• Taiwan starts trials of 'carrier killer' corvette

    Taiwan's Republic of China Navy (RoCN) began sea trials of an indigenously designed twin-hull missile corvette dubbed a 'carrier killer' on 27 October, according to naval sources as cited by local media. The 500-tonne vessel, Tuo Jiang (618), is said to have been towed from Lung Teh Shipbuilding's

  • Euronaval 2014: Lebanese FAC contract yet to be finalised

    Negotiations to supply Lebanon with three fast attack craft (FACs) are continuing, the French shipbuilder CMN told IHS Jane's at Euronaval 2014. Lebanon is negotiating to acquire a new variant of CMN's venerable Combattante series of missile-armed FACs, dubbed the FS 56, as part of a USD3 billion

  • France completes MdCN naval cruise missile firing trials

    The French defence procurement agency (Direction générale de l'armement: DGA), conducted the final test firing of the MBDA Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile on 27 October. The missile is intended to equip the French Navy's FREMM frigates from 2015, and its

  • Gabon buys ARAVIS armoured vehicles

    Gabon's battalion in the Central African Republic (CAR) will get a significant improvement in its firepower and levels of protection when it receives the 12 Nexter Systems Aravis armoured vehicles that were ordered on 29 October. Nexter announced later that day that the contract had been signed in

  • Airport authorities receive attack threat in India's Kerala

    AUTHORITIES at Kochi airport in India's Kerala state reportedly received information of a possible improvised explosive device (IED) or suicide attack targeting Air India flights on Mumbai-Kochi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes, The Times of India reported. Reports added that security was increased at

  • Army air strikes kill 20 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    TWENTY Islamic State militants were killed during army air strikes targeting their positions near the city of Amiriyah Fallujah in Iraq's Anbar province on 28 October, NINA reported. Three militant vehicles were also destroyed in the strikes.

  • Arrests indicate risk of anti-government IED, grenade, and firearm attacks in southern and central Ukrainian cities

    EVENT The Ukrainian Security Service (Sluzhba Bezpeki Ukraiyny: SBU) on 29 October claimed to have disrupted a "subversive" group planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Mariupol, Donetsk region. The SBU said the leader of the group was detained on 25 October and weapons seized,

  • Canadian future Arctic patrol fleet numbers at risk

    Canada's plans to revitalise its Arctic naval presence have come under fire from the country's Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). According to the Budget Analysis for the Acquisition of a Class of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (A/OPS) report released on 28 October, government plans to deliver six to

  • Curtiss-Wright identifies more businesses for sale

    Aerospace and power systems group Curtiss-Wright has confirmed that another five businesses have been earmarked for disposal as it continues a strategy of divesting non-core assets. The US-headquartered group announced in the release of its third quarter results on 29 October that it has

  • Early poll results indicate pro-European parliament likely for Ukraine

    EVENT Ukraine's first parliamentary election since the overthrow of former president Viktor Yanukovych in February took place on Sunday 26 October. Early election poll results indicate that the next Ukrainian parliament will be pro-European in tone with President Petro Poroshenko's bloc highly

  • EPP militants demand release of six militants in exchange for hostage release in Paraguay

    IN A VIDEO released on 22 October showing two hostages - Arlan Fick, kidnapped on 2 April and the soldier Edelio Morinigo, kidnapped on 5 July - the Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) demanded the release of six EPP militants held by the Paraguayan government in exchange for the release of

  • EU military Ebola response role unclear

    As the international Ebola crisis grows, the role of Europe's militaries - whether flagged by the European Union or NATO - remains unclear, although both organisations are looking at possible contingency plans or support activities, say officials. The European Union has sent teams of civil and

  • Euronaval 2014 - Spain pins down F-110 baseline design

    Key Points The Spanish Navy's F-110 frigate programme has entered the project definition phase Outputs from the F-110 work may feed into a separate Project SEA 5000 risk reduction study being performed by Navantia for Australia Spanish shipbuilder and systems group Navantia has revealed details

  • Euronaval 2014: Gabon contracts with Piriou for patrol vessels

    Key Points Gabon order marks a breakthrough for Piriou in the naval exports The package includes training provided by DCI/NAVFCO Gabon is to take delivery of two patrol vessels - one second-hand, one newbuild - from French shipbuilding and repair group Piriou under a contract signed at Euronaval

  • Euronaval 2014: ScanEagle 2 UAS launched at show

    Ten years after Insitu sold the US Marine Corps its first ScanEagle surveillance unmanned air system (UAS) - beginning a production run of 2,000 air vehicles and more than 100,000 operational missions - the company (now a subsidiary of Boeing) launched the successor ScanEagle 2 at the Euronaval 2014

  • GD Canada improving blue force tracking ability in legacy CAF radios

    Key Points Modifications will extend the life of the CNRs another 10 years Tests show a significant improvement in positional refresh capability The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) awarded General Dynamics (GD) Canada a USD108.9 million contract to improve voice, data, and messaging capability as

  • Helicopters face high risk of attack in Peru's VRAEM region

    EVENT The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas: CCFFAA) said on 28 October that possible members of the insurgent group Sendero Luminoso (SL) had opened fire at the Paquichari military base in Pangoa district, Satipo, Junín. The attack was carried out

  • How the Southern Gas Corridor will affect Europe

    Key Points The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) will not enable the European Union to substantially reduce its dependence on Russian gas if the SGC is limited to Azerbaijan's gas resources, but the project will bring important financial and political benefits for Baku. The SGC project is one of

  • Indonesia calls for regional response against the Islamic State

    Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Moeldoko has called on his Southeast Asian counterparts to increase their co-operation against threats from the Islamic State, describing the group as a trans-boundary "cancer" that cannot be defeated if countries act in isolation. The general

  • Indonesia warns of instability posed by China's increasing militarisation

    Key Points The head of the Indonesian armed forces has said China's growing military capabilities could destabilise Southeast Asia General Moeldoko's comments, at a forum in Singapore, follow an announcement that Indonesia will deploy aircraft to the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea Against