• Kenya receives 30 Norinco VN4 armoured vehicles

    The Kenyan police commissioned 30 Norinco VN4 light armoured vehicles on 1 February in a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Chinese-made vehicles will be used by the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) of Kenya's National Police Force for anti-terrorism, international

  • BAE Systems and Singapore university to collaborate on cyber security

    BAE Systems has signed an agreement with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to jointly develop cyber-security technologies. The NTU said on 4 February that the arrangement, signed in the United Kingdom, would be supported by investment worth SGD2.5 million (USD1.8 million) and would

  • BAE Systems awaits UCAV decision

    A Franco-British industry team is waiting for Paris and London to decide the way forward for a cross-channel effort to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). Martin Rowe-Willcocks, BAE Systems' head of business development for Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), told IHS Jane's on 2

  • Boeing names new president of Japan business

    Boeing has named Brett Gerry as president of Boeing Japan, effective 1 April. The US group said Gerry, who succeeds retiring George Maffeo, will be based in Tokyo and will report to Marc Allen, president of Boeing International. Gerry, previously vice president for Boeing Commercial Airplanes,

  • Controlled escalation of conflict in east Ukraine aims to increase pressure on Kiev government by Russia

    EVENT On 4 February 2016, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that the pro-Russian separatist militants in Donetsk and Luhansk regions had shelled Ukrainian army positions 55 times in the previous 24 hours; this compared to 8-12 per day in the first weeks of January. In the previous week,

  • DOTE&E seeks fixes for US Navy surface EW testing

    Key Points The USN has a gap in its capability for the high-fidelity representation of multiple ASCM seekers to support SEWIP operational testing DOT&E has proposed a UAV-based solution as an alternative to the captive-carry of the ASCM seeker simulators by manned aircraft Shortfalls remain

Platforms Platforms

  • Iranian UAV shown striking targets in Syria and Iraq

    Iran appears to have conducted strike missions over Syria and Iraq using its Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to footage released by national media on 2 February. A news report filed by media channel SimaNews shows at least two armed Shahed-129 UAVs being demonstrated at an

Weapons Weapons

  • US tests fixes for GMD homeland defence missile interceptor

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January flight tested a design fix for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defence system. The controlled test vehicle flight (named CTV-02+) was not an intercept test but rather was meant to prove design changes intended to fix flaws in the

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Thales flies Searchmaster radar for Atlantic MPA upgrade

    Thales has test flown the new Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar for the French Navy's Dassault Atlantic (Atlantique) 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) upgrade programme, the company announced on 4 February. Flight trials of the radar, which is also available for export, commenced on

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,

Country Risk Country Risk

Military Capabilities Military Capabilities

CBRN Assessment CBRN Assessment

  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,

Terrorism & Insurgency Terrorism & Insurgency

Industry Industry

  • Finland approves MLRS missile purchase

    Finland has decided to purchase new missiles for its 22 Lockheed Martin M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs), the Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 February. Valued at EUR70 million (USD78.4 million) by the MoD, the sale includes both M31A1 Unitary Missiles and M30A1
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