• Surface Navy 2017: SecNav calls for green fleet upgrades, warns of climate change risks to USN

    Key Points Navy secretary Ray Mabus underlined need for biofuels and other alternative ship fuel use SecNav described how climate change will affect the USN US Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) Ray Mabus has called for the use of alternative energy and biofuels in naval platforms, and also warned of

  • North Korea strengthens its emergency airfield capabilities

    Commercial satellite imagery shows that North Korea has been progressively modernising its emergency airfield capabilities since late 2015 by adapting highways for use as airstrips, building aircraft shelters, and developing contingency airfields. The measures seem to be part of a nationwide

  • PLA possibly equipping marine corps with ZTL-11 amphibious assault vehicle

    Images posted on Chinese online forums in early January suggest that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping its marine corps with the Norinco ZTL-11 8x8 amphibious assault vehicle. Published on the social media platform Weibo on 11 January, the images show the armoured vehicle,

  • US Navy plans for Ford delivery in April

    The US Navy (USN) is expecting delivery of its new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the future USS Ford (CVN 78), in April, depending on the outcome of trials. "We have updated the ship's schedule to reflect builder's sea trials in March 2017, acceptance trials in April 2017, and delivery in

  • China warns against South China Sea intervention as US signals tougher stance

    Beijing has warned the international community that any attempts to "internationalise and judicialise" the South China Sea territorial disputes will only make it harder for the issues to be resolved, but the likely next US secretary of state suggested Washington would soon take a tougher

  • India launches second Scorpene-class submarine

    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) launched the second Kalvari (Scorpene)-class diesel-electric submarine on order for the Indian Navy (IN) on 12 January in Mumbai. Named Khanderi, the boat is the second of six of the class being licence-built by the company, and is expected to be

  • US-led coalition helps blunt Islamic State tactics

    The US-led coalition has helped to reduce the effectiveness of the suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) that the Islamic State fighters defending Mosul are using against Iraqi forces, Colonel Brett Sylvia, the commander of the Task Force Strike advise-and-assist mission, told

  • Sierra Leonean soldiers exercise with British

    British soldiers have trained alongside Sierra Leonean counterparts for the first time as part of a wider increase in British support for Africa, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 7 January. It said that 90 soldiers from the 1st Queen's Dragoons Guards deployed alongside 25 Sierra

  • Spain to build new cyber HQ

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has earmarked EUR10.6 million (USD11.2 million) to construct a new purpose-built headquarters for its joint cyber-defence command at the Retamares base in Pozuelo de Alarcon, just west of Madrid. Bidding for the contract will be open until 21 February and the

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN envisions supporting fleet of networked unmanned surface, underwater systems

    Key Points The USN is considering a future capability of networked autonomous surface and undersea vehicles Programme transitions may begin as early as 2017 The US Navy (USN) is envisioning a future surface combatant force that incorporates a network of autonomous surface and undersea vehicles

  • Uganda reshuffles top commanders

    President Yoweri Museveni made major changes in the Uganda People's Defence Forces' (UPDF's) senior command in a reshuffle announced on 10 January. After less than four years at the helm, General Katumba Wamala was sacked as chief of defence Forces and re-appointed Minister of State for Works. He

  • China emphasises opposition to THAAD deployment

    China has called for "discretion" from Washington and Seoul regarding the planned deployment of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea. THAAD is "detrimental to strategic stability, mutual trust, and the strategic security interests of China

  • Finland's Hamina-class MLU will include torpedo re-introduction for navy

    Key Points Finland's Hamina-class FAC will receive a torpedo fit as part of a planned MLU The addition of a torpedo capability underlines Helsinki's increasing focus on underwater security The Finnish Navy's four Hamina-class missile-capable fast attack craft (FAC) will receive a torpedo fit as

  • Germany to send more troops to Mali

    The German government announced on 11 January that it had approved increasing its contribution to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) from 650 soldiers to 1,000. It said the Bundeswehr will also deploy transport and combat helicopters to replace the Dutch

  • North Korea has 50 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, says Seoul

    North Korea has an estimated 50 kg of weapons-grade plutonium, or enough to manufacture 10 nuclear weapons, South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in its 2016 Defense White Paper. The stockpile represents a 10 kg increase compared to the 2014 figures provided by the South Korean

  • RTN proves out new H145M helicopters in actual HADR missions over southern Thailand

    Key Points Thailand has deployed its H145M helicopters on an actual HADR mission for the first time The missions are proving out the aircraft's medical-evacuation, emergency-relief capabilities when operated from onboard a naval platform The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has deployed its Endurance-class

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN's flexible ship concept to be implemented into Future Surface Combatant

    Key Points USN will pursue flexible ship concept to ensure future surface fleet remains combat relevant Flexibility in design will be a key component of the navy's Future Surface Combatant The US Navy (USN) needs to pursue the concept of flexible ships to ensure that its surface fleet remains

  • Widespread corruption, lagging capabilities continue to thwart Afghan progress

    Corruption and struggling security forces are continuing to hinder Afghanistan's development and jeopardise costly and hard-won security gains made there over 15 years of war, the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) warned in a new 'High-Risk Report'. In 2014 SIGAR issued

  • China's Liaoning carrier group enters Taiwanese ADIZ

    The Chinese navy's Liaoning carrier group entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on 11 January while returning from exercises in the South China Sea, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement. The carrier group entered the area covered by the ADIZ around 0700

  • Colombia plans to build larger OPVs for Pacific Coast

    COTECMAR, Colombia's State-owned shipyard, is designing an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) larger than its current 1,800-ton 20 de Julio-class vessels to meet a Colombian Navy requirement for patrol ships with greater range. The larger patrol vessels would be intended for longer patrol deployments in

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