HEADLINES

  • Strengthening international relationships

    Since the idea for a Special Operations Forces conference and exhibition was first put forward by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, in 1996, SOFEX has developed into the largest specialist event of its kind and this year celebrates its 10th staging in Jordan.

  • MD Tabbah: ‘SOFEX is meeting point’

    The 10th Session of SOFEX 2014 is the largest ever and indicates the distinction of SOFEX and its evolvement two decades after its launch. Companies that participated in the previous events continue to exhibit, which in turn has attracted other companies. To accommodate the increase in the number

  • Jordan’s gunship uncovered

    Making its debut at SOFEX is the AC-235 light gunship, developed by ATK of the US in partnership with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). The two AC-235s for Jordan’s Special Operations Command aviation component (5th Prince Hashim Royal Aviation Brigade) were

  • Boeing flies production-standard AH-6i

    Last week, Boeing flew the AH-6i light attack/armed scout helicopter for the first time in production-standard configuration. Developed from the AH-6M used by US Special Operations Command, the aircraft is based on the proven MD 500/530 airframe and incorporates systems from the company’s

  • Oman to spend more

    A Bank of Muscat report says Oman’s 2014 defence budget will increase by 4.1 per cent to OMR3.7 billion ($9.6 billion). Most of the extra funding is expected to cover major arms deals, including the acquisition of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets (12), Airbus C295M transport aircraft (8), and

  • Call for co-ordinated anti-missile defence

    US deputy assistant secretary of space and defence, Frank Rose, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi on missiles and defence that Iran’s continued development of ballistic missile capabilities has made the development of a co-ordinated missile defence system for the Gulf Co-operation Council

  • Countering attack with diversity

    Canada’s Ultra Electronics, TCS (Hall 1, Stand C111) has launched the UltraHop ECCM waveform. This fast frequency hopping (1,000 hops per second), full band and high throughput (16Mbps) waveform is compatible with the GRC-245C and X500-G tri-channel radio systems, said to be the only

  • Ready for the battlefield

    The combat proven twin-engined Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan medium tactical transport aircraft is claimed by the firm to fly faster and higher, carry more cargo and be able to operate from smaller airfields compared with its direct competitors, and is also cheaper to operate. With these solid

  • Promise of greater capability

    In Afghanistan, BAE Systems’ M777 lightweight towed howitzer, developed out of a joint US Marine Corps and Army programme, was used very effectively for both point and area defence by US and Canadian forces. In the former role it was used to fire the Excalibur round, co-developed by BAE

  • A recommended combination

    UK engineering firm C2UK (Hall 1, Stand A134) and Lockheed Martin (Hall 1, Stand C101) are demonstrating that the combination of the C-LITE Gen3 tactical mission system and Gyrocam sensor system – two sophisticated vehicle-mounted systems here shown on a Polaris MV850 all-terrain vehicle

  • Ease of use with precision

    Two new pistols are featured by Ceska zbrojovka (better known as CZ) on Stand A117 in Hall 1. The CZ P-07 (right) and P-09 models have been developed following consultation with many armed forces around the world. Both have much in common in terms of materials used, but one is compact while the

  • A step beyond

    UK-based simulation, training and consultancy NSC (Stand A141) is providing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multipurpose Turret

  • Election 2014: Algerian protest risks will remain high beyond presidential poll

    Key Points The cancellation shows the degree of hostility faced by Bouteflika's campaign in some areas of Algeria, particularly those with Berber populations. The 17 April 2014 election and Bouteflika's probable victory are unlikely to mark the end of such protests, especially in the Kabylie

  • Army forces air bombardments kill one anti-government militant in Syria's Al-Quneitra

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one anti-government militant was killed in army air strikes targeting militants on an unspecified location of Syria's Al-Quneitra governorate on 29 March. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cannot

  • Burkinabé president's re-election bid likely to continue despite allied party opposition, increasing risks of violent protest

    EVENT The main allied party of the Burkinabé ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès: CDP) announced after its annual conference that it is totally opposed to a referendum on removing presidential term limits. The Alliance for

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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