• Butler Aerospace to be purchased by IT provider HCL Technologies

    US engineering and support services company Butler America Aerospace is to be purchased by IT service company HCL Technologies, it was announced on 21 October. Butler Aerospace, which provides design, drafting, structural analysis and testing to the defence industry, is based in Connecticut, with

  • EU fails to agree to impose new sanctions on Russia

    Meeting in Brussels on 21 October, EU leaders could not reach an agreement on sanctions to punish Russia for its military actions in Syria. Although the leaders said they would consider "all available options" as they headed into their 20-21 October summit, they failed to respond to

  • Gunman kills at least two US nationals in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST two United States nationals - a soldier and a civilian - were fatally wounded and several other US soldiers were wounded when a gunman, wearing an Afghan army uniform, opened fire on them as they were visiting a military base in in the Rishkhor neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital Kabul

  • India gives final approval for M777 howitzer buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave its final approval on 20 October for the procurement of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers for the Indian Army (IA) for around USD750 million under the US Foreign Military Sales programme. India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for knife attack in Indonesia's Jakarta

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 20 October, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency claimed responsibility for an attack conducted by a suspected Islamic State supporter, identified only as 21-year-old S.A, who stabbed and wounded five police officers with a knife in Tangerang area in the outskirts

  • Knife attack wounds five police officers in Indonesia's Jakarta

    FIVE police officers were wounded when a suspected Islamic State supporter, identified only as 21-year-old S.A, stabbed them with a knife in Tangerang area in the outskirts of Indonesia's capital Jakarta on 20 October, Reuters reported. The attacker was fatally shot by police forces. Two unexploded

  • Pakistan Ordnance Factories posts four-fold increase in exports

    Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) has recorded a four-fold increase in exports over the past two fiscal years, according to a government statement. Citing POF chairman Lt Gen Omar Mehmood Hayat, the 19 October statement said the company had expanded international sales from USD22 million in

  • Philippine leader announces 'separation' from US

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared his "separation" from the United States during a visit to Beijing on 20 October, saying he has realigned with China. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin

  • Sale of STX France shipyard to go ahead

    A South Korean bankruptcy court administering the claims of creditors to shipbuilder STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Company has invited potential buyers to submit bids by 4 November. Proposals either for the purchase of the whole company or its individual South Korean and French constituent parts

  • Yerevan hostage standoff likely to lead to detentions of opposition and forcible dispersal of protests in Armenia

    EVENT On 17 July 2016 a group of about 15-25 armed men stormed the Erebuni district police station in southern Yerevan. One police officer was killed and four wounded; six policemen were taken hostage by the gunmen. The hostage takers are members of the opposition group Founding Parliament

  • Australia outlines F-35 opportunities for local industry

    The Australian government has pointed to a new contract secured by Victoria-based Marand Precision Engineering as evidence of local industry's increasing involvement in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. Secured earlier this month, Marand's contract calls on

  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

  • South Korea names seventh KSS-2 submarine, targets launch for April

    Key Points South Korea is preparing to launch its seventh KSS-2 submarine Vessel will bolster the country's ability to conduct extended underwater operations The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has named its seventh Type 214 KSS 2-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) with air-independent

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 February 2016

    Americas Brazil - 29 January 2016: In São Paulo, 300 taxi drivers protesting against rival Uber drivers allegedly injured an unspecified number of them, vandalising their cars. Chile - 29 January 2016: Six Mapuche communities urged the government to cancel the environmental permit given to

  • Algerian Su-32 order makes progress

    Algeria has taken a step towards acquiring Sukhoi Su-32 bombers from Russia, according to Sergei Smirov, the director of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO) plant. The Su-32 is the export designation of the Su-34, which is made by the NAPO plant. In an interview published by the

  • Update: Chinese operations prompt protests from Japan, Vietnam

    In late December concerns were expressed in Japan over three China Coast Guard vessels that had entered waters within 12 n miles of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. The uninhabited islands are in the East China Sea, 330 km from China's coast, 170 km northwest of the Japanese island of Ishigaki

  • VKS chief sets new IOC date of 2017 for Sukhoi T-50

    Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, the commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), has announced a new date for the initial acceptance into service (effectively initial operational capability, or IOC) of the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA next-generation fighter, pushing the aircraft's introduction

  • Russia lays keels for first Project 22800-class small missile corvettes

    The keels of the first two ships in Russia's new Project 22800-class small missile corvettes are to be laid on 24 December at Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg. Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, the vessels - Uragan and Taifun - are scheduled to enter service in 2017 and 2018,