• US, Japan, South Korea to hold anti-missile drill

    The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold a two-day anti-missile drill starting on 11 December amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The Ministry of Defense in Tokyo said in a statement that the exercise – the sixth of

  • China targets export market with latest submarine designs

    Key Points Buoyed by recent successes with the Pakistan and Thai navies, Chinese naval shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation has recently unveiled a slew of new submarine concepts targeted at the export market New export concepts include 200-, 600-, and 1,100-tonne diesel-electric

  • GD-OTS awarded contract for Pakistan’s AH-1Z programme

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a USD9.06 million contract to supply 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) Point Fire and Suppression System (PFSS) gun turrets for Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the government of Pakistan. The US

  • India quietly launches second SSBN

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a

  • Japanese MoD plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore BMD systems, says report

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested an additional JPY730 million (USD6.4 million) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to introduce two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on

  • OSINT Summary: Dramatic rise in foiled attacks in 2017 underlines sustained increase in Islamist militant activity in the United Kingdom

    On 6 December, Sky News, citing unnamed security sources, reported that police had foiled an Islamist militant plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in the United Kingdom’s capital London. Two men – identified as 20-year-old Naai’mur Zakariyah Rahman from London

  • RAN decommissions Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Darwin

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned its Adelaide-class, guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service. In a ceremony held on 9 December at the vessel’s homeport of Garden Island in Sydney, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that “the ship and her

  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control

  • US Army activates second Security Force Assistance Brigade

    The US Army has activated its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) for training and advising foreign military forces, as the concept becomes clearer. This SFAB, the second of a six planned units, is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The first was established at Fort Benning in

  • US Army reserve components boost driver training

    Two driver training systems developed for the US Army National Guard (ANG) and Army Reserve (USAR) have been showcased at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. Wegmann USA presented its Stryker Driver Trainer (SDT), which is a

  • US Army to manage acquisitions with new Army Futures Command

    US Army officials have outlined their new structure meant to improve a struggling acquisitions process, including a new US Army Futures Command. “A three-star level taskforce is mapping out a new command – Army Futures Command – that will consolidate the service's modernisation

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 11 December 2017

    Americas Brazil – 08 December 2017: At Parada Pinto Avenue, Vila Amalia, São Paulo, three armed persons held customers and store employees hostage during a robbery attempt at a department store, before being forced to surrender by police. Brazil – 08 December 2017: In Rio de

  • NATO, EU agree a new round of co-operation goals, although many remain abstract

    NATO and EU foreign ministers have endorsed a new set of 32 proposals to boost their two organisations’ co-operation against security threats, including a new push to accelerate military mobility, or the rapid deployment, of troops and materiel across Europe. The proposals are mostly an

  • NATO centre draws up social media exploitation goals

    The NATO Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) is set to publish a ‘hit list’ of suggestions to further exploit the use of social media in the contemporary operating environment, service officials have disclosed. The findings, which stem from a workshop held in

  • UK amphibious plans come under fire

    Proposals to retire the UK Royal Navy’s (RN's) two landing platform docks (LPDs) and reduce the size of the Royal Marines (RM) have come under fire from retired officers and academic experts during a parliamentary inquiry. The proposals prepared by RN chiefs as part of the ongoing UK national

  • Double SVBIED attack targets military forces in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    At the edges of Salihiya, Deir al-Zour governorate, two Islamic State militants conducted two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attacks against the Syrian Army.

  • FARC peace deal makes progress in Colombia

    Key Points The majority of FARC insurgents have disarmed and demobilised, but the government has struggled to implement other elements of the November 2016 peace agreement. Armed organised crime groups, FARC dissidents, and the ELN will remain part of Colombia’s security panorama during the

  • Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

    Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December. The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been

  • Growing risks to marine and aviation assets in Houthi-controlled territory as coalition-backed forces mobilise in central Yemen

    Key Points President Hadi has called for a general mobilisation against the Houthi movement after former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was killed by Houthi militants in Sanaa on 4 December. The offensive along the Red Sea coastline, coupled with the arrival of Saudi-led coalition military

  • IED attack targets CPN-M Centre rally in Nepal's Western region

    AN IMPROVSED explosive device, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a crowd at a Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-M Centre) rally in Pakadi in Mayadevi municipality in Kapilvastu district in Nepal's Mid-Western region on 4 December, The Himalayan Times reported. No

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