• Next NATO summit to shy away from new strategic concept, say officials

    Despite the ever-fluid security environment around them, the allies will not embrace a new strategic concept for NATO at their next summit in Brussels on 11-12 July 2018, although a working group could be tasked to review how to revise it, according to allied diplomats and officials. Nor is any

  • North Korean test complex for canister-launched missiles spotted near Kusong

    Recently analysed DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows that North Korea completed construction in early 2017 of a test complex for canister-launched missiles at its Riku-dong tracked vehicle test facility near the city of Kusong. Located in the country’s North Pyongan Province, the Riku-dong

  • Philippines’ Congress approves one-year martial law extension in Mindanao, frequent low-intensity skirmishes between army and insurgents likely

    Event On 13 December 2017, the Philippine Congress voted 240-27 in favour of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. In a letter to the Congress on 8 December 2017, Duterte explained that an extension was necessary to combat Islamist

  • Roadside IED attack kills a military colonel in Somalia's Puntland

    A MILITARY colonel - identified as Osman Abshir Omar, commander of a bomb disposal unit - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside, detonated as he attempted to defuse it on a road between Bosaso and the Galgala Hills in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region

  • Romania's judiciary amendments likely to be adopted, increasing corruption risk; mass protests to probably involve low-level violence

    Key Points The contentious draft legislation is likely to be adopted by 22 December. As a result, corruption risks in the public sector will probably grow. Mass protests are likely to continue, with increased likelihood of low-level violence between police and protesters, and superficial damage

  • Rostec and UAC – a company too far?

    Russian industrial conglomerate Rostec celebrated its 10th anniversary on 7 December, with the company recently expanding to take on a number of new firms. However, the brakes may soon be put on plans for further growth, as Alexander Zudin reports The champagne flowed, managers received awards, the

  • Saab signs research agreement with Singapore university

    Swedish defence technologies group Saab announced on 14 December that it had signed a five-year research collaboration agreement with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The signing of the agreement follows the announcement of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in October this

  • Saab to establish UAE production facility

    Swedish defence and security group Saab announced on 14 December that it was to establish a development and production facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to produce sensor systems. The facility will be based at the Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi, Saab said. The company added in a

  • SEWIP issues being addressed, IG says

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) appears to be back on track in developing the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) after earlier mismanagement delayed the effort and increased cost, a recently released Pentagon Inspector General (IG) report said. SEWIP is an incremental

  • Slovenia’s AREX sold to Czech private equity group

    Slovenian small arms and ammunition manufacturer Arex has been acquired by Prague-based private equity group RSBC; the latest example of regional defence industrial consolidation spearheaded by Czech financial organisations. The value of the Arex transaction has not been disclosed. Arex is a

  • Spanish sub Galerna set for major overhaul

    Spanish S 70-class submarine Galerna is to undergo a fifth major overhaul as the navy continues to maintain the boats to cover the long-delayed arrival of the new S 80s. Financing for the project was approved by the government on 8 December, with the EUR43.2 million (USD50.8 million) costs planned

  • Taiwan cancels MCMV contract with local shipbuilder

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has terminated a TWD35.85 billion (USD1.1 billion) contract previously awarded to local shipyard Ching Fu Shipbuilding Company to construct mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN). The MND said in a statement on 13

  • US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 14 December 2017

    Americas Argentina – 12 December 2017: Near the Obelisco, Buenos Aires, protesters vandalised shops and started fires during a protest against a WTO meeting taking place in the city. Brazil – 13 December 2017: In the Complexo do Maré favela, Rio de Janeiro, about 800 soldiers in

  • ‘Capability window’ component of European Defence Fund approved

    EU foreign ministers on 12 December approved the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), the so-called “capability window” of the European Commission’s European Defence Fund. It will have a launch budget of EUR500 million (USD590 million) for 2019-20 for pilot

  • IAI outlines Kfir developments for Colombia, Sri Lanka, ATAC

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has noted a number of developments for its Kfir fighter, including the conclusion of an upgrade programme for Colombia, plans to upgrade and return to service aircraft for Sri Lanka, and ongoing efforts to sell additional aircraft to a US ‘Red Air’

  • Canada to launch future fighter competition, acquire Australian Hornets

    Key Points A request for proposals for Canada's future fighter programme will be issued in early 2019 and first aircraft are to be delivered by 2025 Canada will also buy 18 F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Australia to address capability gaps The Canadian Government on 12 December formally launched

  • Draken acquires Cheetah fighters for ‘Red Air’ training

    Draken International has incorporated a number of newly acquired Denel Aviation (Atlas) Cheetah fighter aircraft into its fleet of ‘Aggressor’ platforms, the ‘Red Air’ trainer provider announced on 12 December. The Florida-based company has received 12 of the former South

  • Poland to upgrade T-72 tanks and Dana SPHs

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has begun a market analysis on the possible upgrade of the T-72M1/M1D tank. “We want to modernise the T-72,” Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki told the Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily on 8 December. “Upgrading a tank costs around PLN4

  • Turkish special forces receive loitering munitions

    Turkey’s special forces have received a first batch of loitering munitions, Jane's has learned at the Gulf Defence & Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait City. The two types of loitering munitions, both developed by the country’s STM, were delivered two months ago for training purposes.