• Peru's introduction of no-fly zone changes outlook for shootdown risks

    EVENT The government of President Ollanta Humala announced on 4 February the introduction of a no-fly zone in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region, an area known for its concentration of coca crops and where the remnants of Maoist insurgency Sendero Luminoso (SL)

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • Newly appointed 'consensus government' in Haiti unlikely to solve political stalemate as further violent street protests highly likely

    Key Points President Martelly has been ruling by decree since 13 January after parliament was dissolved, producing a power vacuum in the legislature and concentration of power in the executive. Criticism of the new government by the opposition signals the likely failure of solving the political

  • Obama to seek Congress' blessing in campaign against Islamic State

    The White House will ask Congress for a new authorisation for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, US president Barack Obama said during his annual State of the Union address. "Tonight I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this

  • US Navy to begin LRIP talks for CH-53K helo

    The US Navy (USN) is to begin negotiations with Sikorsky for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter, the service disclosed on 8 January. According to a notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Lots 1 and 2 will be negotiated for

  • Pentagon changes acquisition instructions

    The Pentagon released an updated version of its instructions to acquisition officers for buying defence products on 7 January, with an emphasis on varying contract types to fit individual programmes that includes four separate examples of types of contracting approaches. The new document, the

  • US Marine Corps receives first carrier variant F-35C

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received its first carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the company announced on 22 December. Aircraft CF-19 will now be transferred from the Fort Worth production facility in Texas to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air

  • Analysis: Five Key Global Defence Budget Trends for 2015

    The annual IHS Jane's Defence Budgets End Of Year Report has revealed five key trends that will shape global defence spending in 2015: 1. The recovery in global defence expenditure will stall – temporarily With further cuts required to government spending in the West and declining oil

  • Brazil receives last VBTP-MR Guarani from initial order

    The Brazilian Army on 9 December received the last 18 of an initial 128 VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious wheeled armoured vehicles ordered from Iveco Latin America, as the programme continues with more orders. Previously 50 vehicles were distributed to the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade and the

  • Pentagon adds USD600 million to intelligence budget request

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had added USD600 million to its request for intelligence activity funding, the agency reported on 21 November. The additional funds are largely part of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget, a segment of the DoD's budget that was not

  • Atlas buys Marine Sonic Technology business

    The US subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronik announced on 24 November that it has reached a deal to acquire the business of Marine Sonic Technology Limited (MSTL). The companies did not release the terms of the deal. Yorktown, Virginia-based MSTL specialises in high-resolution side scan sonar

  • USAF proposes more gradual A-10 retirement

    The US Air Force (USAF) has scaled back a request to retire its ageing Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) fleet in hopes that lawmakers resistant to the full divestment will allow a partial fleet retirement, congressional and military sources told IHS Jane's on 11

  • Unidentified assailants kill member of indigenous Nasa community in Colombia's Cauca

    A MEMBER of the indigenous Nasa community was killed by unidentified assailants in Japio, between Caloto and Santander municipalities, in Colombia's Cauca department on 7 November, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Guatemalan government forced to declare state of emergency following rising unrest against cement project

    EVENT Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina declared a 15-day state of emergency on 22 September in San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala department. The declaration followed the death of 11 people and injury to more than 20 others on 19 September during a series of violent incidents

  • Budget concerns hold up UCLASS RfP public release

    Key Points The DoD is carefully considering how much funding to allocate for UCLASS before allowing the navy to solicit bids for the effort. The USN has reportedly been studying two UCLASS alternatives-a smaller, more affordable ISR asset and a larger, heavily-armed vehicle capable penetrating

  • Mexican government makes inroads against Knights Templar cartel but Michoacán state likely to remain violent hotspot

    EVENT The Knights Templar cartel networks have been severely weakened and the Mexican federal government is prioritising the capture of its leader Servando Gómez Martínez (alias La Tuta), Michoacán state attorney general José Martín Godoy Castro said on 16 September. The

  • Colombia receives final T-90 Calima primary trainer

    The Colombian Air Force's Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN) received its 25th and final T-90 Calima primary trainer on 26 August, the command announced. The T-90 Calima was selected to replace the long-serving Beechcraft T-34 Mentor in the Military Aviation School Marco Fidel Suárez located in

  • Venezuela-Colombia border closure to cause cargo disruption without achieving long-term smuggling reduction

    EVENT Venezuela instituted measures to control smuggling on its border with Colombia. The Venezuelan government began a 30-day programme of nightly closures of its border with Colombia on 11 August. Authorities dispatched 17,000 soldiers to enforce a total ban on the movement of people and goods

  • US airstrikes in Iraq likely to prevent Islamic State militants' advance into Kurdistan Region or Baghdad

    EVENT US president Barack Obama yesterday (7 August) authorised airstrikes on Islamic State militants to protect the Kurdistan Region and Yazidi refugees stranded in the Sinjar Mountains; humanitarian relief was also delivered today (8 August). The authorisation of US airstrikes comes after the