• Finnish MoD proposes bigger budget

    Finland's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has proposed a EUR3.2 billion (USD3.6 billion) defence budget for 2019, a EUR326 million, or 11%, increase from 2018. The ministry said on 9 August that this would increase the defence budget's share of GDP from 1.23% in 2018 to 1.32% in 2019. The MoD attributed

  • IED attack kills three people in Kenya's Mandera

    THREEpeople were killed and one other was wounded when an improvised explosivedevice (IED), emplaced on a roadside by suspected Harakat al-Shabaabal-Mujahideen militants, detonated targeting a team clearing a road near thetown of Mandera in Kenya's Mandera county on 13 August, Daily Nation

  • Indian industry pledges corridor investment

    Indian defence companies have pledged to invest about INR37 billion (USD530 million) in developing a defence-industrial corridor in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, the investment was announced by several state-owned and private-sector

  • Philippines considers Russian loan to support submarine procurement

    Russia has newly offered the Philippines an economic package to support its potential acquisition of Kilo-class submarines, Arsenio Andolong, the chief of public affairs at the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND), told Jane’s on 14 August. He said the offer was made to the

  • Suicide attack kills one person in Afghanistan's Kabul

    ONEperson was killed and one other was wounded when a suicide bomber detonatedtheir explosives near the office of the Independent Election Commission inAfghanistan's capital Kabul on 13 August, Khaama Press reported. No groupimmediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Suicide attack targets Coptic church in Egypt's Qalyubuyah

    A SUICIDE bomber detonated their explosives 250 metres from a Coptic Christian church in Egypt's Qalyubiyah governorate on 11 August, killing only the attacker, Reuters and MENA reported. Reports added that security forces around the church hindered the attack, prompting the bomber to detonate their

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • Unidentified assailants daub church in sectarian graffiti in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland

    IN A STATEMENT released on 31 July, police official reported that unidentified assailants had daubed paramilitary graffiti - reading 'UDA' and 'UFF' (in reference to the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) [alias Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)]) - on the doors and walls of St. Mary's parish church on

  • Unidentified assailants spray anti-Semitic graffiti on synagogue's property in the US' Indiana

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti and Nazi symbols on the brick wall of a synagogue's property in Carmel in the state of Indiana in the United States between 28 and 29 July, Fox News reported. The damages cost approximately USD 3,000. No group immediately claimed

  • Unidentified militant shelling kills three civilians in Syria's Aleppo

    THREE civilians were killed and six others were wounded when unidentified militants shelled the Zahraa district in New Aleppo neighbourhood in the city of Aleppo in Syria's Aleppo governorate on 2 August with mortars, Syria TV and SANA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Unidentified militants kill civilian in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    ONEcivilian was shot dead by unidentified militants in a field in the Murran areaof Pulwama district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 12 August, PTI Newsreported. The man was abducted by the militants from his residence in theMurran area earlier on 12 August. No group immediately claimed

  • Unidentified militants kill police officer in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    A POLICE officer - who had been kidnapped by unidentified militants from his residence in the Mutalhama area in Kulgam district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 20 July - was shot dead in the Qoimoh area of Kulgam district on 21 July, Daily Excelsior and the Hindustan Times reported. Reports

  • Update: Taliban launches 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. At the time of this update, however, five days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city

  • US to provide Sri Lanka with USD39 million in military financing

    The US Department of State has announced that it will provide Sri Lanka with about USD39 million in foreign military financing, pending congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our ‘Bay of Bengal

  • 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-

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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