• Bolivian military border control initiative develops

    Bolivian Defence Minister Javier Zabaleta announced on 7 August that the Bolivian Army will relocate 24 forward control posts and double the number of personnel assigned to the country’s Counter Smuggling Strategic Operational Command (Comando Estratégico Operacional [CEO] de Lucha contra

  • Chemring explosion kills one

    An explosion on 10 August at Chemring’s flare-manufacturing facility in Salisbury in the United Kingdom resulted in one fatality and has caused the company to suspend production at the site. Another employee was injured and received hospital treatment, the company confirmed, with the

  • Mexico to acquire Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 August that the US Department of State has approved an estimated USD41 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) package of eight Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to Mexico. The prospective FMS package includes six

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Saudi takes command of CTF 150 for the first time

    A Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) officer has assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) for the first time, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) announced on 9 August. Commodore Al-Shahrani officially took over from the UK Royal Navy’s Commodore Stephen Moorhouse during a ceremony at

  • Successful attack demonstrates militant intent to target Jordan’s security forces and Christians, likely improved IED capabilities

    Event Unidentified attackers placed an improvised explosive device (IED) under a security forces’ vehicle guarding a music festival in Jordan’s predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Fuheis, Balqa governorate, on 10 August. One police officer was killed and six injured when the IED

  • Armed clash kills 19 suspected Taliban militants and four soldiers in Afghanistan's Farah

    NINETEEN suspected Taliban militants and four soldiers were killed, while 32 suspected militants and six soldiers were wounded, when members of the security forces were ambushed at three different checkpoints in the Balabolok district of Afghanistan's Farah province on 6 August, the Afghan Islamic

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

    Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised Congress on 31 July that the State Department had

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Kabul and ‘Resolute Support’ sign to boost telecom services

    The Afghan government and the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission signed on 11 August a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to enhance telecommunication services across Afghanistan. “The Afghan National Defense Security Forces [ANDSF] depend on a more reliable and secure

  • Opposition's court challenge to presidential electoral result likely to increase localised protests in Zimbabwe's Harare and Bulawayo

    Event The inauguration of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front's (ZANU–PF) Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the election with 50.8% of the vote, has been postponed pending a court decision. The court has 14 days to deliberate and a decision is

  • Patria appoints new business development officer

    Patria has created the role of chief business development officer (CBDO) as part of its new business strategy. The role will be supported by the appointment of new leads for the company’s land and systems units. The company announced on 13 August that Pasi Niinikoski will be appointed to the

  • Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

    The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8x8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and M220A1/TOW 2A series missiles carried by

  • Regional instability heightens security concerns of Panama Canal

    Instability in Latin America – due in large part to the recent migration of refugees from Venezuela looking to escape national crises there – is causing more concern about the security of the Panama Canal, Colonel Barbara Fick, chief of Political Military Affairs at US Southern Command

  • Rheinmetall Defence appoints chief technology officer

    Rheinmetall Defence has appointed Klaus Kappen to the newly established role of chief technology officer (CTO). Kappen was formerly the head of research-and-development co-ordination and special projects for land systems. In his new role he will oversee a newly established CTO department at

  • Security forces arrest suspected Islamic State militant in Georgia

    Following the dissemination of a video by the Islamic State claiming the desire to take revenge for the deaths of the group's members during raids in 2017, counter-terrorism officers arrested an alleged member of the militant group - identified only as Malkhaz T - in an unspecified location. During

  • Taliban launch attack on Ghazni City

    Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged attack on the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province on 10 August, killing more than 170 security forces personnel. As of this writing, however, four days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city under their

  • US Air Force seeks to improve student pilot learning through new initiative

    Key Points The USAF sought to decrease the time of pilot training without sacrificing learning Pilot Training Next relied heavily on simulators and other existing and emerging technologies The US Air Force (USAF) sought to decrease the time and cost of pilot training without sacrificing the depth

  • Austal set for Philippine OPV programme

    Australian shipbuilder Austal confirmed on 13 August that it is in position to secure a contract to supply a version of its Cape-class patrol boat to the Philippine Navy (PN). The deal is expected to feature six vessels that will be built in the Philippines by the company’s local subsidiary,