• Analysis: UAE's forward operating base in Libya revealed

    ANALYSIS The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established a military base in eastern Libya from where it is operating AT-802 light attack aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's shows. Al-Khadim Airport is in Marj province

  • Boeing defence shipments fall sharply ahead of costs cuts

    Boeing reported on 26 October weak third quarter sales and shipments for both its commercial and defence divisions. Company officials cited delivery timing issues but said that the company remains on track to meet full-year commitments. The aerospace giant's revenues fell 8% during the period and

  • Brazilian downturn delays helo upgrade plans

    The recent downturn in the Brazil's economy has caused the government to delay the upgrade of the Brazilian Army's (Exército Brasileiro - EB) helicopters but the scope of the work will remain as previously planned. Speaking to reporters at the Helibras facility in Itajuba on 26 October, Walter

  • Buk-M3 SAM enters Russian service

    Russia has received its first Buk-M3 medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, defence minister Sergei Shoigu has announced. The new Buk-M3 system was also shown publically on Russian television for the first time on 23 October by TV Zvezda. According to Shoigu, one anti-aircraft missile

  • Chinese leader urges greater military-civilian co-operation

    China's president, Xi Jinping, called on 19 October for greater co-operation between his country's military and civilian sectors to contribute to "the dream of building stronger armed forces", state-run Xinhua news agency reported. "Military-civilian co-operation, as a national

  • EU begins training of Libyan navy and coast guard

    The European Union Naval Force's (EUNAVFOR's) Operation 'Sophia' mission in the Mediterranean has launched a training programme for Libya's navy and coast guard, the EU announced on 27 October. Focused on the disruption of smuggling and human trafficking, as well as search and rescue activities,

  • Helibras pitching HForce weapons system for Brazilian Army helo upgrade

    Airbus Helicopters subsidiary Helibras is pitching to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro - EB) the HForce Generic Weapon System (GWS) as an option for its AS550A2 Fennec (now H125M) HA-1-variant helicopters. Speaking to reporters its Itajuba facility on 26 October, Helibras CEO Richard

  • Indonesia withdraws helicopters from UN mission in Mali

    The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is facing a growing shortage of helicopters after the Indonesian Army Aviation withdrew its three Mi-17V-5s that were deployed in Timbuktu for 12 months. An officer with the Indonesian Medium Utility Helicopter Unit (INDO

  • Iran unveils unmanned ground effect vehicle

    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be developing the world's first unmanned ground effect vehicle (UGEV), which could be used as the basis for a long-range munition. The existence of a UGEV was revealed by a report published by the Tasnim news agency on 26 October, but removed

  • Jordan to acquire Russian equipment under restructured credit plan

    Russia has reportedly ratified an agreement with Jordan under which the kingdom will acquire Russian military materiel and services valued at USD387.3 million over the next two years under an arrangement to restructure a credit agreement with the countries that was signed in 2006. The announcement

  • NATO agrees force deployments for eastern flank

    Allied defence ministers have firmed up NATO's 2016 Warsaw summit declaration in July to send four combat-ready battalions to its north eastern flank. Numerous national commitments to cluster troops and capabilities around the four nations leading the battalions were made during a two day meeting in

  • NATO AWACS aircraft deployed against Islamic State

    A NATO Boeing E-3 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft has conducted its first sortie in support of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, according to alliance officials. The AWACS will carry out only airspace management tasks and generate air situational awareness

  • NATO extends Active Endeavor to provide new support to EU naval mission

    NATO defence ministers decided on 27 October to provide new support to the European Union's (EU's) maritime mission ENAVFOR MED in the central Mediterranean, informally dubbed 'Sophia'. They also agreed to continue the activities of 'Active Endeavor', NATO's counter-terrorism-and-smuggling mission

  • Philippines looks to secure defence investment from Japan

    The Philippines has invited Japanese companies to invest in its defence industry as a means of strengthening strategic relations as well as boosting domestic capabilities. During Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Tokyo, which concluded October 27, the two countries held a trade forum

  • Qatar takes delivery of Leopard 2A7+ MBTs

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has delivered almost half of the 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) on contract to Qatar. The deal is the company's first major export contract for heavy armour in the Middle East. In addition it covers the supply of 24 PzH 2000 155 mm/52-calibre

  • Russia more distant from NATO than ever, says SACEUR

    Russia is moving ever further away from NATO, the alliance's top military commander said in Brussels on 26 October. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), said that Russia's "actions speak louder than words" and pointed to the following: Crimea,

  • Saab signed MoU with Poland's PGZ

    Saab of Sweden has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Polish state-owned armaments group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) with a view to co-operation on Polish naval development programmes, it was announced on 27 October. The agreement follows the signing of an accord between Saab and

  • Security Alerts 28 October-4 November

    AMERICAS Argentina WATCH FOR: Nationwide banking service interruptions and street protests in Buenos Aires on 28 October during banking-sector strike Risk analysis: The head of labour union Banking Association (Asociación Bancaria), Sergio Palazzo, announced a 24-hour long national strike

  • Seoul, Tokyo to reopen talks on sharing military information

    South Korea has decided to reopen talks with Japan on signing a bilateral agreement to directly share sensitive military information, an official of the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Seoul told IHS Jane's on 27 October, confirming local media reports. "We are most interested in sharing

  • South Korea's Hyundai swings into the black

    South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has attributed an improvement in its financial performance to reduced costs and growing sales in its non-shipbuilding businesses. HHI said in a filing to the Korean Exchange on 26 October that while third-quarter sales slumped to KRW8.84 trillion