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  • Security for foreign firms in Colombia's capital likely to continue improving, but extortion and robbery risks persist

    Key Points Recent security deployments in Bogotá signal the current government's ongoing commitment to reducing violent crime and improving overall security risks in the Colombian capital. Overall, security in Bogotá has drastically improved over the past 10 years, and homicides have

  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes

  • Sikorsky demonstrates optionally piloted Black Hawk

    Sikorsky has conducted the first flight of its Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) helicopter during a demonstration at its West Palm Beach facility in Florida, the company announced on 21 April. The flight took place at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center on 11 March and saw the OPBH demonstrate autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable ground control station (GCS). This demonstration was an important milestone in the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial

  • PLA may finally receive Russian S-400 SAMs

    Key Points Moscow has finally approved the export of the S-400 air defence system to China, according to high-level Russian sources The delivery schedule for the systems could be an issue Officials in the Russian defence industry also remain concerned that China will reverse-engineer the S-400

  • Election 2014: Algerian protest risks will remain high beyond presidential poll

    Key Points The cancellation shows the degree of hostility faced by Bouteflika's campaign in some areas of Algeria, particularly those with Berber populations. The 17 April 2014 election and Bouteflika's probable victory are unlikely to mark the end of such protests, especially in the Kabylie

  • Hungarian ruling alliance looks to retain constitutional majority, signalling continuing policy direction

    Key Points The ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition of Prime Minister Viktor Orban won the 6 April parliamentary election and is set for another stable four-year term in power. Fidesz-KDNP's strong parliamentary majority signals another period of uncertainty and unpredictable policies for foreign

  • 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

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