Estonia ploughs on with coastal defence upgrade
Joint procurement of anti-ship missiles has fallen flat, but a recent demonstration illustrates how keen Estonia is to overhaul its coastal defence systems.
Rokot combines multiple shipboard communications capabilites
Unified communications platform is already being installed on Russian Coast Guard vessels.
Su-30SM2s are destined for Baltic duties
Two dozen Su-30SM2 fighters will be delivered to the Russian Navy by late 2022, mainly to the Kaliningrad Oblast where they will replace ageing Su-27s.
Baltic states hope for joint naval procurement
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania want to develop joint naval procurement programmes — but for the time being, they must focus instead on upgrading existing platforms or buying second-hand vessels.
30th March 2021
Almost 30 years after it was laid down, the longest nuclear-powered submarine in the world is scheduled to start state trials in May. Is it a case of 'better late than never'?
26th March 2021
R&D programme includes four self-propelled artillery systems for use in Arctic conditions, as Russia becomes more assertive in the region.
17th February 2021
A somewhat unfamiliar design — and the lack in Russia of a carrier-based AWACS capability — suggest that the Nevsky Design Bureau has bitten off more than it can chew.
10th February 2021
Terminator 2 fire support combat vehicle was developed for the export market but it may be attracting domestic interest too.
20th January 2021
Armoured and mine-resistant vehicle is being rolled out to Russian military police for use in foreign operations.
19th January 2021
While the Georgian MoD has made clear its ambitions, realising them may prove more complicated.
8th January 2021
New high-speed landing boats are expected for the Russian Navy and Coast Guard in 2021.
5th January 2021
S-500 features enhanced radar and missile capabilities including warheads to hit space targets.
22nd December 2020
Ukraine's Soviet-era combat aircraft fleet is overdue for modernisation, as Kiev seeks to spend big on buying from Western suppliers.
12th November 2020
Development of indigenous helicopter types has not stopped Beijing from buying Russian-made military helicopters
4th November 2020
There is potential for procurement of an initial 30 vehicles
21st October 2020
The ex-Soviet republic aims for a rapid overhaul of its equipment inventory to NATO standard, but this may actually turn out to be an expensive and lengthy process
30th September 2020
Recent public remarks from Anatoly Serdyukov, head of the aviation cluster in Russian defence conglomerate Rostec, indicate that a sixth-generation fighter aircraft for Russia will …
15th September 2020
The UK is to lead an international training programme for the Ukrainian Navy, which requires new equipment and systems to recover from a period of …
7th September 2020
The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may accelerate their rearmament programmes by developing their own weapon systems as well as procuring them from …
17th July 2020
Ukraine continues to expand its armed forces with the help of the US, with the acquisition late last year of additional Javelin antitank missiles being …
6th July 2020
Russia plans to accelerate work in the next few years to develop new laser weapons for its armed forces, according to recent statements from MoD …
10th June 2020
The Russian MoD has signed a contract worth an estimated RUB100 billion ($1.43 billion) to build two helicopter carriers for the country’s navy, in a programme …
26th May 2020
Recent statements from senior military commanders, as well as insight gleaned by Shephard from military analysts, indicate that Russia is intent on expanding and reinforcing …
12th May 2020
Russia will conduct military training exercises as scheduled for the rest of 2020, after officials said NATO rejected a suggestion to mutually halt drills in …