Category: Military

Speculation mounts over who will head defence contracts arm

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The creation of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has shaken up procurement at the ministry of defence, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The SAMI is under the close supervision of the defence minister’s powerful advisor, Ahmed al Khateeb…

A Closer Look at Iran and North Korea’s Missile Cooperation

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On May 2, 2017, the Iranian military conducted a missile test from a Ghadir-class submarine in the Strait of the Hormuz. Even though the missile test failed, the close similarities between Iran’s Ghadir-class submarine and North Korea’s Yono-class miniature submarine…

China’s Vision of the Future Networked Battlefield

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Cyber, space and electronic warfare challenges to the US in the Western Pacific Compared to the extensive coverage on China’s traditional war-fighting capabilities (e.g. its ‘carrier killer’ anti-ship missiles) far less ink has been spilled on Chinese thinking on the…

China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank

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Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY…

EU battlegroups ‘failing’

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Europe’s (EU) battlegroup concept is failing because the costs are being borne by those nations providing the troops and equipment rather than by the European Union (EU) as a whole, a senior German official said on 30 November. Speaking at…

Poland requests to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B missiles

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Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November. The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient…

DEATH DRONES: China building cruise missiles powered by killer artificial intelligence

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Terrifying new ‘fire and forget’ weapons will use robotic technology to steer themselves toward a target China is developing a new range of killer cruise missiles fitted with technology which will effectively turn them into killer robots. Dubbed “death drones”, the missiles…

Russia Takes Countermeasures In Response To Washington’s Plans To Increase Funding For Military Forces In Europe

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Memri: On February 5, 2016, the Russian media outlet RBC Daily reported on military countermeasures that Russia is taking in response to America’s increased funding for military forces in Europe and to the increased military exercises in NATO countries.[1] According…

China: The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1)

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Jamestown.org Note: This article is part of a two-part series examining changes to China’s Military organizational structure and personnel. Part 1 examines what is known and unknown. Part 2 contains speculation as to changes that may occur in the future. …