HEADLINES

  • New Jordanian government will likely proceed with economic reforms resulting in recurring, but unlikely destabilising, protests in 2018

    Event On 4 June, Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki resigned following five days of protests. At its peak, the protests attracted approximately 200,000 people in Amman, and were the largest protests against government policies since 2012. King Abdullah reportedly asked Minister of

  • Nomination of consensus Madagascan PM to reduce coup likelihood and increase probability of maintained election schedule

    Event President Hery Rajaonarimampianina named Christian Ntsay as Madagascar’s new prime minister on 4 June, just hours after accepting the resignation of Olivier Solonandrasana. The appointment of Ntsay, a United Nations employee who is not a member of any political party, narrowly beat a

  • Rafael unveils Firefly loitering weapon system

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has disclosed details of the development of a new variant in its Spike family of precision engagement weapon systems: the Spike Firefly loitering munition (LM). “Firefly is a man-portable day/night situational awareness/lethality system specifically intended to

  • Unidentified assailants wound a district director in Iraq's Baghdad

    In New Baghdad, Baghdad, unidentified assailants shot and wounded Ali Mahdi, the district director. No immediate claim of responsibility was made for the attack.

  • Rwanda looking at Russian air defence

    Rwanda is interested in acquiring Russian air defence systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Kigali on 3 June. “The Rwandan security forces, army, and law-enforcement agencies operate our helicopters. There are also Ural vehicles used by the army and the

  • Aeronautics completes Chassis Plans acquisition

    Aeronautics has completed the acquisition of rugged electronics provider Chassis Plans, according to Israeli media reports. The announcement was made via a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on 3 June, completing the purchase that was first announced in September 2017. Chassis Plans

  • IAI appoints new North America boss

    Israel Aerospace Industries has appointed Swami Iyer as the CEO of its North America division. Iyer had previously held roles at Ultra Electronics’ 3eTI division, where he served as president, and Honeywell Aerospace, where he was vice president of the defence and space division. In his new

  • Ethiopia will probably lift state of emergency, forced change of government unlikely despite growing securocrat-PM split

    Event The Ethiopian Council of Ministers on 2 June approved a draft law that would lift the state of emergency, which has been in place since 16 February and is due to expire in early August. Removing the state of the emergency early is another concession to the opposition and to demonstrators in

  • Denel tests BVR missile seeker

    The radar seeker on the beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile that Denel Dynamics is developing has been tested on a range, the company revealed on 31 May in its Insights magazine. The article on the test said it was carried out at the South African company’s Overberg Test Range and

  • Indonesia’s PTDI signs export finance deal

    Indonesian aerospace firm PT Dirgantara (PTDI) has signed an agreement with the government’s Export Financing Agency to receive funding in support of international military sales. The agreement - announced 1 June - is worth IDR354 billion (USD25.5 million) and will be focused on supporting

  • IED attack kills a Hashd al-Shaabi militiaman in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    A HASHD al-Shaabi militiaman was killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated as the patrol passed Tuz Khurmatu-Tikrit road in Tuz Khurmatu town in Hamrin region in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on 30 May,

  • SVBIED attack kills at least one police officer in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST one police officer was killed and five others were wounded when 10 militants, dressed as United States soldiers, detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at the entrance of the headquarters of Ministry of the Interior, before they attacked the building armed

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 1 June 2018

    Americas Colombia - 31 May 2018: In Ituango, Antioquia, suspected ELN rebels opened fire against a soldier participating in the evacuation of civilians threatened by a malfunction at the Ituango dam, killing him. Mexico - 30 May 2018: In San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, alleged members of

  • UK to lengthen Type 23 Gulf deployments from 2019

    Key Points The UK has announced plans to lengthen the duration of Type 23 frigate deployments to the Gulf region starting in 2019 The longer deployments will enable RN destroyers and other frigates to be committed to carrier task group operations The United Kingdom has announced plans to lengthen

  • GeoSpectrum Technologies to supply underwater sound systems for RoKN

    Elbit Systems’ wholly owned subsidiary in Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc (GTI), has been awarded a contract by STX Engine Co to deliver an undisclosed number of its Underwater Sound Source Systems (USSSs) and related software packages to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). In a statement

  • Israel targets Hamas’ naval capabilities

    Israel Defence Forces (IDF) targeted “advanced naval capabilities” developed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip to carry out “maritime terror attacks”, the IDF announced on 30 May. The Palestinian militant group’s naval capabilities where targeted in a series of strikes that

  • Cameroon extends barrier along Nigerian border

    The Cameroonian Defence Forces are crediting the construction of a trench along the country’s border with Nigeria with significantly improving the security situation in the country’s Far North region. Work on the trench began in October 2016, when an experimental 20 km long section was

  • Australia confirms Spike LR2 selection

    Key Points Defence official confirms Land 400 rivals both selected Rafael’s Spike to meet ATGM requirement Rafael plans to build and support the Spike system through its joint venture with local company Varley Australia has confirmed its selection of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’

  • Disputed Iraqi election results increase likelihood of widespread protests and inter-factional violence between Sadrists and Iran-aligned militias

    Event The Iraqi parliament voted on 28 May to cancel the results of election votes cast by (mainly Sunni) expatriates and internally displaced people from Anbar, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salaheddin. On 21 May, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) had rejected ballots from 103 stations from

  • Israel says Iran continues missile tests

    Iran carried out previously unreported ballistic missile tests in January that contravened UN Security Council Resolution 2231, according to Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. “Last January they launched a Shahab-3 and a ‘Scud’ variant: both capable of delivering nuclear

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