• Europe cannot continue to rely on soft power, Eurocorps commander warns

    Europe will be "in deep trouble" if it continues to rely only on soft power, given the threats it now faces from the east and south, according to the Belgian commander of the five-nation Eurocorps headquarters. Despite the troubles in Ukraine and Russia's growing aggression, the greater

  • IDEX 2015: Italy orders Piaggio HammerHead UAV

    The Italian Air Force has become the first customer for the Piaggio Aero P.1HH HammerHead unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company announced at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi on 26 February. In total the Italian Air Force has ordered six HammerHead UAVs, split into three unmanned aerial systems (UASs)

  • IDEX 2015: Local contender enters Emirati 8x8 race

    The new Enigma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) that was unveiled at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi will be submitted for the Emirati military's long-standing 8x8 IFV requirement, IHS Jane's has confirmed. Mohamed bin Jabr al-Suwaidi, CEO of Emirates Defense Technology (EDT), which is developing the Enigma,

  • UPDATE: Russia's hybrid war in Ukraine 'is working'

    Key Points A conference attended by influential Ukrainian and US officials has concluded that Russia's hybrid warfare campaign in eastern Ukraine is working Ukrainian forces continue to be outmatched, not only by the hardware they face but also the sophistication of the offensive they face A

  • Analysis: US debate over arming Ukraine overlooks wider strategy

    Discussions regarding whether or not to supply weapons and equipment to Ukrainian forces - to counteract strong Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine - should be had within a wider strategic context. ANALYSIS Lawmakers and some government officials have sought to press US president

  • IDEX 2015: IGG acquires Finnish RIB company

    The United Arab Emirates' International Golden Group (IGG) has acquired Finnish rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer Boomeranger Boats, it was announced on 25 February. The value of the deal was not disclosed. However, Boomeranger's parent company Revenio Group revealed that the disposal would

  • UK's Scout SV reconnaissance variant passes CDR

    The British Army's upcoming Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) tracked reconnaissance vehicle has passed its critical design review (CDR), General Dynamics UK announced on 26 February. The reconnaissance variant is the final variant of the Scout SV programme to pass its CDR. With this now complete, the

  • US Coast Guard still wrangling with ice breaker shortage

    Key Points US ice breaker capability requirements still stand at three medium and three heavy ice breakers The USCG is considering options including Polar Sea reactivation and a new acquisition As human activity in the Arctic continues to expand, the chief of the US Coast Guard (USCG) remains

  • US Navy to test ONR submarine app on cruiser for mission planning improvement

    Key Points US Navy Office of Naval Research's Mission Planning Application is part of the Advanced Processing Build programme for submarines ONR hopes to demonstrate the software during a one-year demonstration on board the DDG 51 cruiser USS Mobile Bay, beginning in 2015 The US Navy (USN) Office

  • Airbus reports year-end results

    Airbus reported its full 2014 results on 27 February, with revenue increasing 5% and net income increasing 59% for the year. At EUR60.7 billion (USD68.0 billion), Airbus 2014 revenue was a record for the group, climbing with the help of continued strong commercial aircraft sales. The increase to

  • Australia takes a step towards OneSKY

    Airservices Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are to work with Thales Australia to develop the OneSKY harmonised civil/military air traffic management system. Thales Australia was selected on 27 February 2015 following a competitive tender. The value of the contract was not

  • AVIC looks to strengthen bank co-operation to boost M&As

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has said it is looking to "strengthen strategic co-operation" with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to support international mergers and acquisitions (M&As). A statement by the group on 26 February said AVIC President

  • Changes to Argentina's intelligence service to further polarise government and opposition, increasing government isolation ahead of election

    EVENT The Argentine government-dominated Congress on 26 February passed a bill that creates a new intelligence service, the Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (AFI), to replace the Servicio de Inteligencia (SI), by a 131-71 vote. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner pushed for the changes

  • Constrained expansion opportunities in Libya increase risk of Islamic State cross-border attacks into neighbouring countries.

    Key Points The statement came after it emerged that a Saudi jihadist was one of the perpetrators of the 20 February suicide attack in Qubbah, Derna, reflecting the ready availability of foreign suicide bombers in Libya. Several indicators suggest that the composition of the Islamic State in Libya

  • Double IED attack kills soldier in Afghanistan's Khost

    A SOLDIER was killed and four others were wounded when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated consecutively near a checkpoint in the Pul-e-Proja area of the city of Khost in Afghanistan's Khost province on 25 February, Khaama Press reported. No group

  • Elevated risk of IED attacks against Albanian security and government assets and business premises despite recent arrests

    EVENT Albanian police arrested eight individuals on 27 February suspected of carrying out two improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in the capital of Tirana on 10 February. The first attack was carried out against a pharmacy owned by the father of the current Minister of Interior Affairs,

  • EU should expand soldier, civilian training, officials believe

    The European Union's (EU's) strategic training of soldiers, diplomats, and civilians should be expanded to include human rights instruction for soldiers and pre-deployment training in civil-military co-operation prior to the posting of civilians to expeditionary security missions, say EU officials

  • Exelis reports year-end results

    Exelis' revenue has declined, for the second straight year, the company reported on 27 February. Total revenue for the company nudged down 2% in 2014 from the previous year, although operating income rose 21% as costs from Exelis' services business were cut. The firm posted revenue of USD3.28

  • HMAS Sydney completes its final voyage

    HMAS Sydney , one of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) four remaining Adelaide-class FFG-7 frigates, completed its final voyage on 27 February prior to decommissioning at the end of the year. The 4,200-ton ship sailed into its namesake city, where it will used for technical training courses at

  • IDEX 2015: Al Fattan Ship Industry to provide patrol boats for UAE Naval Forces

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces headquarters has awarded Al Fattan Ship Industry an AED18.5 million (USD5.07 million) contract to supply eight inshore patrol vessels for the UAE Naval Forces, it was announced at the IDEX 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi. Designed to conduct a range of