• Peruvian Army receives RMMV trucks

    The Peruvian Army's 1st Cavalry Brigade received 10 new Rheinmetall Man Military Vehicles (RMMV) on 14 January. Peru has acquired 338 4x4 utility vehicles that can transport 5-10 tonnes of cargo, which are destined for the army and navy. IHS Jane's reported on 25 August that a first batch of 63

  • Public security negligence and budget constraints likely to undermine fight against criminality in Brazil throughout 2017

    Key Points The prison riots reflect the strengthening of drug-trafficking gangs, which are likely to escalate fighting over control of smuggling routes and distribution networks. The government's ability to counter the threat would be severely constrained by a lack of budget resources for public

  • Relaxation of Russian sanctions in 2017 likely tied to reaching bilateral agreements on nuclear armaments and counter-terrorism

    EVENT On 13 January 2017 US president Barack Obama signed an executive decree extending all US sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and military involvement in eastern Ukraine by another year to March 2018. These include a series of economic sanctions targeting individual Russian

  • Defence cuts reversed in Brazil's 2017 state budget

    Brazil's 2017 budget law published on 11 January, revealing a total defence allocation of BRL94.8 billion (USD29.7 billion), was a real-terms rise of 12.2% from 2016. Overall state spending was set at BRL3.5 trillion, making defence spending 2.7% of the total. The legislation, which had been

  • Lockheed Martin to demonstrate M28 for Brazilian Army

    Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky will demonstrate its affiliate PZL Mielec M28 short take-off and landing (STOL) twin-turboprop transport aircraft in Brazil as part of a two-month tour across Caribbean and Latin American countries. A looming Brazilian Army effort to acquire fixed-wing aircraft could have

  • South Korea details extent of US imports

    South Korea has imported military equipment from the United States worth an average of about USD3 billion a year over the past decade, according to Ministry of National Defense (MND) statistics published by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The total value of imports in the 10 years until October

  • Surface Navy 2017: Autonomy, power, sensors key to unmanned advances

    The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said advances in autonomy, power, and sensors would be key for growing the breadth of naval unmanned technology. "If you look across the USN and the mission areas that the navy needs to do, [unmanned] systems that we are delivering are

  • Surface Navy 2017: Coyote earmarked for ISR and offensive roles

    The US Air Force and US Army are actively pursuing the development of the Coyote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) asset, as well as for delivering kinetic payloads, according to the platform's manufacturer, Raytheon. While Coyote continues to

  • Surface Navy 2017: Vice Adm Pandolfe warns of conflict's changing dimensions

    Key Points Integrated and layered capabilities pose growing challenges in the normative, physical, virtual, and temporal dimensions of conflict To adapt to these changes the USN will have to expand fleet numbers and invest in advanced warfighting capabilities Major changes in the normative,

  • China, Russia reportedly agree on 'countermeasures' against THAAD

    China and Russia have agreed to adopt "further countermeasures" in response to Washington and Seoul's plans to deploy the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, officials from both countries were quoted by China's state-owned Xinhua news agency as

  • Europe can no longer rely on US for security, Merkel warns

    Key Points The German chancellor has urged Europe to take responsibility for its own defence and security The United States may not always be there to protect Europe, she warned Europe must boost its own security because there is "no guarantee" the US will be there forever to protect

  • Nammo completes acquisition of US ammunition manufacturer

    Ammunition specialist Nammo, owned jointly by the Norwegian government and Finland's Patria, has completed its acquisition of US hunting and tactical bullet supplier Berger Bullets, following the approval of US authorities. Berger Bullets, based in California, now forms part of Nammo's Commercial

  • US president-elect outlines conflict-of-interest plan amid Russian connection allegations, indicating intelligence agency fallout

    EVENT In a press conference on 11 January, US president-elect Donald Trump outlined measures he planned to take to avoid conflicts of interest in his business dealings. Under the plan, Trump's business assets would be placed in a trust to be run by his sons with "severe restrictions"

  • Surface Navy 2017: SecNav calls for green fleet upgrades, warns of climate change risks to USN

    Key Points Navy secretary Ray Mabus underlined need for biofuels and other alternative ship fuel use SecNav described how climate change will affect the USN US Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) Ray Mabus has called for the use of alternative energy and biofuels in naval platforms, and also warned of

  • Japan, US to sign pact limiting military base workers' immunity

    Tokyo and Washington have agreed to sign an agreement that would narrow the scope of legal immunity granted to US military base workers in Japan, Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida was quoted by Kyodo news agency as saying on 13 January. The pact is set to supplement the US-Japan status of

  • Local opposition to increased toll charges elevates risk of disruptive roadblocks and property damage on Peru's highways

    EVENT On 5 January, locals from the Puente Piedra district of Lima Province began a week-long protest against fees charged by road operator Peruvian Rutas de Lima. Although an increase in toll charges was approved in August for three tranches south of the Pan American highway and one tranche

  • Mattis: Russia, China, Iran are key military challenges, suggests new strategies

    Key Points Mattis differed from Trump on NATO's importance and Russia's status as an adversary, but supported the president-elect's desire to engage with Moscow The nominee supports nuclear modernisation plans, although indicated skepticism for a new nuclear-capable cruise He suggested a number

  • Surface Navy 2017: AAI awarded SOCOM contract for Aerosonde small UAS

    US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded Maryland-based AAI Corporation a contract to supply mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services. The contract, issued on 9 January, is for Aerosonde small UAS services, a

  • US Navy declares IOC for ALMDS airborne counter-mine system

    The US Navy (USN) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), manufacturer Northrop Grumman announced on 12 January. The milestone for the ALMDS comes under two-and-a-half years after operations with the helicopter-based system

  • US Navy plans for Ford delivery in April

    The US Navy (USN) is expecting delivery of its new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the future USS Ford (CVN 78), in April, depending on the outcome of trials. "We have updated the ship's schedule to reflect builder's sea trials in March 2017, acceptance trials in April 2017, and delivery in