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  • Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Taiwan proposes record-high defence budget for 2020

    Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has approved a national defence budget of TWD411.3 billion (USD13.1 billion) for 2020. The new budget – announced amid rising tension with mainland China – represents a 5.2% increase over defence spending in 2019. The Ministry of National Defence (MND) said

  • 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

  • TADTE 2019: NCSIST unveils Fire Cardinal mini-UAV

    Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15

  • US Air Force seeks information on sUAS supply chain investment roadmap

    Key Points The US Air Force seeks information on creating financial incentives to shore up the US small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) supply chain The US sUAS industrial base has not been able to successfully compete with dominant foreign competition The US Air Force (USAF) seeks information

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  • Autonomous ambition: NavyX plots a course to machine-speed warfare

    Faced with the need to redress and recover a capability debt, but limited in its number of manned ship platforms, the UK Royal Navy is advancing plans to accelerate the operational exploitation of autonomous techniques and technologies as a means to increase mass, lethality, and agility. Richard Scott reports
  • Kingmakers: Venezuela’s armed forces and the national crisis

    With Venezuela in a deep, complex, and increasingly urgent crisis since January, aggravated by external tensions with regional neighbours and the United States, the armed forces are likely to play a central role in the country’s future. Jim Dorschner reports
  • Wheels vs tracks: Reviewing AFV trends

    As conflicts have evolved, the requirements for AFVs have boosted cost, weight, and mission system needs. Sam Cranny-Evans and Jon Hawkes examine Western and Russian case studies in the continued evolution of the tracks versus wheels debate
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