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  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • L-3 Communications buys big data firm Data Tactics

    L-3 Communications has acquired Data Tactics Corporation, a US supplier of big data analytics and cloud computing services to the US Department of Defense. The transaction - terms of which were not disclosed - was announced on 5 March. Data Tactics will be renamed L-3 Data Tactics, following a

  • Risk of violence in Ukraine will rise substantially around Crimean referendum

    EVENT The local parliament in the Ukrainian region of Crimea today (6 March) voted to schedule a previously proposed referendum on 16 March to decide whether the autonomous republic should be integrated into the Russian Federation. The peninsula's residents will be asked whether they favour

  • US considering procurement agreement with Slovenia

    The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering liberalising procurement regulations with Slovenia as part of a Reciprocal Defence Procurement (RDP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The DoD is currently in the process of soliciting feedback on industry's experience of dealing with

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Ukraine vs Russian land forces

    Russia's military capabilities, as illustrated by this comparison of respective land forces, are significantly larger and more capable than Ukraine's.

  • Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

    EVENT Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak. Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

    EVENT On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media. Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that

  • IHS Balance of Trade Report 2014

    2013 was another strong growth year for defence trade. Traditional markets expanded by USD2 billion to USD67 billion, while some emerging markets started to impact on the structure of the global market. Furthermore, trade patterns are fundamentally changing for the dominant players; for instance,

  • Unbowed and unbroken - Somalia's Al-Shabaab emerges seemingly unscathed following internal purge

    Key Points The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013. In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group. Al-Shabaab

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Luxembourg passes operational milestone in support of EU anti-piracy mission

    The Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta', it was announced on 16 February. The MPRA Detachment's Swearingen SW3C Merlin maritime surveillance aircraft

  • Russian naval pilot training facility nears completion

    Russia is making solid progress on the construction of its new naval aviation training facility at Yeysk Airbase in the country's Southern Military District, satellite imagery analysis reveals. Work on creating the new carrier-based naval aviation training complex at Yeysk is scheduled to be

  • Ukraine amends defence procurement policy

    Ukraine's state-owned military industries are to be exempted from the need to competitively tender for government work following a change to the country's procurement law, approved by the Ukrainian government on 12 February. In a statement issued on 14 February Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned

  • Move of legislature to Equatorial Guinea's largest city increases risk of crime and police violence

    EVENT Equatorial Guinea has started relocating the executive from the capital Malabo to the country's largest mainland city, Bata, to promote the economic and social development of the Litoral region, government spokesperson Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba announced on 12 February. The planned relocation

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

  • Singapore Airshow 2014: AgustaWestland secures another Philippine AW109 contract

    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has secured an order from the Philippine Navy (PN) for two more AW109 maritime helicopters, continuing the company's recent success in the market. Announced at the Singapore Airshow on 12 February, the contract brings the PN's AW109 orders up to five aircraft

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