• Afghan National Army to receive more Commando Select 4x4s

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) is to receive more Textron Commando Select 4x4 armoured vehicles. Through the US Foreign Miltary Sales (FMS) programme the company was awarded a USD56.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 55 more Commando Select platforms, Textron announced in late September. This

  • Conflict and crime threaten Ukrainian coal mining

    Key Points The conflict in eastern Ukraine has led to the re-emergence of small-scale 'kopanka' coal mines, which often have links to organised crime interests. Given the centrality of the Donbass region to Ukrainian coal production, control over legal and illegal coal production and trade is key

  • Dual-use surveillance tools could snag EU's export control review

    As the European Commission prepares to revise the EU's export control regime it is unlikely, despite growing pressure, that it will ban surveillance software over human rights concerns. It will turn instead to the evaluation of how importing countries could abuse the product as the basis for a ban,

  • Government crackdown on Islamic opposition likely to solidify president's secular regime in Tajikistan

    EVENT On 29 September 2015, Tajikistan's Supreme Court approved the general prosecutor's request to ban the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRP) and designate it a terrorist group. The ruling follows violent events in Dushanbe, Vakhdat, and Romit Valley in early and mid-September, described by the

  • NATO responds to Russia's Black Sea build-up

    Key Points Russia is militarising Crimea and planning to strengthen its Black Sea Fleet, with implications for the security of Bulgaria and Romania. The character of Russia's militarisation of the region suggests that this is an intimidation tactic. NATO is likely to reassure its easternmost

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  • Middle East conflict raises risk of epidemics

    Key Points The 2015 refugee crisis in Europe has highlighted disease risks from conflict zones and the danger of outbreaks among refugees and, to a lesser extent, host populations. The conflict in Syria has raised the in-country risk from pathogens including measles, polio, and cutaneous


  • Air-Boss Lightweight Overboot (ALO)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss Lightweight Overboot (ALO) was developed to provide various armed forces worldwide, including the Canadian Department of National Defense, the US Department of Defense DoD (as the AFS) and the UK Ministry of Defence (as the NBC

  • AirBoss CBRN moulded glove (AMG)

    Type Individual protection - Body protection. Development The AirBoss-Defense CBRN Moulded Glove (AMG) was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Government to offer protection against Chemical Warfare agents (CWAs), Biological Warfare agents (BWAs) and a large variety of Toxic Industrial

  • C4 CBRN Gas Mask

    Type Individual protection - Masks general issue. Development The Airboss C4 CBRN gas mask was developed according to the CBRN requirements of the Canadian Armed Forces. Further engineering changes during its development phase were prompted by field trial testing during Operation Desert Storm, in

  • Chemring Defence - Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL)

    Description Originally produced in the United Kingdom by Brock's Explosive Development Ltd, the Simulator Projectile Airburst Liquid (SPAL) Chemical is now produced by Chemring Defence UK. SPAL is designed to simulate chemical weapon spray and liquid-filled airburst weapons by projecting a