• Argentina's FM inaugurates explosives plant

    Fabricaciones Militares (FM) - Argentina's state-owned network of small arms and munitions plants - has inaugurated a fifth factory for producing explosive materials. The plant was opened in the San Jose region for manufacturing Sipolex, a trademarked FM product used in mining and munitions

  • Australia and the US to advance science and technology co-operation

    Defence officials from Australia and the United States have advanced opportunities for bilateral science and technology co-operation in support of national security initiatives, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced. Delegations from the two countries - led by Australia's

  • Billions worth of US Army kit to remain in Afghanistan after withdrawal

    The US Army, owner of the bulk of military equipment in Afghanistan, is expecting to leave about USD5 billion worth of gear behind when it has completed a withdrawal operation at the end of 2016. In January 2014 the army estimated that it had about USD15 billion worth of equipment still deployed in

  • China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

  • China inaugurates UGV facility

    The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO Group) has set up in Beijing a facility to develop unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The facility, formally established in late June, is the country's first dedicated UGV research and development centre,

  • DCNS reports lower sales and earnings

    French naval shipbuilding group DCNS has reported lower sales and earnings for the first half of 2014. The state-controlled group reported that sales for the six months to 30 June totalled EUR1.4 billion (USD1.9 million), down from EUR1.6 billion last year. Operating earnings, meanwhile, fell from

  • Indonesia commissions first two of three Bung Tomo-class corvettes

    Indonesia's Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro presided over a commissioning ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) first two of three Bung Tomo-class corvettes at Barrow-in-Furness, UK, on 18 July. The 95 m F 2000 vessels, KRI Bung Tomo and KRI

  • Iran's Caspian frigate undergoing sea trials

    The first frigate to operate in the Caspian Sea is currently undergoing tests and will become operational in the next six months, Iranian media organisations have reported. The announcement was made by Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN),

  • Islamist militants' IED attacks in Kaduna city probably aimed at stirring anti-government protests across northern Nigeria

    EVENT Two suicide improvised explosive device (IED) attacks aimed at assassinating a prominent Muslim cleric and a leading opposition politician killed at least 82 people when they were detonated just two hours apart in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna on 23 July. The first attack was by a

  • Jordanian security force capability mitigating Islamic State risks but there is likely aspiration for attacks in Amman

    EVENT A statement appeared online on 21 July from a group of Jordanian Salafists, declaring their allegiance to the Islamic State, formerly Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The statement also strongly criticised other Jordanian Salafist sheikhs, such as Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi and Abu

  • Kazakhstan continues privatisation programme

    Kazakhstan's plans for the privatisation of industrial assets has continued, although the sale of military maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility controlled by national defence company Kazakhstan Engineering (KE) has been suspended due to a lack of interest. Astana announced on 23 July

  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

  • Mechem's operations in Somalia and Mozambique revealed

    Denel Land Systems has revealed that its Mechem business unit has expanded from demining operations into general logistic support and is now operating six UN bases in Somalia. It said in a press release that Mechem has around 460 employees in Somalia, including local staff, running three bases in

  • OSCE seeking UAV capability for Ukraine mission

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is aiming to acquire two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support its activities in Ukraine, it has been revealed. The body is looking to gain this UAV capability immediately, or as soon as possible; which would mark the first time

  • Peru orders additional Mi-171Sh helos to combat Shining Path

    Peru is to acquire a further eight Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport and assault helicopters to complement the 24 ordered in late 2013, regional media disclosed on 24 July. The Mi-171Sh-variant helicopters are to be used for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations against the Shining Path insurgent group,

  • RAN to decommission three Balikpapan-class LCHs

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 July that it will retire the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three 45 m Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held in Cairns in November 2014. The 360-tonne vessels - HMAS Brunei (L 127), HMAS

  • Russia receives first serially upgraded Il-38N MPA

    The first serially produced Il-38N 'May' maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft has been handed over to the Russian Navy by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex. The Il-38N is an upgrade to the original Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a derivative of the Il-18 'Coot' transport aircraft,

  • South Africa issues survey ship RfP

    The South African defence acquisition agency Armscor has issued a request for proposals (RfP) on behalf of the South African Navy (SAN) for a new hydrographic survey ship and related equipment. Project Hotel envisages the acquisition of a new hydrographic survey ship to replace the SAS Protea ,

  • South Africa's Defence Minister urges parliament to approve Defence Review

    South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula focussed her 23 July budget speech on the need to implement the recent Defence Review, which states unambiguously that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is in a state of decline. "Although the SANDF is still able to maintain

  • Spain's Basque region to launch aerospace cluster

    The Basque Country regional government in northern Spain has announced plans to open a new aeronautical centre in 2015. It will be built in conjunction with and to help support the 14 companies already operating within two industrial clusters in the area and will also involve the research