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Bulgaria to Acquire Second-Hand Submarines
Navy / Maritime Regional / Strategy

Bulgaria to Acquire Second-Hand Submarines

Bulgaria is considering acquiring submarines due to the Russia- Ukraine tension.

U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine
Regional / Strategy Defence Politics

U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine

The consignment of American weapons delivered to Ukraine on January 22 included Javelin anti-tank missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D) thermobaric grenade launchers (SMAW-D) designed to destroy fortifications and bunkers.

The USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group joins NATO Exercise
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The USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group joins NATO Exercise

The USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group participated in a NATO exercise in the Mediterranean Sea that started on Monday.

 Baltic nations send US-made Stingers, Javelins to Ukraine while Germany Resists
Bilateral Relations Regional / Strategy

Baltic nations send US-made Stingers, Javelins to Ukraine while Germany Resists

The Baltic states will send “Stinger” and “Javelin” missile systems and various individual equipment to help Ukraine strengthen its defences. Estonia will provide Javelin anti-tank missiles, while Lithuania and Latvia will provide Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and adjacent equipment.

Australia and Japan Sign Defence Pact Amid China Concerns
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Australia and Japan Sign Defence Pact Amid China Concerns

Australia and Japan will sign a treaty to strengthen defence and security cooperation amid China's rising military power in the Indo-Pacific region.

China replaces the U.S. in the Middle East
Regional / Strategy

China replaces the U.S. in the Middle East

According to CNN International, the U.S. intelligence and satellite images show that Saudi Arabia is now developing its ballistic missiles with the assistance of China. The image states that the Kingdom is now actively manufacturing its own ballistic missiles with the assistance of China to restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Saudis' main regional rival.

AUKUS Sets the Details of the Cooperation Program by Early 2022
Regional / Strategy

AUKUS Sets the Details of the Cooperation Program by Early 2022

The U.S., UK and Australia have committed to finalising a work program by 2022 after delegates concluded their first AUKUS meetings at the Pentagon.

Ukraine accuses Germany of ‘blocking’ NATO weapons supplies
Regional / Strategy

Ukraine accuses Germany of ‘blocking’ NATO weapons supplies

Ukraine’s new defence minister Oleksii Reznikov has impugned Germany for obstructing the transfer of arms to Kyiv via NATO.

Saudi Arabia – Qatar Relations Back to Normalisation
Bilateral Relations Regional / Strategy

Saudi Arabia – Qatar Relations Back to Normalisation

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Doha for the first time since four years-long blockades of Qatar.

The U.S. to Station Attack Helicopter Squadron in ROK Permanently
Air Regional / Strategy

The U.S. to Station Attack Helicopter Squadron in ROK Permanently

The U.S. Army will permanently station an attack helicopter squadron in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to defend the country from China and North Korea.

NATO OSG under Greek led exercises with the Israeli navy
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NATO OSG under Greek led exercises with the Israeli navy

NATO's Operation Sea Guardian (OSG), a current task force commanded by the Greek navy, visited Haifa and practised with the Israeli navy.

Russia and China chart a course for closer military co-operation
Bilateral Relations Regional / Strategy

Russia and China chart a course for closer military co-operation

Russia’s defence minister signed a road map for greater military relations with China, citing US strategic bomber missions near both nations’ borders.

Australia Signs the AUKUS Deal
Navy / Maritime Regional / Strategy

Australia Signs the AUKUS Deal

Australia inked an agreement with the US and the UK to access sensitive nuclear submarine intelligence through their AUKUS security alliance.

Crack in West’s Crimea Policy
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Crack in West’s Crimea Policy

Bulgaria’s re-elected President Rumen Radev said, “Crimea is Russian for the time being”. Shortly after Radev’s victory at the presidential election, the U.S. voiced its “deep concern” on Monday. Radev commented on a televised debate last week.