HEADLINES

  • North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’

    North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. The test,

  • Return of the WIG: Airfish strives for breakthrough

    Singapore’s Wigetworks is pushing the envelope of wing-in-ground effect technology with its Airfish 8 prototype crafts, and aims to be the first to bring these sea-skimming marine vehicles into mass production for commercial and military applications. Kelvin Wong reports The wing-in-ground

  • Jordan planning border security upgrade

    Jordan is planning to upgrade its border security system, according to a notice published on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 April. The notice said the US Army Contracting Command is conducting market research into companies that are interested in upgrading the existing

  • Poland launches M-346 training

    Poland officially began training its pilots on the Leonardo M-346 ‘Bielik’ advanced jet trainer on 16 April. The first batch of four cadets from the Polish Air Force University are undergoing flight training on the type at the 41st Training Air Base in Deblin. Ground training with

  • RAF Northolt ceases fixed-wing ops for runway renovation

    Fixed-wing operations at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt to the west of London have ceased for six months to enable renovation work on the main runway. The four BAe 146 aircraft of 32 (The Royal) Squadron have been relocated to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to continue transporting VIPs and high-value

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly has more French artillery on order

    Saudi Arabia is in the process of receiving more than 100 CAESAR 155 mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers and has ordered 105 LG1 105 mm light guns, both of which are made by France’s Nexter Systems, according to a 15 April report by the French activist organisation Disclose. “No less

  • Serbia, Hungary to jointly develop defence systems

    A joint session between the governments of Serbia and Hungary, held in Subotica on 15 April, was used to sign a memorandum on military-technical co-operation that aims to further improve the bilateral defence affiliation between Belgrade and Budapest, which has already significantly intensified over

  • Myanmar Air Force conducts night-time airstrikes in Rakhine State

    The Myanmar Air Force (MAF) has conducted an escalated campaign of airstrikes in western Rakhine State that, for the first time in the service’s history, has involved sustained combat operations at night. The close air support (CAS) operations, which reached a high point in mid-March,

  • Belgium SOF requirements expand to C2ISR, C-UAS, unmanned swarms

    Belgium’s Special Forces Group (SFG) is seeking a shift towards ‘man-machine’ enabled special operations forces (SOF), service sources have disclosed to Jane’s . SFG Captain Jan Weuts told Jane’s that future special operations would be supported by increases in

  • Indian Army accuses Pakistan of violating ceasefire in Kashmir over 500 times in six weeks

    New Delhi has accused Islamabad of committing 513 ceasefire violations over the past six weeks along the disputed Line of Control (LoC) that divides the northern region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. “Pakistan used heavy weaponry [artillery and mortars] during these ceasefire

  • Update: Number of JASDF scrambles in FY 2018 second highest on record, says MoD

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 999 times in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: the second-highest total recorded in a year since such operations began in 1958. The Ministry of Defense

  • Russian MoD details new hardware received in first quarter

    Key Points The Russian MoD has received more than 500 new weapon systems in the first quarter of this year Among the deliveries are the first combat and transport/loading vehicles of the Tornado-S 300 mm MRL system The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received more than 500 new weapon

  • USMC preparing for series of urban combat technology experiments

    In the Pentagon’s quest to hone its urban combat skills, the US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking mature and emerging technologies for a series of experiments between August 2019 and 2023. In a 15 April solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the USMC Warfighting

  • New consignment of US Humvees arrives in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence announced on 13 April that it has received 35 Humvee vehicles gifted by the United States, saying 20 will be used by combat units, and 15 for medical purposes. “Recently, the level of military-technical assistance has increased significantly. This applies

  • Number of JASDF scrambles in FY 2018 second highest on record, says MoD

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 999 times in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: the second-highest total recorded in a year since such operations began in 1958. The Ministry of Defense

  • THAAD to be deployed to Europe for first time

    The US will deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Romania later this year, the US European Command (EUCOM) has announced. It will be the first operational deployment of THAAD to Europe. EUCOM said in an 11 April press release that the THAAD system from the Fort Hood,

  • Uruguayan government changes defence minister and army commander posts

    Changes continue within the top ranks of Uruguay’s military. José Bayardi is the new defence minister while General Claudio Feola has been named the army’s new commander. Both men assumed their new posts on 8 April. This marks the latest chapter in civil-military tensions in the

  • USN justifies carrier cuts even as the service awaits further study

    Pushed to justify proposed cuts in the aircraft carrier force during a recent Congressional budget hearing, top US Navy (USN) officials reiterated a plan to shift funds to other programmes, but they still noted current studies could change the service’s plans. Not only is the USN conducting a

  • Germany buys three Airbus A350-900s for MoD

    The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, on 11 April approved the procurement of three Airbus A350-900 aircraft for EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billion) for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) ready air transport service. The aircraft will be ordered this month, the MoD

  • US Military examining army’s role in the Pacific, along island chains

    After nearly two decades of counter-insurgency operations in landlocked countries, US Army leaders are examining ways to support their naval counterpart in a conflict against China, and where they could base weapons along the Pacific island chains to give Washington a marked advantage. In recent

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