• Central Asia braces for fall-out from ISAF withdrawal

    Key Points The Central Asian states are bracing themselves for an increase in terrorist and criminal activity in the wake of the upcoming ISAF drawdown in Afghanistan NATO's poor current relations with Russia has hamstrung any co-operation on counter-narcotics efforts in the region The Central

  • China launches new 3,000-tonne coastguard cutter

    The Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard has launched a new cutter for the China Coast Guard (CCG), Chinese media reported on 14 October. Zhongguo Haixun 2303 - literally 'China Sea Police 2303' - is expected to begin sea trials before the end of the year and it will be commissioned in the first quarter of

  • Armoured car robbery in northern Ecuador provides early indicator of organised crime threats to extractive industries

    EVENT On 22 October, approximately 20 armed men attacked two armoured vehicles near the municipality of Lumbaquí in Sucumbíos province, on highway 45, connecting Quito to Lago Agrio. According to initial police reports, the assailants used automatic rifles (including an AK-47 and two

  • Atlas Elektronik and iXBlue announce next-gen unmanned mine countermeasures partnership

    Underwater systems group Atlas Elektronik and navigation/positioning house iXBlue have announced a partnership agreement under which the two companies will jointly pursue opportunities for next-generation unmanned mine countermeasures (MCM) systems. This tie-up - under the banner of EURO-MCM - is

  • Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • China's AVIC outlines 3D printing investment

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has outlined its intention to invest further in developing 3D printing technologies in a bid to "catch up" with the world's most advanced aerospace industrial groups. AVIC statements on 23 October noted the corporation's intention to

  • Cobham wins USD560 million Australian SAR contract

    Cobham has secured a contract valued at AUD640 million (USD561 million) from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to provide an airborne search-and-rescue (SAR) capability for a period of 12 years, it was announced on 24 October. Under the agreement, Cobham will provide and operate

  • Details emerge on India's mystery OSS project

    Details are slowly coming to light of the mystery Indian Navy (IN) vessel being built under the secretive Ocean Surveillance Ship (OSS) project at the Ministry of Defence-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). IHS Jane's understands that the OSS project is managed by the Indian Prime Minister's

  • Europe's support to the US-led alliance against Islamic State heightens domestic terrorist threat across the continent

    Key Points The Islamic State is attracting a rising number of European supporters to join its forces in Syria and Iraq where they gain military experience and tend to become more ideology-driven. There is a growing risk of low-capability terrorist attacks in Europe staged by Islamic State

  • F-35 LRIP 8 deal expected within weeks

    Key Points The Pentagon expects a 'handshake agreement' with Lockheed Martin on LRIP 8 production in the next several weeks Prime contractors for the project have come under increased pressure to reduce costs The Pentagon is still working towards a deal for the eighth low-rate initial production

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • IED attack kills at least five people in Nigeria's Bauchi

    AT LEAST five people were killed and 12 others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack at a bus station in the town of Azare in Nigeria's Bauchi state on 22 October, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, Islamist

  • India moves to firm up ties with Sri Lanka, Maldives

    Key Points India's defence minister has met his counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives as Delhi looks to head off any potential 'encirclement' by China under its Maritime Silk Route initiative Arun Jaitley offered both countries assistance in capacity building, while Indian officials said Delhi

  • Internal IAF report criticises serviceability rate for fighter fleet

    The operational availability of the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) combat, transport, and helicopter fleets has averaged about 60% over the past three years, a recent internal assessment has revealed. Of these platforms, the report disclosed that the IAF's 780-strong fighter fleet had an overall

  • Islamist militant launches SVBIED attack in Syria's Deir ez Zour

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an unidentified Islamist militant detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) in Al-Huwayqa neighbourhood in the city of Deir ez Zour in Syria's Deir ez Zour governorate on 15 October. No other casualties

  • KMW and Nexter reaffirm April merger date

    European land systems group Nexter and KMW have reiterated that they are to conclude their previously announced union by April 2015. Philippe Burtin, chief executive of Nexter, said in a statement carried by French media on 23 October that after a period of nine months of negiotiations the

  • Low likelihood of significant civil unrest around Tunisian polls, elevated terrorism risks

    EVENT A police officer was shot and killed in the Tunis suburb of Oued Ellil on 23 October, while attempting to detain militants allegedly planning to disrupt Tunisia's parliamentary election on 26 October. The Tunisian government has issued several warnings over the risk of terrorist attack

  • Most US force re-locations in South Korea to continue despite OPCON transfer delay

    US and South Korean defence leaders announced that the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the US to Republic of Korea (RoK) armed forces would be again delayed, but indicated that most US force relocation efforts are to continue. South Korean Minister of National Defense Han

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout readied for upcoming ship-trials

    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken land-based flight tests of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in preparation of seat-trials later in the year, the company disclosed on 23 October. The tests, which took place at Naval Base Ventura County in California on 27 August,

  • Niger buys new reconnaissance aircraft in fight against Islamist militants

    Niger has purchased a reconnaissance aircraft as part of ongoing efforts to combat Islamist militants and criminal gangs operating on its territory, the Reuters news agency reported on 23 October. The aircraft, of an undisclosed type, has been procured at a cost of USD13.5 million, the report