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  • Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

    EVENT Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak. Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

    EVENT On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media. Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that

  • IHS Balance of Trade Report 2014

    2013 was another strong growth year for defence trade. Traditional markets expanded by USD2 billion to USD67 billion, while some emerging markets started to impact on the structure of the global market. Furthermore, trade patterns are fundamentally changing for the dominant players; for instance,

  • Unbowed and unbroken - Somalia's Al-Shabaab emerges seemingly unscathed following internal purge

    Key Points The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013. In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group. Al-Shabaab

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Luxembourg passes operational milestone in support of EU anti-piracy mission

    The Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta', it was announced on 16 February. The MPRA Detachment's Swearingen SW3C Merlin maritime surveillance aircraft

  • Russian naval pilot training facility nears completion

    Russia is making solid progress on the construction of its new naval aviation training facility at Yeysk Airbase in the country's Southern Military District, satellite imagery analysis reveals. Work on creating the new carrier-based naval aviation training complex at Yeysk is scheduled to be

  • Ukraine amends defence procurement policy

    Ukraine's state-owned military industries are to be exempted from the need to competitively tender for government work following a change to the country's procurement law, approved by the Ukrainian government on 12 February. In a statement issued on 14 February Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned

  • Move of legislature to Equatorial Guinea's largest city increases risk of crime and police violence

    EVENT Equatorial Guinea has started relocating the executive from the capital Malabo to the country's largest mainland city, Bata, to promote the economic and social development of the Litoral region, government spokesperson Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba announced on 12 February. The planned relocation

  • Brazil to sign RBS 70 missile systems contract

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled to sign a contract soon with Sweden's Saab Dynamics to buy RBS 70 man-portable surface-to-air missile systems, a military source close to the programme told IHS Jane's on 11 February. The package, worth around BRL28 million (USD11.6 million), will be firmed through

  • Singapore Airshow 2014: AgustaWestland secures another Philippine AW109 contract

    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has secured an order from the Philippine Navy (PN) for two more AW109 maritime helicopters, continuing the company's recent success in the market. Announced at the Singapore Airshow on 12 February, the contract brings the PN's AW109 orders up to five aircraft

  • Terrorism, Insurgency & Non-State Armed Groups – Review & Outlook

    Geographic concentration in Middle East and South Asia In January 2014, Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak noted that “the phenomenon of terrorism is global in nature. So, wherever you are, you might become a target.” While this statement is not false – the threat of

  • Boeing targets Asia, Middle East for combat aircraft sales

    On the heels of two international losses in combat aircraft competitions last year, Boeing remains hopeful that its offerings will be chosen by new international customers over the next two decades. The company sees demand outside the US for another 500-1,000 combat aircraft over the next 10-15

  • Air strikes kill four civilians in Syria's Deraa

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four people, including civilians and militants, were killed in an air strike by government forces near the city of Deraa in Syria's Deraa governorate on 30 December. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human

  • Detica to rebrand as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    BAE Systems is preparing to rebrand its Detica as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, a move that comes six years after the USD1 billion acquisition of the cyber security operation. BAE Systems revealed the rebranding plan in a staff newsletter, saying that it would take effect from 31 January.

  • German Tornado jet crashes

    A German Air Force Tornado strike aircraft on a training mission crashed into woods some 50 km from Koblenz on the evening of 16 January. Both aircrew are said to have ejected safety. Although the unit has not been identified, Fighter Bomber Wing 33 equipped with Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike)

  • IED attack kills at least eight people and wound 67 others in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    EIGHT people were killed and 67 were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated inside an Islamic preaching centre in the Charsadda road in Peshawar city of Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 16 January, Pajhwok, Khaama Press, and Al-Jazeera

  • First Chinook HC.6 helos for RAF arrive in the UK

    The first three of 14 Boeing Chinook HC.6 heavy-lift transport helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF) have arrived in the UK and will be ready to enter service later in the year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 January. The helicopters were delivered from the

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