• Italian Army to receive Leonardo’s containerised FOB protection system

    Leonardo is supplying the Italian Army with three sets of containerised active defence components (ADC) to supplement forward operating base (FOB) protection systems. Under the contract, awarded in December 2016 to Leonardo, the first two ‘towers’ and the command control post (CCP) have

  • US warns Turkey against offensive into northeast Syria

    Key Points The US DoD is taking Turkish threats to invade northeast Syria seriously It has confirmed that it has now established an unspecified number of observation posts on the Syrian–Turkish border to deter incursions The US Department of Defense (DoD) indicated on 12 December that it is

  • US Air Force releases RFI for SRP-O ASLON-45 small launch effort

    The US Air Force (USAF) seeks industry feedback on draft mission requirements for a small launch effort called Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45. One goal of ASLON-45 is to launch an orbital demonstration mission delivering a 39 kg spacecraft

  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • Pentagon’s ability to handle two military fronts questioned

    While a bedrock of US military strategy through the decades has been an ability to accommodate confrontation on two major fronts simultaneously, the return and rise of true peer competition is bringing that capability into question. US Senator Jon Kyl, the Republican who succeeded the late John

  • Tensions between Malaysia, Singapore persist over maritime border dispute

    Tensions between Malaysia and Singapore persist over a maritime border dispute following Kuala Lumpur’s declaration that it would extend the limits of a port in the country's southernmost state of Johor, a move that Singapore views as an encroachment into its territorial waters.

  • UPDATE: German Army forms digitised division

    Key Points The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027 To support this effort, the army is creating a digitised test unit The German Army is to form a fully equipped and digitised division by 2027. On the way to achieving this goal, it is equipping and modernising

  • US expects continued confrontation from Chinese and Russian forces

    The US anticipates its forces will be challenged by like forces deployed by Russia and China on a constant basis, said Rear Admiral Doug Perry, US Navy (USN) director of Joint and Fleet Operations, US Fleet Forces Command. The US must increase its training to prepare for such threats, Rear Adm

  • Russia reinforces Crimea

    Russia has launched a drive to reinforce its air and land forces deployed on the contested Crimea peninsula, according to open source monitoring and satellite imagery. The effort appears be to centred on bolstering forces positioned at Dzhankoi Air Base in northern Crimea, some 25 km south of

  • EU officials dismiss concerns about future defence protectionism, but fears persist

    Although officials in Brussels insist the EU’s future support for defence research and capability development will not modify procurement rules across the post-Brexit 27 member states, they are nonetheless struggling to dispel fears that the policies carry the seeds of protectionism. At the

  • Indian Air Force readying second airbase for Rafale fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is upgrading Hasimara Air Force Station (HAFS) to receive its second squadron of 18 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft from 2020. Official sources told Jane’s that the IAF is set to resurface the runway at the airbase, which is located in northeastern India

  • GCC announces joint academy to advance military integration

    The main military development during the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) summit on 9 December appears to have been a decision to set up the Gulf Academy for Security and Strategic Studies. The communique released after the event said the GCC leaders had issued instructions for the establishment of

  • New capabilities demonstrated at ‘Point Blank’ exercise

    The trilateral Exercise ‘Point Blank’, co-hosted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) and completed in late November, was a milestone in offensive combat air training. Not only was it the first time the French Air Force (FAF) had participated, it was also

  • Taiwan’s reorientation to nuclear power likely to disrupt renewables sector, Chinese interest in KMT-controlled districts to increase

    Key Points KMT is likely to focus on leveraging Mainland Chinese commercial interest to boost its economic growth. The long-term energy development of Taiwan is likely to shift towards nuclear and renewables, with the extension of the life of current nuclear facilities a current policy priority.

  • Update: US Air Force requests additional funding to base F-35s at Tyndall Air Force Base

    Key Points The US Air Force requested supplemental funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base so it can base F-35s there The base, severely damaged by an October hurricane, is home to valuable training space over the Gulf of Mexico The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December proposed Congress provide

  • USN secretary looks to revamp maintenance infrastructure and mindset

    US Navy (USN) Secretary Richard Spencer wants to modernise the service’s maintenance facilities, procedures, and thought processes to increase throughput and foster innovation, he said on 6 December during a presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. However, to do

  • Dunford: No withdrawal date in sight for US troops in Syria

    Despite progress against the Islamic State in Syria, US forces are not expected to withdraw from the country any time soon, according to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford. During a 6 December Washington Post podcast, Gen Dunford fielded questions about US military operations

  • US Army general says service modernisation coffers safe in FY 2020

    Regardless of a proposed reduction to the Pentagon’s budget in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), the US Army is prepared to protect its modernisation portfolio by making cuts elsewhere, according to General John Murray, head of Army Futures Command. Speaking with reporters on 7 December, Gen Murray

  • RNLN to trial new crewing concept for Holland-class OPVs

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) is planning to trial a new crewing concept for its Holland-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The two-year pilot project, designed to give crews greater clarity in operational programming and consequent deployment requirements, will begin in the second quarter of

  • Ukraine calls for ‘comprehensive’ security strategy for Black Sea, but options are limited

    NATO and Ukraine are working on a “comprehensive response” for boosting security in the Black Sea against further Russian aggression there, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. However, allied officials are cautious about the range of NATO’s military options in

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