The Philippines has proposed a 2020 defence budget of PHP188.6 billion (USD3.6 billion), a 3% increase over the allocation in 2019. The budget, which was announced on 21 August, amounts to nearly 5% of total government expenditure during 2020 and is scheduled to be signed into law later this year.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 20 August that it has chosen Elbit?s Iron First Light Decoupled (IFLD) active protection system (APS) for the Israel Defense Force?s (IDF) new Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) and D9 armoured bulldozers. Elbit will
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence wants to remove up to 95% of land mines along its border with Peru by 2021, according to the Ministry of National Defence’s newly released strategy plan that spans 2017–21 (Plan Sectorial de Defensa 2017–2021). During the short-lived 1995 Cenepa
The US Army on 20 August awarded Boeing a contract worth approximately USD155 million to procure nine new-build AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of 31 December 2022, according to a Pentagon statement. Boeing
No longer bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington announced that it is officially flight-testing ground-based cruise missiles that can fly between 500 km and 5,500 km. On San Nicolas Island, California, on 18 August, the US Department of Defense (DoD) conducted
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 20 August that it had handed over the last Helicopter 14 (NH90) to the armed forces in July. The handover took place in Marignane, France, after which the helicopter was flown to F21 Luleå, where the Swedish Air Force’s
The ‘Centre 2019’ exercise scheduled by Russia for 16–21 September is expected to involve at least 128,000 personnel from seven nations, as well as 600 aircraft and up to 450 artillery systems, the TASS news agency reported on 20 August, citing the Russian Ministry of Defence Press
Key Points The Philippine Navy’s ex-South Korean Po Hang-class corvette has arrived in Manila Vessel will transition the service over to its new anti-submarine warfare-capable José Rizal-class frigates The vessel, which is now in service as BRP Conrado Yap , was commissioned at its
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is terminating its programme to develop a more reliable interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which was designed to defend the United States against limited long-range nuclear attacks. The department “will terminate the current
Elbit Systems is expected to ramp up its active protection system (APS) production activities in the near term following a decision by the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) Procurement and Production Directorate (MANHAR) to equip the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) future Eitan 8×8

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