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  • Dialogue between DRC government and fragmented opposition likely to resume, extending protest risks as elections further delayed

    EVENT The Catholic Church-moderated talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the opposition Rally (Rassemblement) coalition concluded on 27 March without the parties reaching an agreement. These discussions related to the implementation of the 31 December 2016

  • Indian Navy launches Barak-1 from carrier

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully conducted the maiden test firing of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Barak-1 ship point defence missile from INS Vikramaditya , its sole Russian-origin aircraft carrier, on 24 March. IN officials told Jane's that the missile

  • RDM gets order for Plofadder mine-clearance system

    South Africa's Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has received a EUR28 million (USD30.2 million) contract to supply an undisclosed country with two Plofadder 160AT minefield breaching systems, training equipment, and ammunition. The 29 March Rheinmetall announcement also said a follow-up ammunition

  • Algerian president's demonstrable infirmity likely to accelerate contest for a successor ahead of 2019 election

    Key Points Bouteflika is most likely to be succeeded by a continuity candidate, reducing the likelihood of a damaging power struggle among the elite. Even in the event of a candidate committed to change, economic reforms would come slowly given Algeria's entrenched vested interests. Regardless of

  • Analysis - No gain without pain: the long, hard road to AFV active protection

    The main threat to Western armour on the modern battlefield may have come from improvised explosive devices in recent years, but Israeli experience shows that the future threat from anti-tank guided missiles could prove just as potent, as Peter Felstead reports The path to developing an effective

  • Army strategist: Future war may look like Ukraine, Syria

    One of the US Army's top strategists has warned that anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and other evolutions in warfare represent a significant change for the service and it must prepare accordingly for complex fights such as in Ukraine and Syria. China is not alone in its adoption of

  • Aselsan to supply electronic systems for Turkish Army

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) signed two separate contracts with local firm Aselsan on 29 March. The first involves the development of an electronic warfare command and control system (EHKKKS) to enable the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) to co-ordinate the use of its

  • German arms embargo angers Turkey

    Turkish defence minister Fikri Isik has described Germany's decision to restrict arms exports to Turkey as unacceptable and called on Berlin to act reasonably. He added that the problems with Germany had not yet affected Turkey's military operations. "We are working hard for the rapid

  • IED attack kills a civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and five others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a market in Subaihat in Abu Gharib in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 22 March, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack kills one civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in Hoor al-Basha district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 26 March, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack wounds two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants at a roadside, detonated near a market in Radwaniya in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 27 March, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack wounds two soldiers in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated at a roadside in Abu Gharib district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 9 March, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED kills two EOD personnel in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated as they were defusing it in al-Naimaya district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 21 March, Iraqi News reported. No group claimed responsibility for placing

  • Retired Pakistani general to command Saudi-based force

    Pakistan's defence minister, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, has confirmed that General (rtd) Raheel Sharif has been appointed as the commander of a Saudi Arabia-based multinational force. Widely credited in Pakistan for leading the campaign against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan region, Sharif

  • Security Alerts 31 March - 7 April

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Traffic disruption in Buenos Aires and other major cities during a national strike on 6 April Risk analysis: The Association of State Workers (Asociacion de Trabajadores del Estado: ATE) and other powerful labour unions have called for a national strike to take place

  • South African president likely to proceed with cabinet reshuffle next week, generating further instability

    EVENT A proposed cabinet reshuffle is reportedly facing opposition from several senior African National Congress (ANC), SA Communist Party (SACP), and Congress of SA Trade Unions leaders. Plans to replace Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe were strongly rejected

  • Spaceshot: Iranian S-300PMU2 exercise at Semnan, 35.390439 N 053.732137 E

    Key Points ADS satellite imagery shows Iranian S-300PMU2 components during a deployment to Semnan for a firing exercise Iran's S-300PMU2 should now be regarded as fully operational In late February 2017 Iran deployed components from three S-300PMU2 batteries, along with a 64N6E2 battle management

  • Israel reports defence exports of USD6.5 billion in 2016

    The International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (SIBAT) published annual export statistics for 2016 on 29 March, showing a 14% rise in value year on year. Total transfers of military equipment from Israel in 2016 were valued at USD6.5 billion, a notable return

  • Killing of UN personnel blamed on either militia or soldiers, indicates deteriorating security environment in DRC's Kasai

    The United Nations confirmed on 28 March the deaths of two of its expatriate personnel (American and Swedish) who were likely kidnapped by unidentified assailants on 12 March near Ngombe village, Kasai-Central province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their bodies were reportedly found near the

  • Abduction of French national indicates rising kidnap risk for mining, humanitarian expatriates in eastern Chad

    Key Points The incident marks the first abduction of a foreigner in eastern Chad since 2009, with recent exploration for gold around Goz Beida a trigger for opportunistic kidnappings for ransom. The relatively well-patrolled border region makes large-scale militant incursions from Sudan unlikely.

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