DEFENCE

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms. U.S. and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing […]

US Building MidEast Defense Systems to Deter ‘Threats’: Official

US Building MidEast Defense Systems to Deter ‘Threats’: Official

The United States is reinforcing defense infrastructure in the Middle East, at a time of tension with Iran which likely abandoned a plan to attack Saudi Arabia due to security ties, a US official said Sunday. Brett McGurk, the National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, told the annual Manama Dialogue […]

US Marines Buy 30 More Amphibious Combat Vehicles Despite Safety Issues

US Marines Buy 30 More Amphibious Combat Vehicles Despite Safety Issues

The US Marine Corps is purchasing additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) despite safety issues during training. British defense firm BAE Systems has been awarded a $154-million contract to produce 30 more ACVs and provide fielding and maintenance support. The ACV is an 8×8 platform designed to deploy Marines from ship to shore. It can carry […]

Russia to Equip Soldiers With ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Russia to Equip Soldiers With ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Russia plans to equip its troops with a full-body “iron man” suit made of composite armor in a project called “Legionnaire” for the country’s next generation of soldiers. According to a local defense manufacturer, the suit will look like medieval armor and completely cover a warfighter’s body. The company stated that creating an armored suit […]

France Stops Mali Development Aid Over Russia Paramilitary Ties

France Stops Mali Development Aid Over Russia Paramilitary Ties

France is halting its development aid to Mali, three months after finalizing its pullout of anti-jihadist forces from the country, over Bamako’s alleged hiring of paramilitaries from the Russian group Wagner, the foreign ministry said Thursday. “Given the attitude of Mali’s junta leader, allied with the Russian mercenaries of Wagner, we have suspended our public development aid to Mali,” a ministry source said. But France will maintain its […]

BAE Systems to Reduce Air Mission Planning Time With Video Game

BAE Systems to Reduce Air Mission Planning Time With Video Game

The US Air Force has contracted BAE Systems to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-based video game experience that enables mission planners to make a series of incremental adjustments to a plan in minutes instead of hours. The $17-million contract will cover the production of autonomy-based “drag-and-drop video game-like interactions” to “​​revolutionize air operations planning for […]

Ukraine Launches Fundraising Campaign to Build 100 Naval Drones

Ukraine Launches Fundraising Campaign to Build 100 Naval Drones

Ukraine has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build 100 multi-purpose unmanned surface vessels (USA), days after a handful of the marine drones ambushed Russia’s Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol port. The initiative aims to fund the “world’s first naval fleet of drones,” as a deterrence to the Russian naval ship-launched cruise missiles attacking Ukrainian waters […]

Iran Launches Deadly Missile, Drone Strikes on Exiled Kurds in Iraq

Iran Launches Deadly Missile, Drone Strikes on Exiled Kurds in Iraq

Iran launched cross-border missile and drone strikes Monday against Kurdish opposition groups based in northern Iraq, where local authorities reported one death and eight wounded. An Iranian military source confirmed that “Iran has carried out attacks with drones and missiles targeting the headquarters of terrorist parties in the northern region of Iraq,” Iran’s Fars news […]