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EU Battlegroup and NRF go Dutch in 2018

The Netherlands will command the EU Battlegroup (EUBG) for the first half of 2018 and Belgium will be in charge for the second half of the year, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced...

NGO releases evidence of Russian forces in Donbas

The open intelligence source non-governmental organisation (NGO) InformNapalm has published a report on over 40 types of Russian weaponry and specialist equipment that have been identified in the Donbas region of Ukraine as well...

Poland could launch helicopter tender in early 2018

Poland’s helicopter tender may start in early 2018, the secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defence has said. Bartosz Kownacki told the Polish news channel TVP Info on 17 December that the...

Zambian C-27J Spartan buy confirmed

The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is set to receive two C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, ZAF Deputy Commander Major General David Muma has reportedly confirmed. The Lusaka Times reported on 17 December that Maj Gen...

Embraer declares IOC for KC-390

Embraer has declared that its KC-390 transport/tanker aircraft now has the initial capabilities required for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) to accept the aircraft into service in 2018. The declaration of...

BAE Systems tops UK suppliers list

BAE Systems has retained its position as the top supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) according to the latest annual defence industry trade and commercial data released by the ministry. The UK-based...

​Bell Valor V-280 makes maiden flight

Bell Helicopter s V-280 Valor flew its inaugural flight this week, marking a later maiden voyage than expected after the company announced the tiltrotor would fly earlier this fall. …read more Read more here::...

Bell V-280 maiden flight

The Bell V-280 tilt-rotor made its first un-tethered free flight on Dec. 18. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

Lockheed Martin delivered 66 F-35s in 2017

A total of 66 F-35s have been delivered to customers in 2017, Lockheed Martin announced on Dec. 18. The last aircraft was handed over on Dec. 15. Separately, the Royal Navy also took delivery...

Indonesia successfully tested indigenous P-250 bomb

The Indonesian Air Force has carried out the first live-test of the indigenous P-250 general purpose bomb last week. A total of four bombs were released from Su-30s at the Pandanwangi air weapon range...

Bad Idea: Starting a War on the Korean Peninsula

As Christmas draws closer, we hope you’re enjoying the troubling thoughts these Bad Idea pieces by experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies are bringing to the policy sphere. This one deals...

Bad Idea: Starting a War on the Korean Peninsula

As Christmas draws closer, we hope you’re enjoying the troubling thoughts these Bad Idea pieces by experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies are bringing to the policy sphere. This one deals...

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