• ASEAN Regional Forum 'concerned' over North Korea's nuclear, missile tests

    Members of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), one of the largest security forums in the Asia-Pacific region, have raised concerns over North Korea's latest nuclear, rocket and ballistic missile tests. A statement issued in the Laotian capital of Vientiane by ARF Chairman Saleumxay Kommasith to wrap up

  • Australia shortlists AMV35, Boxer for future combat reconnaissance vehicle

    The four contenders vying to supply 225 wheeled Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army as part of its largest-ever acquisition programme have been cut to two, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 28 July. Kim Gillis, Deputy Secretary of the DoD's Capability

  • Canada announces multi-billion dollar ship support contract

    Key Points Canada has opened a competition to provide in-service support for the country's naval auxiliary vessels It will combine in-service support for two classes of vessels under a single contractor Canada has launched a competition to provide in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy's

  • CENTCOM chief worries Turkey's coup fallout impacting relations

    The top US commander in the Middle East expressed concern that fallout from a failed 15 July military coup in Turkey could affect relations with a key ally in fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The coup's failure was quickly followed with a massive purge of alleged collaborators,

  • CENTCOM planning for stabilisation operations in Mosul

    US and Iraqi forces are proceeding deliberately with plans to re-take Mosul from the Islamic State group and are first formalising plans for the operation's aftermath. "We will go to Mosul when it's time to go to Mosul," General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), said on

  • China to have 'world's largest navy' by 2020, says report

    Based on the number and variety of warships that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to have in commission by the year 2020, a new report says that China will have not only the largest but also the second-most capable blue-water navy in the world within the next four years. Published

  • CPI-M militants kill three civilians in India's Jharkhand

    THREE civilians - including two sons of a surrendered Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) militant -were killed after CPI-M militants raided their residence in the Barkol forest area of Latehar district in India's Jharkhand state between 24 and 25 July, The Times of India reported. Two of the

  • Defence profit down 33% at Rolls-Royce

    British aerospace and industrial propulsion specialist Rolls-Royce reported losses in the first half of its financial year of GBP2.15 billion (USD2.82 billion) on 28 July, the result of a revaluation of its currency hedging derivatives following the UK's vote to leave the European Union (EU). While

  • Extent of officer purges and public support for government mean second coup unlikely in Turkey in one-year outlook

    Key Points The people arrested probably include not just alleged members of the clandestine Gülenist network suspected of playing a central role in the 15 July coup attempt, but those whose loyalty to the government is judged unproven. The purges initiated by the government following the coup

  • Hyundai's quarterly earnings rebound on the back of restructuring

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has attributed its improved financial performance during the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 to continuing restructuring efforts. The company, one of South Korea's biggest naval shipbuilders, said that while second-quarter sales fell 17% to

  • India abolishes joint venture guidelines for state-owned companies

    The Indian government has abolished a set of rules previously introduced to support state-owned defence companies entering joint ventures (JVs) with private sector firms, it has been announced. The 'Guidelines for establishing joint venture companies by defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs)'

  • India signs deal for four more P-8I surveillance aircraft

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a USD1 billion deal with Boeing on 27 July for four additional P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft for the Indian Navy (IN), official and industry sources said. The aircraft, which are being acquired via a direct commercial sale with

  • Indian Navy special forces to get 177 sniper rifles

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded negotiations with Italian arms manufacturer Beretta for the import of 177 sniper rifles for its Marine Commandos (MARCOS), the special forces unit of the Indian Navy (IN), for an estimated INR200 million (USD2.98 million). Official sources said the

  • Islamic State-claimed attack kills priest in France's Seine Maritime

    An 85-year-old priest - identified as Jacques Hamel - was killed and a worshipper was wounded after two Islamist militants, armed with knives, entered a church service in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France's Seine Maritime department on 26 July and took three other people hostage, the

  • JTIC Brief: Multiple attacks highlight plurality of domestic security threats in Germany

    Key Points In the period 22-24 July, at least three separate attacks across Germany left a total of 10 people dead and at least 50 wounded. Although one of the attacks was subsequently linked to Islamist militancy, the others were not - with one potentially linked to right-wing extremism -

  • North African rivals receive new tanks

    Morocco has confirmed that it has taken delivery of the first of its new M1A1SA Abrams tanks, while it regional rival Algeria has received another instalment of T-90 tanks from Russia. The Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) released photographs of the ceremony marking the arrival of its first Abrams to

  • NSA certifies KG-350 encryption system

    Raytheon's KG-350 Ethernet encryption system has received a Type 1 certification from the US National Security Agency (NSA), the company has announced. The certification enables the KG-350 to be used for the communication of data and information up to the Top Secret/Sensitive compartmented

  • Paraguay deploys observers to Colombia for UN monitoring mission

    Key Points Paraguay has deployed personnel for the UN's monitoring mission in Colombia, and Argentina, Chile, and Mexico have pledged deployments as well The mission is to monitor and verify the FARC's disarmament and the bilateral ceasefire The Paraguayan military has deployed 11 officers and

  • RN prepares for Shaman introduction

    Key Points The Royal Navy has begun training for the integration of a new CESM installation for its Daring-class destroyers The Shaman system is expected to be deployed on Type 45 destroyers from 2017 The UK Royal Navy (RN) has opened an operator and maintainer training facility for its new

  • Sales and profits rise in BAE Q2 results

    BAE Systems released its half-yearly financial results on 28 July, showing notable growth in both revenue and earnings year on year. Sales were up 2.9% from GBP8.5 billion (USD11.2 billion) in the first half of 2015 to GBP8.7 billion in the six months ended 30 June 2016. Profit growth was even more