Global defence update

Exercise ‘Sandstone’ sends signal to Iran
US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) nuclear attack submarines have staged an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Northern Arabian Sea, dubbed Exercise ‘Sandstone’. USS Miami (SSN 755) and HMS Talent (S92) practised detecting, tracking and engaging what the USN described as ‘hostile’ submarines for six days close to Iran’s southeastern coast during early October

Unrest dents Georgia’s NATO aspirations
Georgia’s hopes of NATO accession have suffered a setback with anti-government protests in the capital, Tbilisi. Interior Ministry troops formed barriers around the centre of Tbilisi on 7 November to prevent the movement of demonstrators after President Mikhail Saakashvili declared a state of emergency. This followed the dispersal of thousands of demonstrators in central Freedom Square earlier in the day by government troops with water cannons, batons and tear gas

US has not offered JSF to India, says defence minister
Indian defence minister A K Antony has denied that the United States has offered its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Speaking in Indian parliament on 5 December, Antony said: “The Ministry of Defence has received no offer from the United States for the transfer of high-technology weaponry including its fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter F-35.” He added: “The two countries also do not have any agreement for the supply of high-tech weapons to India.” The comments of the defence minister are in contrast to the suggestion made by Lockheed Martin’s vice-president for business development, Rob Weiss, who, after a technical presentation on the aircraft to the IAF in early July, said the fighter could “fulfil India’s future needs”
India cancels Eurocopter LOH tender
India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cancelled the Indian Army’s tender for 197 Eurocopter AS 550 C3 Fennec light observation helicopters (LOHs), citing discrepancies in the evaluation process. “The current request for proposal [RfP] has been scrapped

US considered pressure on Israel against Jericho missile, reveals Kissinger memorandum

A newly declassified memorandum written on 19 July 1969 by Henry Kissinger, then President Richard Nixon’s national security adviser, reveals that the US government considered applying pressure on Israel not to produce or deploy its Jericho nuclear-armed intermediate-range ballistic missile. To bring pressure on Israel, a special group, set up to consider the status of the Israeli nuclear programme and possible US responses to it, considered stopping delivery of F-4 Phantoms

Source: Jane’s defence journal

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