• Disagreements over tax issues within Latvia's ruling coalition threaten government stability; tax system overhaul likely in 2017

    EVENT he opposition centrist party Latvian Association of Regions (LRA), citing "chaos in the tax system", demanded on 15 December the resignation of finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola and her predecessor Janis Reirs, who currently heads the welfare ministry. Ten deputies out of the

  • Finland's NAO publishes assessment of Hornet replacement offset approach

    Finland's National Audit Office (NAO) has argued that the addition of a 100% offset obligation to the country's F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft procurement could theoretically increase the cost of the procurement by USD1 billion. The authority also argued in a 20 December report on industrial

  • Netherlands orders Leopard 2 bridgelayers

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced on 21 December that it has been awarded a contract to supply five Leguan armoured vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs) to the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). Under the terms of this agreement these Leguan AVLBs, converted from existing Leopard 2 main battle tank

  • Security Alerts 23 December - 06 January

    Americas Brazil WATCH FOR: Open-ended but peaceful strikes in Piauí state, affecting the hotel sector from 23 December onwards Risk analysis: The Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union of Piauí state (Sindicato da Hotelaria e Gastronomia do Piauí) announced an indefinite state-wide

  • Suspected anarchists set fire to entrance of G20 summit in Germany's Hamburg

    AT LEAST 30 suspected anarchists set fire to containers, tires and threw stones at the entrance to the Hamburg Hesse conference centre in the city of Hamburg in Germany on 26 November, AP Radio News reported. The centre was scheduled to host the G20 summit in July 2017 and the OSCE (Organisation for

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 22 December 2016

    Americas Colombia - 21 December 2016 : The FARC said it would be unable to meet the agreed timetable for laying down weapons as some concentration zones were not yet ready. Honduras - 21 December 2016: In San Pedro Sula, hundreds of people led by CONAFEPH marched against privatisation plans and

  • Saudi-led coalition to stop using UK-made cluster bombs

    The Saudi-led coalition confirmed on 19 December that it has used submunition bombs that were made in the United Kingdom in its bombing campaign in Yemen, but said this practice would be discontinued. "It has become apparent that there was limited use by the coalition of the UK-manufactured

  • Atlas Elektronik to modernise three more minehunting vessels for German Navy

    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded Atlas Elektronik GmbH a EUR78.5 million (USD81.6 million) contract for the modernisation of three Frankenthal-class (Type 332) minehunting vessels for the German Navy on 21 December 2016. Under the

  • Court convicts couple for international terrorism charges in Italy

    AT A COURT in an unspecified location in Italy on 19 December, 29-year-old Maria Giulia Sergio was sentenced to nine years in prison in absentia after been found guilty of international terrorism and organising trips to facilitate terrorism, Reuters reported. Sergio's husband - Aldo Kobuzi - was

  • Indonesia and Sweden sign defence co-operation accord

    The governments of Indonesia and Sweden have signed a defence collaboration accord with a view to expanding related trade and technology links, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 December. The bilateral 'Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Defence' was signed in Jakarta

  • KMW appoints new head of Asia-Pacific operations

    German land systems specialist Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has announced a new director of its Asia-Pacific operations. The company said on 20 December that Christoph Cords has been appointed managing director of KMW Asia-Pacific, a Singapore-based subsidiary. KMW said Cords will be in charge of

  • QinetiQ expands target range

    QinetiQ announced on 21 December that it had reached an agreement to acquire Meggitt's Target Systems business. QinetiQ will acquire the business for GBP57.5 million (USD71.1 million) on a cash-free and debt-free basis. Meggitt Target Systems is based in Canada and also has offices in the United

  • Vehicle impact attack on Berlin Christmas market killing at least 12 people highlights increasing adoption of tactic

    Key Points Germany will continue to face a high risk of low-capability shooting or stabbing assaults or vehicle impact terrorist attacks in 2017 Attacks are likely to be carried out by lone actors who either support or who are directly linked to non-state armed groups such as the Islamic State and

  • Vehicle-impact attack kills 12 people in Germany's Berlin

    AT LEAST 12 people were killed and 48 others were wounded when an unidentified man deliberately rammed a 25-tonne lorry into the Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the Breitscheidplatz area of Germany's capital Berlin on 19 December, the BBC and Reuters reported. A suspect was

  • Australia and France agree on legal framework to progress Future Submarine construction by DCNS

    An inter-government agreement establishing the legal framework for construction by French company DCNS of 12 next-generation submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was signed by Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Adelaide on 21

  • Loss of crew situational awareness led to fatal Puma helo crash in Afghanistan, report finds

    A service inquiry has found that a loss of crew situational awareness was the most significant contributory cause of the crash of a Royal Air Force (RAF) Westland/Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2 medium transport helicopter in Afghanistan in October 2015, with the loss of five of the nine personnel on

  • Croatia increases defence budget for 2017

    The Croatian parliament has approved a 9% rise in defence spending in 2017, the first rise in the country's defence spending in six years. Approved on 15 December, the budget sees spending rise to HRK4.38 billion (USD602 million) from HRK4 billion. This represents a rise from 1.1% of gross domestic

  • Global Clearance Solutions launches new mine clearance platform

    Switzerland-based Global Clearance Solutions has unveiled the first of three new unmanned ground vehicles, which are focused on the mine clearance role. The GCS-100 is the smallest of the systems and is intended for military and security customers, as well as non-governmental organisations. In

  • Italy receives first of two G550 CAEW aircraft from Israel

    Italy has received the first of two G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft from Israel that were procured under a reciprocal defence agreement signed in 2012. The delivery of the CAEW aircraft by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was announced by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Optionally piloted SW-4 helo begins new phase of flight trials

    The SW-4 'Solo' optionally piloted helicopter began a new phase in its flight test campaign at Taranto-Grottaglie Airport on 15 December, Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced. The new phase, which is being carried out in partnership with Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Pugliese and the Italian civil