• 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

  • US THAAD task force returns home from Romania

    The US 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) task force began withdrawing from Romania on 9 August, following its deployment there in April 2019, the US European Command (EUCOM) announced in a press release on

  • USN sets out headmarks for T-AGOS(X)

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with plans to recapitalise its fleet of ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS) with a new class of large Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessels. Designed to gather underwater acoustical data over a wide area using Surveillance Towed-Array Sensor System

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

    Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased some of its latest

  • Indonesia receives two more upgraded Su-30s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has taken delivery of two more Su-30 aircraft that underwent upgrades in Belarus. In response to queries from Jane’s , the service’s office of information and public affairs replied that the aircraft,

  • New Russian divisional base to be ready by end of year

    Construction of a permanent garrison for the 150th Motor Rifle Division near Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia is to be completed by the end of the year in order to allow its final regiment to be established. The unit was one of three Russian division-sized formations set up near Ukraine’s

  • Philippines reveals space technology ambitions

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law new legislation intended to support the development of space-related science and technologies over the coming decade. The Philippine Space Act was enacted on 8 August but announced by the government on 13 August. The legislation is positioned

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • USAFE prepares for F-35

    US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) has been preparing to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the UK through a series of activities with NATO countries, its commander has said. General Jeffrey Harrigian, commander of USAFE, Air Forces Africa, and NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), told

  • Seoul commits to 2020–24 defence spending boost

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has released details about its defence spending plans between 2020 and 2024. Its mid-term defence plan – announced on 14 August – outlines a proposal to spend KRW290.5 trillion (USD238.8 billion) on defence over the next five years.

  • INNOFENSE introduces dual-use Israeli technology for defence

    A new scheme has been launched in Israel to encourage companies with dual-use technologies to engage with the defence industry. The Innovation Program for Civil and Defense Technology Initiatives (INNOFENSE) scheme was launched on 12 August by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and

  • USMC deems JLTV ready to deploy

    US Marines in the I and III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) will begin receiving Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) by the end of September after the service announced that the vehicle is ready to deploy and support operations abroad. On 2 August, the US Marine Corps

  • Australian special forces to receive additional funding

    Australia’s special forces are to receive additional funding of AUD500 million (USD335 million) over the next four years as part of a 20-year, AUD3 billion programme to boost their deployability and ensure their continuing access to cutting-edge technology. Announcing the first stage of

  • French military completes first phase of new Dakar airport facility

    French Air Force engineers have completed the apron and taxiway for a new air transit facility in Senegal, the Ministry of Armed Forces announced on 10 August. It said the 25th Air Engineer Regiment used 8,000 m 3 of concrete in the work at Blaise Diagne International Airport. The Air Support

  • North Korea tests new tactical missile system

    North Korea test-fired what it described as a “new” weapon system into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 10 August: the Northeast Asian country’s fifth weapon test since 25 July. Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the following day that the

  • Russian Air Force commander details trials of new aircraft

    The Russian Air Force (VVS), an integral part of the Aerospace Forces (VKS), will activate several new aircraft in the coming years, VVS commander Lt Gen Sergey Dronov told the Ministry of Defence’s official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, on 12 August. In the interview marking VVS Day, Lt Gen

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