• Indian Army looks to Russia for assorted weapons and ammunition

    The Indian Army (IA) is in advanced negotiations with Russia to acquire assorted weapons and ammunition to overcome enduring shortfalls and ensure operational preparedness along India’s restive border with Pakistan. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA is seeking launchers and

  • United Wa State Army military parade showcases ongoing modernisation

    Myanmar’s largest ethnic armed force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has underscored an ongoing process of modernisation, based largely on Chinese equipment, in a large parade to mark the 30th anniversary of its founding. Overseen by UWSA commander-in-chief Bao Youxiang, the march-past,

  • Brazil eyes first MANSUP missile acquisition

    The Brazilian Navy is looking to purchase a pre-production batch of 10 MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) combat surface-to-surface anti-ship missiles, an industry source familiar with the programme recently told Jane’s . The navy wants to sign a contract in late 2019

  • Yemen’s rebels unveil air-bursting missile

    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni rebel group popularly known as the Houthis, unveiled a new version of its Badr series of surface-to-surface projectiles that has an airburst warhead on 16 April. “Our missile power, which you once claimed you were able to destroy, is now much stronger than it was years

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and


  • Deter and defend: The 2019 US Missile Defense Review

    Following the release in January of the Trump administration's first US Missile Defense Review, Dr Lee Willett considers the posture, policy, and programmatic implications of the review for the United States and its allies
  • Striking fresh: Finland’s combat aircraft procurement programme

    Finland is in the midst of a thorough campaign to overhaul its air combat capability through the HX programme, under which the country will procure aircraft, weapons, and sensors to completely replace its current fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets. Charles Forrester reports
  • Shaping the future: The UK’s Joint Expeditionary Force

    The United Kingdom’s new Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) is a pool of high-readiness forces that can respond rapidly to any peacetime security, humanitarian, or warfighting role. The independent force is developing quickly with European partners and, despite the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the JEF is set to ensure the country will continue to play a vital role in European defence while maintaining its full commitment to NATO. David Reynolds reports
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  • MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants

    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is
  • Switzerland ready to buy Cobra 120 mm mortar systems

    Following extensive trials, the Swiss Army is expected to place a contract for a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) mortar system in the next 6–12 months, according to Captain Lars Kristian Lehman of the Swiss Armed Forces. Capt Lehman revealed the forthcoming contract in March at the Omega
  • USN details desire for additional HELIOS funding in 2020

    If the US Navy (USN) receives an additional USD80 million above its budget request for the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) initiative, the service would be able to accelerate development plans, according to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John