• Defence minister details plans for upgraded security in East Malaysia

    Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has provided details on a number of measures to increase security in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, including the deployment of Malaysian Army Deftech AV8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), an assessment of the current coastal maritime

  • Bulgaria may switch MiG support from Russia to Poland

    Bulgarian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft may in future be serviced and maintained in Poland rather than Russia, national media disclosed on 23 January. The Bulgarian Air Force's (BuAF's) 12 remaining MiG-29 'Fulcrum-A' fighters and three 'Fulcrum-B' operational trainers could be sustained in

  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

  • USMC loses UH-1Y helo in training accident

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell UH-1Y Venom utility helicopter crashed during a training mission on 23 January, killing two crew members. The crash, which was reported by the USMC on 25 January, involved an aircraft from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing,

  • USMC prepares for amphibious combat vehicle contest

    Key Points The USMC is looking to acquire 204 ACV 1.1 vehicles between 2018 and 2022 ACV 1.2 will reintroduce an organic over-the-horizon, ship-to-shore capability The US Marine Corps (USMC) is assessing industry responses to the second of two draft requests for proposals (RfPs) for an

  • Boko Haram militants' assault on major city indicates Nigeria on brink of losing control of northeastern states

    EVENT The major northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri was attacked early on 25 January by Boko Haram militants as part of a three-pronged offensive against targets in Borno state. Insurgents attacked a barracks located just outside Maiduguri and several checkpoints before moving on to the

  • Briefing: BAE proposes improvements to India's offset and procurement policies

    Key Points BAE Systems proposes improvements to India's offset and procurement systems Recommendations are intended to enhance the ease of doing defence business in the country The Indian subsidiary of BAE Systems has submitted a range of proposals to the Indian government recommending amendments

  • China takes harder stance against North Korea

    Key Points Despite the two countries' fraught relationship, China will continue to support Pyongyang to maintain regional stability and prevent domestic instability in North Korea. However, Beijing is under increasing pressure internally and externally to scale down its favourable treatment of

  • Ecuador increases its haul from drugs traffic

    Key Points Drug seizures in Ecuador are rising, confirming the country's status as a key maritime export route for Andean-produced cocaine destined for Asia, Europe, and the United States. Despite the high transit volumes, Ecuador has largely managed to avoid the worst levels of public insecurity

  • Four vehicles to compete for Brazilian 4x4 programme

    Four armoured vehicle manufacturers have answered a Brazilian Army request for proposals (RfP) issued in October 2014 for the service's VBMT-LR lightweight wheeled multirole armoured vehicle programme. VBMT-LR is part of the army's Strategic Project Guarani. The bidding process, managed by the

  • Fragmentation and full civil war likely in Yemen following resignation of president

    Key Points Hadi's resignation, if honoured, will allow former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi insurgents to take direct control of government in Sanaa, leading to Sanaa's authority being rejected across southern and central provinces, as well as within the military. The Houthi and

  • Germany to delay potential arms deals to Saudi Arabia

    The German government is delaying any potential sales of arms to Saudi Arabia, German newspapers reported on 25 January. Citing government sources, the daily Bild said that sales would be held because "the region is too unstable to ship arms there." The news comes after Saudi Arabia's

  • Greek F-16 crashes in Spain

    A Hellenic Air Force F-16D Block 50 crashed while taking off from Llos Llanos/Albacete Air Base, Spain, on 26 January to participate in NATO's Tactical Leadership Programme 2015. Press reports from Spain indicate that the crash, which took place at 1530 h local time, killed both pilots and injured

  • Honeywell announces year-end earnings

    While fourth quarter sales sagged by 1%, Honeywell saw a 3% increase in sales for all of 2014, the company reported on 23 January. Honeywell's Aerospace unit reported 1% sales decline for the year at USD15.6 billion, including a 6% down for the fourth quarter at USD3.8 billion compared to 2013.

  • Increasing risk of election boycott, political protests, gun attacks against government and military targets in Burundi

    Key Points MENUB's deployment comes at a time of a growing dispute between the ruling CNDD-FDD party and opposition parties due to President Pierre Nkurunziza's plans to contest another election and controversy over the voter registration process, increasing the likelihood of a widely observed

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Indicators of funding shortages affecting the Islamic State emerge in Iraq and Syria

    EVENT On 21 January, a video released by the Islamic State showed a group of militants demanding the payment of a ransom of USD200 million for the release of two Japanese hostages. Although this alone is not enough to suggest that the Islamic state is short of funds, the ransom demand figured far

  • MEPs push toward direct financing for military missions

    Key Points A number of MEPs are openly calling for an end to the slow, ad hoc way EU military missions are funded While direct financing of the missions would be much more efficient, issues of national sovereignty are likely to put the brakes on implementing it Members of the European Parliament

  • New HASC chairman faults DoD planning, signals tougher oversight

    Key Points The new HASC chairman signalled more congressional activism in crafting the Pentagon's annual spending plan He said congressional decisions to disregard Pentagon funding requests on the M1 Abrams tanks and the A-10 fleet demonstrate the need for robust congressional involvement in the

  • OSINT Summary: Boko Haram moves to encircle key Nigerian city

    Late on 24 January, a few hundred Boko Haram militants attacked two military checkpoints on the outskirts of the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno State, prompting sustained fighting that lasted several hours. After a brief pause, fighting resumed on the western outskirts of