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  • Alleged defection of Syrian inner circle member unlikely to significantly weaken the Assad government

    EVENT General Hafez Makhlouf left Syria with his family on 27 September to settle in Belarus, according to a social media source. Makhlouf is a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and until recently was a member of the Assad government's innermost circle of power, holding the position of head of

  • OSINT Summary: AQAP targets Ansar Allah militants across Yemen

    At least 20 people were killed in two separate attacks by Ansar al-Sharia - a front group of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - targeting members of the Shia Houthi Ansar Allah militant group, previously known as Al-Shabab al-Muminin, in Yemen's Marib and Al-Bayda governorates on 28

  • Bulgaria buys more Textron Commando 4x4s

    Bulgaria has ordered additional Textron Systems Commando Select 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicles, it has been revealed. In total the country will receive 10 vehicles under a USD15.2 million contract awarded by the US Army Contracting Command to Textron Systems on 19 September. The country previously

  • China sends first submarine to take part in Indian Ocean counter-piracy ops

    China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed reports that a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine visited the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in early September: the first overt overseas port call by a Chinese submarine. A MND spokesman stated that the submarine was en route to

  • Honeywell-Tata sign TALIN licencing agreement

    Honeywell Aerospace and Tata Power have signed an agreement to enable the Indian company to licence manufacture the US group's Tactical Advanced Land Inertial Navigator (TALIN) in India, it was announced on 29 September. A statement by Honeywell said that the licencing accord will enable Tata

  • Indian company says it will build new Omani airbase

    The Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced on 18 September that it had been awarded a contract by the Omani Ministry of Defence to build the new airbase, but provided no further details. "We have been gradually establishing our credentials in the Middle East and, especially in

  • Lockheed Martin to establish Australia ICT hub

    Lockheed Martin Australia is to establish an information, communications technology (ICT) engineering hub in Melbourne to service the Asia Pacific, the company announced on 29 September. The ICT facility will be operated by Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions business and is

  • Mexico orders additional UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Sikorsky has been awarded a USD93.3 million contract to build eight "uniquely configured" UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Mexico, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 September. The contract, which was placed on behalf of Mexico's secretary of national defence, is

  • Oman to get Lanza surveillance radar system

    Oman has ordered a new air defence surveillance system for its air force based on the Lanza 3D radar. The Spanish company Indra announced on 30 September that it will "integrate its most advanced air surveillance solutions" in Oman. The company did not identify the system, but said the

  • Thailand requests additional Lakota helicopters

    Thailand has submitted a request to purchase additional Airbus Helicopter UH-72A light utility helicopters from the United States, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. The Foreign Military Sale - if approved by US Congress - will be the first major US export

  • UK deploys Watchkeeper UAV to Afghanistan

    The first operational flight of the Thales WK450 Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken place in Afghanistan only three months before UK forces are due to withdraw from the Southwest Asian country. Details of the flight were revealed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 24

  • USAF: Use of F-22s target dependent, JTACs crucial for air support

    The US Air Force (USAF), which is leading airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, has said planners are choosing specific attack platforms based on individual targets and highlighted the key role played ground-based air controllers. Since operations began in August,

  • Yemen to acquire ScanEagle UAVs

    Yemen is to acquire an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system under a USD11 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 September. The contract covers the procurement of nine electro-optic (EO) and three infrared (IR)-equipped ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

  • BAE Australia wins LHD support contract

    Australia's military procurement agency, the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), has awarded BAE Systems Australia a contract to provide support for the Royal Australian Navy's Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. A statement by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 26

  • Indonesian Navy commissions oiler, 'leopard carrier' LST

    Despite initial fears that it would miss an October 2014 commissioning deadline, a 120 m indigenously produced landing ship tank (LST) dubbed a 'leopard carrier' by the Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) was commissioned on 27 September. The vessel, named KRI

  • Sri Lanka outlines 12% defence budget increase

    The Sri Lankan government proposed on 26 September a 2015 defence budget of LKR285 billion (USD2.18 billion), a 12% increase over military spending in 2014. The allocation - contained in the government's 2015 appropriation bill - amounts to about 16% of the total expenditure for the year and about

  • 'Valiant Shield 2014' demonstrates US joint force capabilities in the Asia Pacific

    The US military has completed a key unilateral field training exercise (FTX) off the coast of Guam that demonstrates Washington's resolve to maintain a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region despite budgetary pressures, the exercise's top official said. Exercise 'Valiant Shield 2014', which was

  • Afghanistan orders additional MD 530F helos

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has exercised an option for additional MD 530F Little Bird helicopters, according to a US Department of Defense (DoD) contract modification announced on 26 September. The service will acquire a further 12 primary trainer helicopters under a USD35.7 million contract

  • Air strike kills 11 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    ELEVEN Islamic State militants were killed in an air strike by unspecified military forces west of the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 25 September, NINA reported.

  • Air strike kills four Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    FOUR Islamic State militants, including the so-called Wali al-Hawija, known as Abu Hassan, were killed in an air strike by the international Arab coalition between the villages of Azariya and Saad in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 25 September, NINA reported.

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