• Al-Shabaab militants kill president's nephew in Somalia's Mogadishu

    THE nephew of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud - identified as Dr. Liban Osman - and another man were killed when Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants opened fire on their vehicle in the Wadajir neighbourhood of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 7 October, the BBC reported. Al-Shabaab claimed

  • Arab coalition deploys Patriot to Yemen

    Key Points The Arab coalition has deployed two Patriot fire units to defend its base in Yemen's Marib province The deployment corroborates claims that the base was hit by a ballistic missile on 4 September ANALYSIS The Arab coalition fighting to reinstall Yemen's ousted president has deployed

  • Avon Rubber acquires e2v thermal imaging business

    British personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Avon Rubber announced on 9 October that it had acquired the Argus thermal imaging camera business of e2v technologies plc. The deal, worth GBP3.5 million (USD5.4 million), will add an infrared imaging capability to Avon's portfolio of respirator

  • Brazilian Army set to receive AFVs from US Army

    The Brazilian Army expects this year to receive 50 US Army-surplus tracked armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), the service told IHS Jane's on 7 October. The fleet comprises 34 BAE Systems' M577A2 command post vehicles, 12 M113A2 personnel carriers, and four M88A1 recovery vehicles. The vehicles will

  • China launches four more satellites

    Key Points China launched four satellites on 7 October, bringing the total number deployed over the past four weeks to 31 The scale of the launches shows Beijing's space ambitions and capabilities A Long March-2D rocket launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on 7 October placed 4

  • Chinese aero-engine manufacturers cease trading before a possible restructuring

    Some of the leading aero-engine manufacturers controlled by state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have halted trading on Chinese stock exchanges before an anticipated restructuring. The AVIC Aviation Engine Corporation (formerly the Xian Aero-Engine Corporation), Sichuan Chengfa

  • Construction begins on last of three River-class Bath 2 OPVs for the Royal Navy

    Construction has begun on the last of three new River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the UK Royal Navy (RN). The first steel for what will become HMS Trent was cut at BAE Systems' Govan shipyard on 7 October, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. The first and second vessels,

  • Draken receives L-159s to market in the Americas

    Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody delivered the first surplus Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) L-159E ALCA light attack and training aircraft to Draken International on 5 October. Aero Vodochody plans to deliver another seven aircraft by the end of the year. Draken International is to

  • Fighting in Kachin and Shan likely as Myanmar government fails to sign ceasefire with major ethnic groups

    Key Points Although the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) provides for political dialogue to begin within 90 days of signing, substantial dialogue will likely be deferred until the new government takes office in March 2016, with the peace process as a whole highly dependent on the outcome of the

  • Islamic State-affiliated militants attack paramilitary checkpoint in Pakistan's Bajaur

    PAKISTANI militants affiliated to the Islamic State attacked and destroyed a paramilitary checkpoint in Damadola district in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) late on 12 September, Reuters reported. Reports contained no details about any casualties. The Islamic

  • K9 selected for Indian Army SPH requirement

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted the Samsung Techwin K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked (SPT) howitzer for the Indian Army's long-delayed USD800 million tender for 100 such guns. Official sources said the selection in late September followed desert and high

  • Kidnapping risks in Nigerian territorial waters likely to remain high, but hijacking for oil theft risks reduced

    Key Points Niger Delta-based 'pirate' gangs have moved away from tanker hijacking for oil theft, which is under pressure from improved naval surveillance, as well as because of the collapse in oil price, while action is being taken against illegal onshore schemes generating revenue from oil sales.

  • Lockheed Martin discussing F-16V deal with Indonesia

    Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Indonesia over a potential sale of the F-16V Fighting Falcon, a company spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 9 October. The spokesperson was speaking one day after Lockheed Martin displayed a cockpit demonstrator of the F-16V in Jakarta to promote the

  • Militants change tactics in disputed Kashmir

    Key Points Militancy in the disputed Kashmir region appears to be reviving, with an escalation of attacks on soft targets, and more indigenous Kashmiris joining anti-India militant groups. The new wave of educated Kashmiri militants is adept at exploiting social media, amid early signs of the

  • Multiple suicide attacks kill 18 people in Nigeria's Yobe

    At least 18 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded in three separate suicide attacks conducted by suspected Boko Haram militants - including two female suicide bombers - targeting a mosque, a shop, and a Fulani village in and around the city of Damaturu in Nigeria's Yobe State on 7

  • NATO agrees to boost NRF, but lacks 'southern' strategy

    NATO defence ministers approved steps to strengthen the NATO Response Force (NRF) on 8 October, which NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said will have "all it needs" to deploy to the south if needed. "Our military commanders confirm that we have all we need to deploy the NRF to

  • New cabinet appointments and creation of Ministry of State Enterprises strengthen Ethiopia's prospects for economic reform

    EVENT Ethiopia's reappointed prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, confirmed his new cabinet on 6 October. The most notable ministerial change was the replacement of long-standing minister of finance and economic development Sufian Ahmed, who had garnered the confidence of the international

  • Odebrecht to sell stake in defence technology company Mectron

    Brazilian construction and engineering company Odebrecht announced on 9 October that it is to sell a 40% stake in its subsidiary Mectron, which produces missiles, radars, and communications systems. Mectron, part of Odebrecht Defence and Technology, has exposure to some of Brazil's largest defence

  • Pacific 2015: General Electric promotes LM2500 engine series for Australia's SEA 5000

    Key Points GE is touting the company's LM2500 series of marine gas turbine engines for the SEA 5000 programme GE says the LM2500 series' commonality with platforms across the RAN is an advantage Marine engines manufacturer General Electric (GE) is positioning the company's LM2500 series of gas

  • Pacific 2015: Navantia says F 100 design would meet Australian Sea 5000 Future Frigate requirement

    Key Points Spain's Navantia says F 100 frigate design would meet the requirements of Australia's Sea 5000 Future Frigate programme Navantia is also providing additional personnel to support Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer programme Intensive engineering studies over 10 months have confirmed