• Russian airborne troops increase indirect fire capabilities

    Russian airborne troops (VDV) are strengthening their indirect fire capabilities, an industry source has told Jane’s. “In early August, the VDV received a batch of upgraded 2S9-1M Nona-SM air-droppable self-propelled mortars (SPMs),” the source said, adding that the VDV “is

  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the

  • China criticises US NDAA for FY 2019

    Beijing has heavily criticised the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for containing what it referred to as “negative content related to China” along with plans to strengthen Taiwan’s force readiness and military capabilities. Referring to

  • Infighting likely to undermine nascent inter-militia alliance in CAR

    Event The three main ex-Séléka militia factions in Central African Republic (CAR) have pledged to put aside their differences and work together for peace, according to a statement reported on 11 August. The Popular Front for the Renewal of CAR (Front populaire pour la renaissance de la

  • Ministerial dismissals indicate high likelihood of cabinet reshuffle in Belarus, increasing risk of contract reviews

    Event On 14 August 2018, during an extended meeting in Orsha, Viciebsk region, of the Cabinet of Ministers and representatives of regional and local authorities, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka dismissed Industry Minister Vitali Vouk and Architecture and Construction Minister Anatoli

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  • 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