UPDF protests US sanctions against intelligence chief

by Jeremy Binnie

The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) immediately objected to the financial sanctions the United States imposed on Major General Adel Kandiho, its intelligence chief, on 7 December.

“We are disappointed that such a decision could be made by a country we consider friendly, a partner and great ally, without due process and in total disregard of the principle of ‘fair hearing', coupled with failure to make the necessary consultations,” it said in a statement.


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Pyongyang indicates intention to lift suspension on nuclear and ICBM tests

by Jon Grevatt

North Korea has indicated it could soon lift a self-imposed moratorium on tests of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which has been in place for nearly four years.

At a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the committee agreed to “resume all temporarily suspended activities” in terms of the country's defence policy, the government's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 20 January.


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ReCAAP reports rise in number of sea robbery cases along Singapore Strait

by Ridzwan Rahmat

An intergovernmental piracy watchdog has reported a rise in the number of sea robbery incidents in the Singapore Strait for 2021.

According to figures released by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) on 18 January, there were 49 sea robbery incidents along the waterway in 2021.

This is an increase of 44% year-on-year from the 34 incidents reported for 2020, and none of the perpetrators in the 2021 incidents have been arrested, said ReCAAP.


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Indra to equip latest electronic warfare systems onto Spanish Army's Chinooks

by Olivia Savage

Indra is to update the Spanish Army's Boeing Chinook CH-47F electronic warfare systems. (Indra)

Indra has signed a EUR35 million (USD39.8 million) contract with the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to integrate its latest electronic warfare (EW) systems onto the Spanish Army's Boeing CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters, the company announced on 18 January.

According to Indra, the helicopters will be integrated with the company's ALR-400FD radar alerter, InWarner sensor, and InShield directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system.


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