• Afghan National Army to receive more Commando Select 4x4s

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is to receive more Textron Commando Select 4x4 armoured vehicles. Through the US Foreign Miltary Sales (FMS) programme the company was awarded a USD56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 55 more Commando Select platforms, Textron announced in late September. This

  • Bharat Forge sells stake in vehicle component JV

    Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) - a subsidiary of the Indian conglomerate Kalyani Group - has exited a joint venture (JV) previously owned in partnership with UK-headquartered David Brown Group, a manufacturer of gearbox and transmission systems. In a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 1 October

  • Boeing gets development deal for USAF F-15 EW suite

    Key Points The USAF has selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital EW suite for the F-15 Eagle EPAWSS will replace TEWS, which has been in service since the 1980s The US Air Force (USAF) selected Boeing as the prime contractor on a new digital electronic warfare suite for its F-15

  • Bombardier sells military training group

    A day after reports of a plan to sell off stakes of business units, Bombardier announced on 1 October that it had completed the sale of its military aviation training business to CAE. The sale, plans for which were originally announced in January, will earn Bombardier CAD19.8 million (USD15

  • Conflict and crime threaten Ukrainian coal mining

    Key Points The conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to the re-emergence of small-scale 'kopanka' coal mines, which often have links to organised crime interests. Given the centrality of the Donbass region to Ukrainian coal production, control over legal and illegal coal production and trade is key

  • Dual-use surveillance tools could snag EU's export control review

    As the European Commission prepares to revise the EU's export control regime it is unlikely, despite growing pressure, that it will ban surveillance software over human rights concerns. It will turn instead to the evaluation of how importing countries could abuse the product as the basis for a ban,

Platforms Platforms

  • Czech MoD recommends Nexter Titus MRAP purchase

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recommended the government selects the Nexter Systems Titus 6x6 armoured vehicle to fulfil a CZK2.7 billion (USD111 million) requirement for 42 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) platforms for the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). MoD sources leaked

Weapons Weapons

  • Suspected Iranian missile shipment seized in Arabian Sea

    The first evidence has emerged that Iran is shipping weapons to its allies in Yemen in the form of a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles seized off Oman. The seizure was first announced on 29 September, when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir told the Al-Arabiya news channel that,

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Kongsberg debuts new ADC console

    Key Points Kongsberg expects to complete qualification of the ADC by the end of 2015 The company sees additional applications for the same FDC architecture in other roles, including coastal defence, artillery/fire support, and high-echelon command-and-control Kongsberg Defence Systems has

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

Country Risk Country Risk

  • Middle East conflict raises risk of epidemics

    Key Points The 2015 refugee crisis in Europe has highlighted disease risks from conflict zones and the danger of outbreaks among refugees and, to a lesser extent, host populations. The conflict in Syria has raised the in-country risk from pathogens including measles, polio, and cutaneous

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • Estonia to increase defence spending to 2.1% of GDP

    Estonia has announced plans to increase its defence budget by 9% in 2016. If approved the increase will represent the largest boost to the country's defence spending since 2012 and will see the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) budget increase to EUR449 million (USD505 million), a EUR37 million boost