• Russia upgrades Arctic infrastructure

    On 3 July, Russia’s Northern Fleet reported that its headquarters airbase at Severomorsk-1 was reopened and fully operational after extensive renovation and modernisation. It had been closed for three years. Severomorsk-1 has received new flight management and communications systems, as well

  • Spain spends on urgent requirements

    Although Spain cannot reach the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on defence in the medium term, the new Socialist government has promised to commit EUR5 billion (USD5.86 billion) on new equipment by the end of 2018. Defence Minister Margarita Robles told the Cadena SER radio station on 11 July that

  • RAF announces new Typhoon, Protector squadrons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to transition its final two Panavia Tornado GR4 units over to new types as it retires the strike aircraft from service over the coming months. Speaking at the Air Power Conference 2018 in London, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshall Sir Steven Hillier said

  • Vietnam upgrades navy MRO capabilities

    Vietnam’s state-run media has published details of the work the country’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) is doing to modernise the country’s naval maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Reports on 9 July said that the MND had invested in the past two years in

  • Slovak government selects F-16

    The Slovak coalition government on 11 July announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin F-16 as a replacement fighter for the Slovak armed forces’ obsolete Russian-made MiG-29 based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). “The Ministry of Defence recommends that within

  • Philippines to upgrade Rafael Ramos naval base to support larger ships

    The Philippine government has allocated PHP1 billion (USD18.7 million) to upgrade Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province, to make it accessible for the Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) current and future frigates, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on 9

  • Saudi-led coalition announces another ballistic missile intercept

    Yemeni rebels launched a ballistic missile at Al-Shuqaiq on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast on 10 July, the official Saudi Press Agency reported Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, as saying. Col Maliki said the missile was intercepted by the Royal Saudi Air

  • China lodges protests at New Zealand’s comments on future South China Sea strategy

    The Chinese government has lodged diplomatic representations to protest comments made in a new defence strategy paper released by New Zealand The New Zealand Defence Ministry released the country’s defence policy statement for 2018 on 6 July. The document, which outlines Wellington’s

  • India building new frontline airbase near border with Pakistan

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun constructing a ‘forward’ airbase in the western Indian state of Gujarat to counter a similar facility located across the border in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Official sources told Jane’s that India’s Cabinet Committee on Security

  • Two US Navy destroyers sail through Taiwan Strait

    Two US Navy (USN) destroyers have sailed through the 180 km (110 m)-wide Taiwan Strait for the first time in about a year. The move, which comes as China steps up naval and air exercises around the island of Taiwan, took place on 7 July and involved the Japan-based Arleigh Burke-class

  • First Qatari Rafales to arrive in 2019

    The 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters that Qatar has ordered will arrive in the emirate between 2019 and 2022, according to Eric Chevallier, the French ambassador to Doha. The first Qatari squadron is being set up at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base in southwest France. Chevallier told journalists that

  • Australia appoints new navy chief amid continued modernisation efforts

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has appointed Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan as its new chief. He takes over from Vice Adm Tim Barrett, who has led the service since July 2014. Vice Adm Noonan’s most recent appointment before assuming leadership of the RAN was as its deputy chief. In his

  • Macedonia adopts new strategic defence review in preparation for NATO membership

    The Macedonian government adopted a new strategic defence review (SDR) on 3 July. Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska said the SDR aims to optimise, reorganise, and modernise the Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) into a small, modern, and flexible military force able to preserve the national

  • US Army proceeds with implementation of tactical network modernisation strategy

    Key Points The US Army intends to revamp its tactical network to improve survivability and mobility The network upgrades are part of an overall modernisation strategy to be completed by 2028 The US Army is moving to implement the effort to modernise its tactical network as part of preparations

  • US starts exercises with Thailand as officials explain South Korea drills halt

    As US officials sought to brief and assure allies in the wake of the decision to suspend long-standing and historically defended military exercises on and around the Korean Peninsula, the US Navy (USN) started the 24th iteration of the ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training’

  • UAE extends military service

    The General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces announced on 7 July that national service has been extended from 12 to 16 months for all male nationals who have graduated high school. The UAE's official news agency, WAM, reported the announcement, saying national service

  • US Army selects companies to deliver manoeuvrable, survivable SHORAD

    Key Points US Army leaders have identified short-range air defence as a key deficiency The service is looking to field an ‘IM-SHORAD’ capability by 2020 The US Army, which is preparing itself for a potential conflict with a near-peer adversary, has selected vendors for participation

  • Update: GE eyes sustainment requirement in USAF B-52 re-engining programme

    Key Points General Electric is looking for the US Air Force to define the reliability requirement for its B-52 re-engining How reliability is defined could lean the company towards offering its new Passport or CF34-10 engines How the US Air Force (USAF) defines and quantifies the reliability

  • Government highlights perilous state of UK defence aviation programmes

    The UK government has declared that nearly every major defence aviation procurement programme currently ongoing is either in danger of not being successfully delivered, or can only be delivered once significant issues have been overcome. In its Annual Report on Major Projects 2017-18, the

  • Japan to despatch helicopter carrier to South China Sea

    Japan will send one of its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers on a two month-long tour of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for the second straight year as the country aims to bolster international co-operation in safeguarding key sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region, a Japanese official told

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