• Police foil plot to kill Prime Minister in the United Kingdom's London

    SKY News, citing unnamed security sources, reported on 6 December that police had foiled an Islamist militant suicide plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in the United Kingdom's capital London on an unspecified date, Sky News and Reuters reported. Two men - identified as

  • Qatar signs for 12 more Rafale fighters

    Qatar has exercised its option to buy a further 12 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 7 December. The agreement, which adds to Qatar’s previous buy of 24 Rafales signed in May 2015, was penned during a visit to the Gulf state by French President Emmanuel Macron.

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • Social media posts reveal submarine deployments

    Key Points Submariners may be identified on social media, despite generally demonstrating a higher level of operational security than most other military personnel, particularly if social network analysis is performed on their online activity. Submerged submarines cannot be tracked using open

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 7 December 2017

    AMERICAS Argentina - 06 December 2017: Transport workers’ unions said that they would consider strike action to oppose the tax, labour, and pension reforms planned by the government. Brazil - 06 December 2017: In Arará, Rio de Janeiro, nearly 3,000 police and troops were deployed in an

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Thales, Cotecmar renew partnership

    France’s Thales announced on 5 December that it had renewed its partnership agreement with Colombian naval firm Cotecmar at the Expodefensa 2017 trade show. According to a statement released by Thales, the two companies are building on an agreement first signed in 2015, and will focus on the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 6 December 2017

    Americas Colombia – 05 December 2017: ELN rebels and the government said they would discuss an extension of the ongoing ceasefire beyond the current deadline of January 2018. Colombia – 05 December 2017: Presidential candidate Alejandro Ordóñez said that he would terminate

  • Alcon announces defence investment

    Alcon has announced plans to invest GBP2 million (USD2.69 million) into its defence and security business to meet requirements coming from the Europe, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The brake and clutch manufacturer has seen most success in the motorsport sector, but

  • Brazilian government authorises purchase of UK’s HMS Ocean

    Brazil’s Ministry of Defence on 1 December authorised the navy to begin efforts to purchase the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH). The Brazilian Navy requested this authorisation in early 2017 after a decision to retire its NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier,

  • Elbit, Babcock announce ASDOT teaming

    Elbit Systems and Babcock International have announced that they have teamed to bid for the UK’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme. The two companies announced on 5 December that they will form a Specific Company Programme, through which they will propose a

  • Nordic countries to acquire common uniform

    Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters announced on 29 November that it has reached an agreement with its Finnish, Norwegian, and Danish counterparts to acquire a common Nordic uniform system. The procurement process is now under way to nominate the manufacturer to supply the uniforms to all four

  • PGZ proceeds with Pilica production

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced on 5 December that it is launching the production of the Pilica air defence system. Deliveries of the system will start in 2019 and last until 2022. The contract to equip six PSR-A Pilica batteries is worth PLN750 million (USD211 million). The radio-location

  • Poland to provide SAR vessels for Vietnam

    The Polish government signed a framework loan agreement with Vietnam for the construction of six search-and-rescue (SAR) vessels on 28 November. The project, valued at EUR200 million (USD237 million), will be co-ordinated by Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) subsidiary Cenzin. Under the contract terms,

  • Special forces upgrade cyber-warfare capabilities

    Key Points Initiatives are being examined across the international special operations community to increase defensive and offensive toolsets for tactical cyber-warfare applications. Desired capabilities include pre-strike cyber ‘artillery barrages’, malware insertion to disable enemy

  • UK nuclear costs continue to soar

    Rising costs continue to hit the UK nuclear submarine and weapons programmes, according to new data revealed by the country’s procurement organisation. The Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation’s 2016-17 annual accounts reveal that the cost of the UK’s programmes

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 5 December 2017

    Americas Argentina – 04 December 2017: Workers’ unions, social organisations, and left-wing parties planned a protest march on 6 December to oppose the government’s labour reforms. Brazil – 04 December 2017: In Blumenau, Santa Catarina, the authorities ordered police

  • Poland begins process to buy new multirole aircraft

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) has published a document launching the market analysis for a new multirole aircraft for the Polish Air Force. The goal of the tender is to improve Poland’s capabilities to combat air threats and to support army, navy, and special operations. An additional

  • Sweden, Finland declare IOC for joint naval task group

    Key Points Sweden and Finland have declared initial operational capability for a standing naval task group Full operational capability for SFNTG is planned for 2023 Sweden and Finland have achieved initial operational capability (IOC) for a Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group (SFNTG), the heads of

  • UK MoD highlights role of small business in carrier programme

    Ahead of the planned commissioning of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) new aircraft carrier on 7 December, the UK government has praised the involvement of SMEs in the build of the vessel. HMS Queen Elizabeth will be formally commissioned by its namesake at Portsmouth Naval Base following