• Russia receives new Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters

    The first consignment of a recent order of 40 Mil Mi-8AMTSh 'Hip' helicopters has been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Russian Helicopters announced on 1 September. The handover of the four Mi-8AMTSh platforms marks the start of the delivery phase of a RUB12.6 billion (USD340

  • USMC Super Stallion helo crashes in Gulf of Aden, no casualties

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopter crashed while trying to land on a US Navy (USN) ship in the Gulf of Aden on 1 September. The helicopter crashed into the sea after attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) San Antonio-class amphibious transport

  • Ukrainian patrol ship sunk by artillery fire

    A Ukrainian patrol ship has been sunk in the Azov Sea after coming under artillery fire, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service (DPSU) announced on 1 September. Two Ukrainian Coast Guard vessels based in Mariupol had been patrolling three miles off the Ukrainian coast near Bezimenne when they

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill five people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    THREE soldiers and two civilians were killed during an attack on an intelligence headquarters by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 31 August, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was detonated before

  • China confirms CH-4 UCAV in PLA service at 'Peace Mission 2014' drill

    The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) showcased a CH-4 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) during the multilateral 'Peace Mission 2014' exercise featuring Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) members in Inner Mongolia in late August. In a rare move, and indicating strong confidence in

  • China expands runway, harbour at Woody Island

    China continues to expand Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Satellite imagery shows that since October 2013 China has undertaken substantial land reclamation, harbour redevelopment and other infrastructure construction on the island, which is known as Yongxing

  • Destruction of former Ivorian ruling party headquarters underlines minimal threat to president's second term in 2015

    EVENT The headquarters of the former ruling Ivorian Popular Front (Front Populaire Ivoirien: FPI) in the commercial capital Abidjan was invaded on 1 September by around 20 youths who ransacked offices and attacked staff. Two people were slightly injured but computers and printers were smashed and

  • Elbit Australia names new managing director

    Israeli company Elbit announced 1 September that its Australian subsidiary had named a new managing director. Dan Webster was named to the role, retroactive to 1 August, having previously served as vice-president of services for the company. Webster joined Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) in 2013

  • Fighting between factions is increasingly likely ahead of Zimbabwe's ruling party congress, but coup risks are moderate

    Key Points Although the elective congress is unlikely to appoint President Mugabe's successor, the performance of the key factions will be clear indicators for the succession race. Ahead of the congress, outbreaks of sporadic and localised violence are likely in main cities and rural locations to

  • German Puma IFV moves towards service

    The German Army will soon start training personnel on its new Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), IHS Jane's understands. Training of vehicle and maintenance instructors should begin by the end of the year, with training of operational users to begin in mid-2015. The first unit to be equipped

  • Hizbullah condemns James Foley murder

    IN A STATEMENT released on 21 August, Hizbullah described the killing of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants as a savage crime and stated that financial and military support of terrorist groups were one of the causes behind the attack, the Daily Star (Lebanon) reported. The Islamic

  • IAI tests B767-300ER with a FBW boom refuelling system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully performed test flights with a B767-300ER aircraft equipped with an advanced fly-by-wire (FBW) boom refuelling system, the company announced on 26 August. Described as an advanced, fully redundant digital system, the new FBW boom system features

  • India, Japan upgrade strategic relationship

    Japan and India have signed defence equipment, technology, and military co-operation agreements and elevated their relationship to a "Special Strategic and Global Partnership", the two countries' leaders announced on 2 September. The agreements, which included a Memorandum of Cooperation

  • Indian deal for 20 more Hawks faces more delays

    A contract for 20 more BAE Systems Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs) for the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) aerobatics display team, approved three years ago by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), is unlikely to be signed before 2016. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that the MoD was

  • Indian defence minister calls for middle path over company blacklisting

    India's government has opted to strike a balance between rectitude and national security with regards to blacklisted overseas materiel suppliers under investigation for wrongdoing and corruption. "The issue has been discussed at length in the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). There is a

  • Israel likely to respond to jihadist or Hizbullah gains in Syria border area with artillery and airstrikes

    EVENT Mortar bombs landed in Israel during fighting between Syrian government forces and Jabhat al-Nusra rebels in Syria's Quneitra province on 1 September. The fighting followed Jabhat al-Nusra's seizure of the Quneitra crossing point between Israel and Syria on 27 August, and the capture of 45

  • Lesotho soldiers back in barracks after apparent coup

    The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) appears to have attempted a coup d'état on 30 August, although details remain murky. Troops surrounded and occupied several police stations, including the police headquarters in the capital, Maseru, took control of the radio station and public buildings, and

  • Maiden flight for UK's first A400M transport aircraft

    The first Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has made its maiden flight, the company announced on 1 September. The aircraft, MSN015, departed the final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain, for a five-hour test flight on 30 August. The

  • Mideast militaries need to rethink procurement priorities

    Middle Eastern countries need to respond to the rapid growth of the Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups by shifting their defence procurement priorities, according to Mustafa Alani, a senior advisor and programme director at the Gulf Research Center. "As the security threat changes,

  • Military air strikes 10 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    TEN Islamic State militants were killed and 10 others were wounded during a military air strike in Tuz district, south of the city of Kirkuk, in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 21 August, NINA reported. The Islamic State was formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was renamed