• EU ministers condemn Russian, Syrian actions in Aleppo

    The EU condemned the Syrian government, Russia, and terrorists groups for the siege of Aleppo, saying war crimes are apparent. Meeting in Luxembourg on 17 October, EU foreign ministers said there has been "deliberate targeting" of hospitals, medical personnel, schools and other civil

  • Former Polish president says failed helicopter deal supposed to 'make up' for Mistrals

    Poland's former president told a local radio station that a deal with Airbus to procure roughly 50 helicopters had been a "gentleman's agreement" in an effort to make up for France being pushed to abandon its deal to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, according to a report from

  • Freire shipyard launches 111 m training ship for Indonesian Navy

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy's new training ship has been launched Vessel is currently on track to be delivered in 2017 Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire has launched a 111 m training ship on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or

  • South Korea to advance deployment of 'three pillar' defence system

    South Korea is to bring forward the deployment of its 'three pillars' of national defence by two to three years to protect the nation from threats posed by North Korea, officials of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a press briefing in Seoul on 18 October. The three-pronged strategy

  • South Korea to relocate military airfields to aid local economies

    The South Korean government is to close three military airfields and build new facilities to stimulate local economies, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in an 18 October press release. Airfields in Daegu, Gwangju, and Suwon will be closed over the coming decade, with new bases to be

  • UPDATE: PLAN invests in new training ships

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appears to be investing in new training capability, according to images posted online. The PLAN's website has published details of a three-masted sail training ship in build; work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. The 85 m ship will

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 18 October 2016

    Americas Argentina - 17 October 2016: Workers' confederation CGT's head, Hector Daer, said that workers would press for the reopening of salary increase talks if the government refuses to offer year-end bonuses. Colombia - 16 October 2016: In San Martín, Cesar, locals held a pot-banging

  • First Independence variant LCS arrives in Singapore for rotational deployment with Harpoon missile fit

    The US Navy's (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) arrived at Singapore's Changi Naval Base on 16 October to commence its maiden deployment to the Asia Pacific, bringing on board a range of new capabilities to enhance USN operations in the region. The occasion also marked the inaugural

  • Russian carrier sails for the Mediterranean

    Russia's only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , and a supporting naval task group has set sail for the Mediterranean, state-owned news agency TASS has reported. "The group consists of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov , the battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy , large

  • Russia's Pantsyr-SM air defence system ready in two years

    Russia will begin production of a new version of its Pantsyr (SA-22 'Greyhound') self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and missile (SPAAGM) system in about 2018, Vladimir Popov, director general the Shcheglovsky Val Company (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Systems Corporation), told journalists during

  • DPR field commander's killing indicates internal instability, likely pretext for escalation in eastern Ukraine

    EVENT On 16 October 2016 in central Donetsk, a prominent field commander of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Arseniy Pavlov, better known by his alias 'Motorola', was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the lift in which he was riding, inside the residential

  • Euronaval 2016: SIMBAD-RC deliveries under way to first customer

    Key Points SIMBAD-RC is intended to address market requirements for a lightweight, automated shipborne close-in defence system Deliveries to Turkmenistan have begun; deliveries to Saudi Arabia will start in 2017 European missile house MBDA has begun first deliveries of its remotely-controlled

  • IED kills six civilians in Afghanistan's Jawzjan

    SIX civilians were killed and at least 40 others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) emplaced on a motorcycle, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in a market square in the district of Darzab in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province on 3 October, Tolo News reported. No group

  • India's HAL to form helicopter JV with Russian industry

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and a partnership between Russian Helicopters and Russian military export agency Rosoboronexport signed an agreement on 15 October to establish a joint venture (JV) to support the construction in India of twin-engine Kamov Ka-226T 'Hoodlum' light multirole

  • India, Russia sign defence deals worth USD10.8 billion

    India signed several agreements with Russia on 15 October for the purchase of air-defence missile systems, guided missile frigates and light utility helicopters (LUHs) worth around INR720 billion (USD10.8 billion). These include two inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) to buy five S-400 Triumf

  • Indonesian Marines begins training on new BTR-4 APCs from Ukraine

    The Indonesian Marines Corps (KORMAR) has begun training on its newly arrived amphibious BTR-4 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs), the service announced on 14 October. The training activities, which are taking place at the KORMAR base in Cilandak, South Jakarta, run from 14 to 24

  • Landmine kills six civilians in Afghanistan's Helmand

    SIX civilians were killed their vehicle triggered a landmine emplaced by unidentified militants in the Bolan area of Marjah district in Afghanistan's Helmand province on 1 October, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Lithuania looking at 26% increase in defence budget

    Lithuania's government has submitted a plan to parliament that would call for a 26% increase in the country's defence budget for 2017 up to EUR 723.5 million (USD793.9 million), the Lithuania Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 October. The new budget figures come from a draft law proposal

  • Pyongyang accuses UK of 'sabre-rattling'

    The United Kingdom is carrying out a "hostile act" and "sabre-rattling" by despatching fighter aircraft to participate in drills with South Korean and US forces in South Korea in November, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted an official of the foreign ministry in

  • Taiwan's defence ministry to launch military technology division

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) is to establish a division dedicated to supporting the advancement of indigenous military technologies. The MND said in mid October that the new unit will be launched in January 2017 and will be responsible for developing "ground-breaking" and