• Islamists make further gains in Benghazi

    The Al-Saiqa unit in Benghazi suffered a significant defeat when its headquarters was overrun by a coalition of Islamist groups, including the radical Ansar al-Sharia, on 29 July. Al-Saiqa commander Wanis Abu Khamadah acknowledged that his forces had withdrawn from the base after days of heavy

  • Swiss IMESS soldier system ready for serial production

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed the development of the Swiss Army's planned new future soldier system and is now ready to enter serial production, the company announced on 30 July. Known as the Integrated Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier (IMESS), it builds on the company's

  • Palestinian militants inflict substantial casualties on Israeli forces in Gaza

    Palestinian militants have killed at least 53 Israeli soldiers since the launch of Israel's latest offensive targeting the Gaza Strip. Mohammed Najib reports from the West Bank on the tactical and operational advances made by militants that have led to this relatively substantial death toll.

  • Afghan military units continue to struggle with key logistics efforts

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) and contractor Textron are struggling to maintain M1117 Armoured Security Vehicles for the army's Mobile Strike Force (MSF), highlighting deeper logistics and training issues that officials have long warned could plague the nascent force. A 29 July report from the US

  • Analysis: Netanyahu shifts war aims

    At the outset of Operation 'Protective Edge', the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) focused on suppressing Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. By the 24th day of the operation, the destruction of the tunnels that militants have dug into Israel had become the IDF's primary objective. "We

  • Antonov reports second quarter loss

    Ukrainian aerospace group Antonov has reported a loss of UAH16.4 million for the second quarter of the year, although it claimed that revenue climbed 84% year-on-year to UAH885.79 million (USD71.1592). The loss in the second quarter follows a strong profit in the first three months of the year,

  • ATK Sales Up Ahead of Spinoff, Merger

    Alliant Techsystems (ATK) reported its first quarter earnings on 31 July, noting an 18% spike in sales at USD1.3 billion year over year and a 24% increase in operating profits. Much of that increase came on the back of the company's Sporting Group, which is set to be spun-off by the end of the year

  • Australia gives first-pass approval to update Nulka missile decoy

    The Australian government has given first-pass approval to update the Nulka active missile decoy system's launch capabilities, Australian Minister for Defence David Johnston announced on 29 July. The approval has been given under Phase 5B of project SEA 1397 and will include around AUD45 million

  • Austria's coalition government likely to avoid collapse but at the expense of substantive tax and structural reform

    Key Points Disputes within the Austrian ruling coalition primarily relate to two legislative issues: the 2014 budget shortfall and the structural reform of the state. Two scenarios could prompt a snap election: partisan acrimony could rise to such a level that the parties would be unable to agree

  • Belgium's incoming centre-right coalition government likely to strengthen separatist Flemish movement

    EVENT Last week the leaders of the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) and the liberal Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten: Open VLD) agreed to form a government with Flemish nationalist party New Flemish Alliance (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie: N-VA) and

  • Boko Haram militants' evolving strategy in Nigeria opens up new fronts, as risk of suicide bombings rise

    Key Points Renewed links between Boko Haram and its radical jihadist offshoot Ansaru are driving a higher risk of further attacks taking place in Lagos and southern Nigeria. The use of suicide bombers, particularly female, is behind a rapidly rising rate of mass-casualty attacks and targeted

  • Brazilian company Flight Tech claims country's first UAV export deal

    Joining an increasingly crowded field of countries vying for sales in the international unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, São Paulo based Flight Tech (FT Sistemas) announced a deal to provide Horus FT-100 Mini-UAVs to an undisclosed African nation. The company also did not disclose the

  • China prepares for first military exercise with Australia, US

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) will begin joint preparations for a trilateral exercise with Australia and the United States, Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Geng Yansheng told reporters during a press briefing on 31 July. The unprecedented military drills, dubbed Exercise

  • Curtiss-Wright reports sales uptick

    Curtiss-Wright, a US aerospace and defence contractor, reported on 31 July that sales had increased 9% largely because of strong performance in the company's energy and commercial divisions. Defence sales slumped 1% for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Commercial

  • DR-MEADS demonstrates 'plug-and-fight' integration

    The tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) displayed its 'plug-and-fight' capability during a two-week test demonstration at Pratica di Mare Air Base, Italy, watched by several national delegations. Similar to the 'plug-and-play' features in modern computer hardware, this allows

  • Embraer reports strong defence sales growth for second quarter

    Brazilian defence and aerospace group Embraer reported strong sales and earnings growth for the second quarter of the year as a result of double-digit growth in its relatively new Defence & Security business. Defence & Security sales climbed 15% year on year to USD357 million for the three

  • Finmeccanica reports improved order book

    A series of large helicopter contracts increased Finmeccanica's new order intake by 43% during the first half of the year, although the Italian defence and security group was hit by the enforcement of a half billion euro bank guarantee relating to the Indian AW101 VIP helicopter programme during the

  • HDS and ATK sign ammo contracts

    Hellenic Defence Systems (HDS) signed a series of contracts with ATK on 30 July to provide HDS with production support as the company restructures. The first contract with ATK concerns the co-production of 94,670 30 mm combat rounds and 14,450 30 mm training rounds for the Greek Army Aviation's 29

  • L-3 investigating flawed aerospace accounting

    L-3 Communications, one of the largest US based defence companies, said on 31 July that is had discovered misconduct by employees that had resulted in understated costs on a fixed-price maintenance contract for the company's aerospace segment. L-3 chief executive officer Michael Strianese said that

  • Mexican Navy to invest USD125.5 million on shipyards

    Ministry of the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) will be spending USD125 million to modernise its two primary shipyards at Tampico and Salina Cruz, according to locally reported government planning documents. The plan calls for the funds to be spent through the end of December 2016. The two yards are the sites