• Suspension of recall referendum increases destabilising protest risks in Venezuela, military to assume hard line against opposition

    EVENT The opposition-controlled National Assembly passed a resolution on 23 October declaring the government of President Nicolás Maduro in violation of the country's constitution, while accusing him of leading a coup against the state. The resolution was passed in rejection of the 20 October

  • US Cyber Command's DCOM outlines emerging threat environment

    The effects of operations in cyberspace across '21st Century Warfare' is forcing militaries to rapidly develop concepts of operation and command structures to deal with emerging requirements, a senior US commander has announced. Addressing the Second International Cyber Symposium in London,

  • USN buys additional GAJT antennas from NovAtel

    NovAtel will provide additional GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) systems to the US Naval Observatory (USNO) to satisfy a requirement for a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The order brings the number of

  • USN to deploy F-35-capable amphibious assault ship in Japan

    Key Points The US Navy will dispatch an amphibious assault ship to Japan that can embark the F-35B aircraft The platform is expected to deploy with a squadron of 16 F-35Bs The US Navy (USN) announced on 24 October that it will deploy its lead Wasp-class amphibious assault ship to Sasebo, Japan to

  • US destroyer sails near disputed Paracel Islands

    The US Navy (USN) launched another freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed areas of the South China Sea (SCS) on 21 October, US officials confirmed. USS Decatur (DDG 73), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed near Chinese-controlled Triton and Woody Islands in the

  • Costa Rica receives Chinese Harbin Y-12s

    The Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service (SVA) has received two new Harbin Aircraft Industries Group (HAIG) Y-12E Harbinger twin-turboprop light transport aircraft. The aircraft were both donated by China after an October 2015 order and officially accepted by a Costa Rican delegation at HAIG's

  • Ecuadorian Air Force selling its remaining Dhruv helicopters

    The Ecuadorian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) three remaining HAL Dhruv helicopters are for sale, Minister of Defence Ricardo Patiño announced on 20 October. Seven of the light utility twin-engine helicopters were purchased new in 2008 for USD45 million, and were the first of

  • Rockwell to buy B/E Aerospace

    Rockwell Collins has reached a deal to buy B/E Aerospace for USD8.3 billion, the company announced on 23 October. Rockwell will pay USD6.4 billion in cash and stock as well as assuming USD1.9 billion in debt as part of the deal. B/E Aerospace is largely focused on the commercial aviation market,

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • SES develops low-cost persistent SATCOM and ISR capability

    Global satellite communications (SATCOM) provider SES is using small aerostats to provide an affordable way to establish and maintain SATCOM and a persistent surveillance capability. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS) not only provides cost-effective enhanced situational awareness but it can be

  • Textron reports rising Q3 revenue

    US defence and aviation group Textron reported its third quarter results for 2016 on 20 October. The company generated USD3.3 billion of revenue in the quarter, up 2.2% year-on-year, but profits were slightly lower than the same period in 2015 at USD310 million. Textron aviation, which includes

  • Hurricane relief in Haiti winds down as UN extends MINUSTAH mandate

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 13 October renewed the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate for six months, ending on 15 April 2017. MINUSTAH will maintain its current authorised troop strength of up to 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, according to UNSC

  • US Army's new Apache scout squads add capability, but also complexity

    Key Points Apaches teamed with UASs add capabilities to the scout mission, but force packages take far longer to deploy The ARI is replacing OH-58 squadrons with HARS The US Army is to soon retire its last Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed aerial scout squadron, which under the Aviation

  • Xponential 2016: NAVAIR wants 'mission-level' autonomy for unmanned platforms

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is seeking to shift from operating unmanned systems to 'managing' them as autonomous technology advances, Steve Kracinovich, director of NAVAIR's Autonomous Systems Initiative, said during a 4 May address at AUVSI's annual Xponential conference in New Orleans,

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Though under protest, USD735 million requested for JLTV

    The US Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) would receive USD735.4 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request. JLTV should be kicking off with contractor Oshkosh Defense entering low-rate initial production (LRIP) - scheduled to begin in the first quarter of FY 2016 - but a bid

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 February 2016

    Americas Brazil - 29 January 2016: In São Paulo, 300 taxi drivers protesting against rival Uber drivers allegedly injured an unspecified number of them, vandalising their cars. Chile - 29 January 2016: Six Mapuche communities urged the government to cancel the environmental permit given to

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • Top 10 risks in 2016

    EVENT The IHS Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting Team (CRAFT) team watches, assesses, and forecasts the level and specific nature of violent risks across the globe. In this report we explore 10 of the major risk environments of 2016 together with their likely impact and key indicators, which we