• India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • New UN mission replaces MINUSTAH in Haiti

    The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) began on 16 October, replacing the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) that concluded the day before. Unlike its predecessor, MINUJUSTH does not have a military component and is comprised of up to seven formed police units (FPUs): 980

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • Russia expands Myanmar Mi-24P repair programme

    Russian Helicopters is to repair a small number of Mil Mi-24P/35P (‘Hind’) combat helicopters in Myanmar, as part of an initiative to support platforms in the country of operation instead of transporting the aircraft to Russia. The group said that it would send a team of technicians to

  • Security forces arrest a suspected would-be suicide bomber in Afghanistan's Kabul

    A SUSPECTED would-be suicide bomber was arrested by security forces during a counter-terrorism operation in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 14 October, BBC News reported. Reports added that the suspect reportedly drove a lorry containing 30 containers filled with ammonium nitrate and two improvised

  • Unidentified gunmen kill a police officer in Pakistan's Quetta

    A POLICE officer was killed and two other police officers and a child were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire targeting a police patrolling party on Faqeer Muhammad road in Pakistan's Quetta province on 13 October, Daily Dawn reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • VBIED attack kills at least 300 people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST 300 people - including four Red Cross workers and a journalist - were killed and at least 300 others were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) - described in reports as a truck bomb -detonated near the entrance of a hotel in Zoobe junction KM4 street in Hodan

  • Victory for Kyrgyz President's protégé likely to ensure policy continuity as peaceful election indicates improved social stability

    Event On 16 October 2017, Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission (CEC) announced the preliminary results from the 15 October presidential election. According to the CEC, former prime minister Sooronbay Zheenbekov won with 54.28% of the vote, and his main rival, oligarch-turned-politician Omurbek

  • ADEX 2017: IAI forms JV with Hankuk Carbon

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Hankuk Carbon have established a joint venture (JV to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in South Korea. The JV has been named Korea Aviation Technologies (KAT), and will focus on the development of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs for the

  • ADEX 2017: Leonardo, Hanwha Systems to work on avionics and mission systems

    Leonardo signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean firm Hanwha Systems at the ADEX exhibition on 17 October. Under the MOU, the two companies will work to develop avionics and mission systems for the Korean market, as well as export customers. The companies will initially focus

  • ADEX 2017: South Korea showcases unmanned solutions

    South Korean defence contractors have put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), as they look to showcase technologies and developments for a number of

  • Arms and Security 2017: Temp 3000 fireproof overalls save lives in Donbass

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the company Temp 3000 revealed that its new fireproof overalls have entered service with the Ukrainian armed forces and are well received. Povkh Yuri from Temp 3000 explained that prior to the 2014 conflict with Russia in the Donbass region of

  • FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

    FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the

  • KBR to acquire Australian firm Sigma Bravo

    US engineering services group KBR has entered an agreement to acquire Australian company Sigma Bravo Pty Ltd, a specialist in defence-related information and communications technologies (ICT), it was announced on 16 October. Details of the transaction were not revealed. Following the acquisition,

  • Philippines moves forward with Super Tucano procurement

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has confirmed to Jane ’ s that it is close to signing a contract with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer to procure the EMB 314 Super Tucano trainer/light attack platform to meet a Philippine Air Force (PAF) requirement for close-air support

  • Quintana Roo remains safer than other Mexican tourist hotspots despite increasing levels of criminal violence

    Key Points Murder rates are increasing substantially in Cancún and Playa del Carmen but remain much lower than other Mexican tourist resorts like Acapulco and Los Cabos. In Cancun, violence has tended to be away from the hotel zone and concentrated downtown. However, in Playa del Carmen,

  • DGA supports speedy acquisition of UAVs for urban operations

    The Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) Lab, the French procurement agency's innovation laboratory, is supporting the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales (COS), France's special operations command, acquire mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for fighting terrorists

  • Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 561 times in first half of FY 2017

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 561 times in the first half of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: a decrease of 5.6% compared with last year’s record-setting figure. The

  • Likely removal of Bangladesh chief justice risks wider confrontation between government and judiciary, and deteriorating relations with India

    Key Points The ruling Awami League (AL) party probably intends to force the chief justice’s resignation by pressing corruption allegations against him, and intimidating the Supreme Court into ceasing its criticism of the government. The forced resignation has the potential to trigger a

  • Spanish Hornet lost in crash

    The Spanish Air Force suffered its second fatal aircraft accident in five days on 17 October when a Boeing EF-18 Hornet crashed while taking off from Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base east of Madrid. The pilot, from Ala ('Wing') 12, failed to eject and died when the aircraft crashed within the