Weekend Briefing (19-23 April)

In the news this week we have seen further developments in the Russian-Ukrainian border tensions as well as a diplomatic clash between Czechia and Russia over covert operations, an increased Philippine response to the Chinese presence near the Spratly Islands, and the tragic loss of an Indonesian submarine.

Check out this week’s news below:

L3Harris To Supply Modular Open Systems Approach For OMFV Lynx

As part of a teaming agreement with American Rheinmetall Vehicles, L3Harris will also supply its vehicle mission systems and cybersecurity for the OMFV Lynx.

US to Build Additional Military Infrastructure in Norway

On 16 April, Norway announced that it has revised an agreement with the United States on how American military activities in Norway are regulated.

Elbit Systems Awarded $1.65 Billion Contract To Operate Greek International Flight Training Center

The largest yet Israeli-Greek defense agreement will see Elbit supply Leonardo M-346 trainers to the Hellenic Air Force, replacing its T-2E Buckeyes.

Czech Republic Accuses GRU Of 2014 Ammunition Depot Explosion

18 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the Czech Republic, after the Russian military intelligence agency was accused of involvement in the fatal blast.

Afghanistan Pullback Sparks Concern Over Future of Afghan Interpreters

As the West is preparing to pull out from Afghanistan, the future of Afghan interpreters has become one of the most pressing moral questions.

US Army Seeking Mines That Strike Vehicles from Above

Minefields that blow up things above them are no longer in fashion. With new developments they could blow things up from every direction.

Chad’s President Idriss Déby Killed After Clash With Rebels

The announcement of the president’s death came a day after he was declared the winner of elections that would have extended his 30 year rule of Chad.

Tigray Rebels Down Government Helicopter in Embattled Ethiopian Province

Tigray rebels have reportedly downed an Mi-35 attack helicopter in Abiy Addi, northern Ethiopia.

National Security Implications Of Arm Limited Sale To Nvidia To Be Investigated

An investigation to be completed by 30 July, 2021 will evaluate national security implications of the sale of the UK’s largest tech firm to Nvidia.

IAI Begins Barak ER Customer Deliveries After Successful Trials

Israel Aerospace Industries released a video of a trial of the Barak Extended Range intercepting a simulated ballistic missile alongside the announcement.

US Military Leaders Ask Congress to Modernize Nuclear Triad

Oil Slick Found Near Last Known Position Of Missing Indonesian Submarine

Philippines to Increase Military Presence in South China Sea in Response to Chinese Activities

Italy Outlines Priorities for Army Modernization

Full Operational Capability Declared For Singaporean A330 Tanker/Transports

These Are the Troops Russia Are Deploying on the Ukrainian Border

Russia’s build up along the Ukrainian border has seen significant movement of troops from the Central Military District, including heavy artillery.

US Air Force MV-22 Osprey Blows Away British Hospital Helipad

Cambridge University Hospitals now says that the Addenbrooke’s Hospital helipad has been cleared and is undergoing safety checks before reopening.

Finnish HX Fighter Program Director Update: Final Bids Coming

The director of the Finland’s HX next-generation fighter program has shared an update on the program’s progress. Final bids will be entered this month.

Russian Ministry of Defense Orders Partial Retreat From Ukraine Border

The key issue remains on the words used. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that it will pull back “some” of its troops by 1 May.

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