• Azerbaijan receives second Buk-MB battalion from Belarus

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have received a second battalion of Belarus-upgraded Buk-MB medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. Details of the deliveries were revealed to IHS Jane's by a military-diplomatic source at the ADEX-2014 international defence exhibition in Baku. According to

  • F-35 programme manager confident of evading budget knife

    Key Points The F-35 is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration continues, the programme's manager says The project is 'too important to fail' in the eyes of top officials The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is unlikely to suffer cutbacks even if sequestration

  • Islamic State greatest threat to Europe, NATO Sec Gen states

    Despite Russia's overt and covert uses of military pressure against Ukraine, the greater current threat to Europe's security comes from Islamic State [IS], says NATO's outgoing Secretary General. Anders Fogh Ramussen also warned in his farewell speech to NATO and EU foreign policy audience in

  • UK may retain C-130J Hercules for special forces duties

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) may retain in service a number of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for special forces use, a senior service official disclosed on 16 September. Speaking at the IQPC Military Airlift 2014 conference in London, Group Captain Simon Edwards, Officer

  • AFA 2014: USAF could be challenged to meet demand for JSTARS as a new platform emerges

    Key Points A JSTARS recapitalisation effort is to begin in FY 2016 The USAF will retire five JSTARS and their crews to pay for the programme's start The US Air Force (USAF) is beginning to replace its heavily used E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), and the service is

  • AFRICOM to deploy for Ebola care

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) is to set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Liberia as part of American efforts to help West Africa counter a widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus, including deployment of about 3,000 US personnel. More than 4,000 people are thought to have been infected, and

  • Airbus Defence and Space looking to divest companies

    Following a 2013 strategy review and the merger of consolidation business units in July, Airbus Defence and Space is to sell half a dozen companies and focus its business on core military aircraft and missiles business, the company announced on 16 September. Airbus named Atlas Elektronik, AvDef,

  • Australia sends Armidale-class ships to Singapore for repairs

    At least two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Armidale-class patrol boats have been sent to Singapore in 2014 for repair and maintenance work, an Australian Department of Defence (DoD) spokesperson has confirmed. According to the DoD, HMAS Maryborough (95) and HMAS Bathurst (85) were dispatched to

  • Boeing signs deal with Sky-Watch to develop UAV

    Boeing announced 15 September that it had signed a deal with Danish company Sky-Watch to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a project run by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The deal, which is joint development agreement designed to tap into the expertise in the

  • Burkinab√© ruling party's move to amend presidential term limit almost certain to provoke rioting in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso

    EVENT The Burkinabé Union of Progress and Change party (Union pour le Progrès et le Changement: UPC) held a press conference on 13 September to protest against the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la démocratie et le progress: CDP) party's submission in

  • Colombia conducts first DART firings

    The Colombian Navy has completed the first firings of DART (Driven Ammunition Reduced Time of flight) guided ammunition from the 76/62 Strales inner-layer defence system fitted to its modernised FS 1500 Padilla-class frigates. Testing was undertaken from the frigate ARC Caldas on 29 August 2014 in

  • Delays force Indian Navy to shake up Project 75I submarine plans

    A delay of more than seven years in acquiring six conventional submarines has prompted the Indian Navy (IN) to ditch its plan to import two boats and licence-build the remaining four. Official sources said that under Project 75I (India), the IN now plans to indigenously build all six boats, which

  • Dismissal of Bissau-Guinean army head paves way for security sector reform

    EVENT The president of Guinea-Bissau, José-Maria Vaz, on 15 September dismissed the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Guinea-Bissau, General António Indjai. The presidential decree did not state the reasons for the dismissal, but local sources suggested that it was a first step

  • Ecuador funds establishment of Cyber Defence Command

    Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has assigned an initial USD8 million to begin planning for the establishment of a Cyber Defence Command, Minister of Defence Maria Fernanda Espinosa announced on 9 September. The Comando de Operaciones de Ciberdefensa (COC) is to be established by mid-2015 and

  • First MT30 for FFX Batch II passes factory test

    Rolls-Royce has completed Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) on the first MT30 gas turbine for the Republic of Korea Navy's (ROKN's) FFX Batch II frigate programme, the company announced on 16 September. A total of eight ships are planned under the FFX Batch II programme, with Daewoo Shipbuilding &

  • Grenade attack kills civilian in India's Jharkhand

    A CIVILIAN was killed and two others were wounded when suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants from the group's IK Songbijit faction threw a grenade into the officer of the manager of a tea garden in Dalgaon area in Darrang district in India's Jharkhand state on 13

  • IED attack kills civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and five others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in Karrada district in the centre of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 12 September, NINA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack wounds MP in Afghanistan's Kabul

    A MEMBER of Parliament - identified as Ali Akbar Qasemi - was wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the Dasht-e Barchi area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 14 September, Tolo TV reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for

  • India 'losing interest' in Maitri SA-SAM joint venture

    Key Points Indian officials appear to be losing interest in long-delayed plans to co-develop a short-range surface-to-air missile system with European missile house MBDA Recent acquisitions of the locally developed Akash system suggest the Maitri SR-SAM is unlikely to enter service India's

  • Islamic State militants release five hostages in Iraq's Diyala

    FIVE people, kidnapped by Islamic State militants on 13 September, were released near the village of Sinsel, northeast of the city of Baqubah, in Iraq's Diyala province on 14 September, NINA reported. The Islamic State was formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was