• US strike fails to stem CW use in Syria

    Key Points With an increasingly co-ordinated use of chlorine, the Syrian government remains the primary actor accused of using chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. The use of sarin on Khan Sheikoun on 4 April 2017 is only one of the reported uses of the agent since Syria's accession to the Chemical

  • Marawi siege raises terrorism, civil war risks; Philippine president's declaration of martial law heightens risks across Mindanao

    Key Points Severe fighting between insurgents and security forces in Marawi City is likely to persist for up to two weeks, as the militants have taken hostages, and security forces have blocked exit routes. President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to declare martial law is likely to increase the risk

  • USAF increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up air power in Afghanistan in April, releasing more ordnance than in any other month since August 2012, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The figures show that USAF aircraft released a total of 460 weapons in April as

  • Jakarta suicide attack underlines developing capability of Islamic State militants in Indonesia and targeting of security forces

    EVENT At least three police officers were killed in a twin suicide attack at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta on 24 May. At least 10 other people - including five policemen and five civilians- were also wounded in the attack. A police spokesperson said that preliminary

  • Indela Design Bureau develops VTOL UCAV

    Indela Design Bureau of Belarus has developed a combat-and-reconnaissance variant of its I.N.Sky vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it displayed at this month's MILEX 2017 defence exhibition in Minsk. Called the Bur, the unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) is

  • India to abolish foreign investment regulator

    The Indian government has approved the abolishment of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and will instead allow ministries to process foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals themselves. A government statement on 24 May said that the Cabinet “has given its approval to the phasing

  • USN destroyer sails near Chinese-controlled Mischief Reef in South China Sea

    The US Navy (USN) carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed waters of the South China Sea (SCS) on 24 May, US media have reported: the first such challenge to Beijing's claims to the resource-rich area by the administration of President Donald Trump. USS Dewey (DDG 105), an

  • Belarus develops new lightweight rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV is developing a new multipurpose rocket launcher called the MM-60, a representative of the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk. "Having analysed recent conflicts, the world market, and potential customers' requirements, we have decided that a

  • DoE requests to terminate MOX nuclear disposition programme, again

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has once again requested that Congress terminate a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The MFFF has strong backing among South Carolina's congressional delegation and has survived

  • Grenade attack wounds four people in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    THREE police officers and a civilian were wounded when an unidentified militant threw a grenade targeting a police station in Safa Kadal in Srinagar in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 18 May, the Daily Excelsior reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • India updates defence export controls

    The Indian government has updated its defence export guidelines with a view to complying with international control mechanisms. The updated guidelines apply to dual-use items and technologies and are enshrined in the newly overhauled Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment, and

  • MD Helicopters wins USD76 million contract to support Afghanistan's MD 530F helo fleet

    MD Helicopters has secured a USD76.7 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to provide logistics support to the Afghan Air Force's (AAF's) fleet of MD 530F Cayuse Warrior ('Jengi' [Warrior]) light attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, and Afghanistan, with

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA budget reflects need to counter advanced threats

    Key Points MDA will complete acquisition and deployment of all 44 GBIs by end of 2017 The agency is seeking funds to begin efforts to counter hypersonic weapon threats The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is seeking USD7.9 billion in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request, which includes

  • Unidentified assailants wound 15 people in Pakistan's Mohmand

    FIFTEEN people were wounded when unidentified assailants threw grenades targeting a school and four residences in Shabqadar town in Mohmand agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 20 May, Dawn reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Unidentified militants kill three labourers in Pakistan's Balochistan

    THREE labourers were killed and another was wounded when unidentified militants opened fire in Hoshab town in Turbat district in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 19 May, The Nation reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • North Korea on 'inevitable' pathway to nuclear ICBM if left unchecked, says DIA chief

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has warned that if North Korea is left on its current trajectory, the northeast Asian country will succeed in obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of posing a direct

  • Belarus to develop new long-range MRL

    The Belarusian defence industry is developing a multiple rocket launcher (MRL) with a range of up to 300 km, an official spokesperson for the State Military Industry Committee (GKVP) told Jane's at MILEX 2017, which took place in Minsk from 20-22 May. "In accordance with an order by GKVP, the

  • DIA chief refers to China as 'near-peer US competitor'

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has identified China as one of the top five global military threats facing the United States, saying that the East Asian country "now stands firmly as a near-peer US competitor".

  • Indian, Pakistani armies locked in cross-border shelling in Kashmir

    The Indian Army (IA) has for the first time released video footage of what it described as "fire assaults' against Pakistan Army (PA) border posts in the disputed northern region of Kashmir amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Taken on 9 May, the video footage

  • North Korean missile launch further constrains South Korean president's options to reinvigorate inter-Korean dialogue, mitigate conflict risks

    EVENT North Korea test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile on 21 May, and on 23 May South Korea fired 90 machine gun rounds at unidentified objects crossing the Military Demarcation Line, likely to have been balloons with propaganda leaflets according to South Korea's Ministry of Defence.