• A400M deliveries continue, as UK receives third airlifter

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third of 22 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 6 July. The airlifter arrived at its homebase at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, having completed pre-delivery trials at

  • Iran reveals existence of second Ghadir long-range radar

    Iran has built a second Ghadir long-range early-warning radar, the Fars News Agency reported on 4 July. Fars said Iranian air defence commander, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, had attended a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz (Ahwaz) in the western province of Khuzestan earlier in the day to unveil

  • KBM unveils decoy-resistant Verba MANPADS

    Key Points New multispectral seeker enables clearer, faster discrimination between targets and decoys Enhancements extend the missile's engagement envelope by a factor of 2.5 Russia's Konstruktorskoye Byuro Mashinostroyeniya (KBM) unveiled its next-generation 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air

  • Russia to launch production of naval Pantsyr-M

    The Russian Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) has launched batch production of the Pantsyr-M (Pantsir-M) naval anti-air gun-missile (AAGM) system, according to Alexander Zhukov, chief engineer of KBP's naval air defence unit. "Pantsyr-M's batch production has already started," Zhukov said.

  • ADF begins new air defence system quest

    Key Points New GBAMD initial operating capability expected between 2020 and 2022 Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Raytheon, and Saab expected to respond to Land 19 Phase 7B International suppliers of air defence missile systems are preparing to answer a request for information (RFI) from Australia's

  • Airbus Helicopters, Mahindra announce JV plans

    Airbus Helicopters and India's Mahindra Defence have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that aims "to become the first private Indian helicopter manufacturer under the 'Make in India' initiative," the two companies announced on 2 July. The JV will be "dedicated to

  • Anti-Chinese protests in Turkey raise risk of attacks on Chinese commercial and diplomatic property in one-month outlook

    EVENT Participants in a Turkish nationalist march - organised by the far-right Idealist Hearths (Ülkü Ocaklari) group to protest against the alleged persecution of Turkic Uighurs in western China - tried to attack a group of South Korean tourists in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district on 4

  • Briefing: Mitsubishi plans to address Japanese defence market challenges

    Japan's largest defence contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) forecasts falling defence sales over the next few years, but aims for longer-term growth through international partnerships and strengthened integrated defence offerings. A spokesman for the company told IHS Jane's recently that

  • German Navy plans MPA overhauls

    The German Navy is planning an extensive overhaul to its fleet of eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), IHS Jane's has learned. The overhaul package is expected to run for 10 years and cost EUR567.6 million (USD626.4 million), in order to ensure the platform remains in service for the

  • Germany to increase defence spending

    Germany is to increase its defence spending, aiming to support NATO guidelines of spending 2% of GDP on national defence. The Federal German Cabinet approved the 2016 budget and financial planning cycle until 2019 on 1 July. While set by the German cabinet, this is a planning assumption and not

  • Haiti's security environment likely to deteriorate over coming year, protests likely around election time

    Key Points Despite some improvements in reducing crime rates, the security situation in Haiti is likely to deteriorate through the electoral period and subsequent transfer of power in 2016. Gains in crime and security since 2010 are likely to be reversed if MINUSTAH troops withdraw too early,

  • IED damages section of oil pipeline in Colombia's Arauca

    A SECTION of the Bicentennial oil pipeline was damaged in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack carried out by Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN) militants in the area of Cano in Colombia's Arauca department on 1 July, El Espectador reported. The ELN immediately claimed responsibility for

  • India reports increase in private sector defence licences

    The Indian government has highlighted a significant increase in the number of industrial licences granted to the private sector supporting its campaign to promote growth in indigenous defence manufacturing. A statement by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry on 3 July said its Department of

  • Italian Navy orders new amphibious assault ship

    The Italian Navy has ordered a new landing helicopter dock (LHD), with Fincantieri and Finmeccanica announcing they had been awarded a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract for the vessel on 1 July. The delivery of the new ship is planned for the beginning of 2022. Design activities have already

  • Militant commander's defection raises risk of Islamic State attacks on foreigners in Afghan capital

    EVENT On 5 June, the Hizb-i-Islami - Gulbuddin (HIG), a minor militant group formerly allied to the Taliban, released a press statement in which the group's leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, announced his support for Islamic State militants fighting against the Taliban. Hekmatyar is one of the most

  • NATO to have no military role in Afghanistan after 2016

    NATO's next foray in Afghanistan after its Resolute Support military train-and-advise mission ends in December 2016 will be a civilian-led effort. It will have neither a military dimension nor any responsibility to counter the country's resurgent poppy production, according to a senior NATO

  • OSINT Summary: Hizbullah and Syrian military enter militant-controlled town in Rif Dimashq

    Hizbullah militants, supported by air and ground military forces, entered the town of Zabadani in the Qalamoun region of Syria's Rif Dimashq governorate on 5 July, capturing the eastern Al-Sultana and western Al-Jamiyat areas of the city, as well as a neighbouring position known as Qalaat al-Tal.

  • Record-high immigration likely to cause intra-EU disputes while raising civil unrest and cargo risks across Europe

    Key Points Illegal immigration into Europe is causing widening rifts within the European Union given its member states' diverging stances on mitigating related risks. The lack of a comprehensive cross-border migration policy in Europe is leading to a heightened risk of protests and riots and cargo

  • Russia grounds MiG-29 fleet following crash

    The Russian Air Force has grounded its fleet of MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft following a crash on 3 July. All of the approximately 280 single- and twin-seat MiG-29s in the air force's inventory are subject to the order, which was imposed after the Head of Aviation Safety, Major-General

  • Russia to equip Buyan-M corvettes with Komar SAM turret

    Russia's Buyan-M (Project 21631) corvettes are to be armed with the RATEP Komar air-defence turret mount, according to the deputy assistant director of the company. Vladimir Odintsov said the company (a subsidiary of Almaz-Antey) signed a contract with the Zelenodolsk shipbuilding plant to equip