• Pentagon terminates RKV homeland missile defence upgrade due to ‘technical problems’

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is terminating its programme to develop a more reliable interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which was designed to defend the United States against limited long-range nuclear attacks. The department “will terminate the current

  • Swedish Armed Forces receive last NH90

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 20 August that it had handed over the last Helicopter 14 (NH90) to the armed forces in July. The handover took place in Marignane, France, after which the helicopter was flown to F21 Luleå, where the Swedish Air Force’s

  • US Army awards Boeing USD155 million AH-64E Apache contract

    The US Army on 20 August awarded Boeing a contract worth approximately USD155 million to procure nine new-build AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of 31 December 2022, according to a Pentagon statement. Boeing

  • Moscow stages comprehensive Arctic exercise

    Russia staged a 30-vessel exercise with ships from three of its four fleets in international waters off Norway’s northernmost Nordland and Troms counties from 13 to 17 August. Despite Moscow issuing four advance notices to airmen (NOTAMs), the scale of the drills was much larger than

  • Pentagon kick-starts weapons’ portfolio review

    Legacy weapon systems are on the chopping block as newly minted US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper moves out with his promise to task the services with examining their weapons’ portfolios to decide which ones need to be culled to pay for modernisation programmes. Esper, the former US Army

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  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while