• Saudi-led coalition says Iran operating command ship in Red Sea

    The Saudi-led coalition has publicly identified an Iranian cargo ship that is loitering in the Red Sea as a military threat for the first time: a move that could be a precursor to an attempt to board the vessel. In his regular briefing on 24 September, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki

  • UK SIGINT aircraft patrol Eastern Med and Black Sea

    UK RC-135 Rivet Joint signals and electronic intelligence (SIGINT/ELINT) aircraft have begun patrolling over the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions as part of efforts to ramp up surveillance of Russian naval forces and bases. The Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft, serial ZZ666, was identified by the

  • ADAS 2018: Momentum grows behind Philippines self-reliance drive

    Key Points Philippines aims to reduce dependency on foreign technologies and know-how Self-reliance push supported by newly proposed legislation and defence offsets The Philippines is starting to put greater emphasis on developing local defence industrial capabilities through its long-standing

  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USN surveys commercial shipyards to fill capacity gaps for future maintenance work

    The US Navy (USN) has been conducting a survey of commercial ship dry-dock and repair yards in the country to see if those facilities could be recruited to provide maintenance for USN vessels in coming years, said James Geurts, assistant navy secretary for Research, Development, and Acquisitions.

  • Somali airbase to have runway repaired

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 24 September that it had awarded a USD12.3 million contract to the North Carolina-based company URS Group to carry out emergency runway repairs at Camp Baledogle (Bahle Dogli) in central Somalia. The DoD said the work will include “full depth

  • Spanish, US navies join forces for ‘SMARTEX-181’ air defence exercise

    The Spanish Navy began on 24 September what is said to be its most “advanced level” joint exercise with US destroyers deployed at the Rota naval base in southern Spain since the ships started operating there five years ago as part of the US' ballistic missile defence (BMD) plan in Europe.

  • US Air Force to perform first war game focused on command and control

    Key Points The USAF will soon perform its first war game focused on C2 The air force believes focusing on C2 will help it better execute multi-domain warfare The US Air Force (USAF) in November will for the first time perform a war game focused on command and control (C2), according to a key

  • US reportedly withdrawing Patriots from Middle East

    The US military is withdrawing Patriot systems from Bahrain, Jordan, and Kuwait, the Wall Street Journal reported on 26 September. The newspaper cited multiple military sources as saying that two systems will be withdrawn from Kuwait and one from each of Bahrain and Jordan in October. It described

  • Debate over third-country participation in EDF projects coming down to the wire

    Key Points EU nations have differing ideas over the extent to which third-party countries should be able to access EDF funding Access to EDF projects for US, UK, and Israeli companies is a major issue in this context Although countries across Europe agreed on a set of rules for allowing

  • India registers fewer PLA incursions across LoAC

    Incursions by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) across the 4,057 km-long disputed border with India have “noticeably dropped” in 2018 compared with the same period last year, official sources in New Delhi have told Jane’s . Speaking on condition of anonymity,

  • Modern Day Marine 2018: USMC plans to field prototypes earlier and more often

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) wants to get more prototypes of all kinds of systems and weapons into the hands of its marines as quickly and as often as possible, according to Lieutenant General David Berger, commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and deputy commandant for

  • Australia’s DST, Rheinmetall to develop programme to enhance tactical decision making

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – will engage in a new research initiative with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to jointly develop a computer-based programme to assist army commanders

  • Ukrainian vessels pass through Kerch Strait to homeport on Sea of Azov

    Overflown by a US surveillance aircraft, Kiev transferred two naval vessels – the search-and-rescue vessel Donbas (U500) and the tug Korets (U830) – to the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea on 23 September via the Russian-held Kerch Strait between Crimea and southern Russia, local media

  • Afghan security forces taking ‘severe casualties’, says Mattis

    Afghanistan’s security forces have suffered heavy losses in the fight against militant groups in the Central Asian country, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters during a 24 September press conference held at the Pentagon. “The Afghan Army has taken severe casualties over

  • USN Truman Carrier Strike Group begins operations in US 6th Fleet AOR

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently commenced operations in the US 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) to continue supporting NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and US national security interests in Europe and Africa.

  • Burkina Faso’s first Super Tucano airstrikes confirmed

    The Burkinabe Air Force (FABF) has conducted its first airstrikes using its Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, Jane’s has confirmed. Burkina Faso’s Armed Forces General Staff (EMGA) announced that airstrikes were carried out against militant bases near Pama and Gayeri

  • China cancels military talks with United States in protest over sanctions

    China has cancelled military talks with the United States for the near future and summoned the US ambassador to Beijing in protest over Washington’s recent decision to impose sanctions on China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EDD), following the

  • Mexican military shows off new equipment

    The Mexican armed forces presented new weapons and vehicles during the country’s Independence Day parade, held in Mexico City on 16 September. The event saw 18,420 military and federal police personnel parade in front of President Enrique Pe?a Nieto, together with an air display featuring 177

  • US reaffirms Asia-Pacific naval focus

    The United States is continuing to make the Asia Pacific – expanded by the Pentagon to include the Indo-Asia Pacific – the naval priority, even as the US Navy (USN) resurrects forces to address growing Russian concerns across the Atlantic Ocean, said Admiral William Moran, vice

  • Update: AFA 2018: US Air Force plans Section 804 authorities for light attack aircraft procurement

    Key Points The USAF plans to use new Section 804 authorities to accelerate LAA procurement This will enable the air force to field this aircraft faster than under traditional acquisition rules The US Air Force (USAF) plans to use Section 804 acquisition authorities to accelerate light attack

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