France; The new Air Force name & logo

France; The new Air Force name & logo

On Sept. 11, it became the French Air and Space Force, completing a process initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in July 2019 when he announced the creation of a space command. A new logo, revealed Friday, accompanies the new name. The logo features a thin, curved line that runs above the word “armée” and then […]

Peru; Army to acquire 4×4 Recce. vehicles for UN peacekeeping operations

The Peruvian Ministry of Defense has authorized the acquisition of ten 4×4 vehicles for reconnaissance missions and another nine 4×4 cargo (trucks) for the Peruvian Army. The vehicles to be purchased will be used in peacekeeping operations organized by the United Nations.

Sweden; Basic trainer aircraft tender halted due to inadequate proposals.

The SK 60 training aircraft, which has been around for many years, will be replaced with a complete so-called Basic Trainer Aircraft system. FMV has started a procurement and requested tenders. But the procurement has now been canceled, and FMV has informed all bidders of that. “We canceled the procurement in August. We had not […]

Russia; T-90 accidentally hit by Konkurs ATGM, no penetration

A Russian Army T-90 tank was accidentally hit by an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) during exercises held in the Astrakhan region on September 15. Pictures of the damaged T-90 tank appeared in various social media but there is no official confirmation of this incident from the Russian military.  Currently,  multinational exercise “Kavkaz 2020” (“Caucasus 2020”) […]

Colombia; MoD announces the creation of new joint task force

Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes has announced the creation of a new Joint Task Force for the Montes de María region, in the north of the country. The new Task Force will be made up of components from the Army (with Ground Operations Battalions), the Navy (with Marine Infantry Battalions), the Air Force (with a […]

Poland; Government adds $800M. for MoD modernization programs

The Polish Ministry of Finances has prepared an amendment bill for the 2020 budget that, after being transferred to the parliament, has been adopted by the Council of Ministers on 20th August 2020. The national defence expenditure section envisages that an expenditure increase of 3 PLN billion (approx. 0.8 USD billion) shall be expected. The […]

Jordan; Army to receive 80 surplus Leclerc MBT’s from United Arab Emirates  

UAE Government has decided to donate 80 Leclerc tanks to Jordan. In 1993, the UAE MoD ordered 436 these tanks from French Company Giat Industries (Nexter today) including  388 Leclerc MBTs, two driver training tanks, and 48 armored recovery tanks based on the Leclerc MBT chassis. This number should allow Jordan to equip two of […]

Thailand; Marines opt for Chinese VN16 105mm amphibious AFV

Thai Marine Corps have ordered 3 Chinese VN16 amphibious light tanks, for $12.83 million. The VN16 which is the export version of the Chinese made ZTD-05, an amphibious light tank designed and manufactured in China by NORINCO, especially for naval infantry units. The main armament of the VN16 consists of one a fully-stabilized 105mm rifled […]

Maldives; Signature of defense pact with US

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Reed Werner and Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Didi signed the “Framework for U.S. Department of Defense-Maldives Ministry of Defence Defense and Security Relationship” in Philadelphia on September 10. The Framework sets forth both countries’ intent to deepen engagement and cooperation in support of maintaining […]

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