• Belgian Army contracts Saab for Gamer mobile combat training centre

    The Belgian Army has awarded Saab an SEK160 million (USD17 million) contract for live training systems, the company announced on 19 August. The equipment is to be delivered in 2021. Under the contract Saab will provide its Gamer mobile combat training centre (CTC) with a laser-based tactical

  • Turkey receives more rifles and pistols

    The Turkish military and security forces have received the latest delivery of 4,500 domestically produced MPT-76 infantry rifles, bringing the total delivered to more than 40,000, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 20 August. This was followed on 21 August by an SSB

  • Update: US tests ground-launched missile concept previously banned under INF

    No longer bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington announced that it is officially flight-testing ground-based cruise missiles that can fly between 500 km and 5,500 km. On San Nicolas Island, California, on 18 August, the US Department of Defense (DoD) conducted

  • China reiterates US sanctions threat

    China reiterated a threat on 21 August to sanction US companies involved in supplying military equipment to Taiwan. The warning came in response to a US government announcement one day earlier, approving the sale of 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft to the island country that Beijing

  • US officials confirm Reaper downed in Yemen

    A US military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate late on 20 August, two US officials told Reuters on the following day. One official said it appeared that the UAV was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched by the Iranian-backed Yemeni

  • Moscow stages comprehensive Arctic exercise

    Russia staged a 30-vessel exercise with ships from three of its four fleets in international waters off Norway’s northernmost Nordland and Troms counties from 13 to 17 August. Despite Moscow issuing four advance notices to airmen (NOTAMs), the scale of the drills was much larger than

  • Philippine Navy welcomes Po Hang-class corvette home

    Key Points The Philippine Navy’s ex-South Korean Po Hang-class corvette has arrived in Manila Vessel will transition the service over to its new anti-submarine warfare-capable José Rizal-class frigates The vessel, which is now in service as BRP Conrado Yap , was commissioned at its
  • USMC to demo G/ATOR with Iron Dome

    US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders are in a race to field a capability to intercept mid-range rockets and artillery, and they are set to host a demonstration integrating Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) with components of Rafael’s Iron Dome system. In a
  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while
  • US formally approves F-16 sale to Taiwan

    Key Points The DSCA confirms that a USD8 billion deal has been forwarded to Congress for approval The deal represents a shift in Washington’s approach to military sales to Taipei The US government has officially approved the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan, the US