• Benin's PM likely to be ruling party's presidential candidate in February 2016 poll, boosting potential privatisation opportunities

    EVENT Bida Nouhoum, the spokesperson for Benin's ruling party, the Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (Forces Cauris pour un Benin Émergent: FCBE), announced on 26 November that Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou has been nominated as the party's candidate in the presidential election on 28 February

  • DAPA signs export-support deal with national bank

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of Korea to provide financial support for domestic companies seeking to boost defence exports. The DAPA said the "financial co-operation" memorandum of understanding (MoU),

  • Germany backs France with more military support

    Germany has moved to support France by pledging aircraft for the counter-Islamic State mission in Syria and troops for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). "The government has decided today to take difficult but important and necessary steps … to

  • Human rights groups link UK-made weapons to civilian casualties in Yemen

    In an attempt to pressure the United Kingdom to freeze defence exports to Gulf states, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International have reported that a PGM-500 Hakim stand-off weapon killed a civilian and injured others when it hit a ceramics factory in Yemen on 23 September. More a

  • IDF moves to counter lone-wolf threat

    ANALYSIS The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is opting for cautious, defensive responses to sustained Palestinian 'lone-wolf' attacks. Since September, when tensions surrounding Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque escalated into stabbings, shootings, and vehicle ramming attacks, 22 Israelis have been killed

  • IDF to get new Meprolight sights

    The Israeli optics company Meprolight has said it will deliver "thousands" of its MEPRO M5 weapon sights to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from December. The M5 red dot sight is designed for 'both-eyes-open' shooting and can be used with magnification devices and night-vision goggles.

  • IED attack kills one person in Iraq's Baghdad

    ONE person was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated inside a civilian vehicle in the south of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 26 November, Al-Mada reported. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Israeli ship launches Barak-8 SAM for the first time

    A Barak-8 naval surface-to-air missile (SAM) was launched from a ship for the first time on 26 November and successfully intercepted a target drone. The Barak-8 is being developed for both the Israeli and Indian navies, with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) acting as prime contractor. The test

  • Julio Martinez to serve as new Argentine defence minister

    Argentina's president-elect Mauricio Macri announced his cabinet on 25 November, following his surprise victory in the second round of the country's general election on 22 November. As outgoing defence minister Agustín Rossi's replacement Macri named Julio Martinez. Martinez is currently the

  • Lebanese military court charges 26 suspected militants

    A MILITARY court in an unspecified location in Lebanon on 25 November charged 26 suspected militants - including an unspecified number of Syrian nationals - with alleged involvement in the double suicide bombing that killed 44 people in Lebanon's capital Beirut on 12 November, Reuters reported.

  • Lumax and SIPAL sign for Indian joint venture

    New Delhi-based Lumax Auto Technologies said on 26 November that it has entered an agreement with Italian company SIPAL Engineering to form a joint venture (JV) to undertake defence manufacturing in India. Lumax - primarily an automotive company - said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that

  • Military build-up on Puntland's border with Galmudug increases Somalia's civil war risks

    EVENT Somalia's autonomous state of Puntland amassed 1,600 troops along its southern border with Galmudug state on 26 November, according to IHS sources. The border, which divides the regional capital city of Galkayo, is contested between Puntland and Galmudug, and has been racked by inter-clan

  • Pipavav set to exit debt restructuring programme

    Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering is expected to exit an INR120 billion (USD1.9 billion) corporate debt restructuring programme following the completion of its takeover by Reliance Infrastructure, it was announced on 26 November. Reliance said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that it

  • Policy paralysis, intensification of food and goods shortages, and government instability likely after parliamentary election in Venezuela

    Key Points Venezuela is having a parliamentary election with most polls showing that the opposition coalition, Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática: MUD), will win a majority in the National Assembly. The election will serve as an indicator of government instability for

  • Reports suggest Dassault discussing local Indian Rafale production

    French fighter aircraft manufacturer Dassault is in discussions with the Indian government regarding the potential to open a Rafale production line in the country, according to reports published by The Economic Times on 27 November. Although domestic Indian production is reportedly under discussion

  • RN faces LPH gap as Ocean retirement date is confirmed

    Key Points HMS Ocean will retire in 2018 SDSR 2015 confirmed plans to modify the future HMS Prince of Wales to support littoral manoeuvre operations The UK Royal Navy (RN) will be without a mission-optimised large-deck helicopter assault platform for a number of years following the decision not

  • Russian Su-24M communications equipment blamed for shootdown

    The crew of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24M 'Fencer' strike aircraft downed by Turkey on 23 November may not have been able to hear radio warnings issued by the Turkish Air Force, Russian sources tell IHS Jane's . Turkish authorities have stated that the aircraft was warned 10 times within a five-minute

  • SDSR 2015: British Army reform plans left vague

    Key Points A lack of detail in UK's 2015 SDSR has raised a question mark over the future of one of the British Army's three MBT-equipped armoured cavalry regiments Meanwhile, the Ajax reconnaissance vehicles purchased to support British Army's three current armoured infantry brigades are now to be

  • Security forces foil IED attack in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry

    AN IMPROVISED explosive device (IED) was discovered on a road near the village of Feeny in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry on 24 November, the BBC reported. Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled-detonation of the device on 25 November and confirmed it was viable. No group or

  • Situation deteriorates in Helmand province

    Afghan insurgents have reportedly taken control of large swathes of Helmand province and, while heavy fighting is ongoing in different areas, are also threatening the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The Taliban control approximately 80% of Helmand, while in districts like Marjah and Khanashin the