• AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS eyes US Army requirements for OBVP power system

    Leonardo DRS hopes to see US Army requirements established soon for its On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) system to help push the technology into service more quickly. The company is talking with US Army officials responsible for establishing and delivering power needs for the service, Carlos Aguirre,

  • AUSA 2019: US Army talks network dependency, concerns

    US Army leaders have used the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference to tout progress developing a host of next-generation weapons systems while also acknowledging that the network piece of the equation could derail everything. During the 2019 show, a host of civilian and

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • AUSA 2019: US Army selects LTAMDS contractor, mum on the choice

    The US Army missed its end of fiscal year (FY) 2019 timeline for picking a single Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) vendor but said it has now decided and hashing out the terms the deal. Brigadier General Brian Gibson, the head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense

  • AUSA 2019: US Army’s IBCS could enable joining offensive and defensive fires

    The US Army is considering joining offensive and defensive fires units (field artillery and air-defence artillery) in the same spot or structure so the air-defence units could have a long-range fires capability to shoot back. However, it is first working to finalise the technology that would enable

  • EU condemns Turkish incursion into Syria but leaves arms embargo up to individual member states

    The Council of the European Union meeting at the level of foreign ministers in Luxembourg on 9 October condemned Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria for undermining regional stability and security and the progress made by the coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State. Noting

  • UN documents 458 civilian casualties during Afghan presidential election process

    Attacks by militant groups targeting the 2019 presidential election process in Afghanistan caused 458 civilian casualties (85 killed and 373 injured), including 277 civilian casualties (28 killed and 249 injured) on polling day (28 September), according to a 15 October report by the UN Assistance

  • Poland unveils Technical Modernization Plan for 2021–35

    Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Blaszczak signed the new Technical Modernization Plan for 2021–35 (PMT) on 10 October. “PLN524 billion, or USD133 billion, will be spent on new equipment and armaments,” Blaszczak announced. “We will spend over PLN24

  • US Coast Guard, DHS plans to modify OPC deal, possibly recompete some ships

    To address shipyard issues caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018, the US Coast Guard (USCG) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now plan to modify the USCG contract with Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida, to build the Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs) with some of the

  • UK RAF chief endorses US Air Force’s Digital Century Series effort

    Key Points The RAF chief of staff believes Tempest and the USAF’s Digital Century Series efforts will improve how both nations procure platforms Both Tempest and the DCS are looking to improve how air forces contract with their industrial bases The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) chief of staff

  • North Korea poses one of ‘most concerning’ ballistic missile threats to US, says report

    North Korea poses one of the “most concerning” ballistic missile threats to the United States, along with Russia, Iran, and China, according to report issued by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS). Published on 9 October, the document states that Pyongyang likely has an arsenal

  • RoKA confirms plans to cut personnel numbers to 365,000 by 2022

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) confirmed in a report presented to South Korea’s National Assembly on 11 October that it plans to reduce the number of active military personnel by about 100,000 to 365,000 by 2022 as part of defence reforms aimed at creating a smaller and more technologically

  • Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria

    The Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched their long-threatened offensive into northeastern Syria on 9 October with the stated objective of establishing a ‘safe zone’ that has been cleared of Kurdish forces and can be used to resettle Syrian refugees. “Our mission is

  • US airstrikes in May against suspected Taliban drug facilities killed at least 30 civilians, says UNAMA

    At least 30 civilians were killed as a result of airstrikes carried out by US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on 5 May against suspected Taliban drug-processing facilities in western Afghanistan, according to a joint report published on 9 October by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

  • Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force

    France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion). The publication of the images, which show the aircraft (tail number RB 002) in flight,

  • Growing backlash in US to Trump’s Syrian pullback

    US President Donald Trump’s decision not to defend the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Turkish military attacks has united Republican and Democratic lawmakers against him. Trump decided to withdraw about 50 US troops from northeast Syria in anticipation of Ankara launching a

  • Russian military has received over 2,300 systems so far in 2019

    Russian troops have received more than 2,300 new and upgraded weapon systems since the beginning of the year, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a teleconference on 8 October. “This year’s rearmament has seen the allocation of over RUB1.5 trillion [USD23.18 billion], with over 70% of

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Radionix presents complete modernisation package for Russian platforms

    Ukraine's Radionix presented a full spectrum of options for modernising Russian-made fighter aircraft and air-defence systems during the 8–11 October Arms and Security expo in Kiev. The options that the company offers would enable countries still operating the Mikoyan MiG-29 or Sukhoi Su-27

  • Israeli security cabinet reportedly discussed Iranian cruise missile threat

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a lengthy cabinet meeting on 6 October to discuss the ramifications of the 14 September cruise missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on Saudi oil facilities, attributed to Iran, Hebrew-language media reported. According to the Walla news

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