• Bayraktar TB2 UAVs enter service with Qatar

    Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been seen in a Qatari military exercise for the first time. The Qatari Ministry of Defence released footage on 1 April showing Exercise ‘Al-Adheed 2020’ that included brief clips of a Bayraktar TB2 taxiing and taking off. The UAV was

  • Hanoi accuses China Coast Guard vessel of ‘ramming and sinking’ Vietnamese fishing boat near Woody Island

    Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has lodged an official protest with Beijing, accusing the China Coast Guard (CCG) of using one of its vessels to “ram and sink” a Vietnamese fishing boat near one of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea (SCS). In a 3 April

  • South Korea planning to upgrade RoKA’s K1A2 MBTs

    The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to improve the overall performance of the Republic of Korea Army’s (RoKA’s) K1A2 main battle tanks (MBTs) as part of an upgrade programme. The Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DATQ) announced in March that it will

  • CENTCOM to order tank gunnery training devices

    US Central Command (CENTCOM) will order Advanced In-bore Marksmanship Training Enhancement Systems for Tanks (AIMTEST) systems that are compatible with both 73 mm and 120 mm guns, according to a notification posted on the US government’s System for Award Management (SAM) website on 3 April.

  • Covid-19: French helo carrier Dixmude deploys to the Caribbean

    The Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Dixmude (L9015) departed from Toulon on 3 April to support French overseas territories in the Caribbean to combat the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The ship is carrying equipment and supplies to help local authorities improve their capacities to deal

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  • Iran plans to construct 6,000-tonne destroyer

    Iran is planning to build a destroyer that displaces about 6,000 tonnes, according to an interview with Admiral Amir Rastegari, the head of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL)’s Maritime Industries Organisation. Admiral Rastegari identified the “heavy