• A-7 Corsair II finally retires from service

    The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) held a decommissioning ceremony for its LTV (later Vought) A-7 Corsair II aircraft at Araxos Air Base, home of the 116 Combat Wing, on 17 October. The world's last operator of the A-7 Corsair II, 336 Squadron, decommissioned 15 A-7E and two TA-7C aircraft at the event.

  • Abduction of Chinese oil worker in Sudan underscores high kidnap risk to expatriates across southern region

    EVENT On 16 October, unidentified armed men in a land cruiser and on motorcycles surrounded a group of oil workers leaving the Beleila oil field for nearby Kareem in West Kordofan. They kidnapped a Chinese oil engineer working for Petrodar, a consortium majority-owned by China National Petroleum

  • Appointment of security ministers a milestone for Iraq's political progress, but unlikely to produce early security gains

    Key Points The appointment of security ministers represents the first step in the political progress needed to redress Iraq's deteriorating security environment, indicating slightly improved political stability. Parliament's backing of the new ministers, which include a Kurd, increases the

  • ATK and Orbital merger may slip to January

    The merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences Corporation may be delayed until the beginning of 2015, Orbital chairman, president, and chief executive officer David Thompson told investors at the company's third quarter 2014 results on 17 October. The companies expect to be ready to commence business

  • Australian Tigers to receive tactical datalink

    Approval for an interim tactical datalink for 21 of the Australian Army's 22 Airbus Helicopters Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) was announced on 20 October by Defence Minister David Johnston. The minister said in a statement that the interim datalink, costing less than AUD20 million

  • AWD programme now AUD800 million over budget

    The projected cost of Australia's troubled Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme has risen to about AUD800 million (USD688 million) more than its AUD8.5 billion budget, informed sources have told IHS Jane's . This figure is nearly AUD500 million more than an overrun forecast by an Australian

  • BMT IS, MSubs propose sea range for unmanned maritime vehicles

    Safety and risk management company BMT IS and Plymouth-based unmanned submersibles group MSubs are jointly proposing the development of an instrumented sea range facility off south-west England for the test and evaluation of unmanned maritime craft. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by

  • Guerrilla operations likely to continue delaying Peruvian gas pipeline expansion works and pose security threat to contractors

    EVENT Ricardo Ferreiro, the general manager of Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TgP), Camisea's gas pipeline operator, said on 13 October that operations by the Sendero Luminoso had delayed Camisea's gas pipeline expansion project works for nearly a year. The gas pipeline currently connects the

  • Honeywell raises 2014 outlook as organic sales growth rises

    Honeywell announced on 17 October that it was increasing its outlook for 2014 on the back of improved sales. Reported sales of USD10.1 billion for the third quarter (Q3), an increase of 5% from the same period in 2013. Cash flow from operations also increased 15% year-on-year, from USD1.0 billion

  • HS Okeanos re-delivered to Hellenic Navy

    Greece's Type 209/1200 submarine HS Okeanos (S-118) was redelivered back to the Hellenic Navy (HN) from Hellenic Shipyards at Skaramangason on 20 October, having completed its Neptune II mid-life upgrade programme. Sea trials of the boat are expected to begin immediately and it should be fully

  • JTIC Brief: Victory at any cost - symbolism transcends strategy in battle for Kobanê

    Key Points The fight for the Syrian border town of Kobanê between Kurdish militants and Islamic State has quickly become a prominent and highly symbolic battle in the ongoing Syrian conflict. Ankara's refusal to aid Kobanê's Kurdish defenders has ensured they remain short of vital

  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp

  • More PT PAL staff head to DSME for submarine training

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL is sending additional personnel to South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to undergo training in submarine construction, it was announced on 17 October. The training is part of the industrial collaboration programme linked to Indonesia's

  • Oman retires Jaguars

    The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its fleet of SEPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft at the Al-Shafaq Club in Seeb, the Oman News Agency reported on 16 October. It added that the Jaguars, which had been in RAFO service for nearly 37 years, were being replaced

  • Piaggio Aero Industries announces rebranding

    Piaggio Aero Industries announced on 20 October that it would be rebranding as Piaggio Aerospace. The Italian firm, which is 98% owned by Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala Development Company, manufactures the Piaggio P.180 Avanti, as well as the Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead unmanned aerial

  • PLAN fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou

    Images have been posted online of two Chinese fleet auxiliaries being fitted out at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI). One is the fifth Type 903/Fuchi class underway replenishment ship. The first two Type 903s were commissioned in 2004, with a further two 23,000-tonne Type 903As were

  • Privatisation of DSG edges nearer

    The privatisation of the UK's Defence Support Group (DSG) is expected within the next two months, the UK media reported on 19 October. The sale is expected to raise approximately GBP300 million for government under plans first revealed under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

  • Resurgence of rebel activity raises risk of attacks on cargo and NGO personnel in DRC's North Kivu

    EVENT Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces - National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) attacked the town of Eringeti, 50 km from the district capital of Beni, on 17 October, killing 22 local residents. At the same time, a group of armed men raided the jail in Butembo, releasing 390

  • US focused on Iraq, not Kobane battle

    The Islamic State's commitment to taking the northern Syrian town of Kobane has exposed the Sunni militant group to heavy casualties, but the battle is not the main focus of Operation 'Inherent Resolve', according to General Lloyd Austin, the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Gen Austin

  • Islamic State looking to field captured Syrian jets

    The Islamic State is training fighters to fly three combat jets the group has captured from the Syrian Arab Air Force, it was claimed on 17 October. The militant Sunni group is "flying the planes over the captured Al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo", Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the