• New Pakistan air chief hails F-16s' role in North Waziristan campaign

    The Pakistan Air Force's (PAF's) four F-16 squadrons are now involved in supporting the army's campaign against the Taliban in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). Since the PAF started working closer with the army back in mid-2008 its F-16s have doubled in number and capabilities.

  • Saudi national guard deploys to Yemeni border

    The Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) has been ordered to deploy to the Najran region to help defend the kingdom's border with Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on 26 April. It said the SANG forces being deployed included a mechanised infantry brigade as well as artillery, air

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill a military officer in Somalia's Mogadishu

    A SENIOR military officer was shot dead by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 23 April, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. (Reuters)

  • Atlantis develops long-range 40 mm grenade

    The Atlantis Corporation in South Africa has developed an innovative long-range 40x46 mm grenade that is compatible with standard low-velocity grenade launchers. Atlantis previously developed a medium-velocity grenade propulsion system that it sold to German interests, and has since been working on

  • Canadian defence budget gets USD9.7 billion boost

    Canada's 2015 federal budget, presented to parliament in a speech by Finance Minister Joe Oliver on 21 April, will include an increase of CAD11.8 billion (USD9.6 billion) to the country's defence spending over 10 years. The increase will be implemented by raising the Department of National

  • Denel demonstrates truck-mounted T6-52 gun

    Denel Land Systems (DLS) took the opportunity to demonstrate its truck-mounted 155 mm T6-52 artillery system during an event held at South Africa's Overberg Test Range in April. The company wanted to highlight the system's superior range when firing rocket-assisted projectiles (54.8 km at sea

  • Diplomatic dispute over xenophobic attacks raises risk to property and personnel of South African businesses in Nigeria

    EVENT South Africa has condemned the "unfortunate and regrettable" decision of Nigeria to recall its acting high commissioner and his deputy on 25 April for consultation over the spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in Durban and Johannesburg. The Department of International

  • Foiled militant attack in Malaysia exposes domestic militant IED capacity

    EVENT Malaysian police said they had arrested 12 suspected terrorists who were plotting to carry out attacks on 'strategic locations', in two separate raids on 25 and 26 April on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Eleven suspects were arrested on 25 April as they made their way to the Gunung Nuang

  • Fragmentation of Guatemala's ruling party following corruption scandal raises government instability, state contract alteration risks

    Key Points Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Guatemala City on 25 April demanding the resignation of President Otto PĂ©rez Molina and Vice-president Roxana Baldetti following a corruption scandal at the national tax authority The public reaction to the allegations is

  • France flexes Asia-Pacific HADR and power-projection capabilities with latest Jeanne d'Arc deployment

    France continues to play a significant humanitarian and security role in the Indo-Pacific region with its naval power projection capabilities and prepositioned assets in the region, a French official said aboard the French Navy's Mistral-class amphibious command ship Dixmude (L9015) on 23 April.

  • Gang prison transfer risks increased attacks against security personnel raising collateral death and injury in El Salvador

    EVENT The Salvadoran prison authorities transferred approximately 400 "mara" gang members to a high-security prison in Izalco, Sonsonate department, on 24 April. The inmates were moved from prison facilities in Chalatenango (Chalatenango department) and Ciudad Barrios (San Miguel

  • Germany defence minister sees 'no future for G36'

    German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen questioned the future of the German military service rifle, the Heckler & Koch (HK) G36, in a non-public meeting of a parliamentary special committee on 22 April. The comment adds to increasing criticism since 2012 of the rifle's performance under

  • Increased number of police killed in Caracas indicates rising death and injury risks in Venezuela

    EVENT According to government statistics - collected by local newspaper El Universal - at least 47 members of the security forces have been shot dead in Venezuela this year to date. In half of these cases, police officers were targeted and ambushed by criminals with the objective of stealing

  • Indian defence imports rise 56% in three years

    India has spent a total of INR838 billion (USD13.1 billion) on defence imports over the past three years, with related expenditure climbing by more than 50% during this period, new figures published by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) show. Citing parliamentary remarks made by defence minister

  • Islamic State faction claims attack in Yemen's Ibb

    IN A STATEMENT released via Twitter on 23 April, a group identifying itself as the Islamic State's Green Brigade claimed responsibility for a purported improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a vehicle, allegedly killing five Ansar Allah militants, in Yarim in Yemen's Ibb governorate on 22

  • Landmine attack kills former deputy police commander in Afghanistan's Helmand

    A FORMER deputy police commander was killed and three other police officers were wounded in a lamdine attack by Taliban militants in the area of Shakar Shela in Sangin district in Afghanistan's Helmand province on 23 April, Afghan Islamic Press reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the

  • Ministry of Interior warns of possible attacks in Saudi Arabia

    IN A STATEMENT released on 20 April, the Ministry of the Interior warned state-owned oil company Aramco and shopping centres in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh of possible terrorist attacks targeting them, Bloomberg reported.

  • NATO hones ASW skills in 'Joint Warrior'

    Key Points NATO navies have been conducting ASW exercises off the west coast of Scotland The 'Joint Warrior' exercise comes at a time of increased tension between Russia and NATO, and of repeated reports of Russian submarine activity around NATO's northern maritime borders NATO's Exercise 'Joint

  • Netherlands to conduct engine maintenance for Italian F-35s

    The Netherlands signed an agreement with Italy to provide engine maintenance for the latter's F-35s, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence announced on 22 April. The Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy in 2006 whereby Dutch F-35s would be assembled in Cameri, Italy,

  • Nigeria passes budget, reduces defence allocation

    Nigeria's House of Representatives passed the country's budget on 23 April, reportedly cutting the previously proposed Ministry of Defence (MoD) budget by NGN19.6 billion (USD98 million). According to budget proposals submitted by the country's previous government in December 2014, the 2015 MoD