• Ukraine debuts Lev-1 helicopter as upgrade projects continue

    Ukrainian state-owned company UkrOboronServis presented a new helicopter, called the Lev-1 (Leo-1), to officials from the country's Ministry of Defence and internal security ministries. According to UkrOboronServis, the Lev-1 is based on the 1960s-era Bell 47G-4 helicopter, with an overhauled

  • US to supply French-made APCs to African countries

    The US military's Africa Command (AFRICOM) has ordered ACMAT Bastion armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for several African countries via the US company Mack Defense. The USD25 million contract was announced on 25 September when the US Department of Defense said that Mack Defense will supply 62

  • Algeria's first Chinese corvette begins homeward journey

    The first of the three C-28A corvettes that China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group is building for Algeria arrived in Malaysia on 6 October having completed the first leg of its voyage to North Africa. Named Adhafer (920), the vessel docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang for a

  • Aselsan's air defence gun system scores first hit

    Aselsan has trialled its new gun-based air defence system and fire control system (FCS), the company announced on 5 October. Trials included modernised towed 35 mm Oerlikon twin anti-aircraft guns, Aselsan FCS, and new 35 mm airburst ammunition. They have all been developed for Turkey's Hisar air

  • Finmeccanica sells stake in Fata

    Finmeccanica announced on 6 October that it had reached an agreement to sell its industrial plant engineering subsidiary Fata to the DANIELI Group. Details of the transaction were not revealed. However, Finmeccanica noted that the company earned revenues of approximately EUR150 million (USD168

  • Gold miner diversifies with defence acquisition

    US based Canyon Gold Corporation announced on 6 October that it had acquired a 100% stake in Colorado-based Defense Technology Corporation. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Defense Technology Corporation manufactures a range of materials used in personal protective equipment, as well as

  • Houthi commitment to UN peace plan offers coalition face-saving exit from Yemen but would increase Iranian leverage

    EVENT Representatives of the Houthi Movement in Yemen sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and a copy to the BBC, confirming acceptance of a seven-point plan proposed during UN-brokered peace negotiations in Muscat. The terms of the plan had been reported in international and local

  • IED attack kills anti-Taliban militia leader in Pakistan's Bannu

    A TRIBAL elder who headed an anti-Taliban militia was killed and his son was wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the town of Bakkakhel in Bannu district in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 4 October, the Daily

  • Indian Army rebukes officers for overenthusiastic insignia placement

    Indian Army headquarters is discouraging senior officers from flaunting their rank in public by displaying the stars that connote their position in the service. A lieutenant general was recently ridiculed on social media after a boat he hired to scatter a relative's ashes in the Ganges was

  • Iranian government's changes to anti-smuggling law delays implementation, reflecting pessimism over curbing large-scale illicit trade

    EVENT On 4 October, President Hassan Rowhani presented his cabinet's modifications to the anti-smuggling law for approval by parliament and the Guardian Council. These bodies had approved a new anti-smuggling law on 24 December 2013. However, the Rowhani administration has continued to resist

  • Multiple SVBIED attack kills 15 Saudi-led coalition soldiers in Yemen's Aden

    AT LEAST 15 soldiers from the Saudi-led coalition - including four of United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationality - when four suicide bombers detonated suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) targeting the Al-Qasr hotel - used as a base by Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, the

  • OSINT Summary: FARC proposes 'National Plan' for peace in Colombia

    The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) peace delegation, represented by Victoria Sandino, on 6 October proposed a 10-point "national plan" for the "construction of a stable and lasting peace" in Colombia. The initiative was introduced by the group in Cuba's

  • OSINT Summary: Reports of Hizbullah armoured brigade underline its combat evolution in Syria

    Regional media reports have claimed that the Syrian government has handed 75 Soviet-era tanks to Lebanese Shia Muslim organisation Hizbullah to enable it to form an armoured brigade for use against Syrian anti-government militant groups, and particularly Islamist militants such as the Islamic State

  • Pacific 2015: Australia to name new submarines' combat systems integrator soon

    Key Points The head of Australia's programme to replace its Collins-class submarines has said the combat systems integrator will be announced shortly The integrator will be announced ahead of a decision on which of three platforms will be selected for the requirement The combat system integrator

  • Pacific 2015: First AWD ready for combat systems fit, on schedule for June 2017 delivery

    Australia's first-of-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart is now 88% complete and combat system light off will begin in November, AWD Alliance managing director Rod Equid said on 7 October. Speaking at a Seapower conference in Sydney, Equid said construction of the 7,000-tonne ship had made

  • Pacific 2015: Indonesia in talks with France over possible sale of Scorpene 1000 SSK

    Key Points Indonesia is considering acquisition of the Scorpene 1000 diesel-electric submarine The purchase could help bolster Indonesia's archipelagic brownwater deterrence capabilities Indonesian government officials are in talks with French counterparts over a possible sale of the French-built

  • Pacific 2015: Japan offers up details for proposed Collins-class submarine replacement

    Key Points Japan has disclosed details of its proposal for the Collins-class submarine replacement programme Officials confirmed the submarine's energy source as high-capacity lithium-ion batteries with an option for air-independent propulsion to be added on request Japan for the first time has

  • Pacific 2015: Sri Lankan Navy outlines plan for a 'hybrid navy' by 2020

    Key Points The Sri Lankan Navy wants to evolve beyond its current status as a coastal navy The service may be looking to procure larger surface combatants to achieve this The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) has been shaped by a decades-long fight against separatist rebels but needs to evolve for future

  • Pakistan launches defence export promotion exhibition centre

    Pakistan's Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) launched an exhibition centre in Islamabad on 6 October geared towards promoting international sales and related collaboration programmes. DEPO said in a press release that the new facility will feature the defence products of domestic

  • Pakistan to build half of Type 041 submarine fleet in country

    Pakistan will build four of the eight submarines it plans to purchase from China, potentially speeding up the timeframe for delivery of the class to the Pakistan Navy, according to Rana Tanveer Hussain, minister for defence production. He told journalists on 6 October that the four boats will be