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  • Pentagon’s ability to handle two military fronts questioned

    While a bedrock of US military strategy through the decades has been an ability to accommodate confrontation on two major fronts simultaneously, the return and rise of true peer competition is bringing that capability into question. US Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican who succeeded the late John

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • Japan’s ruling coalition approves modification of Izumo-class helicopter carriers for F-35B ops

    Japan’s ruling coalition has approved a new defence policy outline that includes the conversion of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Izumo-class helicopter carriers into multirole aircraft carriers from which short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft,

  • Kongsberg and Patria to buy AIM Norway

    The long-running partial privatisation of Norwegian aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) venture AIM Norway has progressed with the acquisition of the company by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Finland’s Patria. Kongsberg will hold 50.1% of the company with Patria holding

  • Russian Navy to acquire 12 new Lada-class submarines

    The Russian Navy plans to procure 12 more Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). “We will continue to build the Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class [Improved Kilo-class] SSKs and at least 12 of the newest Lada-class submarines,” the navy’s commander-in-chief,


  • Annual Defence Report 2018: Middle East & Africa

    Syria has stabilised, but tensions remain on the front lines of the areas of influence carved out by external powers. Meanwhile, the war in Yemen has come into sharper focus, with the US using Iran's support for the rebels to bolster its efforts to isolate Tehran even as the growing civilian death toll threatens arms exports to the Arab Gulf countries. Jeremy Binnie reports
  • If you want peace, prepare for war: Chinese land forces modernisation

    China's military modernisation began in the mid-1990s after Beijing realised that its military was incapable of participating in a modern conflict such as the 1991 Gulf War. Sam Cranny-Evans reports on the extent to which China's land forces have been transformed by the process
  • 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
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  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will
  • US Army seeking APS technology for Bradley vehicles

    Once again the US army is looking for new active protection systems (APSs) to equip on its family of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. Whether this is a positive or negative for IMI Systems’ Iron Fist remains unclear. On 11 December, the service issued a draft request for proposal in the
  • 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