• Tokyo accuses two Russian Tu-95 bombers of violating Japanese airspace

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter aircraft twice on 20 June to intercept two Russian Aerospace Forces Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bombers it accused of violating Japanese airspace. A Japan Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane's that the bombers

  • Court orders UK to review Saudi arms exports approvals

    The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the UK failed to carry out the full extent of its legal obligations in the granting of licences to export military equipment to Saudi Arabia. In a judgement released on 20 June the court overturned a decision made in 2017 by the country’s High

  • Harris to begin LRIP 2 HMS Manpack radio deliveries to US Army in October

    The Harris Corporation is expecting to finish delivering its first batch of low-rate initial production (LRIP) Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form-Fit (HMS) radios to the US Army by October before moving out on a new buy. Army leaders recently awarded the company with an undisclosed sum of money for

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

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  • Progressive HARM: An evolution in capability

    The suppression and/or destruction of enemy air-defence systems is essential to sustaining US and allied anti access/area denial mission superiority. Robin Hughes explores the evolution of the AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile in advancing this capability
  • All at sea: Indian shipbuilding under scrutiny

    The pace of the Indian Navy’s shipbuilding under its LTIPP and MCPP has been slow to deliver platforms in a timely manner, according to public project delivery timelines. Mazumdar Mrityunjoy reports
  • Expanding IoT poses cyber-security risks and intelligence collection opportunities

    The rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the online ecosystem, with effects that have yet to be fully felt. Jane’s examines the way that governments around the world are responding to the essential tensions posed by the IoT, whose vulnerabilities make it both a national security threat and a data-rich environment for intelligence collection
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  • Israel says Iran continues ballistic missile launches

    Iran launched a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in December 2018, the Israeli representative to the UN told the Security Council in a letter released on 5 June. Danny Danon said there had been seven Iranian ballistic missile launches between December 2018 and February 2019,
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