• Kenya launches coast guard

    The new Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) was officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta during a 19 November ceremony that saw the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Doria commissioned as its first vessel. The OPV was built by Bangladesh’s Western Marine Shipyard and handed over to

  • Russia refits Missile Troops and Artillery

    The Russian Missile Troops and Artillery (MT&A) are receiving new weapon systems, the chief of the service, Lieutenant General Mikhail Matveevsky, told Russian media on 19 November. “The troops continue to receive 2S19M2 Msta-SM 152 mm self-propelled howitzers [SPHs] integrated with the

  • Second Bahraini corvette upgraded

    The upgrade of the second of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force’s (RBNF) two MGB 62-class corvettes has been completed, Leonardo announced on 16 November. The company said Al-Muharraq was officially handed over during a ceremony at the RBNF’s Mina Salman base. It said the upgrade included a

  • F-35B first-of-class flight tests from Queen Elizabeth complete

    F-35B Lightning first-of-class flight trials (fixed wing) (FOCFT[FW]) from the UK Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have concluded after completion of a second phase of development testing (DT-2) off the US Eastern Seaboard. Wrapping up on 18 November, a day ahead of schedule,

  • Growing list of PESCO projects to depend heavily on co-ordinated defence planning

    EU defence ministries coughed up a mixed bag of results during their meetings in Brussels on 19–20 November, approving 17 more Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects for a new total of 34, plus a new co-ordinated approach to defence planning. However, they failed to agree on a


  • Unmanned whirlybirds: Rotary-wing UAVs take off in Asia

    Rotary-wing UAVs have been gaining traction in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the maritime domain where naval forces are building ships with an eye on unmanned aviation capabilities. Land forces operating in constricted terrain are also investigating similar systems. Kelvin Wong reports
  • The SAM factory: Russian air-defence capabilities

    Russia is developing and acquiring several new ground-based air-defence systems and has deployed some of them abroad, such as the S-400 system in Syria. Oscar Widlund charts the latest deployments of Russian ground-based air-defence systems and assesses their overall capabilities
  • New Russian missile likely to be part of anti-satellite system

    The appearance in September of photographs of a new missile carried on a Russian MiG-31 prompted widespread speculation as to the system's purpose. Malcolm Claus examines the new missile and assesses its intended role
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  • Russian deploys new CBRN vehicle to Syria

    Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone. An RKhM-6 vehicle was seen in footage shown by the Russia 24 television network on 7 November that was
  • Japan signs for three Global Hawk UAVs

    Japan has signed for three Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a USD489.9 million contract awarded to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 19 November. The US Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the Foreign


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47