Jane's Defence Weekly

  • Bundestag budget committee approves German defence budget increase

    The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved a EUR45.1 billion (nearly USD50 billion) defence budget for 2020 on 14 November, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported the next day. This represents an increase of EUR1.8 billion, or 4.2%, from 2019, which the ministry

  • Nicaraguan government approves initial 2020 international military deployments, visits

    The Nicaraguan National Assembly (Asamblea Nacional) ratified a presidential decree on 12 November that authorises foreign troops entry into the nation throughout the first half of 2020, as well as the departure of Nicaraguan military personnel to take part in exercises and other initiatives abroad.

  • US AFSOC wants to improve dwell times

    Key Points US Air Force Special Operations Command is considering a reorganisation to give operators more time at home This will better prevent burn out and help the command refocus on the high-end fight US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) wants to improve dwell times or give

  • Green light beckons for Advent-Cobham deal but concerns linger

    Key Points UK government moves closer to approving sale of Cobham to US private equity firm Advent International However, the government has ordered a further consultation until 17 December, to assess pledges by Advent to safeguard national security After a three-week inquiry, the UK government

  • Russian military focuses on C-UAV capabilities

    Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) are focusing on counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) missions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release published on its website on 14 November. “During this year’s training, VKS air defence and radio-technical troops practised

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  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted
  • HMS Prince of Wales arrives in Portsmouth

    The UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier has arrived at Portsmouth naval base ahead of handover and formal commissioning. HMS Prince of Wales sailed into its new base port on 16 November after completing an eight-week period of sea trials. Handover will