• 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

  • Honduran military deploys to Western Sahara UN Mission, Colombia

    Four Honduran military officers have travelled to join the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), a Honduran military press release reported on 10 January. According to UN statistics, Honduras has fewer than 100 troops in two UN operations: experts on mission in MINURSO and

  • Turkish government further brings military under its authority

    The Turkish government has taken further steps to bring the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) under its full authority, issuing three new sweeping state of emergency decrees on 6 January. The decrees give the Turkish government wide ranging authority over military appointments. For example the Turkish

  • Chinese nuclear-powered submarine spotted in Pakistani port of Karachi

    Commercial satellite imagery taken in May 2016 shows what appear to be a Chinese nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) and a submarine support ship docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi, Indian media network NDTV reported on 6 January. Although the submarine was berthed in the port's commercial

  • Deployment of US marines to Helmand to replace extended army presence indicates concerns over Afghan forces' shortcomings

    EVENT On 6 January, the US Marine Corps announced that it would deploy 300 marines to support Afghan security forces in Helmand province. Beginning in spring 2017, the marines will undertake a nine-month deployment to provide advising support to the Afghan army 215th Corps and the Afghan National

  • India in talks with Vietnam over Akash SAM system

    India is in talks with Vietnam over the possible sale to Hanoi of its indigenously developed Akash self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, an Indian military source told IHS Jane's on 10 January. Negotiations on the Akash follow recent Indian offers to supply the BrahMos anti-ship

  • Russia's PAKFAs to be transferred to Aerospace Forces later this year

    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) has announced that it will take delivery of its first five Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighters later this year. Although the VKS did not specify in its announcement on 6 January when in 2017 the transfer will take place, the move will mark the end of the

  • Brazilian Army updates air defence organisation

    The Brazilian Army's 12th Jungle Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group (12th GAAAe Sl), based in Manaus, will amalgamate the 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade (1st Bda AAAe) of Garujá (State of São Paulo) in 2018, according to an official document viewed by IHS Jane's. Other notable moves, in

  • Carter: US will 'shoot down' North Korean missiles only if territory threatened

    US secretary of defence Ashton Carter took a cautious approach to addressing North Korea's potentially forthcoming test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and said the United States would only try to shoot it down if the missile threatened the United States or its allies. "[The

  • Ivorian mutiny emphasises country's exposure to further Islamist attacks rather than any risk of renewed civil conflict

    Key Points The government will be forced to meet mutineers' demands, but their basic loyalty to the president means the risk of a return to generalised civil conflict is minimal. Militant soldiers, particularly recent recruits from former northern rebels, will continue to make demands that

  • Japan, South Korea scramble fighters after Chinese aircraft fly over Korea Strait

    Eight Chinese military aircraft were spotted flying over the Korea Strait close to Japanese islands on 9 January, prompting the Japanese and South Korean air forces to scramble their fighter jets, according to local media reports. Citing Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD), the NHK TV channel

  • US armour brigade begins rotations in Europe to counter Russia

    A rotational US Army brigade combat team arrived in Europe on 6 January as part of an effort to reassure Eastern European allies who fear Russian incursions. The first equipment sets from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 4th Infantry Division, disembarked at Bremerhaven in Germany on 6

  • US military to deploy 24 Apache helos to South Korea

    The US military will deploy 24 Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to South Korea to strengthen the combined defence capabilities of the two countries, the US Forces Korea (USFK) said in an 8 January statement. As part of a scheduled rotational deployment, the 24 Apaches are set to gradually

  • Brazil approves funds for SISFRON border control system

    An additional BRL450 million (USD140 million) is to be released to continue establishing the Brazilian Army's SISFRON (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras) integrated border control system in 2017, Brazilian minister of defence Raul Jungmann announced on 4 January. The funds are a

  • Carl Vinson strike group deploys to Western Pacific to support maritime security, co-operation activities

    The US Navy (USN) Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) carrier strike group (CSG) sailed from San Diego, California, on 5 January for a deployment to the Western Pacific region. The navy had said previously that the deployment would "focus on maritime security

  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye squadron deploying to Pacific in February

    Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft in February are to join forward deployed forces as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 in Japan, the US Navy (USN) announced on 5 January. As part of wider Pentagon efforts to 'rebalance' towards the

  • Indian Army to begin phasing out Cheetah and Chetak helicopters

    The Indian Army (IA) will soon begin retiring its ageing fleet of licence-built Chetak (Aerospatiale SA 316B Alouette III) and Cheetah (Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama) light utility helicopters (LUHs) following a series of recent accidents. An IA official told IHS Jane's on condition of anonymity that

  • Cyber staffing issues persist

    Personnel and staffing issues continue to be a concern for cyber units, according to NATO military commanders. Speaking at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence's (CCD COE's) International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon) in Tallinn, Estonia, Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos,

  • NATO commanders: improved cyber awareness a necessity

    A better awareness of cyber warfare and its effects are required amongst NATO militaries if Alliance members are to effectively operate in this domain, according to commanders. Speaking at the NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence's (CCD COE's) International Conference on Cyber

  • Thailand, China vow to further enhance bilateral defence ties

    Thailand and China have vowed to push forward the "all-round development" of military relations between the two countries, the Xinhua news agency reported on 30 May. During a meeting in Bangkok with Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission, Thai prime minister Prayut

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