• Air strikes kill 20 suspected militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan

    AT LEAST 20 suspected Islamist militants were killed in military airstrikes targeting hideouts in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 July, The News reported.

  • Anti-government protests in Bangladesh likely to increase gradually in second half as BNP attempts to rebuild momentum

    Key Points Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia has said that the party will renew its anti-government movement after July. Similar calls have been made by the party since its boycott of the January 2014 election, but nothing has materialised. Nevertheless, the latest call is more

  • AQAP's caliphate aspirations in Yemen's Hadramawt province raise risks of attacks on energy and cross-border incidents

    EVENT Yemeni military reinforcements, including 400 infantry, arrived at Seiyun in Wadi Hadramawt on 26 July. This followed a spike in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) activity in the Wadi Hadramawt area, with assassinations and threats targeting government officials and Yemeni forces,

  • 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

  • Brazil receives final upgraded P-3A MPA, orders search and rescue C295s

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) announced the completion of its upgrade of the Brazilian Air Force's (Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB's) P-3A Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and the sale of search and rescue (SAR) C295 platforms on 28 July. The last of nine P-3A aircraft to be fitted to

  • China to continue contributions to improve Cuba's port infrastructure

    EVENT Cuba and China signed 29 bilateral agreements in sectors including energy, mining, agricultural, industry, digital television, and telecoms during a visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping, which concluded on 23 July. On top of visiting the capital Havana, Xi visited, along with his Cuban

  • China's NDU recommends 400-strong Y-20 fleet

    A new report on civil-military integration by China's National Defence University (NDU) has called for the construction of 400 Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 heavy transport aircraft. Written by NDU's Center for Economic Research, 'Chinese Military and Civilian Integration Development Report, 2014'

  • China, Indonesia consider improved defence ties

    China has moved to expand defence and strategic ties with Indonesia three days after the Southeast Asian country announced Joko Widodo as its new president. Following talks in Jakarta on 25 July between Indonesia's vice-president Boediono and General Fan Changlong, the vice-chairman of China's

  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken

  • Indian Air Force Dhruv helicopter destroyed in crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Dhruv utility-light attack helicopter crashed in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh on 25 July, killing all seven onboard, national media reported. Video footage of the immediate aftermath of the crash taken by Zee News showed that the helicopter had come down in a

  • Islamic State's move to consolidate control over Raqqa province will lead to broader confrontations with Syrian forces

    EVENT On 26 July, the 17 Division base in Raqqa, northern Syria, fell to the Islamic State, after it killed 85 Syrian soldiers, thereby consolidating its control over the province. The Islamic State has been in almost full control of Raqqa since March 2013 with only Tabaqa military airport and the

  • Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claim responsibility for attack in Egypt's Wadi al-Gadid

    IN A STATEMENT posted on its purported Twitter page on 22 July, Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for an attack which killed 21 security force personnel at a checkpoint in New Valley in Egypt's Wadi al-Gadid governorate on 19 July,Khaama Press reported.

  • NATO plans NASMDEF facility for soft-kill countermeasures assessment

    NATO has approved plans to acquire a new capability later this decade to evaluate the performance of 'soft-kill' countermeasures used to defend ships against anti-ship cruise missiles. The new system - to be known as the NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defensive Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF) - will form

  • OSINT Summary: Suspected Boko Haram militants launch attacks in Cameroon

    Four soldiers were killed and 13 missing after suspected Boko Haram militants clashed with army forces twice in the village of Bargaram in Cameroon's Far Northern region on 25 and 26 July. The following day, the wife of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali was kidnapped from the Ali residence in the town

  • Peru orders LAV-IIs as Canadian defence co-operation grows

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered 32 LAV-II 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from General Dynamics Land Systems in Canada (GDLS-C) under a USD67 million contract, according to the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). The LAV-IIs will replace the 16 Pegaso BMR-600 6x6 APCs

  • Raytheon signs LoI with Poland's TELDAT

    US defence company Raytheon has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Polish defence electronics firm TELDAT covering co-operation in Poland's air-defence programme and potential export markets, the company announced on 28 July. Poland's Armaments Inspectorate invited Raytheon in July to participate

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • RIMPAC 2014: US Pacific Fleet commander eyes Norway's naval strike missile capability

    Key Points USN to demonstrate Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile in live fire test on board USS Coronado The NSM test, planned for September 2014, will demonstrate the Littoral Combat Ship's potential to execute increased anti-surface warfare role The Norwegian Navy's successful firing of a new

  • RN Sea Kings depart Afghanistan

    The UK has pulled the Royal Navy's (RN's) Sea King ASaC.7 airborne surveillance and control (SKASaC) helicopter component out of Afghanistan after five years' operations in theatre. 854 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) formally lowered its ensign at Camp Bastion on 24 July. The Ministry of Defence has

  • Rockwell Collins divests military satellite communications business

    Rockwell Collins has completed the sale of its Datapath military ground-based satellite communications business, the company announced on 25 July. The completion of the sale followed an announcement made by the company on 22 July that a sale had been agreed. Neither the value of the deal nor the