• Security Alerts 21-28 October

    Americas Colombia WATCH FOR: Large street demonstrations objecting to peace deal with the FARC causing traffic disruption in Bogotá on 29 October Risk analysis: Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in Bogotá and other regional capitals during demonstrations on 29

  • Security forces kill nine militants in Afghanistan's Paktika

    NINE militants were killed and ammunition was seized by security forces near Barmal in Afghanistan's Paktika province on 25 September, Afghan Islamic Press news agency reported. One suicide vest, one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), three AK-series assault rifles, and a quantity of

  • Seoul 'rejected' plan for Japan to take part in aerial show of force

    Seoul has refused to allow Japanese fighters to fly over South Korea with US and South Korean aircraft in a show of strength following North Korea's fifth nuclear test on 9 September, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported on 18 October. The request from Washington was rejected by Seoul due to public

  • South Korea may lease satellite to monitor North's military

    South Korea is examining the possibility of leasing a reconnaissance satellite to monitor the activities of the North Korean military, Yonhap news agency quoted officials of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) as saying on 18 October. Seoul relies heavily on US reconnaissance satellites. South

  • Taliban sustain heavy casualties in western and southern Afghanistan

    Dozens of Taliban militants have been killed as a result of airstrikes and ground operations by US and Afghan forces in southern and western Afghanistan. "We can confirm that on 17 October US forces conducted multiple airstrikes in Farah district, Farah Province, and four airstrikes in Bakwa

  • Euronaval 2016: Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard orders Scanter 6000 radars

    Key Points The five KPLP patrol boats receiving Scanter 6000 are KN Trisula , KN Kalimasadha , KN Kalawai , KN Chundamani , and KN Gandiwa Scanter 6000 system is being integrated with the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Vision Master ARPA display system Danish systems and sensors house Terma has

  • Euronaval 2016: NATO must think differently about risks today, says alliance maritime commander

    Key Points NATO faces new range of conceptual and geographic threats Alliance member states must think differently about how to address such threats NATO faces a new range of threats today, in both geographic and conceptual contexts, and needs to learn to think differently in terms of how to

  • Hanwha Group restructures defence activities following acquisitions

    South Korea's Hanwha group, which has made several high-profile defence acquisitions over the past year or so, has announced a restructure to optimise industrial efficiencies. The Seoul-headquartered corporation said in a filing to the Korean Exchange on 17 October that the reorganisation is

  • IAF to set up 21 highway airstrips

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has earmarked 21 highways across India for use as airstrips by its aircraft for 'operational contingencies' and disaster relief operations. To support such operations officials from the defence and federal highway ministries plan to construct new roads and upgrade

  • IED attack kills a DPR commander in Ukraine's Donetsk

    A SENIOR Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) commander, identified as Russian national Arseny Pavlov (alias Motorola), was killed alongside his security guard in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack inside the lift of his residential building in Donetsk in Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast on 16 October,

  • IED attack kills at least one child in Pakistan's Karachi

    AT LEAST one child was killed and an unspecified number of other people - described in media reports as dozens - were wounded when two men, driving a motorcycle, threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at people outside a Shia Muslim mosque in Liaquatabad district of Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh

  • Indian Navy seeks seven Next Generation Corvettes

    The Indian Navy's (IN's) Directorate of Ship Production issued a request for information (RfI) in early October for seven Next Generation Corvettes (NGCs) that would be built at Indian shipyards and enter service from 2023 onwards. The 120 m-long multi-role corvettes must be mono-hulls and include

  • Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi partner to bid for Japan's F-2 replacement programme

    Lockheed Martin has joined forces with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in responding to the Japanese government's request for information (RFI) to support its programme to procure a next-generation fighter aircraft. A Lockheed Martin spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 18 October that the two

  • Neo-Nazi group claims killing DPR commander in Ukraine's Donetsk

    IN A VIDEO posted online on 16 October, four men, allegedly belonging to a pro-Ukrainian neo-Nazi group, claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) commander, identified as Russian national Arseny Pavlov (alias Motorola), alongside his security guard in an

  • OSCE warns on enduring Ukraine conflict

    Each side in the conflict for control of eastern Ukraine has "equally sophisticated" military supply lines, says a ranking observer in the region from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The capability means either side can "quickly turn on or off"

  • Boeing secures Australian P-8A support deal

    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has signed a contract with the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to provide support to the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. The DoD said on 17 October that the contract will run for four years and will

  • China confirms plans to export eight submarines to Pakistan

    The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has confirmed a project to export eight attack submarines to the Pakistan Navy (PN). The corporation held a conference to discuss the details of the arrangement, the People's Daily Online news site reported on 16 October quoting China Shipbuilding Online.

  • China strengthens military trade ties with Cambodia and Sri Lanka

    China has strengthened military ties with Cambodia and Sri Lanka with a view to expanding its defence supplier status in the two countries and support Beijing's wider effort to consolidate its influence across the Asia-Pacific. During recent and separate talks in Beijing between senior Chinese

  • China to deploy guided-missile frigate at New Zealand naval review

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will dispatch a warship to an international naval review that will be hosted by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in November 2016. The naval review will be conducted at Waitemata Harbour in Auckland as part of celebrations to mark the RNZN's 75th

  • China's first nuclear-powered submarine decommissioned

    China's first nuclear-powered submarine has been decommissioned after more than 40 years of service, Xinhua news agency quoted naval authorities as saying on 16 October. Following a denuclearisation process the submarine was towed to a wharf belonging to the Qingdao Naval Museum, where it will