• HSV-2 turns up off Aden

    The ex-US naval logistics ship Swift is now operating under the flag of United Arab Emirates (UAE), which may be using it to support an amphibious operation in Yemen. Built by Australia's Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Swift was chartered as High-Speed Vessel 2 (HSV-2) by US Military Sealift Command

  • AFSOC to add non-lethal lasers to some Ghostrider gunships

    US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is working to integrate non-lethal directed energy systems onto its forthcoming Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships, according to Lieutenant General Bradley Heithold, commander of AFSOC. Those aircraft are "a couple of years out",

  • Angolan air force to be 'rebuilt' by 2017

    General Francisco Afonso, the commander of the Angolan National Air Force (FANA), has suggested the Su-30K multirole fighters that his country is buying from Russia will have all been delivered by 2017. "By 2017, we will have rebuilt the entire air force," the Angolan Press Agency (Angop)

  • Argentine intelligence service reforms seek to prolong Kirchnerist influence and extend surveillance into private sector

    Key Points The Argentine government has made public a new national intelligence doctrine and organ, with a widened surveillance remit including economic crimes. The new doctrine and staffing of the new agency indicate that the outgoing government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is

  • Assocham calls for overhaul of state nomination process

    The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has called on the Indian government to discontinue its policy of nominating state-owned enterprises to undertake major defence contracts. Assocham said in a statement on 28 July that the long-held policy dissuades private sector

  • Attacks in Tunisia expose security weaknesses

    Key Points In March and June 2015, Tunisia was hit by terrorist attacks targeting foreign tourists, confirming security deficiencies, particularly in its intelligence capabilities. The measures announced by the government are unlikely to eradicate a rapidly expanding cross-border terrorist risk

  • Australia receives seventh C-17 transport aircraft

    Australia's seventh Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft arrived at its homebase of RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland on 29 July, only three months after its acquisition was announced. Australia said it would purchase two C-17s on 10 April after requesting four in late 2014. The

  • Bahrain IED attack indicates militants' improved operational capabilities rather than access to more sophisticated weapons

    EVENT An improvised explosive device (IED) was remotely detonated on 28 July on a bus carrying police officers in the Shia area of Sitra, south of Bahrain's capital Manama. Two police officers died in the explosion and a further six were injured. The attack was swiftly claimed by a newly formed

  • Brazil officially cancels participation in Cyclone-4 rocket

    The Brazilian government has officially cancelled participation in a bilateral space co-operation treaty with Ukraine. The Long Term Cooperation Treaty for the use of the Cyclone 4 Rocket from the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA) was originally signed in October 2003 and focused on the joint

  • Brazil set to receive last Gepard SPAAGs

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) are scheduled to depart from Germany in the first week of August and arrive in Rio de Janeiro 20 days later, a source told IHS Jane's on 27 July. The Gepards were procured from Germany by the

  • Dockstavarvet delivers first IC 20 M interceptor to Norway

    The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has accepted the first of two 20 m high-speed interceptor craft from Swedish boat builder Dockstavarvet. The all-welded aluminium IC 20 M boats (hull numbers NB581 and NB582) are designated as search, rescue, and service vessels; the second is

  • Double suicide attack kills at least 12 people in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    AT LEAST 12 people were killed and 45 others wounded when two suicide attackers detonated simultaneously their explosives at a swimming pool of the predominantly Muslim Shia town of Tuz Khurmatu in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on 25 July, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • EUNAVFOR-MED gains air support

    The European mission to monitor migrant smuggling from Libya has been bolstered by the arrival in Sicily of a Swearingen Merlin IIIC maritime patrol aircraft from Luxembourg. European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR-MED) announced that the twin-turboprop aircraft had begun operations on

  • Incorrect trim setting caused Albacete F-16 crash, report finds

    Incorrect trim settings caused the loss of the Greek F-16 fighter that crashed on take-off at Albacete in Spain on 26 January, killing 11 military personnel, a safety investigation board (SIB) has found. The SIB found that "the yaw trim was inadvertently set to maximum right yaw trimming [12

  • Iraqi militias likely to exploit protests motivated by power shortages in southern Iraq escalating unrest in Basra

    EVENT On 16 July 2015 a protester was shot and killed by Iraqi security forces during protests in northern Basra in response to ongoing power shortages. The death prompted further unrest near local government headquarters. According to daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, the protests were linked to a

  • Israel completes CH-53 life-extension programme

    The Israel Air Force (IAF) has completed its Sikorsky CH-53 life-extension programme. The IAF said the last CH-53 left its Aerial Maintenance Unit workshop in late July and returned to its squadron. It declined to say precisely how many helicopters have been upgraded. The nine-year project was

  • Japanese MoD working with industry on Australian submarine partnerships

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that it is promoting the establishment of industrial partnerships between Japanese and international firms to build submarines to meet Australia's requirement to replace its existing Collins-class platforms. A spokesman from the MoD said

  • Killing of militant leader increases risk of attacks against security forces in Pakistan's Punjab province

    EVENT On 29 July, local media reported that Malik Ishaq, head of the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with police near the town of Muzaffargarh, in Punjab province. Ishaq had previously been acquitted in several terrorism cases by the courts,

  • KMW, Nexter Systems merger receives final sign-off

    Key Points KMW and French government sign off on creation of joint venture, effectively merging KMW and Nexter Systems Consolidation of the two companies comes as domestic defence expenditure declines and the need for export customers rise Owners of the French and German armoured vehicle

  • Lockheed looking at laying off 115 employees

    Lockheed Martin has issued notices to 115 employees in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that their jobs may be terminated at the company's Integrated Space Command & Control (ISC2) unit by the end of the year, company officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 29 July. The figure conflicts with previous