• Sweden to reintroduce military conscription

    The Swedish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 March that conscription in the country is to be reintroduced. Registration of those born in 1999 and 2000 will begin on 1 July 2017, with liability to undergo basic military training starting from 1 January 2018, continuing through to 2019. Some

  • Yemeni rebels display UAVs

    Yemen's rebels appear to have provided more evidence that they are getting military support from Iran after they displayed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that looked similar to the Iranian Ababil 2. Called the Qasef 1, the UAV was unveiled on 26 February along with three other smaller unmanned

  • SHAPE's cyber defence unit now trialling three-nation cyber incident system

    NATO's cyber security unit within Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), known as the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), is now trialling a new three-nation cyber threat exchange system for a year to test the feasibility of its use during coalition operations. In

  • Thailand launches 10-year military modernisation programme

    Thailand's government has launched a 10-year military development programme through which it intends to address some of its major challenges, including ongoing insurgency in the south. The 'Modernisation Plan: Vision 2026', which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 27 February,

  • USN expands 'Pacific Partnership' series of exercises into South Asia with Sri Lankan mission stop

    Key Points The USN has included Sri Lanka as a mission stop for the first time for the 2017 iteration of 'Pacific Partnership' Deployment also marks the series of HADR exercises' first outreach into the South Asian region The US Navy's (USN's) expeditionary fast transport ship (EPF) USNS Fall

  • Brazil to send OPV for Exercise 'Obangame Express 2017'

    Brazilian Navy Amazonas-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Apa (P 121) will participate in Exercise 'Obangame Express 2017', a multinational maritime training event to be held in the Gulf of Guinea on 20-31 March, the service has announced. The ship will conduct missions off Angola, Congo, and

  • Emirati HAWKs to soldier on

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) MIM-23 HAWK air-defence systems are to remain in service for several more years, according to a US Department of Defense (DoD) contract announcement on 28 February. The DoD said Raytheon had been awarded a USD37 million contract to provide "subject matter

  • India's HJT-36 Sitara remains 'unfit' for use as intermediate jet trainer

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) HJT-36 Sitara remains "unfit" for service as an intermediate jet trainer (IJT) as a result of "unresolvable" technological problems with the aircraft, senior Indian officials associated with the programme have told Jane's . "There

  • Indian Navy to decommission aircraft carrier INS Viraat

    The Indian Navy (IN) will decommission INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes), its 57-year old 24,300-tonne Centaur-class aircraft carrier, in Mumbai on 6 March. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, head of the IN's Western Naval Command, told reporters on 27 February that the naval ensign and commissioning pennant

  • Moldovan Army receives more HMMWVs

    The Moldovan Army has received a new batch of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) from the United States, the Moldovan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. In total some 34 HMMWVs were delivered to Chisinau by 15 February, out of a total batch of 41 vehicles. The remaining

  • SDF advances on Al-Raqqah

    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) has made a significant advance in northeast Syria, bringing its forces to within 10 km of the city of Al-Raqqah, which is often described as the Islamic State militant group's capital. In an offensive that begun on 4 February, SDF fighters have pushed

  • Vietnam commissions last two of six Russian-built attack submarines

    The Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) has commissioned the last two of six Project 636 'Kilo'-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) ordered from Russia in 2009, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Hanoi announced in a press statement. Named Da Nang (pennant number HQ 186) and Ba Ria - Vung

  • Avalon 2017: A400M starting to deliver for RAF after 'challenging' entry-into-service

    The Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft is beginning to deliver for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) after a "challenging" entry-into-service, the commander of the service's only operational unit told reporters on 1 March. Speaking at the Avalon Airshow near

  • Avalon 2017: Triton UAV to deploy to Guam in 2018

    The first deployment of Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton maritime patrol unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be to the Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) in Guam in 2018, a year later than previously announced by the US Navy (USN). It will occur as part of an early operational capability deployment. The

  • Bahamas commissions new HMBS Kamalamee

    The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned HMBS Kamalamee during a ceremony at Coral Harbour Base on 24 February. Kamalamee is a Stan Patrol 3007 produced by Dutch shipyard Damen Shipbuilding Company. A 27 February RBDF statement said this is the third of four similar platforms acquired

  • France's proposed military deployment to Niger unlikely to prevent surge in terrorist attacks, with capital likely target

    EVENT France on 26 February said it would send up to 80 special forces to Niger, following another terrorist attack near the border with Mali, in which 15 soldiers were killed and 19 injured. The Islamic State-affiliated Jamaat Tawhid wal Jihad fi Gharb Afriqa (known by the French acronym MUJAO),

  • Avalon 2017: RAAF debuts recently received Growler

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) showcased at the Avalon Airshow 2017 the first of 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft that it is to receive from the United States. The first aircraft was revealed to reporters during a ceremony on the opening day of the event, on 28

  • Australia eyes broad UAV fleet

    The Australian Defence Force is planning to significantly increase the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in its inventory and bring local industry into the fold in the development of an amphibious platform that can operate with substantial endurance over littoral waters and inland. Amongst

  • ECOMIG gets new mandate as some troops withdraw

    The Economic Community of West African States' Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) is withdrawing some troops as it implements a new mandate that began on 21 February. The drawdown officially started on 19 February, although the Nigerian Air Force assets and personnel deployed to Senegal to support the

  • Avalon 2017: F-35 transforming US Marine Corps' aviation capabilities

    The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is transforming the aviation combat capabilities of the US Marine Corps (USMC), with early simulated trials showing unprecedented levels of mission success compared with legacy platforms, a senior service official noted on 28

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