• USN changes maintenance mindset as it implements post-collision fixes

    The US Navy (USN) has shifted responsibility lines and altered the way it oversees maintenance as the service implements recommendations made in the wake of last year’s surface-ship collisions in the Western Pacific, USN Secretary Richard Spencer has said. One of the findings of USN reports

  • USN sees potentially different make-up of 355-ship fleet

    While federal law has now set the desired US Navy (USN) fleet size at 355 ships in the coming decades, there could be notable differences in the composition of that force compared with what is deployed today, USN Secretary Richard Spencer has said. There could even be a great many more ships than

  • Anarchists vandalise MP's residence in the UK's Somerset

    ANARCHISTS vandalised the residence of the Conservative party member of parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg in the village of West Harptree in Somerset in the United Kingdom on 1 August, the BBC and Independent reported. The perpetrators sprayed graffiti on the residence and his wife's car and also left

  • German MoD submits procurement plans to parliament

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has submitted a list of procurement programmes for the second half of 2018 to be considered by the Bundestag, the German parliament, after the summer recess. The list contains 23 items covering a wide spectrum for parliament to decide this year, with 5

  • IED attack kills two ANA soldiers in Afghanistan's Kabul

    TWO Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in Paghman district in Afghanistan's capital Kabul late on 5 August, Khaama Press reported. No immediate claim of

  • India’s CAG criticises purchase of P-8I aircraft

    India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has accused the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) of “contravening” procurement processes in the 2009 purchase of eight Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multimission aircraft for the Indian Navy (IN) for USD2.13 billion. In a

  • Latvia receives approval to buy four Black Hawk helos

    Latvia’s request to procure four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 3 August. The deal is valued at USD200 million, and covers the helicopters, equipment including Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR)

  • Malaysia reduces aircraft types in air force transformation roadmap

    Key Points Malaysia will reduce the types of military aircraft it operates as part of a long-term transformation programme The move aims to sustain the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s warfighting capabilities despite current fiscal challenges The types of aircraft to be operated by the Royal

  • Pro-junta parties increase likelihood of hung parliament after Thailand’s elections; increased non-violent protest risk from pro-democracy groups

    Event On 5 August, former Bank of Thailand governor Chatumongol Sonakul was elected as the leader of the Action Coalition for Thailand, a newly formed political party that includes high-profile political figures such as anti-Shinawatra campaigner Suthep Thaugsuban. The party supports current prime

  • Suicide attack kills three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan's Parwan

    THREE Czech soldiers were killed and a United States soldier and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in a suicide attack in the city of Charikar in Afghanistan's Parwan province on 5 August, the BBC reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • SVBIED attack kills at least six people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST six people were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near a restaurant in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 5 August, EFE reported. Although no immediate claim of responsibility was made, officials blamed the attack on Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen

  • NATO invests in Albanian airfield

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on his Facebook page on 4 August that the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest decision-making body, had approved funding for the modernisation of Kuçovë airbase in Albania. In partnership with Albania, NATO would invest more than EUR50

  • US Air Force releases timeline for light attack aircraft procurement

    Key Points The USAF expects a contract award for light attack aircraft by September 2019 The service is laying the ground work for acquiring light attack aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 6 August that it formally intends to solicit proposals from limited sources and award one

  • India launches defence innovation scheme

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a scheme to promote the commercialisation of military technologies in key capability areas. The Defence India Startup Challenge – initiated on 4 August in Bangalore – will provide funding support for new and small firms, as well as

  • Portugal to buy fewer 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence has reduced the number of 4x4 light tactical armoured vehicles (VTLBs) it is procuring for the army through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) from 167 to 139. The Portuguese Army spokesperson told Jane’s that 107 troop carriers, 13

  • UN report details Russian activity in CAR

    A UN panel of experts’ report has provided details of Russian support for the military and security forces of the Central African Republic (CAR): a subject that has attracted more attention following the 30 July murder of three journalists investigating the activities of Russian mercenaries in

  • USAF seeks Gulfstreams for liaison, C2, ISR

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to procure Gulfstream business jets to serve in a variety of roles, including liaison, command-and-control (C2), and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The Commercial Derivative Aircraft Division (CDAD) of the Air Force Life-Cycle Management

  • Saudi Arabia’s rerouting of crude exports following unconfirmed Houthi attack is likely attempt to seek international military response

    Key Points The lack of evidence provided as to the nature of the attack, and the short period for which Saudi crude exports were rerouted, suggests that, whatever type of vessel was attacked, the Saudi response was intended to elicit an international military response. If the attack attempt on

  • North Korea ‘has not stopped nuclear and missile programmes’, says report

    North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes and is violating UN Security Council resolutions through a “massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018”, according to a report drafted by a

  • Militants aspire to target upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, but higher likelihood of disruption by mass protests

    Key Points Indonesia will host the 2018 Asian Games from 18 August to 2 September in Jakarta and Palembang; more than 100,000 people are expected to be in attendance. Although Islamic State-linked militants intend to attack the Asian Games’ venue, this represents a low probability-high

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