• Bangladesh Navy decommissions four Chinese-built torpedo craft

    The Bangladesh Navy decommissioned four Chinese-built Type 26 Huchuan-class torpedo boats (pennant numbers 8235, 8236, 8237, and 8238) at Chittagong on 18 June. A navy press release said that the decision to decommission these boats had been taken due to increasing challenges in maintaining their

  • UK MOD reaching out to industry, academia, for cyber ideas

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is launching a competition seeking new ideas for innovative ways to use cyberspace, the ministry announced on 26 June. The competition, which will pay out up to GBP1 million (USD1.6 million) for successful bidders, is designed as a search for new techniques and

  • China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft, national media reported in late June. An unspecified number of the four-engined Y-8GX6

  • Djibouti parades Chinese tank destroyer

    The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) displayed a single Norinco WMA301 Assaulter tank destroyer during the country's independence day parade on 27 June. The Assaulter is comprised of the hull of a WZ551 6x6 armoured personnel carrier armoured with a 105 mm gun mounted in a three-person turret. It has

  • HII hands over 12th Virginia submarine to US Navy

    Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Newport News Shipbuilding division has handed over the US Navy's (USN's) 12th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), officials announced on 25 June. John Warner (SSN 785) - named after the US senator and former secretary of the navy - was

  • Singapore debuts stealthy naval interceptor ahead of 50th anniversary parade

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has unveiled a new high-speed and stealthy naval interceptor designed to perform a range of missions, including base defence for the service's two naval facilities, force protection, as well as maritime security operations alongside its existing Fearless-class

  • Airtec Inc to conduct ISR over Colombia for US Southern Command

    The US government has contracted Airtec Inc to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in Colombia on behalf of the US Southern Command, the Department of Defense disclosed on 26 June. The contract, which is valued at USD80.7 million, will enable the Maryland-based

  • ANDSF conducting multiple operations across Afghanistan

    The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) are conducting planned operations in 10 provinces across the country, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD). As of 29 June, operations were underway in Badakhshan Kunar, Daykundi, Kandahar, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak, Nuristan, Paktia,

  • Australia releases RfI for next-generation air-defence system

    Australia intends enhancing or replacing its existing ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability, issuing a request for information (RfI) on 22 June that is expected to be followed by a request for tender in the last quarter of 2016. The RfI published by the Defence Materiel Organisation says that

  • Australian government to launch strategic review of ASC

    Australia's ASC is to undergo a strategic review intended to strengthen the state-owned naval shipbuilder's position in meeting the future requirements of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Confirming the move on 28 June, Australia's minister for finance Mathias Cormann reiterated that the government

  • Formation of a narrow minority government in Denmark confirms higher policy instability risks in two-year outlook

    EVENT Denmark's prime minister-elect Lars Løkke Rasmussen, from the centre-right Liberal Party (Venstre), on 28 June announced the formation of a one-party minority government. The formation follows failed talks with the other three parties in the centre-right bloc that won a slim combined

  • International partners to be stepping stones to Next-Generation Patriot

    Raytheon is using the requirements of its international 'Patriot partner family' as the stepping stones to its future Next-Generation Patriot air defence concept in a strategy in keeping with what has always been the company's design philosophy for the system: 'Take what you have and make it

  • Islamic State attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait highlight strategy and indicate vulnerability of Egypt and Bahrain

    Key Points The attacks reflect a centrally determined strategy of provoking and exacerbating sectarian conflict and undermining the state by attacking the economy. This strategy does not depend on direct operational control. This strategy can be expanded in countries where the Islamic State

  • Islamic State militants kill five police officers in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    FIVE police officers were killed and eight others wounded when Islamic State suicide bombers detonated their explosives vests before militants launched mortar shells targeting military units in an unspecified area east of the city of Tikrit in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on 24 June, Al-Mada

  • Nigerian Army to establish air corps

    The Nigerian Army is set to establish an aviation wing, the chief of the army staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, reportedly said on 25 June. Citing a statement released by the army, Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper reported that Lt Gen Minimah told a group of 10 soldiers enrolled in a course

  • Peruvian government's move to improve police patrolling to mitigate petty crime levels but unlikely to reduce organised crime

    EVENT José Luis Pérez Guadalupe, the Peruvian minister of interior, announced on 25 June the government's decision to decentralise the national police's special motorised unit, known as "Hawks" (Halcones), by allocating more motorcycles and police officers to patrol the

  • Philippine DND denies delays to FA-50, helo procurements

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed that contracted major aircraft procurement programmes are continuing and not suspended, as claimed in local news reports. The Manila Times reported on 25 June that the government's Commission on Audit (CoA) had suspended Philippine

  • Thailand edges closer to Chinese submarine procurement

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is edging closer to a decision to procure China's Type 041 Yuan-class (Type 041) platform to meet a long-standing requirement for up to three submarines. IHS Jane's understands that senior RTN officials favour a move to acquire the Type 041, although the navy's submarine

  • Three fatal terrorist attacks indicate heightened Islamist threat around caliphate declaration anniversary and during Ramadan

    Key Points There has often been an increase in the frequency of terrorist attacks during the month of Ramadan and this year is also the first anniversary of the Islamic State's caliphate. The likelihood of Islamist attacks will be increased for the duration of Ramadan, although the capability of

  • TKMS starts construction of Singapore's Type 218SG submarines

    Work on the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) two new Type 218SG diesel electric submarines has started, a MINDEF spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 29 June. The spokesperson said Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han witnessed the steel-cutting ceremony at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems'