• Japan to build contingency infrastructure for US forces

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 24 October that it had agreed with the United States to build new infrastructure and facilities at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) airbases at Tsuiki and Nyutabaru on Kyushu Island for US forces to use in a military contingency. The new

  • Kosovo Security Forces to be transformed into army

    The Kosovo Assembly on 18 October approved the transformation of the existing lightly armed, 2,500-strong Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) into the Kosovo Armed Forces (KAF) within 10 years. The legislation was supported by 98 of the 120 deputies. The other 22 were absent, including 11 representing the

  • Russian air force using Libyan airfield

    Russian military aircraft have landed at an airport in eastern Libya that has been used as a military base by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Open source ADS-B transponder signals have shown that two Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Tupolev Tu-154M passenger aircraft have flown at least two missions

  • Update: EU, Russia urge US not to withdraw from INF treaty

    The European Union and Russia have called on the United States to stay in the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement. The European External Action Service released a statement by the spokesperson for High Representative, Federica Mogherini, responsible for EU foreign and security

  • US military planning large hangar at Al-Dhafra

    The US military is looking for a contractor who can design and build a maintenance hangar for large aircraft at the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Al-Dhafra Air Base, according to a notice posted on the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 19 October. It did not identify

  • NATO must combine deterrence and defence against Russia with dialogue, RUSI report argues

    Key Points A RUSI report argues that NATO must develop a position of strength to deliver deterrence and defence effects towards Russia Russia is the dominant security concern for NATO today, but the alliance must still seek longer-term dialogue with Moscow, the report says NATO must strengthen

  • RAF fast jet pilots to train in US

    UK fast jet pilots are to start training in the United States next year as part of a drive by the Royal Air Force (RAF) to clear a backlog in its pilot training organisation. The move to send 14 student fast jet pilots to the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) programme at Sheppard Air

  • US Army pushes on with unit conversion plans

    In a bid to deter Russian forces, the US Army is moving forward with plans to up-armour Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) while also standing up six units designed to train and support partner forces grappling with counter-insurgency operations in countries such as Afghanistan. “The conversion

  • Euronaval 2018: Integration activity ramps up for French/UK MMCM programme

    Thales has begun systems integration activities for the drone-based French/UK Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme ahead of beginning full contractor trials in 2019. Being jointly funded by the two partner nations, the MMCM programme covers the design, development, integration, and

  • Russia says US blocking arms shipment to CAR

    The United States is preventing a shipment of weapons reaching government forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 22 October. The statement noted that Russia sent an initial instalment of weapons and ammunition to

  • Russia's Airborne Troops to receive Sprut-SDM1 SPATG battalion

    The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) will receive a battalion of Sprut-SDM1 125 mm self-propelled anti-tank guns (SPATGs), VDV commander Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov told Russian media during a visit to the Volgograd Tractor Plant (VgTZ) on 19 October. “Under the State Armament Programme,

  • US showcases Arctic naval operations

    The United States has recently conducted maritime missions in the Arctic in the form of US Coast Guard (USCG) and US Navy (USN) operations. USCG Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) completed the second mission on 18 October of its Arctic West Summer 2018 deployment to study stratified ocean dynamics in the

  • Egypt shows MiG-29 with Kh-31 missiles

    The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has acquired Kh-31 supersonic air-to-surface missiles with its new MiG-29M/M2 multirole fighters, a photograph released by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s spokesperson on 19 October revealed. The photograph showed Sisi with EAF personnel in front of a two-seat

  • German government halts defence sales to Saudi Arabia

    The German government has claimed that further defence equipment sales to Saudi Arabia are unlikely to be approved until an investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been carried out. World leaders are calling on the Saudi government to provide more information on the death of

  • Seoul, Washington agree to suspend ‘Vigilant Ace’ aerial exercise

    The governments of South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend this year’s iteration of the annual ‘Vigilant Ace’ aerial exercise to facilitate the countries’ ongoing negotiations with North Korea over its denuclearisation. “Secretary of Defense James N

  • Chinese, Southeast Asian navies kick off inaugural ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise

    Key Points The first-ever exercise between navies of ASEAN and China have begun Drills are being conducted as a confidence-building measure amid ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and naval services from the Association of Southeast

  • US analysts assess possible sea-rules change for Chinese ship operation

    US military intelligence officials and defence analysts are trying to determine whether China has changed the rules of engagement (ROE) for its warships that encounter the US Navy (USN) or allied counterparts in the Western Pacific. Recent tactics by Chinese ships against British and US warships in

  • US brigadier general wounded in 18 October attack in Kandahar

    The NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission in Afghanistan has confirmed media reports that US Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley was among the three US citizens wounded during a shooting on 18 October in the country’s southern Kandahar Province. A ‘Resolute Support’

  • Royal Canadian Air Force boosts pilot production rates without additional resources or aircraft

    Key Points The RCAF boosted its pilot production rates to record levels without adding new aircraft or funding The service had instructors initially focus on basic parts of the syllabus and get better input from students on strengths and weaknesses The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) used better

  • USAF’s Afghan bombing figures to August surpass total for 2017

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan during the first eight months of 2018 than during the whole of the previous year, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released AFCENT data shows that 4,429 munitions were dropped in the Central Asian country

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