• Saudi MMSC contract awarded

    The US Department of Defense announced on 5 March that it had awarded a USD481 million contract to Lockheed Martin to “long-lead-time material” for Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. It was announced in October 2015 that the US government had approved the

  • SVBIED attack kills one soldier in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE soldier was killed when a Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militant conducted a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a military base 30km from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 2 March, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • SVBIED attack targeting military headquarters kills five soldiers in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou

    FIVE soldiers were killed and 64 others were wounded when Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Mulimin (JNIM) militants detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at military headquarters before militants on foot attacked the building in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou on 2 March,

  • Saudi production of An-132D takes step forward

    Antonov, Taqnia Aeronautics, and Wahaj have signed an agreement to jointly manufacture the An-132D multi-purpose transport aircraft. The modernised version of the An-132 is being co-developed by Ukrainian company Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

  • 'Anarchists' threaten violence in Greece's Athens

    IN A STATEMENT released on March 1, a group identified only as 'Anarchists' claimed responsibility for a number of attacks across Greece - including one on a police station - and threatened further attacks in the capital Athens, The Times reported. The statement referred to the detention of

  • Al-Shabaab mortar attack kills three civilians in Kenya's Mogadishu

    THREE civilians were killed and two others wounded during a mortar attack by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants near a stadium in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 1 March, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Replacement of Ugandan security officials consistent with president’s rotation strategy, increases likelihood of improved relations with Rwanda

    Event On 4 March, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the removals from office of Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, replacing them with Deputy Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola and General Elly Tumwine, respectively. Both

  • Iran likely to face increasing banking difficulties due to US/regional pressures, despite FATF continuing its suspension of countermeasures

    Key Points Although the FATF decided to continue its suspension of countermeasures against Iran, Iran remains on the FATF’s ‘high risk’ banking jurisdiction list. Iran is highly unlikely to fulfil its requirements under the FATF action plan, meaning the suspension of FATF

  • STM to upgrade Pakistan Navy's second Khalid-class submarine

    Turkish defence engineering company STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret) has signed a contract amendment with Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines operated by the

  • IED attack wounds four civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    FOUR civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a sheep market in the Hor Rajab area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 28 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Recent armed robberies indicative of growing violent crimes in Ghana, Accra and Tema-based financial institutions likely targets

    Event Two armed robberies took place in Accra and Tema in the Greater Accra region on 27 and 28 February, with at least one person being murdered, local media reports state. On 27 February, four armed men entered a car dealership during business hours in the North Industrial Area of Accra. The

  • Suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya suicide attack kills two soldiers in Nigeria's Lake Chad region

    TWO soldiers were wounded during a suicide attack by a suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya militant in an unspecified location in Nigeria's Lake Chad region on 27 February, the Premium Times reported. The attack occurred during a counter-terrorism operation, and the suicide bomber detonated their

  • Top Saudi commanders replaced

    The Saudi military got a new chief of the general staff, as well as new land, air, air defence, and strategic missile forces commanders under a royal order announced on 26 February. General Abd-al-Rahman bin Saleh bin Abdullah al-Bunyan was retired and replaced as chief of the General Staff by his

  • China’s CASC readies improved CH-4 UAV

    China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is developing a new and more capable variant of its strike-capable Cai Hong 4 (Rainbow 4, or CH-4) medium-altitude, long-endurance

  • Iraqi foreign minister confirms interest in S-400

    Iraq is looking at acquiring the S-400 long-range air defence systems from Russia, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari confirmed to Russian journalists on 27 February. "We want to purchase any weapons that will strengthen the security of Iraq and the country's armed forces,” Sputnik

  • Russia rejects evidence of Iranian weapon supplies to Yemen

    Russia vetoed on 26 February a UN Security Council resolution that would have held Iran responsible for supplying weapons to Yemeni rebels fighting the Saudi-led coalition and forces aligned with the country’s internationally recognised government. Bolivia also voted against the resolution,

  • UAE orders Insitu Integrator UAVs

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered Insitu Integrator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it was announced during the Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX) held in Abu Dhabi from 25–27 February. The official UMEX spokesperson said the AED22 million (USD6.0 million) deal covered four

  • US messaging on Syria’s chemical weapons use indicates increasing likelihood of airstrikes to degrade government military capabilities

    Event There have been increasing signals in recent weeks to suggest that a case for action is being built against the Syrian government for their use of chemical agents. In January, Switzerland’s reputable Journal of Forensic Toxicology published the first unclassified report by German and

  • Greece lowers F-16 upgrade ambitions

    Greece is negotiating with the United States and Lockheed Martin on the modernisation of 85 Hellenic Air Force F-16 Block 52+/52+ Advanced fighters to the F-16V configuration, the Kathimerini daily reported on 24 February. The talks are focused on the possibility of providing Greece more favourable

  • Landmine attack kills two children in Iraq's Anbar

    TWO children were killed when a landmine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in Kubeisa city in Iraq's Anbar province on 27 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.