• Army 2019: Russian MoD to receive BTR-82AT APCs

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive the first BTR-82AT armoured personnel carriers (APCs) this year, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow between 25–30 June. In early April Defence Minister

  • Norway to scrap damaged frigate

    Norway’s government has confirmed that the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is beyond economic repair and will be scrapped. The Ministry of Defence confirmed in a press release on 21 June that it had accepted the conclusions of a report submitted by the Norwegian Defence

  • US Air Force launches first on-orbit demonstration of non-toxic satellite propellant

    The US Air Force (USAF) has demonstrated on-orbit for the first time a non-toxic satellite propellant that it developed. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Advanced Spacecraft Energetic Non-Toxic Propellant (ASCENT) will now perform a 13-month demonstration on Ball

  • Australian DoD denies any involvement in reported planning for a new deep-water port near Darwin

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has denied any involvement in classified or unclassified planning to develop a new deep-water port near Darwin to support the deployment of US Marines for training in Australia. The DoD’s statement follows a 23 June report by the Australian

  • China deploys J-10 fighters to Woody Island, says report

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 19 June shows that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed at least four Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group J-10 multirole fighter aircraft to Woody Island in the South China Sea (SCS), according to a 21 June report by CNN. The move,

  • Indian Navy deploys two warships to Gulf region amid US-Iranian tensions

    The Indian Navy (IN) has deployed two of its warships, one to the Gulf of Oman and the other to Persian Gulf, to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transiting those waters following the recent attacks against two oil tankers in the region. In a statement the service identified the ships as

  • Pentagon reaffirms military-to-military ties with ‘Northern Triangle’ countries

    When embattled Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández landed via helicopter at Soto Cano air base outside of Comayagua on 21 June, US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Commander Admiral Craig Faller and the US Chargé d’Affaires to Honduras Heide Fulton were on the ground to greet him

  • UN records decrease in security-related incidents in Afghanistan

    The number of security-related incidents in Afghanistan dropped by 7% between February and May 2019 compared with the same period the previous year, according to the latest quarterly report by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the situation in Afghanistan. Released on 18 June, the

  • US military kicks off deployment of SPMAGTF-SC rotation in Central America

    A US Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), deployed across Central America, kicked off its fifth seasonal deployment to the region on 21 June with an opening ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, US Southern

  • JMSDF to participate in ‘Talisman Sabre’ military exercise for first time

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will for the first time join US and Australian forces in the ‘Talisman Sabre’ series of military exercises in an effort by Tokyo to scale up joint operations with its defence partners in the region. A JMSDF spokesperson told Jane’s on

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo steps up IFTS programme

    Italy’s Leonardo has launched a new phase of its international flight training school (IFTS), that will involve relocating Phase IV training on the M-346 aircraft to the Decimomannu air base in Sardinia. Under the current evolution of the programme, a further four M-346A aircraft (designated

  • ‘BALTOPS 2019’ tests new amphibious command construct for US, NATO forces

    Key Points US, NATO forces have been testing a new, higher-level, integrated amphibious command construct at the ‘BALTOPS 2019’ military exercise Greater amphibious presence at ‘BALTOPS 2019’ is providing the opportunity to demonstrate this construct and inform development

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • Tokyo accuses two Russian Tu-95 bombers of violating Japanese airspace

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter aircraft twice on 20 June to intercept two Russian Aerospace Forces Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bombers it accused of violating Japanese airspace. A Japan Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane's that the bombers

  • Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on Saudi powerplant

    Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) claimed on 19 June that it had carried out a third cruise missile attack on the previous day, saying it targeted the Al-Shuqaiq power station in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan province. The statement quoted the group’s military spokesperson as saying the

  • Russians training Central African Republic’s special forces

    Russian instructors are training special forces personnel of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), according to a report by the UN Secretary-General’s office dated 17 June. It said that an unspecified number of FACA members who are part of an unidentified special forces unit

  • UAE may have deployed Pantsir-S1 to Libya

    Photographs of a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 air defence system that has purportedly arrived in Libya began circulating on social media channels on 18 June. A system mounted on a MAN SX45 8×8 truck – a configuration only previously seen on the Pantsir-S1s acquired by the United Arab Emirates

  • US announces more military aid for Ukraine

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 June plans to provide USD250 million in security co-operation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts for the Ukrainian armed forces. The new funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programmes and operational

  • Canada, Japan navies enhance interoperability in South China Sea

    Key Points The navies of Canada and Japan have completed a series of drills in the South China Sea Exercises seek to further deepen interoperability between the two services The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) have completed a series of drills in the

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