• Canada confirms it will end Mali mission next July

    Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed to local media on 16 November that the Canadian Armed Forces’ involvement in Mali will end as scheduled next July after 12 months. Addressing rumours that the United Nations was requesting that Canada extend the Mali deployment, Sajjan

  • Grenade attack kills three people in India's Punjab

    THREE people were killed and 19 others wounded when two unidentified militants conducted a grenade attack targeting a congregation of the reformist Sikh Nirankari movement near Amritsar in India's Punjab state on 18 November, Times of India reported. Reports stated that the assailants, armed with

  • Raytheon’s OCX clears IA hurdle

    Raytheon announced it has completed cybersecurity vulnerability testing of the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The enhanced ground control segment of the US Air Force-led GPS III satellite programme demonstrated the ability to defend against both internal and external

  • Suicide attacker detonates explosives near police checkpoint in Russia's Chechnya

    A WOMAN detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) that she was carrying near a police checkpoint in the city of Grozny in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya on 17 November, Reuters reported. The woman was killed, but no other casualties were reported. Reports said that police asked

  • UK MoD awards infrastructure contract to prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 19 November that it had awarded Kier VolkerFitzpatrick a GBP160 million (USD205 million) contract to prepare Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath airbase for two US F-35 squadrons. The contract covers the construction of a flight simulator

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  • Unmanned whirlybirds: Rotary-wing UAVs take off in Asia

    Rotary-wing UAVs have been gaining traction in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the maritime domain where naval forces are building ships with an eye on unmanned aviation capabilities. Land forces operating in constricted terrain are also investigating similar systems. Kelvin Wong reports
  • The SAM factory: Russian air-defence capabilities

    Russia is developing and acquiring several new ground-based air-defence systems and has deployed some of them abroad, such as the S-400 system in Syria. Oscar Widlund charts the latest deployments of Russian ground-based air-defence systems and assesses their overall capabilities
  • New Russian missile likely to be part of anti-satellite system

    The appearance in September of photographs of a new missile carried on a Russian MiG-31 prompted widespread speculation as to the system's purpose. Malcolm Claus examines the new missile and assesses its intended role
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  • US Air Force announces B-21 support bases

    Key Points The US Air Force has selected Tinker and Edwards AFBs as main B-21 support bases Tinker AFB has a long history in aircraft maintenance, while Edwards AFB has previously hosted experimental aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) has selected Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma, and Edwards
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