• Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

  • Australia reasserts confidence in US lead in Asia Pacific, but with an eye on China

    Australia’s first foreign policy White Paper in 14 years has confirmed Canberra’s belief that the United States will for the foreseeable future retain its significant global lead in military and soft power, but warns of China’s increasing capabilities and influence in the

  • Deadliest Nigerian attack since 2015 underlines Boko Haram faction’s focus on causing mass casualties through suicide bombings

    Event At least 50 people were killed and 38 wounded when a suicide bomber self-detonated at a mosque during morning prayers in Mubi in Adamawa State on 21 November. No group has yet claimed responsibility, although Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya – formerly known as Boko Haram prior to its

  • Navantia and Bath Iron Works team to meet USN FFG(X) requirement

    Navantia of Spain has teamed with US shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to offer a joint solution to the US Navy’s (USN) future guided missile frigate requirement (FFG[X]). The alliance was announced on 23 November. “We are delighted to collaborate with Bath Iron Works on the

  • Oman inaugurates Pars vehicles

    The Omani Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 21 November that the FNSS 8x8 Pars armoured vehicle has been inaugurated into service in an event attended by army command Major General Mattar bin Salim al-Balushi. The MoD said the Pars was ordered in 2015 after it was selected from a group of

  • Ratko Mladic's life sentence likely to trigger protests in Serbia, Bosnia; minor property, vehicle damage probable

    Event On 22 November 2017, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sentenced Ratko Mladic, former Commander in the Bosnian Serb Army, to life in prison. Mladic was convicted of genocide, persecution, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or

  • Submarine emergency exposes Argentina’s serviceability limitations

    The search procedures triggered by the disappearance of the Argentine TR 1700-class submarine ARA San Juan , which went missing on 15 November, have revealed that several air and maritime platforms in Argentina’s inventory are currently out of service, with hollowed-out budgets leading to a

  • Airbus promotes Helibras president

    Airbus has announced the appointment of the president of its Brazilian subsidiary Helibras as the head of all of the country’s operations in Brazil. The promotion of Richard Marelli was announced on 23 November. Marelli will report to Alberto Robles, who is the head of Airbus activities in

  • Australian parliamentarians’ resignation over dual citizenship causes government to cancel sitting week, royal commission into banking increasingly likely

    Event Four more Australian parliamentarians have resigned over dual citizenship during the past two weeks, bringing the number of resignations to nine since July. From the ruling Liberal party, Senator Stephen Parry resigned on 1 November and Representative John Alexander announced his resignation

  • B-52 bomb-bay upgrade declared ready for combat

    An upgrade that enables the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber to carry smart weapons internally has been declared ready for combat by the US Air Force (USAF). The USAF announced on 20 November that the first upgraded Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) has now been transported from Barksdale Air

  • BAE Systems proposes ‘unprecedented’ technology transfer for Australia

    BAE Systems said on 23 November that it has teamed with the UK government in offering to provide Australia with 5,000 ‘work years’ of technical design capability if the company is successful in its bid to supply the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with next-generation frigates. BAE Systems

  • Deteriorating Belarus–Ukraine relations risk triggering regulatory restrictions and cargo disruption affecting bilateral trade

    Event On 20 November 2017 the Belarusian security service (Kamitet Dziarzhaunay Byaspeki; KDB) confirmed that it had detained Pavlo Sharoiko, a Ukrianian journalist. Sharoiko’s employer, Ukrayinske Radio in Kiev, said he had been detained by the Belarusian KDB in Minsk on 25 October after

  • DoD awards first Saudi LCS contract

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced the first contract related to Saudi Arabia’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme on 22 November. Awarded to Lockheed Martin, the USD22.7 million contract covers “services in support of foreign military sales” of the LCS to Saudi

  • India to commission ocean surveillance ship in 2018

    India is set to commission its indigenously designed, missile-tracking ocean surveillance ship (OSS) in 2018 to support the country’s classified strategic weapon and ballistic missile defence (BMD) programmes, official sources have told Jane’s . Designated VC11184 after the yard in the

  • Interview: Jayant Patil, senior executive vice-president for defence, Larsen & Toubro

    Key Points Larsen & Toubro is pursuing major contracts through the Indian government’s new Strategic Partner policy Company sees opportunities to build submarines and armoured vehicles in partnership with foreign manufacturers Larsen & Toubro (L&T) – one of India’s

  • Israeli defence minister requests more money to counter new threats

    Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has requested a significant unplanned increase to the defence budget, citing dramatic changes in the region, including the Russian military presence in Syria and the proliferation of guided weaponry. The 20 November request is a departure from the

  • Poland seeks surveillance systems

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) has issued two documents inviting industry to start a technical dialogue for two separate systems that would expand the current observation capabilities of the nation’s armed forces. A document published on 30 October is for an onshore

  • Saudi warships seen at Assab

    Vessels from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Gulf-based Eastern Fleet have been seen in the Red Sea port of Eritrea for the first time, satellite imagery has confirmed. Two Badr-class corvettes and an Al-Jawf (Sandown)-class mine countermeasures vessel were present at Assab on 15

  • Security alerts 24 November-1 December

    Americas Canada WATCH FOR: Far-right protests and counter-protests in Quebec City on 25 November, posing collateral injury and property damage risks Risk analysis: A far-right protest has been organised by nationalist groups Storm Alliance and La Meute for 25 November outside the National

  • Suicide attack kills at least 50 people in Nigeria's Adamawa

    AT LEAST 50 people were killed and at least 38 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives at a mosque during morning prayers in Mubi in Nigeria's Adamawa state on 21 November, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Wilayat Gharb