• Russian An-140 production halted by Ukrainian sanctions

    Russia has been forced to suspend manufacture of the Antonov An-140 transport aircraft as a result of sanctions imposed by the Ukrainian government, national media reported on 3 August. Production of the twin-turboprop aircraft at Samara JSC Aviacor (also known as Aviakor), which is located

  • UK retires Lynx AH.7 from service

    The British Army retired from service the last of its AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 utility helicopters during a ceremony on 31 July. The ceremony at the Army Air Corps' (AAC) operating base at Middle Wallop saw 671 Lynx Conversion Squadron perform a final flypast of the type that has been operational

  • Bharati Shipyard changes name to reflect defence push

    India's Bharati Shipyard Limited has agreed to change its name to Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Limited, the company has announced. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange the company said the name change was approved unanimously by its board of directors in a meeting on 31 July. The name

  • Crash reveals ELINT role for Colombian CN235M

    A Colombian Air Force (FAC) Airbus Defence and Space (DS) CN235M aircraft crashed on 31 July killing all 11 on board. The aircraft reported an engine malfunction before it crashed over Agustin Codazzi, Cesar. The aircraft is understood to have been undertaking an intelligence operation. In response

  • Damen launches Royal Bahamas Defence Force's transport ship in Vietnam

    A multi-purpose transport and landing ship being built for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has been launched at Damen's Halong Shipyard in Vietnam, the company announced in a release on 30 July. The vessel, which Damen refers to as the RoRo 5612, is being supplied as part of the RBDF's

  • Egypt takes delivery of F-16s

    A previously delayed consignment of F-16 multirole fighters arrived in Egypt just before US secretary of state John Kerry arrived to announce that bilateral relations were returning to a "stronger base". The eight F-16s were delivered to Cairo West Air Base on 30-31 July. The US embassy

  • Elbit announces more DIRCM sales

    Israel's Elbit Systems announced on 3 August that it had received two more orders for its MUSIC family of directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft against man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS). One of the orders came from an unidentified Asian country for

  • Gambian president's pardoning of prisoners likely aimed at improving diplomatic relations with EU and Senegal

    EVENT Gambian president Yahya Jammeh on 30 July ordered the immediate release of the latest batch of prisoners, including some facing a death sentence. The first batch of more than 200 prisoners was released a week earlier as President Jammeh celebrated his 21st anniversary in office following his

  • Indian Coast Guard receives 14th fast patrol vessel

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has received its 14th Aadesh-class fast patrol vessel from state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), the company announced on 1 August. The boat, ICGS Apoorva , is part of a 20-vessel, INR15 billion (USD234 million) contract awarded to CSL in 2010. "Cochin

  • Indonesian government calls for urgent completion of submarine basing facilities

    A senior government official has called on the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) to accelerate work on its Palu naval base located in Central Sulawesi in anticipation of the service's first new Type 209/1200 Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The

  • Israel's continued rightwards political shift reduces the prospect of economic reforms, but military action against Iran unlikely

    Key Points The presence of the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party in the opposition is strengthening the right-wing composition of Israel's coalition, forcing it to adopt an increasingly right-wing agenda. The government will therefore continue to criticise the Iran nuclear deal, while pursuing an

  • Killing of key Burundian security official indicates increased divisions within military and growing risk of civil war

    EVENT Former Burundian intelligence chief and army chief of staff General Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed, along with three bodyguards, early on 2 August, reportedly by four assailants wearing military fatigues, in the Kamenge neighbourhood of the capital, Bujumbura. Nshimirimana was targeted in

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries post gains on military sales

    Japan's biggest defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) posted financial gains in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, supported by growth in military sales. The corporations announced, on 31 July, year-on-year increases in net sales and operating

  • OSINT Summary: Alleged PKK suicide bombing attack kills two soldiers in Turkey's Agri province

    Early on 2 August, two gendarmes were killed and 31 were wounded when a militant detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) - in reported to be an agricultural vehicle loaded with two tonnes of explosives - in an attack targeting a gendarmerie station in Karabulak, near

  • Probable PKK SVBIED attack against Turkish soldiers indicates change of tactics and risks to peace process

    EVENT On 2 August, two gendarmes were killed and 31 were wounded when a militant detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) in what was reported to be an agricultural vehicle loaded with two tonnes of explosives. The attack targeted a gendarmerie station in Karabulak,

  • Proposed bill to amend procurement arrangements of Kenyan Defence Forces unlikely to reduce corruption risks

    EVENT The leader of Kenya's majority coalition tabled the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) Amendment Bill on 1 August in the National Assembly. Although supporters claim the bill will reduce corruption risks, budgetary approval of KDF expenditure would be granted separately by the Ministry of Defence

  • Rheinmetall contracted for Scout SV turrets

    Rheinmetall will manufacture the turret structures for the British Army's new Scout SV reconnaissance vehicles under a contract announced by the company on 3 August. Worth EUR130 million (USD142.5 million), the contract covers the production of the turret structure and weapon mount (TSWM) for the

  • Russia grounds Mi-28 helo fleet following fatal crash

    The Russian defence ministry has grounded its fleet of Mil Mi-28 'Havoc' attack helicopters following a fatal crash on 2 August. The fleet-wide grounding of the recently introduced Mi-28 (named Night Hunter by the Russian military) comes after one helicopter of the Berkut display unit crashed

  • SENER, PTC to integrate ship design programmes for Type 26

    Spanish engineering company SENER has announced an agreement with BAE Systems to integrate its FORAN CAD/CAM ship design system with the PTC group's Windchill Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) programme for use in the design and manufacture stages of the UK Royal Navy's Type 26 frigates. The joint