B Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the US House Armed Services Committee on 26 April as Washington aims to impose

  • NSPA issues RFP for Portuguese 4x4 protected vehicles

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of 167 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles for Portugal on 24 April, the Portuguese Army told Jane's on 26 April. The RFP will be open for consultation until 4 August, the service added. The

  • USAF deploys F-15C Theater Support Package to Bulgaria

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed a Theater Support Package (TSP) of 12 Boeing F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft to Bulgaria in support of Operation 'Atlantic Resolve', the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 26 April. The fighters and approximately 300 personnel from the Louisiana and Florida

  • 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

  • Update: USAF deploys F-35A to Estonia for 'training'

    The US Air Force (USAF) deployed its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Estonia for training purposes, the service confirmed on 25 April. Of the eight aircraft that began arriving at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the UK on 15 April for the type's first overseas

  • US Army soldiers in CENTCOM train on Battelle DroneDefender

    US Army soldiers in Kuwait have trained on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, as UAVs have been used in theatre as reconnaissance or attack platforms by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. "Task Force Spartan personnel took action to counter the threat by familiarising

  • Bulgaria opts for Gripen

    Bulgaria has selected the Saab Gripen as its new future fighter aircraft, the country's interim deputy prime minister reportedly announced on 26 April. Stefan Yanev said talks will now take place with Sweden to acquire eight aircraft to replace its Warsaw Pact-era MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighters, the

  • JMSDF conducts joint drills with USN CSG headed to Korean Peninsula

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began joint exercises with the US Navy's (USN's) Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) on 23 April as the latter heads to waters near the Korean Peninsula amid heightened tensions in the region. "Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN

  • Lockheed Martin targets Q-53 radar at US Army's SHORAD need

    Lockheed Martin is integrating a short-range air defence (SHORAD) into its AN/TPQ-53 counter-fire radar. Additionally, in March 2017, the US Army awarded the company a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) USD1.6 billion order-dependent contract to manufacture radar systems for

  • Nicaragua, US Coast Guard conduct low-profile exercise

    The naval component of the Nicaraguan Army (Fuerza Naval del Ejército de Nicaragua) conducted training exercises with a US Coast Guard (USCG) vessel on 3 April, the Nicaraguan Army has revealed. The manoeuvres reportedly took place 5 n miles off Puerto Cabezas, in the Caribbean, and focused on

  • Peru launches BAP Pisco landing platform dock

    Peru's new domestically constructed landing platform dock BAP Pisco (AMP 156) was christened and launched in a ceremony at the Callao Naval Base on 25 April. Pisco is based on Makassar-class multipurpose vessels, measuring 122 m long, weighing 7,300 tonnes, and with a top speed of 16.5 kt. The

  • US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • US Navy conducts joint drills with South Korean, Japanese navies

    US Navy (USN) ships began simultaneous bilateral naval exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on 25 April as a USN Ohio-class submarine docked in South Korea that same day amid rising regional tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic

  • US troops received short warning ahead of Turkish strikes that killed Peshmerga

    US troops in Syria were within six miles of strikes conducted by Turkish forces on 25 April that killed "many" Peshmerga fighters allied with the United States against the Islamic State group, according to a US military spokesman. Several reports put the death toll in the dozens. USAF

  • Chinese navy enhancing combat readiness, says report

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is aiming to improve its combat readiness and operational capabilities by increasing the complexity of naval exercises and training, and conducting more sea patrols and escort missions. Every combat vessel and submarine in the PLAN "will spend

  • Indian Air Force boosts capabilities near Indo-Pakistani border with new fighter squadron

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has enhanced its capabilities near the Indo-Pakistani border by deploying a new squadron of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters to Halwara Air Force Station in the northern Indian state of Punjab. The aircraft were inducted on 24 April into the IAF's recently resurrected

  • RAF Typhoons arrive in Romania

    Four UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft arrived in Romania on 24 April ahead of a four-month deployment in support of NATO's enhanced Air Policing mission. The arrival of the jets and their 150 support personnel at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near the Romanian Black Sea

  • US warns of 'another tough year' for security forces in Afghanistan

    As the United States reviews its Afghanistan policy, US secretary of defence Jim Mattis has said that he is "under no illusions" about the challenges faced by the security forces in the Central Asian country. "2017 will be another tough year for the Afghan security forces and the

  • Indonesia issues tender to upgrade naval pier on South China Sea island

    Key Points Indonesia has taken more steps towards upgrading its naval facilities in the South China Sea Upgrades will allow the deployment of larger vessels in the disputed maritime region The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has issued a tender to upgrade a naval pier at Sabang Mawang on Pulau

  • Jordan unveils Grob trainers

    The Jordanian Armed Forces released a video on 19 April showing that the King Hussein Air College is now using Grob G 120 TP turboprop training aircraft. Grob Aircraft told Jane's that it had delivered 12 of the 14 G 120TP aircraft that were ordered for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). The

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