• Chile ready to finalise frigate acquisitions

    The Chilean Navy is set to finalise the procurement of two Adelaide-class frigates by the end of May. HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Newcastle , built in Australia in the early 1990s, would be acquired as a stop-gap measure to replace two of three Dutch- and British-built frigates currently in service in

  • SOFIC 2019: L3 Technologies unveils the Fused GPNVG

    L3 Technologies launched a new variant of its Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles (GPNVGs) at the 2019 SOFIC, which was held in Florida from 20 to 23 May. The Fused GPNVG (F-Pano) solution, which also features four image intensification (I2) tubes, has been enhanced with an integrated fused

  • SOUTHCOM commander stresses need for more naval, aerial assets

    US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) needs additional platforms to properly carry out its multiple missions, according to Admiral Craig Faller, the new SOUTHCOM commander. “We need more ships [and] we need more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets,” the admiral said during a

  • US Senate defence policy bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey

    Key Points The SASC FY 2020 defence bill bans F-35 transfers to Turkey if the nation moves forward with acquiring the Russian S-400 system This is the first step in a process that, if approved by the president, could formally ban sending F-35s to Turkey The US fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence

  • US to send ‘less’ than 1,000 additional troops to USCENTCOM

    The Trump administration is moving out with plans to send fewer than 1,000 additional troops, as well as additional military assets, into the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) region to curtail what it deems a threat from Iran, according to Pentagon officials. On 24 May, Acting Defense Secretary

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  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment

    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus on 21 May for the type’s first overseas
  • MILEX 2019: Belarus upgrades mid-range MRL inventory

    The Belarusian military has launched an initiative to modernise its inventory of 9P140 Uragan (Whirlwind) 220 mm medium-range multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 show, which was held in Minsk from 15–18 May.