• CNO sees continued need for sea-based aviation and unmanned platforms

    Admiral Mike Gilday, the new US Navy (USN) chief of naval operations (CNO), said the USN will continue to depend on sea-launched aviation platforms despite the uncertainty over what those future assets will look like. Speaking on 5 December at the Defense Forum Washington, hosted by the US Naval

  • Northern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised

    Two aviation regiments have been re-established at the Russian Northern Fleet’s main air base near Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula as a major re-organisation of the country’s naval aviation branch continues to be rolled out. In ceremony on 2 December at Severomorsk-1, the 7050th Air Base

  • Washington looking to restart peace talks with the Taliban

    US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad began on 3 December a trip to Afghanistan and Qatar to meet with Afghan leaders and government representatives and rejoin talks with the Taliban about the steps that could lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and a peaceful

  • Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion on armaments in 2020

    Germany plans to spend EUR8.9 billion (USD9.9 billion) on armaments in 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 5 December upon publication of its latest armaments report. In 2019, the Bundeswehr received an F125 frigate, 45 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, four Eurofighter combat

  • Malaysian MoD outlines procurement intentions in first-ever Defence White Paper

    Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces’ capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December. The future force, which will include an amphibious component and unmanned systems, will perform its

  • Singapore commissions Special Operations Command Centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has commissioned the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) as part of wide-ranging efforts to secure the country against the growing threat of transnational terrorism, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 4 December. Based at Hendon Camp in the eastern

  • Singapore's Special Operations Task Force gets new command centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) on 4 December to enhance its capabilities to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple counter-terrorism and contingency operations. The SOCC, which is networked to

  • New US CNO guidance targets readiness

    In his initial guidance released on 4 December, Admiral Mike Gilday, the new US Navy (USN) chief of naval operations (CNO) identified a need for greater readiness. Adm Gilday also focused on the importance of information and electronic warfare, the development of the Columbia-class submarine fleet,

  • NATO improves force readiness

    Allies have delivered on NATO’s Readiness Initiative, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in his press conference after the 3-4 December meeting of alliance heads of state and government in London. The initiative was launched during NATO’s 11–12 July 2018 summit in

  • NATO leaders approve report assessing China challenge to allies

    NATO leaders meeting in London on 3–4 December approved a new report calling on its members and its own political and military authorities to begin assessing the impact of China’s economic and military strength on the security of the Euro-Atlantic area. In his press conference after the

  • NATO Secretary General highlights alliance need to invest in Arctic-relevant maritime capabilities

    With the Arctic continuing to increase in strategic importance, it is essential for NATO member states to develop maritime capabilities for Arctic operations, the alliance’s secretary general told a NATO conference on 3 December. Speaking at the ‘NATO Engages: Innovating the

  • Spain funds F-110 frigate

    The Spanish government has given its approval for a loan of up to EUR1.63 billion (USD1.8 billion) to begin financing the F-110 frigate project. Construction work is due to start on the five-ship programme late next year once the final concept has been approved, builder Navantia told Jane’s

  • OSINT monitoring enables identification of Russian military insignia and vehicle markings

    Key Points Jane’s has been able to compile a database of insignia and vehicle markings for many Russian military units through order of battle (ORBAT) data and open-source research. The research enables recognition of specific units from video and imagery of training exercises to allow for

  • Dutch frigate to join French-led Gulf surveillance mission

    The Royal Netherlands Navy will send the frigate HNLMS De Ruyter to participate in the French-led maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 29 November. The Dutch ANP news agency reported on 25 November that the Netherlands would join the mission

  • Indian Navy stands up sixth Dornier 228 squadron

    The Indian Navy (IN) stood up its sixth Dornier 228 maritime reconnaissance aircraft squadron in a ceremony held at the Naval Air Enclave Porbandar in northwestern India on 29 November. The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 314, also known as the ‘Raptors’, will operate 12 licence-built

  • Japan, India agree to enhance bilateral defence and security ties

    Tokyo and New Delhi agreed to further deepen their bilateral defence and security co-operation during the first India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting on 30 November. During the meeting, which was held in New Delhi and attended by Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono and Foreign

  • New Czech Army concept published

    The Czech Army general staff and Ministry of Defence published a new strategic concept on 20 November describing the modernisation priorities of the armed forces over the next 10 years. “We have to accelerate the acquisition of new technologies and modernisation of the land and air

  • Malaysian parliament approves country’s first Defence White Paper

    Malaysia’s parliament unanimously approved the country’s first Defence White Paper (DWP) on 2 December, outlining the strategic outlook for the next 10 years. Tabling the document, which has yet to be released to the public, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the White Paper was drafted

  • India accuses PLA of 1,025 border transgressions between 2016 and 2018

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accused China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of “transgressing” the 4,075 km-long disputed border between the nuclear-armed neighbours a total of 1,025 times over a three-year period. The MoD told parliament on 27 November that

  • Japan to buy uninhabited island for US carrier-borne aircraft drills

    The Japanese government announced on 2 December that it has agreed to buy Mage Island, an uninhabited island located about 40 km south of Kyushu – the southwesternmost of Japan’s main islands –, as a training site for US carrier-based aircraft as well as the Japan Self-Defense

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