• Separatist re-escalation in Donetsk region likely part of Russian strategy to achieve change of government in Ukraine

    EVENT On 18 December 2016 an army spokesperson reported that pro-Russian separatist militias had attempted to encircle Ukrainian army positions in the salient near Svitlodarsk, Donetsk region. According to the spokesperson, five soldiers were killed and six wounded; this was the largest number of

  • South Korea's indigenous Cheongung SAM to enter service in 2017, says report

    South Korea plans to deploy its indigenous Cheongung ('Firmament/Celestial') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM) systems from 2017, the Arirang TV network reported on 19 December. Government sources told the media outlet that the military initially planned to have the missiles ready

  • Unidentified militants kill a local radio station director in Afghanistan's Logar

    THE director of a local radio station was shot dead by unidentified militants in the Katab Khelo area of Mohammed Agha district in Afghanistan's Logar province late on 15 December, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No immediate claim of responsibility was made.

  • US Pacific Command confirms China seized Slocum G2 AUV

    The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) seized by a Chinese naval vessel on 16 December was a Teledyne-Webb Slocum G2 glider, which are used for oceanographic research with significant military applications. Lieutenant Commander Matt Knight, a US Pacific Command (USPACOM) spokesperson, confirmed

  • Diehl develops air-to-surface capability for IRIS-T AAM

    Key Points Upgraded software insertion is the only requirement for the IRIS-T air-to-surface solution No further air-to-surface trials currently planned with F-16 or other platforms The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has tested a new air-to-surface capability developed by Diehl BGT Defence for

  • Australia declares IOC for C-27J fleet

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for its fleet of Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft. The announcement by the Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, on 16 December that IOC has now been declared marks a major milestone in Australia's

  • Australian Defence Apparel acquires tactical accessories supplier

    Military uniform manufacturer Australian Defence Apparel has completed the acquisition of LE Gear, a supplier of tactical equipment including weapon scopes, shields, knives, and personal protective equipment, the company announced on 14 December. LE Gear, which is also based in Australia, has been

  • EU leaders approve new agreement with Ukraine

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels on 15 December reached agreement on establishing closer trade and political ties with Ukraine after incorporating demands from the Netherlands that the deal does not include military or financial aid. The so-called 'association agreement' also specifically includes a

  • IED attack wounds a former village head in India's Chhattisgarh

    A FORMER local self-government head was wounded during an improvised explosive device (IED) attack - described in media reports as a pressure bomb - by Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M) militants on a road between Dornapal and Polampalli in Sukma district in India's Chhattisgarh state on 3

  • India secures around USD1 million in defence FDI in three years

    India has attracted less than USD1 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence sector over the past three fiscal years, India's defence minister Manohar Parrikar has disclosed. In a recent parliamentary reply, Parrikar said that since fiscal year 2013/14 India's defence sector has

  • Indian Army seeks new sniper rifle

    The Indian Army's Infantry Directorate has published a request for information (RFI) for a new sniper rifle. The service plans to acquire 5,000 bolt-action sniper rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, with a requirement for the rifle to be capable of operation in environments to include high

  • Myanmar commissions transport aircraft, helos

    The Myanmar Air Defence Force (Tatmadaw Lay) commissioned four Airbus Helicopters H120 (formerly designated EC120 B) Colibri helicopters and four Beechcraft 1900D utility transport aircraft in a ceremony to mark the service's 69th anniversary at Meiktila Air Base on 15 December, according to a

  • NSCN-K claims responsibility for ambush attack in India's Arunachal Pradesh

    IN A PRESS STATEMENT on 4 December, National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K) militants claimed responsibility for an attack on an Assam Rifles convoy killing two personnel and wounding eight others in the village of Nginu in Tirap district in India's Arunachal Pradesh state on 3

  • PREPAK claims responsibility for grenade attack in India's Manipur

    IN A STATEMENT on 2 December, People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) claimed responsibility for emplacing a hand grenade at the residential gate of a civilian in Nepra Menjor Leikai in Sagolband in Imphal West district on 1 December, The sangai Express reported.

  • PREPAK militants emplace a hand grenade in India's Manipur

    A HAND grenade was emplaced by People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) militants at the residential gate of a civilian in Nepra Menjor Leikai in Sagolband in Imphal West district on 1 December, The Sangai Express reported. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on 2 December.

  • South Korea's Hanwha secures Polish K9 export

    South Korean firm Hanwha Techwin has secured a KRW280 billion (USD263 million) contract from Poland to supply its K9 Thunder 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled tracked howitzer, the company has announced. In a filing to the Korean Exchange on 15 December, Hanwha Techwin said the deal features the

  • Uncertainty around US defence pact, exacerbated by presidential election results, likely to accelerate South Korea's development of defence capabilities

    EVENT Minister of Defence Han Min-koo said on 14 December that South Korea would deploy more Taurus KEPD land-attack cruise missiles and develop its own long-range air-to-surface missiles. According to national media, the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) plans to invest KRW810

  • US rules out mechanical failure in Osprey crash off Okinawa

    The crash-landing of a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft off the coast of Okinawa on 13 December was not the result of mechanical failure, the Jiji Press news agency quoted US Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Japan, as

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 16 December 2016

    Americas Chile - 15 December 2016: In Alto Bío Bío, Bío Bío region, a group of masked people set fire to a rural property. Colombia - 15 December 2016: Venezuela extended its closure of the border with Colombia for 72 additional hours, citing the need to fight smuggling.

  • China to receive first batch of Su-35s from Russia by end of 2016, says report

    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is set to receive the first four of 24 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighters before the end of 2016, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 14 December. "The first four Sukhoi Su-35s are to fly over to China by 25