• Indian company says it will build new Omani airbase

    The Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced on 18 September that it had been awarded a contract by the Omani Ministry of Defence to build the new airbase, but provided no further details. "We have been gradually establishing our credentials in the Middle East and, especially in

  • Mexico orders additional UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Sikorsky has been awarded a USD93.3 million contract to build eight "uniquely configured" UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Mexico, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 September. The contract, which was placed on behalf of Mexico's secretary of national defence, is

  • UK deploys Watchkeeper UAV to Afghanistan

    The first operational flight of the Thales WK450 Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken place in Afghanistan only three months before UK forces are due to withdraw from the Southwest Asian country. Details of the flight were revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24

  • USAF: Use of F-22s target dependent, JTACs crucial for air support

    The US Air Force (USAF), which is leading airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, has said planners are choosing specific attack platforms based on individual targets and highlighted the key role played ground-based air controllers. Since operations began in August,

  • BAE Australia wins LHD support contract

    Australia's military procurement agency, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), has awarded BAE Systems Australia a contract to provide support for the Royal Australian Navy's Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. A statement by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 26

  • Indonesian Navy commissions oiler, 'leopard carrier' LST

    Despite initial fears that it would miss an October 2014 commissioning deadline, a 120 m indigenously produced landing ship tank (LST) dubbed a 'leopard carrier' by the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) was commissioned on 27 September. The vessel, named KRI

  • Sri Lanka outlines 12% defence budget increase

    The Sri Lankan government proposed on 26 September a 2015 defence budget of LKR285 billion (USD2.18 billion), a 12% increase over military spending in 2014. The allocation - contained in the government's 2015 appropriation bill - amounts to about 16% of the total expenditure for the year and about

  • 'Valiant Shield 2014' demonstrates US joint force capabilities in the Asia Pacific

    The US military has completed a key unilateral field training exercise (FTX) off the coast of Guam that demonstrates Washington's resolve to maintain a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region despite budgetary pressures, the exercise's top official said. Exercise 'Valiant Shield 2014', which was

  • Afghanistan orders additional MD 530F helos

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has exercised an option for additional MD 530F Little Bird helicopters, according to a US Department of Defense (DoD) contract modification announced on 26 September. The service will acquire a further 12 primary trainer helicopters under a USD35.7 million contract

  • Air strike kills 11 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    ELEVEN Islamic State militants were killed in an air strike by unspecified military forces west of the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 25 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strike kills four Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    FOUR Islamic State militants, including the so-called Wali al-Hawija, known as Abu Hassan, were killed in an air strike by the international Arab coalition between the villages of Azariya and Saad in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 25 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strikes kill 13 suspected militants in Pakistan's Khyber

    THIRTEEN suspected militants - including Uzbek nationals - were killed in air strikes by army forces on Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 24 September, The News reported.

  • Air strikes kill 48 suspected Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    FORTY-EIGHT Islamic State militants were killed in air strikes by the United States and its Arab allies targeting an unspecified location in Iraq, near the borders with Jordan and Syria, on 23 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strikes kill three Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    THREE Islamic State militants were killed and a number of vehicles were destroyed in air strikes by the United States and its five Arab allies on the districts of Al-Multaqa and Riyadh in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 25 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strikes target Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    AIR strikes by Arab coalition targeted Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Hawija district in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 25 September, NINA reported. A casualty report was unavailable.

  • AQAP execute five men in Yemen's Al-Dali

    AN INTELLIGENCE official and four of his guards were executed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in an unspecified location in Yemen's Al-Dali governorate on 25 September, EFE reported. AQAP claimed responsibility for the attack via its purported Twitter account later that day.

  • AQAP's call to Yemeni Sunnis to support its anti-Houthi campaign aimed at accelerating state collapse

    Key Points The attacks followed a 23 September statement in which AQAP called on Sunnis to "unite under one banner" and join its "fight" against the Houthi. AQAP attempts to exploit the political uncertainty in Sanaa point to increased terrorism and kidnap risks across the

  • Attacks in southeast Turkey indicate frustration with peace process and heighten risk of a breakdown in talks

    EVENT Over the past two weeks, sympathisers of the Partiya KarkerĂȘn Kurdistan (PKK) have raided and damaged schools in eastern and southeastern Turkey. On 13 September, five schools in Diyarbakir providence were attacked with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and Molotov cocktails Reports

  • China launches latest of military, 'experimental' satellites

    China launched a Long March-4B rocket carrying the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite and an experimental satellite, Tiantuo-2, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 8 September. Tiantuo-2, which was designed and built by the National University of Defence Technology (NUDT), "will be

  • Crime gang influence over Colombian oil exploration employment raises risks of corruption, extortion, and violence in sector

    Key Points Local employment and service contracts with regard to oil exploration projects are increasingly at risk of being influenced by illegal armed groups, namely criminal gangs (known as BACRIMs) seeking to extract profits. These groups are seeking to take advantage of the desire of foreign