Australia agrees to $3.5 billion tank deal with US

Australia has agreed to a $3.5 billion deal with the U.S. to acquire more than 120 tanks and other armored vehicles to upgrade its military fleet, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton will confirm the new deal Monday after the U.S. initially approved the purchase last year. Australia will commit to buying 75 new M1A2 abrams tanks, 29 explosive-clearing assault breacher vehicles, 17 assault bridge vehicles, and six additional armored recovery vehicles. In a statement, Dutton said the vehicles will give its soldiers the best possibility for success and protection from future harm, according to the Morning Herald. “The M1A2 … Continue reading Australia agrees to $3.5 billion tank deal with US

Russian submarine hit Royal Navy warship in North Atlantic

A Russian submarine collided with a Royal Navy warship on patrol in the North Atlantic, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. HMS Northumberland had been tracking the submarine when it hit the ship’s sonar – a piece of equipment being trailed hundreds of metres behind it. The incident, in late 2020, was captured by a television crew filming a documentary. A UK defence source said it was unlikely the collision was deliberate. HMS Northumberland was searching for the submarine in the Arctic Circle after it disappeared from the ship’s radar, according to Channel 5, which was filming for its Warship: … Continue reading Russian submarine hit Royal Navy warship in North Atlantic

French military cedes control of Timbuktu camp to Malian army

The French anti-jihadist military force in Mali handed control of the camp at Timbuktu to the Malian army on Tuesday, after almost nine years of uninterrupted presence in the northern area of the country. The move comes as France tries to reinvent its commitment in the region, involving its European allies more as greater emphasis is put on making the military effort more international. French colonel Faivre hands over the symbolic key to his Malian counterpart during the handover ceremony at the Timbuktu camp. More reliance is also being put on local armies, which remain under-equipped and under-trained despite eight … Continue reading French military cedes control of Timbuktu camp to Malian army

India signs trade and arms deals with Russia during Putin’s visit to New Delhi

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in New Delhi, India, Monday, December 6, 2021. Russia and India signed a flurry of trade and arms deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, including one that will see India produce more than 600,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. Putin traveled to India with Russia’s defense and foreign ministers in a visit that saw the two countries reinforce their ties with a military and technical cooperation pact until 2031 and a pledge to boost annual trade to $30 … Continue reading India signs trade and arms deals with Russia during Putin’s visit to New Delhi

Video appears to show UK F-35 fighter crash after take-off

Dramatic video of what appears to be an F-35 jet crashing off the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been posted on social media. The footage shows a pilot ejecting as the £100m aircraft falls into the sea. A UK F-35 jet crashed soon after take-off earlier this month while the carrier was conducting flying operations in the Mediterranean. The MoD said it was too soon to comment on the footage and efforts are ongoing to recover the aircraft. The footage – shared on Twitter – is extraordinary, and appears to show an F-35 jet approaching the ski … Continue reading Video appears to show UK F-35 fighter crash after take-off

French and Australian leaders hold first talks after submarine row

French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian PM Scott Morrison have held talks for the first time since a major row over a scrapped submarine deal. Mr Macron’s office said he told Mr Morrison by phone that last month’s incident “had broken the relation of trust between our two countries”. Mr Morrison’s office said the two leaders had “a candid discussion”. Paris was furious after Australia cancelled the multibillion deal to build 12 submarines. Instead, Australia said it was negotiating a new defence pact with the US and the UK – the so-called Aukus. France reacted by recalling its ambassadors to … Continue reading French and Australian leaders hold first talks after submarine row

Transgender official Rachel Levine sworn in as four-star admiral

The US assistant secretary for health has been sworn in as the first transgender four-star officer in the country’s history. Dr Rachel Levine, 63, is now an admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr Levine, appointed by President Joe Biden, is already the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the US. She described the occasion as “momentous” and “historic” during a swearing-in speech on Tuesday. “May this appointment today be the first of many more to come, as we create a diverse and more inclusive future,” she said in a speech that paid tribute to other LGBTQ individuals … Continue reading Transgender official Rachel Levine sworn in as four-star admiral

Russia to suspend Nato diplomatic mission amid tension

Russia is suspending its diplomatic mission to Nato, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In addition, staff at Nato’s office in Moscow will be stripped of their accreditation by November. It comes after Nato expelled eight diplomats from Russia’s mission earlier this month, saying they were working as intelligence officers. Relations between Nato and Russia have been strained since Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014. Mr Lavrov confirmed to Russian media that the move was “in response to Nato’s actions”, accusing the military alliance of not being “interested in equitable dialogue”. “If Nato members have any urgent matters, they … Continue reading Russia to suspend Nato diplomatic mission amid tension

5 Indian soldiers among 7 killed in Kashmir gun battles

At least five Indian soldiers and two militants were killed on Monday in a series of gun battles in India Kashmir, where security forces have stepped up operations after several civilian killings last week, officials said.A member of the Indian security forces stands guard at a market in Srinagar. In the deadliest incident for the country’s security forces in the Himalayan region this year, a military official said five soldiers died after a shootout with suspected militants near the border with Pakistan. “They were moved to a nearby medical facility but succumbed to their injuries,” spokesman Lt. Col. Davinder Anand said. Claimed … Continue reading 5 Indian soldiers among 7 killed in Kashmir gun battles

South Korean air force officer’s death sees 15 people charged

Fifteen people have been charged in South Korea over the death of an air force officer who alleged sexual abuse by a colleague and took her own life. Dozens of air force officials will also face disciplinary action, including for trying to cover up the case. It had sparked a public outcry and the air force chief resigned in June. Separately, a court ruled the military had unlawfully discriminated against a transgender soldier who was forced to quit and was later found dead at home. The cause of death of Byun Hee-soo, South Korea’s first transgender soldier, has not officially … Continue reading South Korean air force officer’s death sees 15 people charged

Global Superpower: China’s biggest airshow to highlight military prowess

China’s military will display some of its most advanced weaponry and equipment when the country’s largest airshow gets under way this week.Two J-20 stealth fighter jets of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. Airshow China opens in the southern city of Zhuhai on Tuesday after a year-long delay as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The state-run newspaper Global Times reported there would be “dazzling flight performances” involving the J-20, the air force’s’s most advanced fighter jet. Other advanced aircraft including the J-16D electronic warfare aircraft, WZ-7 high-altitude drone and WZ-8 high-altitude, high-speed drone, would also be on … Continue reading Global Superpower: China’s biggest airshow to highlight military prowess

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone

Taiwan’s air force has scrambled once again to warn off 19 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, according to its defence ministry, in the latest uptick in tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese aircraft included 12 J-16 fighters and two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, the ministry said on Thursday. Last Friday, the ministry said that Taiwan’s air force warned away 10 Chinese aircraft that entered its air zone in a similar incident. It involved six J-16 and two J-11 fighters along with one anti-submarine and one reconnaissance aircraft, according to the ministry. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained of repeated missions … Continue reading Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese aircraft enter air defence zone