• NATO agrees force deployments for eastern flank

    Allied defence ministers have firmed up NATO's 2016 Warsaw summit declaration in July to send four combat-ready battalions to its north eastern flank. Numerous national commitments to cluster troops and capabilities around the four nations leading the battalions were made during a two day meeting in

  • Qatar takes delivery of Leopard 2A7+ MBTs

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has delivered almost half of the 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) on contract to Qatar. The deal is the company's first major export contract for heavy armour in the Middle East. In addition it covers the supply of 24 PzH 2000 155 mm/52-calibre

  • Saab signed MoU with Poland's PGZ

    Saab of Sweden has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Polish state-owned armaments group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) with a view to co-operation on Polish naval development programmes, it was announced on 27 October. The agreement follows the signing of an accord between Saab and

  • Security Alerts 28 October-4 November

    AMERICAS Argentina WATCH FOR: Nationwide banking service interruptions and street protests in Buenos Aires on 28 October during banking-sector strike Risk analysis: The head of labour union Banking Association (Asociación Bancaria), Sergio Palazzo, announced a 24-hour long national strike

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 26 October 2016

    Americas Brazil - 25 October 2016: In Ponta Porã municipality, Mato Grosso do Sul state, a strike by customs officers led to substantial delays in the transit of road cargo into Paraguay. Colombia - 25 October 2016: Local media reports claimed that the FARC leadership was against a

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 27 October 2016

    Americas Colombia - 26 October 2016: In San Martín, Cesar, local protesters began a citywide "civic strike" against fracking by oil firm ConocoPhillips. Guatemala - 25 October 2016: The Union of Heavy Transportation Drivers confirmed a labour strike on 27 and 28 October to protest

  • 'Trident Juncture 16' rehearses ARRC for NATO Response Force role

    The headquarters (HQ) of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) began Exercise 'Trident Juncture 16' ('TJ16') at Royal Air Force (RAF) St Mawgan in Cornwall on 24 October. The exercise, which lasts 10 days, is a major command post exercise that will certify HQ ARRC as a NATO Land Forces HQ in

  • Chief of UK procurement watchdog resigns

    In a surprise move, the head of the UK single-source defence procurement watchdog resigned on 24 October for unspecified reasons. Clive Tucker had served as the interim chairman of the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) since February, but gave no reasons for his resignation. The office was

  • MMCM programme advances but France, UK, set different headings

    Key Points An industry team led by Thales is leading the MMCM programme Two prototype systems are due for delivery in 2019 France and the United Kingdom have formally committed to proceed with the next stages of the joint Maritime Mine Countermeasures (MMCM) programme, covering the development,

  • Italian Army starts FH-70 howitzer upgrade evaluation

    The Italian Army has placed a contract with UK-based company Leonardo MW for five more sets of its LINAPS (artillery pointing system) on-gun artillery digitisation system. These systems are intended to supplement the initial three sets delivered to Italy earlier in 2016 as part of a planned

  • First-ever UK-Japan fighter exercise kicks off

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) began their first-ever joint fighter exercise on 23 October, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. Four RAF Eurofighter Typhoons, which had arrived a day earlier at the JSDAF's Misawa Air Base, are participating in the

  • Lithuania and Norway agree NASAMS deal

    Lithuania has agreed to buy the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) from Norway, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 21 October. In total Lithuania is looking to purchase two batteries of the air-defence system for around EUR100 million (USD109

  • NATO member commanders outline cyber priorities

    Senior military commanders from across NATO have described the practical challenges and opportunities facing the armed forces as developments in cyberspace continue to advance across the contemporary operating environment. Speaking at RUSI's Second International Cyber Symposium in London, cyber

  • UN body considers international cyber norms

    Key Points The September 2016 meeting of governmental experts is part of a process to establish cyber norms that has been going on since the late 1990s. China, Russia, and the United States all agree in principle that international law, including the UN Charter, should apply to cyberspace.

  • Uproar over Finland's arms sales to the Middle East

    After a Finnish think tank released a report on 23 October, claiming that the Middle East now serves as the largest market for Finland's arms exports, government officials discussed how to manage exports in local media. SaferGlobe Finland issued its report claiming that arms exports had reached

  • Euronaval 2016: RAIDCO unveils new multipurpose vessel aimed at African navies

    French ship designer RAIDCO Marine unveiled its design for the BSL 95 amphibious operations and logistics support vessel at the Euronaval show held in Paris. With a length of 95.8 m, a beam of 17 m, and a draught of 3.8 m, the BSL 95 is expected to displace 3,500 tonnes. The projected speed of the

  • HAL and Safran launch helicopter MRO joint venture

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and France's Safran Helicopter Engines formally launched a joint venture (JV) company on 23 October to provide helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to the Indian armed forces. The JV - named Helicopter Engines MRO - is based

  • Poland select Gulfstream G550 jets for VIP transport

    Poland has decided to buy two Gulfstream G550 business jets that the Polish Air Force will operate in the VIP transportation role, it was announced on 24 October. Announcing the purchase, Deputy Minister of Defence Bartosz Kownacki said two companies had bid for the tender but only the Gulfstream

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • Euronaval 2016: Atlas Elektronik sets out details of Finnish minelayer upgrade

    Atlas Elektronik Finland Oy has completed an extensive upgrade package on the first Pansio-class minelayer, in co-operation with shipyard Uki Workboat Oy. FNS Pansio was handed back to the Finnish Navy on 3 October 2016. The remaining two ships are expected to be handed back by mid-2017. According