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  • NATO extends enhanced Baltic air policing until end of 2015 at least

    NATO is to continue its enhanced Baltic Air Policing Mission for at least another year, a senior Estonian Air Force officer said on 17 December. Speaking at Amari Airbase, which is currently hosting four German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighters assigned to the NATO mission, the station commander Lieutenant Colonel Rauno Sirk said that the base had already been earmarked to host further deployments through to at least the end of 2015.

  • Mexico to get five more UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Key Points The Mexican Navy is to receive five more UH-60Ms Mexico's navy, air force and federal police all operate the UH-60M Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a USD56.4 million contract modification for five more uniquely configured UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Mexican Navy (Armada de

  • Arrow 3 test stopped before interceptor launched

    A test of Israel's Arrow 3 exoatmospheric ballistic missile interception system apparently ended in failure for unspecified reasons on 16 December. During the trial a target was launched from over the Mediterranean Sea to represent an incoming ballistic missile. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) did

  • South Korea signs Global Hawk deal for 2017-2019 delivery

    Key Points A USD657.4 FMS deal will provide South Korea with four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawks The aircraft is the first step in the country's development of an independent ISR capability South Korea has signed a USD657.4 million Foreign Military Sales contract for four Northrop Grumman RQ-4B

  • Ukraine in new push for NATO membership

    Ukraine aims to get NATO membership "as quickly as conditions permit", according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "And I would do that tomorrow if it was at all possible." Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference after his meeting with NATO Secretary

  • Additional Western sanctions will aggravate Russia's currency and capital flight problems, raising political instability risks

    EVENT US president Barack Obama is expected to sign legislation passing new sanctions by the end of this week. The legislation, part of the act to support freedom in Ukraine in 2014, will include additional sanctions against Gazprom if it cuts gas supplies to NATO countries, Ukraine, Georgia and

  • Alcoa acquires TITAL

    US metals manufacturer Alcoa announced on 15 December that it had acquired German metal fabrication and manufacturing company TITAL. Financial details of the acquisition were not released. TITAL manufactures a range of components for the space, aerospace, and defence industries, with clients

  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and

  • Attacks on government and security targets likely to increase as competition among Egyptian jihadist groups intensifies

    EVENT A new jihadist group calling itself Katibat al-Ribat al-Jihadiya released its founding statement on 15 December, announcing its break with the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis due to the latter's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State. In the statement, Katibat al-Ribat criticised Ansar

  • Babcock signs deal to acquire UK's Defence Support Group

    The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 December that it had signed a contract to sell the Defence Support Group (DSG) to British engineering support company Babcock for GBP140 million (USD219 million). As part of the acquisition deal, Babcock also won a 10-year contract to undertake

  • Brazil plans to expand submarine fleet

    Key Points The Brazilian Navy confirmed long-term plans to build 15 diesel-electric propulsion and six nuclear-powered boats The navy has completed construction of the main facility for the submarine development programme, the facility at which an initial batch of conventional and nuclear boats

  • Cubic buys DTECH Labs

    Cubic Corporation has agreed to acquire communications equipment group DTECH Labs for up to USD114.5 million, the companies announced on 16 December. The exact total value will be dependent on stock pricing. DTECH specialises in mobile and hardened communications hardware, an area in which Cubic

  • DAPA proposes Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-16 fleet

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has proposed changing from BAE Systems to Lockheed Martin in order to upgrade the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-16 fighter aircraft. A statement by the military procurement agency on 17 December announced that a plan to

  • Estonia to replace Soviet-era An-2 aircraft with US-supplied Sherpas

    The Estonian Air Force is to replace the two Antonov An-2 'Colt' transport aircraft it operates in favour of a pair of Shorts C-23 Sherpas, a service official disclosed on 17 December. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Airbase, 2nd Lieutenant Pille Joala said that the An-2s, which have been in

  • German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

    The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent weeks. Speaking during a media tour of Amari Air Base, Estonia, on 17

  • IED attack kills civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a market in the Amil neighbourhood of Iraq's Baghdad on 13 December, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack kills three civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    THREE people were killed and seven others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a market in in the Husseiniya neighbourhood of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 13 December, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for

  • IED attack kills three people in Iraq's Baghdad

    THREE people were killed and seven others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a market in the village of Tarmiya, north of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 14 December, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for

  • IED attack kills two people in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO people were killed and five others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a vehicle by unidentified militants, detonated in the predominantly Shia Muslim Sadr City area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 11 December, Al-Mada reported. It was unclear whether the vehicle the

  • Imarat Kavkaz threaten attacks in Russia's Chechnya

    IN A VIDEO statement released on 13 December on a pro-militant website, Akhmed Umarov, the purported leader of the Chechen wing of Imarat Kavkaz, threatened to launch new attacks in the city of Grozny in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya to mark the New Year, RFE/RL reported. Umarov

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