• EU gives green light to Fokker/GKN merger

    The European Union has given the go-ahead for a merger between UK aerospace engineering group GKN and Fokker Technologies, based in the Netherlands. The approval follows a decision by the European Commission's competition authority on 28 August. GKN's acquisition of Fokker fell under the EU's

  • Indonesia to deepen industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia

    Indonesia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is looking to deepen defence industrial links with Azerbaijan and Colombia. In separate statements on 28 and 31 August the MoD said it is planning to expand links with the two countries across a range of defence activities including industrial

  • Top lawmaker raises concerns on KC-46A delays

    Key Points Repeated delays of the KC-46A programme have attracted the attention of a top senator John McCain has warned the Pentagon that the delays could prevent the aircraft's timely delivery to the fleet The Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee told Secretary of Defense Ashton

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 September 2015

    Americas 28 August 2015 - Chile: In Angol, Malleco province, a group of Mapuche activists occupied the offices of the provincial government to demand the restitution of lands. 26 August 2015 - Mexico: In Villahermosa, Tabasco state, 500 people marched against oil company Pemex over compensation

  • Airbus H125 confirmed as Argentine Lama's replacement

    The Argentine Ministry of Defence affirmed that a memorandum was signed for the acquisition of 12 Airbus H125 Ecureuil helicopters to succeed the army's and air force's Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) SA 315B Lama fleets, which have been in use for more than 35 years. The H125 single-engine light utility

  • Carlyle Group agrees to buy Novetta

    Private equity firm the Carlyle Group has agreed to buy data analytics company Novetta, the group announced on 27 August. Terms for the deal, expected to close later this year, were not disclosed. Novetta specialises in managing and analysing large data sets, with a range of clients in the defence

Platforms Platforms

  • F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

Weapons Weapons

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • MAKS 2015: Russian Mi-28Ns to receive N025 radars in 2016

    Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters will receive the N025 mast-mounted radar from 2016, an industry source told IHS Jane's at MAKS 2015. "The military is completing the tests of the N025 radar on three helicopters. Starting next year, it will be produced serially for mounting on

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

Country Risk Country Risk

  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • New US research vessel completes acceptance trials

    A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August. RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's