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  • Indonesia outlines ambitious self-reliance target

    Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has outlined an ambitious target to manufacture in-country within 10 years nearly all the Indonesian Armed Forces' (TNI's) procured military equipment. In comments published by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 12 December, Ryacudu said the MoD is

  • Country Risk Watch - January 2015

    Mexican president presents action plan as security crisis deepens Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced a 10-point plan aimed at improving security in the country on 27 November. The initiative followed two months of significant civil unrest around the country after the disappearance

  • EU to approve maritime security plan

    The European Union's (EU's) 28 member nations are soon expected to adopt a new action plan on maritime security to address the widening range of threats prevalent along their common external sea borders. A priority of the EU's current Italian presidency, the plan contains more than 100 action

  • US Congress agrees to USD554bn defence appropriations bill

    Key Points The bill includes USD490.2 billion in base funding and USD64 in wartime supplemental funding If enacted, the legislation would mainly support acquisition programmes and military operations Congressional appropriators late on 9 December unveiled a fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) spending

  • US sets up new headquarters for Operation 'Inherent Resolve'

    US Central Command has set up a new headquarters to replace the ad hoc arrangements that were established to co-ordinate operations against the Islamic State militant group after it made rapid gains in Iraq in June. The US Department of Defense (DoD) revealed the existence of Combined Joint Task

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  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • FN Manufacturing M249 5.56 mm Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)

    Development The 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) was type-classified in 1982. Original plans called for 49,979 for the US Army and 9,974 for the US Marine Corps, but these totals were revised downwards during 1985, pending a number of necessary modifications. This led to the hurried

  • US Ordnance 7.62 mm M60E4 light machine gun series

    Development The US Ordnance M60E4 light machine gun series was originally designed by Saco Defense (now part of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products) to improve the M60 machine gun family's reliability and user-friendliness. In February 2006, much of the M60's production tooling (which

  • RPG-76 Komar disposable anti-tank weapon

    Development Development of the RPG-76 Komar (Mosquito) weapon began in 1971 by the Military Institute of Weapon Technology (WITU) in a project named 'Argon'. Initially the project focused on two systems, one recoilless, the other rocket propelled, both using the same 73 mm warhead (60° cone)

  • Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher

    Development The Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher is offered as a 'stand-alone' alternative 40 mm low-velocity grenade delivery system to the Swiss Arms GL5040/5140 under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL) - (see separate entry). Description The GLG40 launcher consists of a high impact