Jamaica bolsters Coast Guard patrol force

by Nick Brown

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) formally stood up a new formation – the Second District Coast Guard – on 16 November, shortly after formally accepting the service's first new Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boat into service at the Coast Guard's HMJS Cagway base in Port Royal.

The new formation is specifically expected to target drugs and weapons trafficking, and illicit fishing.


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US Congress extends government funding through mid-February

by Marc Selinger

The US House and Senate both passed a temporary measure on 2 December that will keep the federal government, including the US Department of Defense (DoD), funded through 18 February 2022.

The legislation, or continuing resolution (CR), now heads to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. The CR will replace the one that expires on 3 December.

The CRs are needed to avoid a government shutdown because lawmakers have not passed their 12 regular appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2022, which began on 1 October 2021.


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Avon Protection nears unveiling results of body armour business review

by Marc Selinger

Avon Protection, which has been conducting a “strategic review” of its body armour business, plans to disclose the outcome of that review on 15 December, according to a spokesperson for the UK-based company.

The disclosure will coincide with Avon's release of its fiscal year (FY) 2021 financial results, the spokesperson told Janes on 2 December.

Avon announced in mid-November that it was launching the review after the body armour business experienced problems with products intended for two US customers.


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Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

by Victor Barreira

The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to 26 November.

The existing Army Strategic Program Guarani (Prg EE Guarani) and Army Strategic Subprogram Armoured Forces (SPrg F Bld) – part of the wider Army Strategic Program Obtaining Full Operational Capability (Prg EE OCOP) – will be merged into a single effort designated Army Strategic Program Armoured Forces (Prg EE F Bld) on 1 January 2022.


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