• IAF teams to start Rafale training

    A six-member team from the Indian Air Force (IAF) has left for France to train on Dassault Rafale fighters: a move that comes a little over two years after New Delhi ordered 36 of the multirole combat aircraft for EUR7.9 billion (USD9.16 billion) via an intergovernmental agreement. Official sources

  • Afghan troops to train in China, says report

    Beijing is to deepen its military ties with Kabul by training Afghan troops on Chinese soil, the Reuters news agency quoted Janan Mosazai, Afghanistan’s ambassador to China, as saying on 6 September. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post

  • Poland gives details of new, fourth division

    Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has given details of the new, fourth division, the formation of which he first announced in June. Speaking on the occasion of Polish Land Forces Day on 9 September, he said the division would be headquartered in Siedice and be composed of the 1st Armoured

  • German Sea Battalion exercises with Dutch joint support ship

    The German Navy’s Sea Battalion practiced large-scale non-combatant evacuation operations from the Baltic port of Rostock with the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN’s) joint support ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman at the beginning of the month, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said

  • UK Royal Navy ship conducts freedom of navigation operation in South China Sea

    Key Points A UK Royal Navy ship has sailed in the vicinity – but outside the internationally recognised territorial waters – of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea Ownership of the Paracel Islands is claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. China has objected to the ship’s

  • IDF accuses Lebanese military of collaborating with Hizbullah

    The Iranian-backed group Hizbullah has increased its co-operation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), a senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer told journalists during a visit to the border on 5 September. The officer said the co-operation was part of Hizbullah’s attempts to cover up

  • Ecuador assessing Orion aircraft for territorial surveillance

    Ecuador is evaluating a Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft that the United States has temporarily deployed to the country. From 6 to 11 September the aircraft will be assessed for monitoring Ecuador’s maritime and land territories to help combat crimes such as

  • India, China agree to boost interaction between militaries

    India and China have agreed to augment interaction between their respective militaries and have proposed to activate one or more ‘hotlines’ between them to ensure “peace and tranquility” along their disputed 4,057 km-long border. During a meeting on 21 August in New Delhi,

  • Argentine economic crisis to hit armed forces even harder

    The Argentine armed forces look set to be further degraded by the country’s economic woes. While new funding cuts to be applied on already-restricted military budgets are looming on the horizon, there is now also talk of merging the Argentine government’s defence and security ministries

  • Update: US destroyer seizes arms shipment in Gulf of Aden

    The arms shipment that the destroyer USS Jason Dunham found on a skiff in the Gulf of Aden on 28 August consisted of 2,521 AK-47 rifles, the US 5th Fleet said on 6 September. The 5th Fleet first reported the seizures on 30 August, when it said Jason Dunham located a dhow transferring covered

  • German MoD calls for new Bundeswehr capability profile

    Key Points • The German MoD plans to create an integrated network of modular military capabilities from which to choose depending on the mission being undertaken • These networks include land, air, sea, cyber, space, special operations, logistics, and territorial defence, among other

  • Next round of PESCO projects in final stage of evaluation – and partner lobbying

    The second round of military capability proposals for development under Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence among EU countries are in their final evaluation stage for approval and possible co-funding from the European Commission in 2019. The projects cut across all military domains,

  • Pakistan could have up to 250 nuclear warheads by 2025, says report

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could grow from an estimated 140–150 to between 220 and 250 warheads within the next seven years if the South Asian country continues expanding its nuclear weapon programme and delivery capabilities, according to a report published on 31 August by the Bulletin

  • Russia deploys tanker aircraft to Syria

    Russia has deployed Iluyshin Il-78 ‘Midas’ air-to-air refuelling aircraft to its airbase in Syria to support its ongoing naval exercise in the Mediterranean. At least two – possibly four – Il-78s were seen at Humaymim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province in footage

  • Bundeswehr outsources airlift to Africa

    The Bundeswehr announced on 31 August that its latest rotation of troops to and from Mali was airlifted using chartered transport aircraft the day before. Under a framework agreement with the Bundeswehr, logistics company Kühne+Nagel is conducting weekly flights between Cologne and Bamako,

  • Japan spots 28 Russian naval ships sailing through La Perouse Strait

    A fleet of 28 Russian naval ships has been spotted sailing through an international strait situated between northern Japan and the southern part of the Russian island of Sakhalin, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 3 September. The MoD said the Russian ships were seen sailing from

  • South Korea launches new military intelligence command

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) launched a new military intelligence command on 1 September to replace the 27-year-old Defense Security Command (DSC), which had been accused of abusing its authority to serve the interests of political leaders. The recently created Defense

  • Spain halts bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

    Spain has frozen the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 4 September. The Spanish radio station Cadena Ser first reported the decision, saying it was taken because the bombs could have been used in Yemen, where civilians have been killed in

  • Ecuadorian Navy rejoins ‘Unitas LIX’ exercise

    Ecuador has deployed the Esmeraldas-class corvette BAE Los Ríos (CM 13) to Colombia to participate in the multinational ‘Unitas LIX 2018’ exercise: the first time that Quito has participated in these manoeuvres in 11 years, according to the Ecuadorian Navy. The vessel was recently

  • IAF pilots introduced to Rafale fighters at Indian airbase

    Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilots and ground crew received rudimentary instruction on three French Air Force Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft that stopped over in India on their way back to France from this year’s iteration of the biennial ‘Pitch Black’ aerial exercises held in

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