• China builds another island in South China Sea

    IHS Jane's has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China's building of new islands in the Spratly Islands. The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as

  • USMC stands up Middle East response force

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has established a new special purpose task force for US Central Command (CENTCOM) that includes 2,300 marines and aircraft based throughout the region, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby announced on 30 September. Special Marine Air Ground Task Force Central

  • Boeing begins delivering new MH-47Gs to SOCOM

    Key Points Boeing has delivered the first of eight new-build MH-47G Chinooks to SOCOM The G-model has larger fuel tanks, an aerial refuelling system, DAFCS, and unique electronic warfare capabilities US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received its first new-build Boeing MH-47G Chinook

  • Bozena maker looks for way out of Slovakia

    Slovak manufacturer Way Industries is seeking to relocate production facilities for its Bozena family of remote controlled de-mining and security vehicles to the Czech Republic, according to reports leaked to Czech and Slovak media. Way Industries' owners are said to be interested in several

  • Czech Republic launches air defence radar tender

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched international tender on 30 September for 3D mobile air defence radar (MADR) systems worth up to CZK1.7 billion (USD70 million). The MoD would like to procure at least five systems by the end of 2017 to replace Russian-designed P-37 (1RL139) 'Bar Lock' 2D

  • Iran's 23 mm Gatling gun emerges from the shadows

    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were

  • Iraqi Army shows off new Russian air defence systems

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 30 September that it has taken delivery of Pantsyr-S1 mobile short-range air defence systems and Igla-1 (SA-24) man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) from Russia. Photographs and a video released by the MoD showed at least three Pantsyr-S1

  • Peace plan - Political hurdles in the Mindanao peace process

    Key Points The long-term success of the Mindanao peace process depends on whether all the provisions of an agreement between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be implemented by June 2016. The prospect of Islamist radicalisation remains low in Mindanao, as

  • Portugal set to buy Danish patrol boats

    Portugal is expected to procure from the Royal Danish Navy (RDN) four modular patrol boats developed under Denmark's Standard Flex (or Stanflex) concept. With technical support from the Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa), the Portuguese procurement arm DGAIED (Direção-Geral de Armamento

  • Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to

  • SEWIP Block 2 set for at-sea operational test

    Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has completed the installation of a first SLQ-32(V) shipborne electronic warfare (EW) system upgraded under Block 2 of the US Navy's (USN's) Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). According to the company, the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class

  • Alleged defection of Syrian inner circle member unlikely to significantly weaken the Assad government

    EVENT General Hafez Makhlouf left Syria with his family on 27 September to settle in Belarus, according to a social media source. Makhlouf is a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and until recently was a member of the Assad government's innermost circle of power, holding the position of head of

  • Boeing moving defence services business out of Washington

    Boeing, in a bid to reduce its costs and increase the company's competitiveness, will be moving much of its defence services and support work out of the state of Washington to Oklahoma and Missouri, the defence company announced on 29 September. The move, which will take roughly three years to

  • Detention risks to aid workers and researchers likely to increase across Cameroon in the three-year outlook

    EVENT Authorities in Touboro town, North province, on 25 September detained Hans de Marie Heungoup, a researcher with International Crisis Group (ICG). The arrest follows the publication of an ICG report on 1 September in which the group demanded that Cameroonian president Paul Biya promise not to

  • Exelis spinoff Vectrus begins regular trading on NYSE

    The spinoff of Exelis' Mission Systems government services business, Vectrus, reached its final milestone when the new company began regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 29 September having completed the separation two days prior. Exelis, the result of a spinoff from ITT in

  • IED attack kills civilian in Afghanistan's Takhar

    A CIVILIAN was killed and seven others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a motorcycle by unidentified militants, detonated near a health centre in Baharak district on 28 September, Khaama Press reported. Reports added that the device detonated as a police convoy

  • IED attack kills intelligence officer in Afghanistan's Kunar

    AN INTELLIGENCE officer was killed and one of his relatives was wounded when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated as he travelled to a mosque in Watapur district in Afghanistan's Kunar province on 27 September, Khaama Press reported.

  • IED attack wounds three civilians in Afghanistan's Kunduz

    THREE civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting an army vehicle in the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on 27 September, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • One carrier in the Gulf sufficient for now, USN's top civilian says

    The US Navy (USN) need not surge a second nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East region to support ongoing airstrike operations in Iraq and Syria, the service's top civilian official said on 30 September. "Right now we can do whatever we need to do with one carrier,"

  • OSINT Summary: AQAP targets Ansar Allah militants across Yemen

    At least 20 people were killed in two separate attacks by Ansar al-Sharia - a front group of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - targeting members of the Shia Houthi Ansar Allah militant group, previously known as Al-Shabab al-Muminin, in Yemen's Marib and Al-Bayda governorates on 28