• Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

  • Turkey finally moves to allow Peshmerga to use Turkish soil in fight for Kobanê

    Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu confirmed press reports on 20 October that Ankara has been helping the Peshmerga - Iraqi Kurdish fighters - to cross into Kobanê. The town is located less than 2 km from the Turkish border, where Syrian Kurdish fighters have been engaged in a

  • USN swaps future deployment schedules for two carriers

    Key Points USS Harry S Truman and USS Dwight D Eisenhower are swapping maintenance, training, and deployment schedules The exchange will help keep the USN's carrier strike groups on track with a new readiness cycle and allow Eisenhower to complete an extended maintenance period Two US Navy (USN)

  • Al-Shabaab poses significant terrorist threat in Somalia and East Africa despite losing control of Barawe port

    Key Points Barawe was the last major port being held by Al-Shabaab, so its fall denies the militant group an important entry point to bring in arms and fighters from abroad, as well as a conduit for the export of charcoal to the Middle East in order to fund its activities. Although Al-Shabaab has

  • Boeing continues to face lower defence revenue

    Boeing reported a 7% increase in year-on-year revenue to USD23.7 billion for the third quarter (Q3) of 2014 on 22 October, with revenue for the first nine months of 2014 increasing 5% to USD66.3 billion. Defence, Space, and Security revenue declined 2% in Q3 2014 to USD7.9 billion, with revenue for

  • Boeing to revise KC-46A schedule, but key USAF milestones unchanged

    Key Points Delayed completion of power-on, wiring separation rework and slower-than-planned functional testing caused Boeing to redraw its KC-46A tanker EMD schedule The government's liability is capped at USD4.9 billion, but Boeing's cost for the work is estimated at USD5.9 billion Boeing is

  • Boko Haram militants kill eight civilians in Nigeria's Borno

    EIGHT civilians were killed and several others were wounded when suspected Boko Haram militants raided the town of Shaffa in Hawul Local Government area of Nigeria's Borno state on 17 October, Leadership reported.

  • China commissions Type 81A MCMV into North Sea Fleet

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Type 81A mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV) into the North Sea Fleet. The vessel, named Yucheng and given the hull number 846, is the North Sea Fleet's second Type 081A and will be based in Dalian in Liaoning Province, according to the

  • Discovery of three Abu Sayyaf Group camps by military underlines kidnap-for-ransom risks to tourists in southern Philippines

    EVENT On 20 October, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) found an abandoned security outpost of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Patikul, Sulu, while conducting an operation following the rescue of two German tourists held hostage by the Islamist militant group for ransom. This raid follows the

  • Elbit to upgrade F-5 fighters for undisclosed Asian country

    Elbit Systems has been awarded a USD85 million contract by an undisclosed Asian country. The majority has been earmarked for a Northrop F-5 Tiger II upgrade programme. The contract, which was announced by the Israeli company on 22 October, will last for three years. In addition to upgrading the

  • Embraer rolls out first KC-390 prototype

    Embraer rolled out the first of two KC-390 prototype transport aircraft at its Gaviao Peixoto production facility, north of Sao Paulo, on 21 October. The ceremony, which was attended by officials from 32 countries, marked a major milestone in the programme ahead of the maiden flight, currently

  • Extension of Iran's nuclear talks likely but war risks increase if agreement is not reached after one year

    Key Points Significant differences remain between Tehran and the West ahead of a 24 November deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. The prospect of a nuclear settlement has already contributed to increased domestic optimism about Iran's economy, given that it would

  • Finland begins study on new fighter aircraft

    Finland's replacement for its Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fleet is expected to cost the country about EUR6 billion (USD7.6 billion), local media revealed on 18 October. Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched an exploratory working group in early October to examine maintenance and performance

  • Finnish government considers political response to Russian Baltic naval activity

    Russian warships are understood to have twice recently come close to a Finnish marine research ship operating in the Baltic Sea. The research vessel Aranda was understood to be in international waters during the incidents, which have prompted senior Finnish officials to consider making a political

  • Four VBIED attacks kill at least 26 people in Iraq's Karbala

    AT LEAST 26 people were killed and 55 were wounded in four simultaneous vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attacks in commercial areas and parking lots near government offices in the city of Karbala in Iraq's Karbala province on 20 October, Associated Press reported. The city of

  • GDUK places Scout SV turret order with LMUK

    A USD1 billion contract to deliver 245 turrets for the British Army's future Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV) fleet has been awarded by prime contractor General Dynamics UK to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK), the latter announced on 21 October. The announcement follows on from the UK Ministry of Defence

  • Griffon Hoverwork enters fast boats arena

    Key Points Griffon Hoverwork and Cougar Marine join forces to build ultra high-speed naval and coastguard craft Hovercraft manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork has teamed with powerboat specialist Cougar Marine to design, market, and build a range of ultra high-speed boats intended to support naval and

  • IED attack kills at least one Ansar Allah militant in Yemen's Al-Bayda

    AT LEAST one Ansar Allah militant was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, targeting an Ansar Allah vehicle, carried out by Ansar al-Sharia militants in the Nisi Mountains area of Radaa in Yemen's Al-Bayda governorate on 18 October, Barakish reported. Ansar al-Sharia is a front

  • IED attack kills one person in Yemen's Abyan

    ONE person was killed and four others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated inside a vehicle in the area of Mahvd in Yemen's Abyan governorate on 20 October, Barakish reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack kills two civilians in Iraq's Ninawa

    TWO civilians were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, targeting Islamic State militants, in Al-Skuer area, located east of the city of Mosul, in Iraq's Ninawa province on 20 October, NINA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.