• Election of 'revolutionary' candidate would call into question Iran's commitment to nuclear agreement and increases war risks

    Key Points The election is increasingly defined by Iran's revolutionaries as having existential significance for Iran's system of governance and policy direction, and uniting Iran's ascendant power centres against incumbent president Hassan Rouhani. Should the revolutionaries unite behind a single

  • North Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrence 'to the maximum'

    A North Korean foreign ministry official has said that his country will bolster its nuclear deterrence capabilities "to the maximum" as tensions mount on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "Now that the US is kicking up the

  • France releases Syrian sarin attack report

    France released a declassified intelligence assessment on 26 April that accused the Syrian military of using the nerve agent sarin against the town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but did not explain how the attack was carried out. The report said France had independently obtained samples from Khan

  • US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)

  • Use of chemical weapons continues in Syria

    The Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 23 November 2015 expressed "grave concern" that chemical weapons (CW) had once again been used in Syria after its fact-finding mission (FFM) confirmed "with the utmost confidence" that sulphur mustard had

  • UPDATE: SM-3 Block IIA interceptor completes second flight test

    Key Points Second control test vehicle flight success paves way for SM-3 Block IIA intercept test in 2016 Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted to build a further 17 SM-3 Block IIA all-up rounds for operational testing and initial deployment The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the

  • IAI unveils its Terra dual-band long-range radar system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a long-range radar system that includes the new EL/M-2090S Spectra S-band radar. When linked to the previously unveiled EL/M-2090U Ultra UHF radar, the two combine to form Terra, officials from IAI's Elta division told journalists at a facility in

  • Bahrain becomes launch customer for Russian Kornet-EM system

    Bahrain has become the launch customer for the new Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, according to a Russian military industrial complex source. The source said Bahrain ordered about 100 9M133M-2 missiles for the Kornet-EM system in 2014. The type and number of launchers ordered by

  • Security Alerts - 21-28 August

    IHS Jane's Security Alerts provide a snapshot of political and security news likely to break in the week ahead. Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on 24 August. Pro-Russian separatists are likely to intensify their attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on

  • Update: Developing MOKV will be challenging but results could reap cost savings

    Key Points Lockheed Martin will examine technologies from its previous MKV effort MOKV could be a fielded capability as early as 2025 The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded contracts to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon to define a proof-of-concept prototype and demonstrate risk

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Nuclear deal likely to temporarily increase Iranian political stability, cause escalation of Iraqi and Syrian proxy war

    Iranian diplomats have told media that a draft nuclear agreement has been reached with the P5+1 countries in Vienna on 14 July. The agreement will gradually allow investment in Iran's economy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will likely attempt to maximise their gains in Iraq and Syria in the short term,

  • Hamas's tactics highlight severe cost of war with Hizbullah and raise risk of third intifada against Israel

    Key Points Hamas has brought about a suspension of some flights at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and inflicted significant casualties against Israel. Hamas has forced Fatah to back it, and internal dynamics within Fatah raise the risk of the movement splitting and factions within it calling for

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