Weekend Briefing (29 March – 2 April)
As we move from March to April we’ve seen another busy for Defense news at
Overt Defense. The news of Russian troop movements in Crimea spark concerns over the possible outbreak of another conflict in the region, the government in Burma struggles with insurgents and rising opposition, and ISIS renews its offensive in Africa, causing death and terror in the city of Palma. This week we also took an in-depth look at the implications of a recent Polish wargame exercise that projected catastrophic results for the Polish forces in the event of a Russia invasion.
The Kachin Independence Army has launched a coordinated series of attacks on Tatmadaw bases near the border with China as tensions rise nationally.
Following Taiwanese media scrutiny, Taiwan’s defense ministry says that it already plans to begin replacing F-5 ejection seats by the end of this year.
Madfox, the Maritime Demonstrator For Operational eXperimentation, has been officially delivered to NavyX, the Royal Navy Autonomy & Lethality Accelerator.
The Italian carrier received the recommendation from the F-35 Joint Program Office following the successful completion of its F-35B sea trials.
Sierra Nevada Corporation released photographs of the second of 3 A-29s ordered by AFSOC, painted in the scheme of the USAAF’s 1st Air Commando Group.
Representatives from Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam were present at Myanmar’s parade despite international backlash.
The fourth order made under a 2019 framework contract will see 666 missiles and 82 integrated command and launch units delivered between 2022 and 2024.
Between 25-27 March, South Korea’s Defense Minister visited India where he met with his Indian counterpart to discuss enhancing defense cooperation.
The Russian airstrikes came as Secretary of State Blinken urged for greater humanitarian access to Idlib at a UNSC virtual meeting.
An Italian frigate captain, has been charged with disclosing military secrets and conducting military-political espionage for Russia.
Journalists flown in by the military instead saw fighting between military forces and IS-CAP fighters outside the city said to have been cleared.
The reportedly disastrous Polish wargame leaves many unanswered questions to ask, with the official outcome and conclusions still unknown to the public.
The Russian delegation to Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine rejected a ceasefire proposal that would have started at midnight 1 April.
After a weekend that saw one hundred protestors killed in Myanmar, not that country’s Air Force is accused of using Thai airspace to bomb Karen civilians.
Following what seems to have become a global trend in security, Australian Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld revealed that a space command is being planned.
On Wednesday March 31st, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arevealed new plans to reinforce Australian missile capabilities.
In recent days, tensions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea have flared up over Chinese activities at the Whitsun reef.
While a budget or amount of missiles to procure was not disclosed, they will be delivered between 2022 and 2026 if procurement is approved by lawmakers.
A recent House of Commons Report and an Army news release presents a plan for the future of the United Kingdom’s medium military helicopters.
The company is offering its A330 MRTT as replacements for the CC-150 Polaris multirole transport, which itself is based on the Airbus A310.
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