• China regroups PLA ground forces into 13 corps

    China's Central Military Commission (CMC) has taken another step towards streamlining and modernising the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by deciding to regroup the PLA ground forces into 13 corps from the previous 18, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 27 April. The new

  • Marines return to Helmand as Pentagon relooks Afghan war plans

    US marines have returned to Afghanistan's Helmand Province, and the Pentagon is mulling potentially thousands of additional troops for the 16-year-long stalemated war, as Afghan forces are reportedly suffering considerable casualty rates. The US Marine Corps (USMC) sent 20,000 marines to Helmand

  • NATO rotates Baltic air policing mission

    NATO has rotated its Baltic policing (BAP) mission, with Polish and Spanish air force contingents arriving at Siauliai in Lithuania and Amari in Estonia respectively. On 1 May four Polish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons took over the lead for the BAP mission from four Royal

  • Syria blames Israel for Damascus strike

    The government of Syria has blamed Israel for an explosion near Damascus International Airport early on 27 April. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited a military source as saying Israel fired several missiles from occupied territory, a reference to the Golan Heights, which hit a

  • MMEA rebrands service as 'Malaysia Coast Guard'

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is now formally known as the Malaysia Coast Guard, a senior service official has confirmed during his presentation at the Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference in Jakarta. The rebranding exercise is being done against the backdrop of

  • Indonesia to receive three new 120 m LSTs by 2018

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama has received a contract to construct three 120 m landing ship tank (LST) platforms for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), an official from the company confirmed with Jane's on 27 April. The vessels, which will be used

  • Trump wants South Korea to pay for THAAD system

    US president Donald Trump has said that he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that is being deployed to the country to defend against potential missile attacks by North Korea. The president told the Reuters news agency on 27 April that the advanced

  • Brazilian Army restructures its procurement system

    The Brazilian Army is restructuring its procurement management system after a four-year analysis of its strategic projects architecture. Analysis led the service to determine it should change that structure and instead design an Army Strategic Portfolio that more clearly adheres to the force's

  • France's DGA orders 319 Griffon and 20 Jaguar armoured vehicles

    On 21 April France's defence procurement agency (DGA) placed the first production order with Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense (RTD), and Thales for 319 Griffon Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (VBMRs) and 20 Jaguar vehicles. The contract value was not disclosed. The VBMR will be available in four

  • Israeli Navy gets final Super Dvora MK III

    The Israeli Navy received the last of three Super Dvora MK III fast patrol boats on 27 April. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries Ramta, the boats are the latest C variant, meaning they have improved communications equipment, the latest weapons systems, an upgraded machine room, and more space for

  • Russian defence minister addresses Ministry Board on future programmes

    On 21 April Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu addressed the board of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow to give an update on future programmes in accordance with the decrees of President Vladimir Putin. Noting the successful test firing of Kalibr (SS-N-27 'Sizzler') long-range

  • SSITH effort targets hardware cyber security issues

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pushing ahead with a new programme that focuses on the hardware aspect of electronic system security. The System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) programme aims to protect against broad classes of hardware

  • Nigerian Air Force commissions first Mi-35Ms

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) formally commissioned its first two new Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters during an event held at Makurdi Air Base on 22 April to mark the service's 53rd anniversary. The two helicopters are the first of 12 Mi-35Ms ordered by Nigeria as part of its efforts to modernise its

  • Austal delivers first of two Cape-class patrol boats to RAN

    Austal has delivered the first Cape-class patrol boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australia-based shipbuilder announced in a 24 April statement. Cape Fourcroy is one of two offshore patrol vessels of the class being leased to the RAN to meet the service's border protection commitments.

  • De-escalation through diplomatic backchannels remains most likely path for North Korea-US, despite displays of military capacity

    Key Points A major new conflict on the Korean peninsula remains unlikely given US and South Korean concern about the North Korean government's need to reinforce its domestic legitimacy with a pre-emptive attack on the US, South Korea or Japan. The arrival of the USS Michigan submarine in Busan,

  • North Korea remains 'most immediate threat' to US in Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says PACOM chief

    North Korea remains the most immediate threat to the security of the United States and its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific-region, US Navy (USN) Admiral Harry B Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the US House Armed Services Committee on 26 April as Washington aims to impose

  • NSPA issues RFP for Portuguese 4x4 protected vehicles

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the acquisition of 167 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles for Portugal on 24 April, the Portuguese Army told Jane's on 26 April. The RFP will be open for consultation until 4 August, the service added. The

  • USAF deploys F-15C Theater Support Package to Bulgaria

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed a Theater Support Package (TSP) of 12 Boeing F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft to Bulgaria in support of Operation 'Atlantic Resolve', the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 26 April. The fighters and approximately 300 personnel from the Louisiana and Florida

  • Indian Navy considering alternative options for submarine procurement

    Key Points The Indian Navy is considering alternative submarine procurement options to replace its diesel-electric submarines Delays in Strategic Partnership policy are at the heart of delays The Indian Navy (IN) is considering alternative options for acquiring six long-delayed conventional

  • Update: USAF deploys F-35A to Estonia for 'training'

    The US Air Force (USAF) deployed its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Estonia for training purposes, the service confirmed on 25 April. Of the eight aircraft that began arriving at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the UK on 15 April for the type's first overseas

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