• North Korea continues testing its new SRBM systems

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media show that Pyongyang continues testing the short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems it unveiled last year, with the country launching on 29 March two SRBMs from what appeared to be the same large-calibre multiple-launch guided rocket system

  • USMC lays out additional reorganisation details, cuts to ACV and AAV lines

    Eyeing ways to prepare for a military conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific region will require the US Marine Corps (USMC) to cut its ground combat vehicle and aviation fleets in order to be more nimble, according to Commandant General David Berger. In a 13-page report on the services Force

  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 has received a fully automated

  • Covid-19: Czech IFV contract threatened by budget cuts

    The Czech Republic is preparing big cuts in defence spending and strategic contracts in its state budget as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I do not think we need the new tracked infantry fighting vehicles [IFVs] immediately but we need other items for this war [against Covid-19],”

  • US reportedly to deploy Patriot to protect Ayn al-Asad in Iraq

    The US military intends to establish a new base for a Patriot air-defence system near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Al-Ahad News cited a security source in Al-Anbar province as saying on 23 March. The source said the new base would be at Umm Samij, north of Al-Baghdadi, a town on the

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  • Australia begins construction of third Arafura-class OPV

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 27 March that construction work had begun on the third of 12 Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Unlike the first two ships of the class, which are being built at the Osborne Naval