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Presented Friday, September 27, in the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, the 2020 budget for the Armies foresees an increase of the resources of € 1.7 billion, to reach € 37.5 billion. Modernization of major equipment, creation of posts, innovation: overview of the main lines of the Army budget for next year.

The robotization of arms and hardware is a breakthrough achievement of the 21st century which will exert a major impact on the concept and forms of engagement of the armed forces of the developed nations in the foreseeable future, the Military-Industrial Courier writes.

Soviet weapons which were supplied to nearly half of the world countries were actively engaged in dozens of wars and conflicts of the 20th century. Even after the Soviet collapse, many countries, even US allies, prefer to buy Russian arms. It is confirmed by arms trade statistics which put Russia second after the United States, the Army Standard writes.

After the end of World War 2, the Arctic developed into a laboratory for Polar scientists and a zone of commercial fishing. It also offers the shortest route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The situation began to change due to global warming, as the ice began to retreat 200-300 km from the shore and opened year-round navigation from Bering Strait to Murmansk. New hydrocarbon deposits were discovered in the Arctic, the Zvezda weekly writes.

Lt.Gen. Ivan Jones CB, Commander Field Army (CFA), has outlined his plans to rebalance the Field Army to ensure that it can compete with and defeat adversaries both above and below the threshold of conventional conflict. CFA described plans for rebalancing his command which will see changes to the structure of the Field Army’s primary formations.

Army Recognition editorial team with its Online Defense and Security Web TV news channel was in Peutie military barracks to cover the military parade rehearsal for the Belgian National Day of July 21, 2019. Every year, Belgium’s national day is celebrated with a whole range of activities including a military parade of Belgium armed forces, police, civil defense and emergency services in the center of Brussels. This year was a special edition: a large number of World War 2 vehicles took part to the parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Belgium's Liberation.

The Chinese army (PLA) is establishing a modernized weaponry and equipment system by commissioning the likes of Type 15 tanks, Type 052D destroyers, J-20 fighter jets and DF-26 intermediate and long-range ballistic missiles, according to a white paper issued by the Defense ministry on Wednesday, 24 July. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

A major reform is in store for the national air defense. Each air force and defense army will get a mobile reserve comprising an air defense regiment. They will be created from scratch and armed with Pantsir missile guns. The new regiments will defend strategic facilities and reinforce available air defense units, the Izvestia daily said.

The news about the MQ-9 Reaper drone downed by the Houthis over Yemen did not make headlines. The Houthis numerously demonstrated the ability to down adversary drones. A month ago, they downed an MQ-1 Predator drone, and in April, Saudi Arabia lost one of its Wing Loong drones purchased in China. The Houthis even downed fighter jets, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has considerably complicated exams for antiaircraft units since 2019 due to arming regiments with S-300 and S-400 weapons and Pantsir-S close-range systems. Previously, each weapon fired at its own targets. Now they will act jointly to increase effectiveness. Control and target distribution systems built by the netcentric principle will synchronize the fire, the Izvestia daily writes.

SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) has expanded its research on security issues in the Horn of Africa region by launching a new series of publications investigating major questions for the future security and stability of the region. Notably, it highlights the increasing importance of geopolitical, commercial and military competition as the driver of foreign military deployments to the region.