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  • Russia likely to consider trade sanctions or cargo diversion against Latvia

    EVENT Latvian President Andris Berzins and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma issued a joint statement on 26 March condemning political attempts to incite tension between Latvians and the country's ethnic-Russian minority. On 6 March the Latvian government adopted a resolution condemning Russia's

  • Army forces air bombardments kill one anti-government militant in Syria's Al-Quneitra

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one anti-government militant was killed in army air strikes targeting militants on an unspecified location of Syria's Al-Quneitra governorate on 29 March. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cannot

  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

  • SOFEX Exhibition News

    IHS Jane's is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by SOFEX to produce the Official 2014 SOFEX Show Daily - the official news channel that is aimed and produced specifically for exhibitors and visitors to the show. Published in both Arabic and English, the SOFEX Show Daily is the official

  • ST Engineering invests in aerospace

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has injected funding into its aerospace business unit to support its planned expansion, the group announced on 28 March. ST Engineering said it would inject new equity of SGD216 million (USD171 million) into the capital of ST Aerospace, bringing

  • SOFEX 2014 Exhibitor List

    Exhibitor Name Country Name 01dB-Metravib France A.I.A.D & MOD Italy Italy Ada Cam Turkey ADS Group Limited UK Advanced Defense Systems, Inc. USA Aerospace Cluster Jordan Aeryon Labs Inc Canada Airborne Systems USA Airtec GmbH & Co KG Germany Al Defaiya Magazine Lebanon Al Jundi

  • Saab and Pilatus sign air trainer MoU

    Saab of Sweden has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pilatus to co-operate on the provision of the Swiss aircraft developer's PC-21 platform as the basis for a basic air training solution for the Swedish Air Force. Sweden has been considering a replacement for its

  • SOFEX 2014 - Schedule of events

    (Please note that this schedule is tentative) Monday - 5th May 2014 (Conference Day) 08:00 – 09:00 Conference Registration and Morning Coffee 09:00 – 09:10 Arrival of H.M. King Abdullah II (or a representative) Opening Remarks & Brief Welcome-- 09:10 – 09:20 Keynote Speech

  • Russian commits to 18% budget rise

    Russian government data has confirmed that the defence budget will increase by 18.4% in 2014 in line with previously announced plans. The increase means that military expenditure has now increased by 92.3% since 2010 in nominal terms. Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury on 25 March

  • Decline in political stability expected following Afghan presidential contest as unifying victor unlikely

    Key Points Presidential elections will be held in Afghanistan on 5 April. President Hamid Karzai's term bar means that there will be a new president for the first time since the United States-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, who will oversee the end of the international mission in the country.

  • Pentagon 2015 budget: Under fiscal strain, USAF justifies fleet retirements

    Key Points The USAF wants to purchase new platforms in order to stay ahead of adversaries' increasing technological sophistication At least two entire fleets, A-10s and U-2s, would be retired in the next five years under the USAF plan The US Air Force (USAF) is defending plans to retire entire

  • Spending spree: IHS' Second Balance of Trade Report 2014

    The second annual IHS Balance of Trade report has revealed that 2013 was another strong growth year for defence trade. Traditional markets expanded by USD2 billion to USD67 billion, while some emerging markets are starting to impact on the structure of the global market, according to the 2014

  • Burkinabé president's re-election bid likely to continue despite allied party opposition, increasing risks of violent protest

    EVENT The main allied party of the Burkinabé ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès: CDP) announced after its annual conference that it is totally opposed to a referendum on removing presidential term limits. The Alliance for

  • Nexter reports profits, orders down in 2013

    France's Nexter Systems announced its 2013 annual earnings on 18 March, revealing a decline from 2012 in orders and net profit. Orders for the group totalled EUR612 million (USD852 million), down from 2012's EUR862 million, with contracts for 37 CAESAR mobile artillery systems and France's

  • Boeing and Karem named as latest VTOL X-Plane contenders

    Boeing and Karem have been officially added to the list of companies awarded contracts under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-Plane programme, the agency announced on 18 March. The companies join Aurora Flight Sciences, and Sikorsky in

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Ukraine futures: borders, boundaries and sovereignty challenges

    Putin's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and his attempt to annex Crimea is another stark reminder that the dimensions of the international system are not static and nor are they accepted by all for all time. Borders, boundaries and maps change and, more importantly for security and intelligence

  • OSINT Summary: Al-Shabaab leader releases statement in response to Somali offensive

    On 9 March, an audio statement from the emir of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Abdi Aw Muhammad Godane (alias Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr), was posted on Somali jihadist websites. The broad theme of the message was a response to the seeming beginning of the

  • Ukraine futures: time for a NATO reboot

    Putin's foray into Ukraine has highlighted NATO's inability to deter and dissuade provocative activity on its borders and has raised fundamental questions about the Alliance's current and future role. For 20 years, NATO and the European Union have sought to take advantage of post-Soviet Russian

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