• US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) expects the size of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) to grow to more than 30,000 personnel by 2020, the DoD said in its 2018 China Military Power Report to the US Congress. Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • Boeing to acquire small satellite manufacturer

    US defence and aerospace manufacturer Boeing announced on 16 August that it is to acquire Millennium Space Systems, a supplier of small satellite technologies based in California. The company, which employs 260 people, provides both components and spacecraft of more than 6,000 kg for national

  • Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • Central African military receives new equipment

    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA) has received over 120 assorted vehicles donated by the United States and China. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra received more than 70 vehicles with a value of over USD15 million from the Chinese company Poly Technologies on 8 August. The vehicles

  • Iran likely to turn to Russia, Turkey, and China to offset sanctions, not risk war over Hormuz

    Key Points Iran is trying to consolidate politically and appease protesters to prevent sanctions from destabilising the country; this risks backfiring and reducing leadership cohesion. Iran will turn to China, Russia, and Turkey to reduce the impact of sanctions, but all three countries are

  • UAE hits back at AQAP payoff report

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces held a rare press conference on 13 August to refute an Associated Press (AP) report that the successful campaign it said it had carried against the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda involved payments and little fighting. The AP reported on 6 August that

  • Al-Shabaab militants kidnap girl in Somalia's Gedo

    A SIX-year-old girl with albinism was kidnapped by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants from her family residence in the town of Harbole in Somalia's Gedo region on 3 August, Somaliweyn reported. Reports added that approximately militants raided the residence at night and absconded with the

  • Argentine Army receives first modernised FAL rifles

    The Argentine Army has received the first batch of 292 7.62 mm FAL rifles modernised by Fábrica Militar Fray Luis Beltrán. The factory is part of the Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares: the organisation under the Argentine Defence Ministry that produces weapons and

  • Australia orders 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles

    Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion). The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia

  • China’s overwater bomber capabilities aimed at US, says DoD

    Over the past three years China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2018

  • Dynetics, Raytheon chase HEL TVD prize

    The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has selected two competitor solutions to proceed to the Preliminary Design Phase of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme with the award of separate USD10 million development contracts to Raytheon and an industry

  • Elbit reports rise in Q2 revenue

    Israeli defence manufacturer Elbit Systems generated almost USD74 million more in revenue in the second quarter of 2018 than in the same period of 2017, according to financial results published on 16 August. The company’s net income also rose notably, with its performance in the second

  • Grant of M41C tanks to Uruguay advances

    The donation by the Brazilian Army of 25 M41C (Caxias) battle tanks to Uruguay is awaiting clearance through the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, before going to the Federal Senate for final approval. Started in 2011 and repeatedly stalled through Brazilian approval processes, the deal will see 15 of

  • IED attack kills two Security Belt Forces officers in Yemen's Aden

    TWO Security Belt Forces officers were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated as they handled the device in Mansoura district in the city of Aden in Yemen's Aden governorate on 3 August, Al-Masdar reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Multiple incendiary device attack targets police in Londonderry in Northern Ireland

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants threw 16 incendiary devices - described in reports as petrol bombs - at police officers close to the walls of the city of Londonderry in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland on 11 July, Irish News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and no

  • Probe into war crimes accusations unlikely to lead to purges in Cameroonian army or end military offensives

    Event Cameroon’s minister of communication on 16 August announced that President Paul Biya had ordered an investigation into alleged war crimes by some soldiers after two videos were released on social media that appeared to show Cameroonian troops shooting dead unarmed civilians in the

  • UK digitises joint fires to operate with NATO allies

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four-year, GBP17 million (USD21.6 million) contract to IT and business consulting services company CGI for the mid-life update (MLU) to digitise the British Army's Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application (FC BISA), CGI announced on 16

  • UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

    Key Points RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft

  • UK readies to re-start Type 31e frigate competition

    Key Points The MoD is preparing to re-start the competitive process for its five-ship Type 31e frigate programme A short period of market engagement will start after 20 August ahead of a new competition The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing to begin a new competition for the Royal