• AEEI increases stake in Saab Grintek Defence

    African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) has completed the acquisition of an additional 20% stake in Saab Grintek Defence, bringing its holding up to 25%. The transaction was completed on 25 November and was first announced in May this year. Saab Grintek Defence remains majority owned by Saab

  • Afghan commission probes reasons for September loss of Kunduz to insurgents

    Key Points A high-ranking Afghan fact-finding commission has sought to find out why the city of Kunduz fell to insurgents on 28 September After being contested for about two weeks, the city was finally retaken by the ANDSF in mid-October The main reasons for the loss of the city of Kunduz to

  • Analysis: IDF moves to counter lone-wolf threat

    ANALYSIS The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is opting for cautious, defensive responses to sustained Palestinian 'lone-wolf' attacks. Since September, when tensions surrounding Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque escalated into stabbings, shootings, and vehicle ramming attacks, 22 Israelis have been killed

  • Australia releases submarine combat system integrator RfP to US companies

    A limited request for proposal (RfP) for the role of combat systems integrator for Australia's Future Submarine programme was released to US contractors Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in early November and will close on 1 April 2016, sources told IHS Jane's on 26 November. The sources said that both

  • CIMIC wins contract to extend RAAF Base Williamtown

    CIMIC, the Australian division of Spanish infrastructure group ACS, has won a AUD274 million (USD199 million) contract to extend the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base at Williamtown: the headquarters of the country's Air Combat Group. Announcing the deal on 26 November, ACS said the contract

  • Denmark restarts artillery purchase

    Denmark has restarted its plans to purchase a new artillery system, the country's defence minister has announced. According to Peter Christensen, "An efficient and modern artillery is important for the army and the tasks they must solve. Therefore, it has been very important to me to make the

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  • Iraqi army receives heavy air-launched rockets

    The Iraqi Army Aviation Command has taken delivery of an initial consignment of 128 mm air-launched rockets, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 23 November. The MoD did not identify the rockets or their manufacturer, saying only that they are of "international origin". It

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  • Russia responds to Turkish Su-24 shootdown

    Russia has responded to Turkey's downing of one of its Su-24M aircraft by stating it will deploy advanced air-defence systems to protect its aircraft based in Syria. The country has also announced the deployment of the Slava-class (Project 1164) guided missile cruiser Moskva off the Syrian coast,

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  • UAE trains new Yemeni army

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is training soldiers for a new Yemeni army at Al-Anad Air Base in southern Yemen. The UAE's official WAM news agency reported on 23 November that a batch of Yemeni soldiers had graduated from a training course run by the UAE's military. While WAM did not say how many

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  • NORM wisdom: Portal cuts nuisance alarms

    Radiation portal monitor (RPM) technology is being trialled for cargo screening at an unnamed Western European capital city airport. The patented Discovery RPM from Symetrica is designed to discriminate accurately between potential threat radioactive sources and naturally occurring radioactive

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  • UK spending review outlines 3.1% real-term defence increase

    The United Kingdom's 2015 Spending Review, published on 25 November, has outlined a 3.1% real-term increase for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) budget to 2019-20 as part of the commitment to spend 2% of GDP on overall defence. The announcement was expected following the release of the new Strategic