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Largest-ever NATO air drill underway

NATO embarked on the largest air force exercises in the alliance’s history on Monday amid heightened tensions with Russia over the Ukraine conflict. According to Berlin’s military, the drills – which have been dubbed ‘Air Defender 23’ and are being hosted by Germany – will play out mostly in the …

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China tests hypersonic missiles in Taiwan blockade drill – media

The large-scale military drills Beijing launched around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island involve the “use of advanced weapons,” including China’s state-of-the-art hypersonic DF-17 missiles, China’s Global Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The ongoing exercises involve a “joint blockade, sea assault and land and …

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US and South Korea expand joint military drill

US and South Korean defense chiefs have agreed to expand their joint military exercise planned for later this year, setting the stage to deploy more of Washington’s strategic weapons on the peninsula amid increased saber-rattling in Pyongyang. The drill, likely to be called Ulchi Freedom Shield, will be integrated with …

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Turkey to boycott NATO drill – media

Turkey will not participate in NATO drills amid escalating tensions with Greece, Turkish media reported on Saturday, citing security sources. Ankara was scheduled to send its F-16 Fighting Falcon jets to the annual ‘Tiger Meet’ drill, which will be held at Araxos Air Base in western Greece from May 9 …

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US Navy displays 2 supercarriers in Philippine Sea drill (VIDEO)

The US Navy staged a drill with Japanese allies in the Philippine Sea, showing off two aircraft carriers, two amphibious ships, and dozens of fighter jets, amid persistent regional tensions with China. Supercarriers USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) led the drill, flanked by amphibious assault ships …

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NATO teases massive Arctic drill

NATO allies and partners will soon hold massive war games in the European Arctic involving the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 8, the country’s mission to the military bloc has said. The reminder comes amid tensions with Russia over NATO’s enlargement on the continent, which Moscow considers a threat to …

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EU to hold large-scale cyber attack drill – media

The European Union will soon stage a far-reaching cyber security exercise intended to prepare for an attack that affects the continent’s distribution networks, Bloomberg reported, noting the drill will be held over several weeks. EU members will begin the exercise sometime in the coming days and continue for six weeks, …

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Iran begins drill in Caspian Sea, exhibiting naval units, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and drones (PHOTOS)

On Wednesday morning, the naval and airborne units of the Iranian armed forces began their Amaniyat-e Paydar (Sustainable Security) 1400 naval drill, which saw the participation of several units, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and naval drones.  According to local media, the exercises test the interoperability of Iranian hardware and the …

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