• First two F-35s for Australia rolled-out

    The first two Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) were rolled-out at the company's Fort Worth production facility in Texas on 24 July. The ceremony, which was attended by the chief of the RAAF Air Marshal Geoff Brown and other

  • Russia receives first serially upgraded Il-38N MPA

    The first serially produced Il-38N 'May' maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft has been handed over to the Russian Navy by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex. The Il-38N is an upgrade to the original Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a derivative of the Il-18 'Coot' transport aircraft,

  • Rocket attacks down after a week of Israeli ground ops

    A week into the ground phase of Operation 'Protective Edge' against militants in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has made a limited impact on the intensity of rocket attacks. According to the IDF, the militants had launched over 2,300 rockets by the end of 24 July, the 17th day of

  • Almost 200 Brazilian companies apply for SisCaPED benefits

    Close to 200 Brazilian defence companies have registered to take advantage of legislative benefits designed to foster a strategic defence industrial base, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 July. Following the publication of the March 2013 decree creating the legal framework for the

  • Appointment of new PM and cabinet unlikely to lead to policy changes in Rwanda

    EVENT Rwandan resident Paul Kagame named former labour minister Anastase Murekezi as the new prime minister on 23 July, in succession to the former incumbent Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi. Following Murekezi's appointment and the subsequent resignation of the cabinet in line with the country's

  • BAE Systems teams with DSME to support UK naval ships business transformation

    BAE Systems Maritime-Naval Ships has signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) under which the South Korean shipyard will provide specialist advice to support UK-based Naval Ships' business transformation programme in Glasgow. Under a sector restructuring plan

  • Bahamas inducts first vessels in fleet renewal effort

    Dutch company Damen Shipyards has begun delivering nine vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as part of a BSD232 million (USD228 million) fleet recapitalisation and port facilities enhancement programme. The first of four 42 m Legend-class (Stan Patrol 4207) offshore patrol

  • Berlin points finger at NATO for June ATC blackouts

    The German government has indicated that NATO electronic warfare (EW) training exercises were responsible for civilian ATC radar display blackouts in central Europe on 5 June and 10 June 2014. IHS Jane's has obtained the government's answer to a parliamentary question on 17 July, in which it noted

  • Canada follows US with sanctions against Russian defence companies

    Canada has followed the United States by introducing financial sanctions against a series of Russian defence organisations in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development announced on 24 July that it had applied additional sanctions

  • Ceasefire between rebel factions in CAR risk-positive for government stability but is unlikely to significantly reduce violence

    EVENT Representatives from the Séléka and anti-Balaka rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire agreement on 23 July at talks in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The representatives agreed to the cessation of hostilities and violence against civilians,

  • China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

  • China to establish MRO facility in Sri Lanka

    The China National Aero-Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC) - a division of the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - is planning to establish a military maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Sri Lanka. The development was highlighted in the Sri Lankan

  • Confusion surrounds IDF fatalities

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has said that 33 of its soldiers have been killed in the ground operation against militants in the Gaza Strip as of 25 July, but the causes of many of the deaths remain unclear. Nearly half of the fatalities happened during heavy fighting in Al-Shujaiyah on the night

  • Declining government legitimacy will increase protest risk especially if Ukrainian forces fail to re-establish territorial control by November

    Key Points Public expectations for administrative, political, and economic reforms that followed the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych have not been met. Rising economic pressures and a potential failure to contain the separatist threat by the winter months - at which point the army will be

  • Delays to ELN peace talks risk more frequent explosives attacks against oil assets in northeast Colombia

    Key Points Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos's acknowledgment that exploratory talks with the ELN have been ongoing since January 2014 increases the likelihood of a formal peace process with the insurgent group in the six-month outlook. However, a number of obstacles remain, including

  • Draft law indicates heightened expropriation risks in Cambodia's telecoms sector

    EVENT On 24 July what appeared to be a draft telecommunications law was apparently leaked from the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC), detailing a government plan to take greater control over the sector. According to Phnom Penh Post , which reportedly received the draft from

  • IED attack kills police officer in Afghanistan's Konar

    A POLICE officer was killed and 11 others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in an unspecified location in the east of Afghanistan's Konar province on 23 July, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • India, Japan, US kick off naval drills in North Pacific

    Japan, India, and the United States began week-long naval exercises in the North Pacific on 24 July. The trilateral 'Malabar' manoeuvres, which have previously triggered adverse Chinese reaction, began at Sasebo in western Japan and were intended to concentrate on joint operations for disaster

  • Indian armed forces still seeing high suicide rate

    The high suicide rate in the Indian military persists, with 597 service personnel having taken their own lives from 2009-13, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament on 22 July. The Indian Army was the most affected with 116 soldiers committing suicide in 2010, 105 in 2011, and 95 in 2012. In

  • Indian auditor slams upgrade delays for An-32, MiG-27 fleets

    Key Points India's CAG has criticised the IAF for failures in its upgrade programme for Antonov An-32 medium transport aircraft that led to the grounding of more than half of the fleet The CAG also highlighted a MiG-27 EW programme that would enter service two years after the type's intended