HEADLINES

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • India expands defence collaboration with Malaysia and Singapore

    India has agreed to expand defence industrial co-operation with Malaysia and Singapore. The accords were announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Southeast Asia, which concluded on 24 November. During Modi's visit to Malaysia he pledged to enhance defence ties across

  • JTIC Global Attack Index - September 2015

    Key Points JTIC recorded 1,516 worldwide attacks by non-state armed groups in September 2015, a 7.5% decrease in the average daily total compared with August. In Yemen, the decreasing militant operational tempo across the month was principally indicative of the extent to which Ansar Allah had been

  • Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

    Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October. The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew

  • DSEI 2015: French Navy details lessons learned from Gulf carrier deployment

    Key Points Carrier deployment demonstrates ability to shape events at sea and ashore while supporting wider strategic interests Gulf maritime environment is becoming more complex, with more navies present The recent deployment of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its

  • China military parade all about signaling

    Key points: What this parade does is confirm Chinese internet-sourced imagery that has been the basis for most open source analysis in recent years. The parade is all about signalling – both to international and domestic audiences of China’s strength and invulnerability. The context

  • Analysis: Emirati armoured brigade spearheads Aden breakout

    ANALYSIS The impasse in Yemen's conflict appears to have been broken by the deployment of a powerful Emirati armoured formation: a logistical triumph that has helped pro-government forces push out of the southern port city of Aden and capture Al-Anad Air Base 48 km to the northwest. The military

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Canadian Army to trail NovAtel's new GAJT-AE anti-jam antenna

    Key Points An upcoming GAJT demonstration falls under the BCIP NovAtel has sold GAJT-AE to international customers for use on UAVs The Canadian Army will begin field testing later in 2015 a new and smaller NovAtel GPS anti-jam antenna that is receiver-agnostic and can be retrofitted onto legacy

  • UK PM calls on service chiefs to acquire 'more readily deployable counter-terrorist capabilities'

    UK prime minister David Cameron has urged UK defence chiefs to spend more on "special forces and readily deployable counter-terrorist capabilities" such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, as part of the ongoing Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR),

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • Analysis: Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition continued airstrikes after announcing Operation 'Determined Storm' had ended on 21 April Renegade Yemeni military units have increasingly become the focus of the air campaign ANALYSIS The Saudi-led military intervention against the Yemeni group Ansar Allah

  • China's first runway in Spratlys under construction

    Key Points Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands The imagery, provided by Airbus Defence and Space, also shows China building islands on Subi Reef that if linked up would provide enough land for another airstrip

  • Mexico details long-term plan for international deployments

    Mexico plans to establish an infantry battalion that will deploy on international peacekeeping operations, a government inter-agency team known as the Peacekeeping Operations Working Group (Grupo de Trabajo - Operaciones de Mantenimiento de la Paz, GT-OMP) announced on 5 April. The GT-OMP is

  • Update: USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said the USN has ample supplies for current operations, but is projected to "have

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Lithuania to reintroduce conscription

    Key Points The Lithuanian State Defence Council has called for a reintroduction of conscription as a result of the Ukraine crisis The move will reverse a 2008 decision to abandon conscription and will see Lithuania's armed forces increase by 45% in size Lithuania is looking to reintroduce

  • NATO's new Readiness Action Plan leaves Europe's southern flanks vulnerable

    Key Points NATO's RAP has focused on responding to the emergent threat of Russia to its east As a result it has neglected to deal adequately with the threat from instability to the south in the Middle East and North Africa If carried through as envisioned, NATO's new Readiness Action Plan (RAP)

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