• RAF Lossiemouth undertakes first QRA North scramble

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has flown its first Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) sortie out of RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, the service announced on 19 September. A pair of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft from 6 Squadron were scrambled to intercept two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95 'Bear'

  • Lebanon to receive additional Huey II helicopters

    The sale of 18 Bell UH-1H 'Huey' II helicopters to Lebanon has been approved by the US State Department, it was disclosed on 19 September. Valued at USD180 million, including parts, support, and training, the sale was cleared two days before the announcement by the US Defense Security and

  • Afghan government under new president likely to be fragile and ineffective at creating policy

    Key Points The announcement of the new president ends the electoral impasse, which began with the June run-off election. The new unity government is likely to be weak and will be prone to almost immediate infighting. However, an agreement allowing for US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014

  • Air strike kills 14 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    FOURTEEN Islamic State militants were killed in an army air strike that destroyed a building used by the group as a base in Al-Iskan, south of the city of Tikrit, in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on 18 September, Al-Shorfa reported.

  • Army forces air strikes kill 40 suspected militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan

    AT LEAST 40 suspected militants were killed in air strikes by army forces that destroyed five militant hideouts in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 17 September, The News reported.

  • BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme

    BAE Systems, Patria announce teaming for Australian reconnaissance vehicle programme BAE Systems and Finnish aerospace and defence group Patria are to jointly bid for the Australian Army's programme to procure a combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) platform. A statement on 22 September said the two

  • Chilean government signals possible existence of other IED cells as Santiago bombing investigation focuses on city outskirts

    EVENT Rodrigo Peñailillo, Chile's Minister of the Interior, said on 20 September that he did not rule out the existence of more groups similar to the one that detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in a Santiago metro station on 8 September injuring 14 people. Peñailillo was

  • China sends destroyer, frigate to Iran in sign of growing naval ties

    The People Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) Type 052C (Luyang II)-class guided missile destroyer Changchun (150) and Type 054A (Jiangkai II)-class guided missile frigate Changzhou (549) sailed into the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on 20 September in a sign of deepening naval relations between the two

  • Czech ChoD elected chair of NATO Military Committee

    Czech Chief of the General Staff General Petr Pavel has been elected as the next chairman of the NATO Military Committee, it was announced on 20 September. Gen Pavel will replace former Danish Chief of Defence Staff General Knud Bartels, who has served as NATO's most senior military figure since

  • Damen to supply additional ships for Mexican Navy

    The Mexican Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) has ordered a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and another coastal patrol ship from Damen Shipyards, the company said on 16 September. The FCS 5009 is equipped with a deck crane and an extra accommodation module, allowing it to transport up to 145 passengers,

  • Emergence of new Islamic State-aligned group raises risk of terrorist shift to Algeria's central regions

    EVENT The Algerian press reported on 20 September that 15 militants loyal to Islamic State had been surrounded by security forces at the Algerian border with Tunisia. This comes in the context of Algerian authorities expressing concern over the smuggling of weapons from Libya through Tunisia, and

  • IED attack kills five UN peacekeepers in Mali's Kidal

    FIVE UN peacekeepers of Chadian nationality were killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle triggered and improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, between the towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit in Mali's Kidal region on 18 September, the BBC and Reuters

  • IED attacks wound eight people in Kenya's North Eastern

    EIGHT people were wounded when unidentified militants threw two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) targeting a cafeteria in the town of Wajir in Wajir County in Kenya's North Eastern province on 18 September, The Star reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Italian Army activates Special Forces Command

    The new Italian Army Special Forces Command (Comando Forze Speciali dell'Esercito - COMFOSE) was officially activated on 19 September at the 'Gamerra' barracks in Pisa, home of Italian Airborne troops and the Army Parachute Training Centre. The new command has been developed over the last 18

  • JTIC Brief: Growing concern - Egyptian jihadists expand and intensify insurgency

    Key Points Islamist militant group Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for killing six soldiers in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 16 September. The attack followed several recent high-profile operations by the group, including the

  • Moscow anti-war demonstration expected to have little political influence on Russian intervention in Ukraine

    EVENT Russia's Union of Observers estimated that approximately 26,000 people participated in an anti-war protest march in Moscow on 21 September, although official sources place the number much lower, at 5,000. This was the largest protest since Vladimir Putin's election to president in 2012, yet

  • OSINT Summary: Islamic State threatens retaliatory attacks abroad

    The main Islamic State spokesperson, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, released a detailed statement online on 21 September entitled Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful . The release of the statement was seemingly motivated by the gathering of an international coalition, led by the United States, in preparation

  • Raytheon and Jenoptik reach deal to work on air defence systems

    US contractor Raytheon announced 22 September that it had signed a letter of intent with Germany's Lechmotoren, a subsidiary of Jenoptik, a deal which is designed to allow the companies to jointly develop and export air defence systems. Jenoptik has been developing power supply technology for

  • Saab offers "100% technology transfer" in bid to secure TNI Gripen deal

    Saab is offering "100% technology transfer" in its bid to supply the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara - TNI-AU) with its JAS 39 Gripen combat aircraft, a company executive has told IHS Jane's . The TNI-AU is understood to be considering the Gripen along with

  • Saudi court convicts 14 suspected AQAP militants

    AT A COURT hearing in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on 17 September, 13 Saudi nationals and one Yemeni were sentenced to prison for between four and 23 years after being found guilty of being members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) , preparing to carry out a suicide attack in a foreign