HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Security Alerts - 21-28 August

    IHS Jane's Security Alerts provide a snapshot of political and security news likely to break in the week ahead. Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on 24 August. Pro-Russian separatists are likely to intensify their attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on

  • China, US clash over South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum

    Chinese island-building in the South China Sea dominated discussions at a regional security summit held in Kuala Lumpur in the first week of August, with US secretary of state John Kerry accusing Beijing of preventing freedom of navigation and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Think tank questions Abbott's plans for 'rolling' shipbuilding programme

    The rolling production in Australia of major surface warships as foreshadowed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott will produce several contentious issues, a leading think tank has warned. In a report released on 13 July, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) described continuous production as

  • Continued ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine increase likelihood of further Western sanctions against Russia

    EVENT On 8 July 2015 the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly supported a draft resolution condemning Russia's "clear, gross and uncorrected violations" in Ukraine, effectively acknowledging Russia's military involvement in the conflict. The

  • South Korean prosecutors investigate HHI

    South Korean naval shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that public prosecutors have investigated the company's offices in Seoul as part of an inquiry into alleged corruption. A spokesman said on 24 June that "prosecutors investigated the HHI office"

  • Fighting likely between the Islamic State and Taliban in South Asia

    Significance The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan released a document on social media condemning the Islamic State and criticising the policies of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Implications This public denunciation indicates a growing presence of Islamic State affiliates in Afghanistan,

  • OSINT Summary: India launches helicopter-borne cross-border raids targeting Myanmar militant bases

    In the wake of several unusually hard-hitting militant attacks on Indian security forces close to the country's northeast border with Myanmar, Indian Army special operations forces struck back on 9 June with helicopter-borne raids on insurgent camps deep inside Myanmar. The reportedly successful

  • Vietnam cements defence trade relationship with Slovakia

    Vietnam and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence collaboration on 9 June geared in part towards trade and technology transfers. The accord was signed in Hanoi during meetings between Vietnam's Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh and his visiting counterpart from

  • Unidentified militants kill former mujahideen fighter in Afghanistan's Kabul

    A FORMER mujahideen commander - identified as Maulwi Sayed Maqbool - was killed when unidentified militants opened fire on is vehicle in the Alikhil area of Deh Sabz district of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 28 May, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Grenade attack kills brother of provincial minister in Pakistan's Karachi

    THE brother of a Provincial Minister - identified as Akbar Nagori - was killed and three other people, including a police officer, were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) headquarters in the Lyari area of the city of Karachi

  • China's first runway in Spratlys under construction

    Key Points Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands The imagery, provided by Airbus Defence and Space, also shows China building islands on Subi Reef that if linked up would provide enough land for another airstrip

  • RoKN announces disaster management measures following ferry tragedy

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has revealed measures that it has and will be taking to improve its rescue capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on 14 April, citing RoKN vice-spokesperson Choi Tae-bok. The measures were announced close to the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

  • Unidentified militants release hostage in Pakistan's Balochistan

    A POET was released by militants in Gwadar district in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 25 March, Dawn reported. The poet was kidnapped by unidentified militants from the district on 3 March.

  • Analysis: Pakistan's 'indigenous' UAV, missiles may not be as homegrown as claimed

    The Pakistan Army announced on 13 March that it had successfully fired the indigenous Barq laser-guided missile from a NESCOM Burraq unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Initial analysis of a video of the missile firings released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) agency suggests a striking

  • China's defence budget more than doubles since 2008

    China has announced that its defence budget will increase by 10.1 per cent to CNY886.9 billion (USD141.6 billion) for 2015. The 10.1 per cent nominal terms increase is slowest rate of growth since 2010. However, slowing inflation means that real terms growth is maintained at around 9 per cent in

  • Parrikar says most Indian helo crashes due to human error

    Human error was responsible for most of the 74 crashes of Indian military helicopters over the past 24 years, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told India's parliament on 3 March. "Sixty-three percent of these accidents have taken place due to human error by pilots and ground crew," he

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Aero India 2015: Third LCH prototype breaks cover with new paintjob

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) displayed the third prototype of its Light Combat Helicopter in a new camouflage pattern at Aero India 2015 in Bangalore. The LCH is designed for anti-tank operations, close air support to ground forces as a battlefield scout and for anti-submarine and

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