• Police foil plot to kill Prime Minister in the United Kingdom's London

    SKY News, citing unnamed security sources, reported on 6 December that police had foiled an Islamist militant suicide plot to kill Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in the United Kingdom's capital London on an unspecified date, Sky News and Reuters reported. Two men - identified as

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • RCIED attack kills nine people in Pakistan's Waziristan Agency

    NINE people were killed when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED), emplaced by unidentified militants on a motorcycle, detonated in the Khadi area or Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 5 December, Reuters and Pajhwok

  • Social media posts reveal submarine deployments

    Key Points Submariners may be identified on social media, despite generally demonstrating a higher level of operational security than most other military personnel, particularly if social network analysis is performed on their online activity. Submerged submarines cannot be tracked using open

  • Unidentified militants kill one soldier in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE soldier was shot and killed in an ambush by two unidentified militants armed with pistols in 1st March Neighbourhood in Waberi district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 1 December, Dhacdo reported. The militants escaped the scene of the attack before the arrival of security forces. No group

  • US Navy Transitions to Search and Recovery in Search for ARA San Juan

    As the mission has shifted to a search-and-recovery operation for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan , the US Navy (USN) has deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the efforts onboard R/V Atlantis , USN officials have announced. The CURV-21 is a 6,400-lb Remotely

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 7 December 2017

    AMERICAS Argentina - 06 December 2017: Transport workers’ unions said that they would consider strike action to oppose the tax, labour, and pension reforms planned by the government. Brazil - 06 December 2017: In Arará, Rio de Janeiro, nearly 3,000 police and troops were deployed in an

  • Colombian Army to receive new fire simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • IED attack targets park in Nepal's Lalitpur

    AN IMPROVISED explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near United Nations Park in Kupondole in Nepal's Lalitpur district on 1 December, the Kathmandu Post reported. Police reported the aim of the attack was to disrupt the second phase of parliamentary and provincial

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Pressures build on Venezuelan president

    Key Points The escape from house arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma may have involved some degree of military complicity, although overall military loyalty appears assured. Purges, promotions, and access to economic resources are tools used by Venezuelan President Nicolás

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • South Korea boosts defence spending in response to threats from North

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 6 December that it will receive a 2018 budget of KRW42.25 trillion (USD39.52 billion). The MND said the expenditure – approved by the National Assembly earlier in the day – is a 7% increase over spending in 2016 and

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • Thales, Cotecmar renew partnership

    France’s Thales announced on 5 December that it had renewed its partnership agreement with Colombian naval firm Cotecmar at the Expodefensa 2017 trade show. According to a statement released by Thales, the two companies are building on an agreement first signed in 2015, and will focus on the

  • Unidentified explosion wounds eight police officers in Nepal's Dang

    EIGHT police officers were wounded in an unidentified explosion that occurred near a Nepali Congress (NC) election rally at Araniko Stadium in Tulsipur in Nepal's Dang districton 28 November, The Himalayan Times reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • USAF lifts Texan II grounding

    The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 71st Flying Training Wing has lifted a temporary grounding order of its Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft that was put in place following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The USAF announced on 5 December that no cause for the events

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 6 December 2017

    Americas Colombia – 05 December 2017: ELN rebels and the government said they would discuss an extension of the ongoing ceasefire beyond the current deadline of January 2018. Colombia – 05 December 2017: Presidential candidate Alejandro Ordóñez said that he would terminate

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