• TAPV facility completed for Canadian Army

    New facilities to house and maintain the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) have been completed at 2nd Division Support Base Valcartier, the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 28 November. The new facilities will house 129 TAPVs, and include maintenance bays, cleaning

  • Targeting errors led to accidental US strike against Syrian forces

    Key Points A US-led air strike against Syrian regime forces was because of 'unintentional human error', according to Pentagon investigators The report highlighted several targeting mistakes, but noted the forces wore no uniforms or insignia A Pentagon investigation has determined that human error

  • Nigeria announces new division

    The Nigerian Army will establish the new 8th Division in Sokoto state in the northwest of the country, Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai announced on 27 November. He added that the units that will make up the 8th Division are currently operating in the northeast and would move to

  • Germany and France seek closer EU defence co-operation to counter growing existential threats

    Germany and France must lead European defensive efforts at a time when the continent is facing existential threats from both outside and inside of its borders, senior government officials said on 29 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2016 in the German capital, ministers

  • India's MoD lists 12 delayed DRDO projects

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a list of 12 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) projects that have been delayed by an average of five years. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, said in parliament on 25 November that these so-called Mission Mode Projects

  • EU extends Somalia anti-piracy mission for two years

    Operation 'Atalanta', the European Unions's counter-piracy mission off the coast of East Africa, has been renewed for another two years. The EU Council agreed on 25 November to extend Atalanta's mandate until 31 December 2018. It also set aside just over EUR11 million (USD11.6 million) via the

  • India planning to boost materiel supplies to Afghanistan

    New Delhi plans to revive a two-year-old proposal that would compensate Moscow for Russian spares and support for assorted materiel that India intends to transfer to Afghanistan. Official sources told IHS Jane's that a trilateral arrangement is likely to take shape during the two-day Heart of Asia

  • Indian Navy to get 12 new Dornier Do-228 surveillance aircraft

    India's Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 12 upgraded Dornier Do-228 maritime surveillance aircraft for the Indian Navy on 23 November for INR25 billion (USD364 million). IN officials said the upgraded Do-228s will incorporate forward-looking infrared cameras, electronic

  • JMSDF admiral to be reprimanded over selection of helicopters

    Japan's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to issue a reprimand to Admiral Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), for pressuring subordinates in the selection of next-generation utility helicopters, Kyodo news agency quoted unnamed government sources as saying on

  • IMO concerned about North Korea's unannounced missile launches

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has expressed "grave concern" over North Korea launching missiles without prior notice, the organisation's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) said in a circular published on 25 November. The committee called on member states to "attach the

  • Pakistan appoints General Qamar Javed Bajwa as new army chief

    General Qamar Javed Bajwa is to replace General Raheel Sharif as the Pakistan Army's chief of staff when the latter's three-year term expires on 29 November. Gen Bajwa was appointed on 26th November by Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, in a smooth change of guard at what some regard as the

  • Russian carrier jets flying from Syria, not Kuznetsov

    Many of the fast jets that were embarked on the Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov have been flown to the main Russian air base in Syria, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's shows. The imagery shows eight Russian Federation Navy Su-33 and one MiG-29KR jets

  • Japan dismayed at Russia's missile deployment to disputed islands, says report

    Japan has communicated its dismay to Russia over Moscow's deployment of batteries of the 3K60 Bal (SSC-6 'Sennight') and the K300P Bastion-P (SSC-5 'Stooge') coastal defence systems to the disputed Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean, prime minister Shinzo Abe was quoted by Kyodo news agency as

  • DGA turns to simulation to assist in armoured vehicle systems integration

    France's Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has established innovative simulation methods to assess collaboration opportunities between the future generation of French armoured vehicles. As part of the SCORPION Collaborative Protection programme, the DGA is leveraging an operational

  • French C-130 Hercules fleet suffering low availability rates

    Only a quarter of France's Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport fleet is available for service at any point in time, official figures show. According to the numbers, the availability of France's 14 C-130s reached a nadir in 2015 with a weak 26.2% availability rate, equivalent to only 3 or 4

  • Kenya receives six Huey IIs

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) has taken delivery of six Bell Huey II helicopters, becoming the first operational user of the type in sub-Saharan Africa. "We can confirm that we delivered six Huey IIs to the US government last Thursday, 17 November," Bell Helicopter told IHS Jane's. "The

  • Bolivia evaluates C-27J tactical airlifter

    Leonardo has recently conducted demonstration flights of the Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft out of La Paz, at the request of the Bolivian government. A single aircraft arrived in the Latin American country on 19 November to perform a series of ground and flight trials for the

  • Havana welcomes first Canadian warship in over 50 years

    Cuba's return to the international diplomatic fold has received a further boost with the first visit to the country by a Canadian warship in more than half a century. Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton arrived in Havana on 20 November and participated in a number of official events before

  • Morocco takes delivery of M109A5 howitzers

    Morocco has taken delivery of a consignment of 155 mm M109A5 self-propelled howitzers, local media reported on 21 November. The reports were accompanied by photographs showing at least 12 M109s that had been unloaded at Casablanca's port. The US Excess Defense Articles database shows that Morocco

  • Asian navies must go beyond operating 'token' fleets to ensure conventional submarine deterrent capability, says former RAN admiral

    Key Points Operators of smaller submarine fleets in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to expand fleet numbers for scalability, as submarine warfare becomes a significant feature of regional maritime rivalry Navies will need larger submarine fleet numbers to ensure conventional deterrent

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