• French, Malian, and Burkinabe forces conduct joint anti-terrorist operation

    Burkinabe and Malian units supported by French troops conducted a major joint counter-terrorism effort called Operation 'Panga' between from 27 March to 10 April, Burkinabe, Malian, and French authorities have announced. Operation 'Panga' took place over a 2,500 km 2 area in the border region

  • OPCW confirms sarin used in Syrian attack

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that a sarin or a sarin-like nerve agent was used in the attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but Russia continues to defend its Syrian allies. The OPCW made

  • US lines up equipment package for Iraqi Kurds

    The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 April that the State Department approved the sale of an equipment package to equip two Iraqi Kurdish light infantry brigades and two artillery battalions. It said the package requested by the Kurdish Regional Government's Ministry

  • Beijing concerned over potential consequences of any attack on North Korea

    Increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea have re-ignited traditional worries in Beijing about what could follow a military strike on the isolated dictatorship's ballistic missile and nuclear weapon infrastructure. Long-time Chinese military planning and recent actions taken by

  • China may build up to 10 bases for future aircraft carriers, says report

    China may be planning to build around 10 new bases for its future aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 20 April, amid speculation that the Asian country will operate at least six carriers in the coming years. "In the long run, China needs to develop its own

  • South Korea completes land provision process for THAAD deployment

    South Korea has completed the process required to provide land to the United States Forces Korea (USFK) for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The move, which was approved on 20 April, will allow the US military to begin stationing the

  • Bundeswehr plans reorientation towards NATO, home defence

    Planners in Germany are looking to reorient the country's military posture away from overseas operations towards national and NATO territorial defence becoming the prime directive, despite a restructuring to focus on overseas deployments such as to Afghanistan only being initiated in 2011. The

  • Poland relocates Leopard 2A5 tanks to the east

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has decided to relocate two of its newest tank battalions from the country's western border to strengthen units stationed in the east. The Leopard 2A5 MBTs of the 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade (part of the 11th Armoured Cavalry Division) based in Zagan

  • Japan scrambled its fighter aircraft a record 1,168 times in 2016

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighters a record 1,168 times in fiscal year (FY) 2016 in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: the largest number of scrambles carried out by the service within a year since such operations began in 1958.

  • Kazakhstan orders two more C295 airlifters

    Kazakhstan has ordered a further two Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 transport aircraft to augment the six already delivered. The order, which was announced by the manufacturer on 20 April, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in 2012. According to

  • Tokyo seeks to double number of female JSDF personnel

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has launched an initiative to encourage more women to join the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). Called the 'Female Personnel Empowerment Initiative', the campaign aims to double the current number of female personnel in the service. "In order to develop

  • China hands over third MPV to Pakistan

    The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has received a third maritime patrol vessel (MPV) from China, according to the Xinhua news agency. Built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the 600-tonne ship was handed over to the PMSA on 11 April in Guangzhou: the capital of the

  • Kosovo looks to acquire helicopters

    The office of Kosovo's prime minister, Isa Mustafa, decided on 18 April that the republic will initiate a process to procure a number of helicopters, with an inter-ministerial team deciding that, although the aerial capabilities of the republic are currently non-existent, there is a "real need

  • UK MoD sets timetable for nuclear sub base renewal

    UK defence infrastructure officials are studying whether to award a GBP1.234 billion (USD1.56 billion) project to renew the country's nuclear submarine base in the west of Scotland to a single prime contractor or portion out the work in three main packages. The infrastructure project is to be

  • Auditors pleased with USMC amphibious vehicle costs, but recommend delay

    US government auditors found the US Marine Corps (USMC) cost estimates for its competitive Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme - approximately USD2 billion for development and procurement and USD4.2 billion for operations and support - was fairly reached. Projections for the ACV fully or

  • RAAF receives first 3 of 100 new-generation refuelling vehicles

    The first 3 of 100 new aviation refuelling vehicles have been delivered to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley. Australian minister for defence industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 13 April that the vehicles were provided by Refuel International, the company that was awarded

  • Chinese military re-organises 84 corps-level units

    China has taken another step towards modernising its People's Liberation Army (PLA) by "newly adjusting or establishing" 84 corps-level units, Chinese state media reported on 19 April. The move, which was hailed by Chinese president Xi Jinping as "another major step in strengthening

  • Colombian Air Force to continue flying Kfir fighters

    Colombia's air force is set to continue operating its fleet of 20 second-hand IAI Kfir fighter jets for several more years as procurement of a new combat aircraft will not materialise in the short term, a senior Colombian military source told Jane's . Consequently, the air force plans to acquire

  • NRL seeks more capability for CT-Analyst

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is looking to add more features to its CT-Analyst real-time 3-D model that tracks how hazardous airborne plumes might disperse in an urban setting. Features could include adding more data about the character of a chemical, biological, or radiological release.

  • South Korea 'in final phase' of developing Cheongung M-SAM

    South Korea is in the final phase of developing its Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) to better counter North Korea's growing missile threats, a military official was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying on 16 April. "All

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