• French defence minister heads to Delhi with MMRCA on the agenda

    Key Points France's defence minister is heading to Delhi for talks on the stalled MMRCA acquisition Indian sources said that most issues had been resolved in negotiations, but a deal was not imminent French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India for a two-day visit on 30

  • RAN commissions first-of-class Canberra

    The sealift capability of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been dramatically increased by the commissioning of the 27,800-tonne landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra in Sydney on 28 November. Based on the design of the Spanish Navy's aircraft carrier Juan Carlos , the 231 m Canberra can

  • China's Poly Group unveils WB-1 directed-energy crowd-control weapon

    The China Poly Group Corporation used the recent Airshow China 2014 to reveal its WB-1 millimeter-wave beam-projecting non-lethal anti-riot system. Similar to Raytheon's Active Denial System (ADS), the Poly WB-1 projects the millimeter-wave beam to heat water molecules just below the skin,

  • Russia's newest attack submarine tests escape chamber

    Key Points Russia tests floating escape chamber system on new SSN Severodvinsk Escape chamber operated successfully from a depth of 40 m The Russian Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Severodvinsk tested in early November its floating escape chamber, in waters near its Zapadnaya

  • Bahrain unlikely to increase political rights for Shia population following electoral boycott

    EVENT A second round of parliamentary elections will be held in 34 of Bahrain's 40 districts on 29 November with Shia parties planning to continue their electoral boycott. The elections are the first since October 2010 and since the outbreak of Shia-led anti-government protests in February 2011,

  • China's CSSC issues bonds for more than USD800m

    The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has issued interbank bonds worth CNY5 billion (USD813 million) to become the latest Chinese defence enterprise to seek to fund expansion through investment mechanisms. CSSC said on 24 November that the issuance of the bonds would support ongoing

  • Dissolution of Mexican municipal police forces signals serious push for police reform, but improvements unlikely in one-year outlook

    EVENT Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto signalled on 7 November his government's determination to improve the country's security situation by sending to national congress an initiative that proposes to abolish the country's 1,800 municipal police forces. The proposal aims to replace the

  • Libya's rival governments' attempts at controlling the National Oil Corporation and central bank raise contract and war risks

    EVENT The Tobruq-based Libyan government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on 27 November that it had appointed a new chairman of the state's National Oil Corporation. In response, the Tripoli-based government headed by Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi threatened to take legal action

  • NATO looks to secure eastern frontier

    Allied measures to beef up NATO's military presence along its eastern frontier will dominate talks when NATO foreign ministers gather in Brussels on 2 December. At issue are the cost and logistical implications of creating a rapid deployment force - part of NATO's forthcoming 'readiness action

  • Poland extends deadline for utility helicopter tender

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has extended the submission deadline for Poland's medium-lift utility helicopter tender until 30 December. The extension comes after a public row with Sikorsky, one of the bidders. It is, however, understood that two of the three potential bidders in the tender for

  • Reported progress in North Korea's cyber and nuclear capabilities indicates increased risk of escalation of incidents

    EVENT General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the US Forces Korea (USFK), confirmed on 25 November at an open meeting of the Association of the Republic of Korea Army that North Korea is focusing on developing cyber and nuclear capabilities. According to Scaparrotti North Korean Supreme Leader

  • USFK commander says North Korea making progress in cyber, nuclear capabilities

    The commander of the US Forces Korea (USFK) has said that North Korea is focusing on developing its cyber and nuclear capabilities rather than conventional military forces. Speaking at a meeting of the Association of the Republic of Korea Army on 25 November, General Curtis Scaparrotti said North

  • China launches second Kuaizhou mobile SLV

    China launched its second Kuaizhou (fast boat) mobile, solid-fuel, space launch vehicle (SLV) on 21 November, according to state media reports. The Kuaizhou-2 launch - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) - is further demonstration of China's emerging rapid satellite repopulation

  • South Sudan opposition says Uganda has deployed Su-30s to Juba

    The rebel faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) has alleged that Uganda has deployed its Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters to the South Sudanese capital, Juba. "Between 10-19 November agents of our military counter-intelligence division on the ground had informed us of unusual

  • Analysis: Libyan Air Force claims to have opened western campaign

    Key Points It appears that the Libyan Air Force, rather than a foreign ally, has carried out its first airstrikes in the west of the country The aircraft that carried out the airstrikes might be MiG-21MF fighters supplied by Egypt The Libyan Air Force appears to have carried out its first

  • USAF A-10 'Warthogs' join war against the Islamic State

    US Air Force (USAF) Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attacks jets have arrived in Kuwait to begin flying strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation 'Inherent Resolve'. The USAF public affairs office in Kuwait announced the deployment of the A-10C

  • Boeing delivers sixth P-8I aircraft to Indian Navy

    Boeing has delivered the sixth P-8I Neptune long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Indian Navy, the company announced in a statement on 25 November. The aircraft was said to have arrived at Indian Naval Station (INS) Rajali in Arakkonam, southern India, on 24 November. It joins five other

  • British Army tests Mastiff MRAPs in mechanised infantry role

    Key Points The British Army is conducting testing on whether the Mastiff MRAP is suitable for a conventional mechanised infantry role The UK bought over 400 Mastiff's and is keen to establish whether they have any other utility beyond counter-insurgency operations British Army units are carrying

  • Airbus/Safran JV cleared by EU

    The European Union (EU) has given the green light to a new aerospace and defence joint venture (JV) between Airbus' Dutch subsidiary, Airbus Group N.V., and French defence company Safran S.A. However, Safran must exclude some of its business lines from the new entity. The EU's competition

  • Army air strikes kill a man in Syria's Idlib

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a man was killed in army air strikes targeting anti-government militants on the area of Khan al-Sobol in Syria's Idlib governorate on 23 November. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cannot be