• Afghan army's 205th Corps sets up quick-response company

    The Afghan National Army’s (ANA's) 205th Corps has increased its combat capabilities with the establishment of a new quick-response unit called the Eagle Strike Company, according to an 18 July statement by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The company, which was formed by selecting

  • Light Attack Experiment participant expects draft RFP in weeks

    Key Points A Light Attack Experiment participant expects a draft RFP to be released in weeks This will provide clues to which capabilities in light attack aircraft the USAF prioritises A participant in the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Light Attack Experiment (LAE) expects the service to

  • US Air Force issues Boeing EMD contract for Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 17 July issued Boeing a contract modification of unspecified value for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) programme. In addition to EMD, the contract is for detailed design, modification, testing,

  • Romania to buy more F-16s

    Romania plans to buy more F-16s, the Romanian defence minister has said. Mihai Fifor told Jane's on 17 July, “Romania intends to buy five more F-16 fighter jets from Portugal by the end of this year and plans to purchase 36 more such aircraft in the future from other NATO countries like the US

  • Indian Army shelves plans for new fighting corps

    The Indian Army (IA) has shelved plans to raise a new 90,270-strong Mountain Strike Corps (MSC) that was set to be deployed along India’s disputed border with China. Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 18 July that the establishment of the proposed ‘17 Mountain Strike Corps’,

  • SMWDC expands to address additional USN surface warfare needs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is looking to expand its reach to surface needs for better training aboard other ship types and in other warfare areas. The SMWDC has already started to train crews on minesweepers and is looking to

  • UK to recruit more Gurkha soldiers

    New units containing more than 800 Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are to be formed by the British Army in 2019 as part of a drive to compensate for continuing poor recruitment and retention among its home-recruited units. The largest unit to be formed is a 270-strong specialist infantry battalion, which

  • Japan, France sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

    Paris and Tokyo signed a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on 13 July aimed at strengthening co-operation between the French Armed Forces and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The agreement is aimed at “strengthening interoperability, reducing the cost of mutual

  • Australia to upgrade Garden Island naval facilities

    Australia has launched a joint venture (JV) that will be in charge of providing critical wharf works at the Garden Island Defence Precinct – the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base in Sydney – as part of a project worth AUD213 million (USD158 million), according to a 17 July joint statement

  • Farnborough 2018: Team Tempest outlines future combat air strategies and technologies

    Key Points The RAF and industry partners with Team Tempest have given initial outlines of the work they have ahead A key aspect of the project is that it is almost as much about behaviours as technology Following the unveiling of the Tempest future fighter concept at Farnborough on 16 July as

  • Farnborough 2018: UK MoD launches new Combat Air Strategy, unveils Tempest future fighter concept

    Key Points The UK MoD launched a new Combat Air Strategy on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also unveiled the Tempest future fighter concept UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson launched a new Combat Air Strategy on the first day of

  • Czech MoD offers to police Slovak airspace until F-16s arrive

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated on 12 July that based on a bilateral agreement signed in 2017 between the Czech Republic and Slovakia dealing with mutual air defence issues, the Czech government could provide air defence support to Slovakia in the event the latter is unable to do so until

  • USMC proves out forward maintenance capabilities at RIMPAC 2018

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has proven out its forward amphibious assault vehicles’ (AAVs’) maintenance capabilities during coastal assault operations conducted as part of ‘Rim of Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) 2018 . As USMC AAV drivers and crew were getting ready to

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo calls on UK government to support Yeovil

    The UK government must commit to a future military helicopter procurement programme for Leonardo to sustain its Yeovil production facility, a senior company official told reporters in early July. Speaking ahead of the Farnborough Airshow, the managing director of Leonardo Helicopters UK, Geoff

  • US Army establishing new modernisation outpost in Austin

    Key Points The service has created a new four-star command tasked with overseeing force modernisation Leaders intend to provide “unity of effort” through Army Futures Command The US Army has selected a location for the new organisation charged with overseeing its force modernisation

  • Trump throws NATO summit into chaos with new spending demand

    Key Points Trump reportedly threatened allied leaders to “go it alone” if they did not raise defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2019 The demand completely overshadowed the long list of things agreed by allied leaders at their summit Contradictory reports over US President Donald

  • Syrian government advance towards border with occupied Golan risks provoking major Israeli military response

    Key Points Opposition factions resisting reconciliation, and up to 234,000 displaced civilians, are likely to be pushed into the demilitarised zone along Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syria is likely to stop short of moving into the demilitarised zone, but will

  • US Army cancels plans to issue RFP for XM1160 HEGM programme

    The US Army has cancelled plans to acquire the 120 mm XM1160 High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) munition that was expected to replace the service’s current XM395 precision-guided HE mortar round, an official from the US Army Contracting Command confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July. The

  • No final decision yet on UK defence review

    Key Points The UK government has not agreed to the headline findings of the MDP Drafts of the MDP propose GBP2 billion a year extra in capability funding UK government ministers have yet to agree on key aspects of the country’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, putting its

  • Update: Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

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