• US tightens investment regulations

    US President Donald Trump has signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law, which introduces reforms that will allow the government to apply national security reviews to foreign investment. Part of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act that has just come

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Finnish MoD proposes bigger budget

    Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a EUR3.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) defence budget for 2019, a EUR326 million, or 11%, increase from 2018. The ministry said on 9 August that this would increase the defence budget's share of GDP from 1.23% in 2018 to 1.32% in 2019. The MoD attributed

  • Indian industry pledges corridor investment

    Indian defence companies have pledged to invest about INR37 billion (USD530 million) in developing a defence-industrial corridor in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, the investment was announced by several state-owned and private-sector

  • India’s CAG criticises IAF airfields upgrade

    The office of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised what it described as the “inadequate” upgrade of a large number of Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields across the country. In a report tabled in parliament on 7 August, the CAG highlighted delays as

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  • FNSS readies prototype Pars 4x4 ATV for delivery

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has confirmed that it will hand over the Pars 4×4 anti-tank vehicle (ATV) prototype to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for qualification once company trials have been completed. FNSS was awarded a contract for 260 ATVs in October 2016, with 76 of these vehicles
  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The
  • Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

    Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August. Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting
  • UGV designs shifting towards CBRNE missions

    Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology, which was once mainly focused on explosive ordnance disposal, appears to be shifting somewhat towards addressing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats. The shift could be due to recent CBRNE activity – such as the
  • Update: Taliban launches attack on Ghazni City

    Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged attack on the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province on 10 August, killing more than 170 security forces personnel. At the time of this update, however, five days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city
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