• African country orders Super Dvora Mk 3 craft

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 31 March that it had received a contract worth "tens of millions of dollars" to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to an African military customer. It said the craft would be built at its Ramta facility in Israel and delivered in

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill 18 people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    EIGHTEEN people - including one soldier - were killed and 28 wounded when Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants attacked and besieged the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 27 March, Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press reported. One militant detonated a suicide

  • Egyptian militants give fealty to Islamic State

    Key Points An offensive by the Sinai-based and Islamic State-aligned Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in January marked a significant evolution in its ability to plan and execute complex operations. The group's allegiance to the Islamic State is likely to lead to an intensification of the current

  • Emergence of new pro-Islamic State group indicates increased terrorism risk from Tunisian jihadists

    EVENT A new group calling itself Jund al-Khilafa in Tunisia (Soldiers of the Caliphate in Tunisia) on 31 March released a new claim of responsibility for the 18 March attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis. The Islamic State had previously claimed the attack. In the audio, Jund al-Khilafa stated that

  • European Commission takes first step toward defining EU-funded defence projects

    The European Commission has stood up a new high-level "group of personalities" from industry and government as the first step toward defining the kinds of defence research projects the EU will fund on a trial basis from 2017. The projects will be chosen both for their potential to support

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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

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