Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'
18 October 2021
by Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez
Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly severe security environment” around Japan.
The party said that it will “drastically reconsider” the country's response to China's growing assertiveness across the Taiwan Strait and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands – which are controlled by Tokyo, but also claimed by Beijing – as well as to the growing nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea.
Avon Protection nears unveiling results of body armour business review
03 December 2021
by Marc Selinger
Avon Protection, which has been conducting a “strategic review” of its body armour business, plans to disclose the outcome of that review on 15 December, according to a spokesperson for the UK-based company.
The disclosure will coincide with Avon's release of its fiscal year (FY) 2021 financial results, the spokesperson told
on 2 December.
Avon announced in mid-November that it was launching the review after the body armour business experienced problems with products intended for two US customers.
Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation
03 December 2021
by Victor Barreira
The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to 26 November.
The existing Army Strategic Program Guarani (Prg EE Guarani) and Army Strategic Subprogram Armoured Forces (SPrg F Bld) – part of the wider Army Strategic Program Obtaining Full Operational Capability (Prg EE OCOP) – will be merged into a single effort designated Army Strategic Program Armoured Forces (Prg EE F Bld) on 1 January 2022.
The Power of Geography: A conversation with Tim Marshall
In this episode of the Janes podcast, Tim Marshall, journalist and author of The Power of Geography, in conversation with Terry Pattar, examine how our politics, demographics, economies and societies are determined by geography.
Tim Marshall w...