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  • US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) expects the size of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) to grow to more than 30,000 personnel by 2020, the DoD said in its 2018 China Military Power Report to the US Congress. Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report

  • Business as normal for anti-piracy task force post-Brexit, says EU NAVFOR

    Key Points Operation ‘Atalanta’ headquarters will transfer from the United Kingdom to Spain in March 2019 The European Union and United Kingdom have not yet agreed post-Brexit defence and security arrangements EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa

  • Argentine Army receives first modernised FAL rifles

    The Argentine Army has received the first batch of 292 7.62 mm FAL rifles modernised by Fábrica Militar Fray Luis Beltrán. The factory is part of the Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares: the organisation under the Argentine Defence Ministry that produces weapons and

  • China’s overwater bomber capabilities aimed at US, says DoD

    Over the past three years China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2018

  • UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

    Key Points RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft

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