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Czech Republic outlines work on Elta radars

The Czech Republic's defence industry is poised to benefit following the procurement of the Elta Systems EL/M-2084 3D mobile air defence radar system by the Ministry of Defence . The MoD selected Elta Systems in December 2016 as the winner of an international tender for eight 3D

Afghanistan to receive further ScanEagle UASs

Afghanistan is to receive five new Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems under a USD19.6 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense on 25 July. The contract covers the five UASs (one UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated pneumatic

Cochin Shipyard prepares for share listing

State-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited – the constructor of the Indian Navy's Project 71 Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 – will launch an initial public offering on 1 August, the company has announced. Through the listing CSL aims to generate about

DoD awards first LRASM production contract

The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

Singapore Technologies Engineering launches venture capital fund

Singapore Technologies Engineering has launched a venture capital fund to engage with start-ups and invest in new technologies, the group announced on 25 July. The company said it would invest USD150 million to invest in “promising technology start-ups and early-stage

Cochin Shipyard prepares for share listing

State-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited - the constructor of the Indian Navy's Project 71 Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-1 - will launch an initial public offering on 1 August, the company has announced. Through the listing CSL aims to generate about

Former Pentagon industrial base policy official launches investment firm

Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy William Greenwalt is joining with another former defence official, Paul Brinkley, to form a new investment firm, according to a press release issued on 25 July. The new firm, Brinkley Greenwalt LLC, will target privately held technology

Trump administration opposes House measure funding MOX nuclear facility

Key Points The White House 'strongly opposes' a House effort to continue funding the MOX plutonium disposition programme House and Senate appropriators are at odds over funding the controversial facility The White House is backing a US Department of Energy request, once again, for Congress

UK's Defence External Innovation Advisory Panel has first meeting

The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence External Innovation Advisory Panel held its first meeting on 24 July. The panel, composed of a group of outside experts tasked with providing guidance on adding innovation to MoD, was formed by the ministry in February. The panel is composed of

US lawmaker proposes USD5 million boost for Commercial Weather Data Pilot programme

Key Points A lawmaker wants to increase the Air Force's budget for a commercial weather data pilot GAO has reported that the Pentagon faces gaps in weather coverage as systems age A US lawmaker has proposed a USD5 million boost in the Air Force's research, development, test,

Aselsan opens Malaysian venture

Turkey's military electronics company Aselsan announced on 24 July that it had established a company in Malaysia under the name of Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which will operate on remote-controlled weapons systems. The company is 100% owned by Aselsan, it said in a statement submitted to

Beijing says intercept of USN reconnaissance aircraft over East China Sea was 'necessary'

China's Ministry of National Defense has said that the 23 July intercept carried out by two Chinese fighters of a US Navy EP-3E Aries II electronic reconnaissance aircraft over the East China Sea was “legal, necessary, and professional”. MND spokesperson Ren Guoqiang

China maintains contingencies for North Korean instability

Key Points China's ability to pressure North Korea through control over the border and holding a military advantage is likely to be a permanent feature of their relationship; in these areas, Beijing retains decisive leverage over Pyongyang. It is possible but unlikely that North Korea's illicit

China to take extra measures on border amid stand-off with India

China has warned India that it will defend its territorial sovereignty "at all costs" and step up “targeted deployment” as the nuclear-armed neighbours remain locked in a stand-off over a border dispute that has lasted more than a month. Speaking at a press conference on 24

Czech Senate endorses Czech-Slovak Joint Skies air defence initiative

The Czech Senate on 20 June voted to support the proposed Joint Skies air defence initiative between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The senate is expected to ratify the agreement in early September. The Slovak parliament voted in favour of ratification in June, pending a Czech parliament decision

Dozens killed in Kabul car bomb attack

Dozens of people were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated on 24 July in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group in recent months. A Taliban suicide bomber triggered the VBEID at 06:50 h local

EU extends 'Sophia' naval mission in Mediterranean to end of 2018

The European Union is prolonging operations of its naval mission in the central Mediterranean for another 18 months. The move comes in recognition of the growing problems of human smuggling and other security problems afflicting the region. The EU Council agreed on 25 July to extend the mandate of

F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office are on track to compete System Design and Development flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

FVL next-gen rotorcraft's cautious pace worries industry

Industry teams are concerned that the Pentagon's comprehensive Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft programme, its only major new rotorcraft acquisition, is advancing at a slow pace that could cause some investment and workforce issues. The project has been ongoing at a basic concept and science

IAF loses 29 aircraft in accidents over five years

The Indian Air Force has lost 29 aircraft in accidents over the past five years due to “technical defects and human error”, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told the Indian Parliament on 21 July. Bhamre said that the losses incurred between April 2012 and July 2017

IED attack kills at least four soldiers in Somalia's Bay

AT LEAST four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack targeting a military convoy near the town of Baidoa in Somalia's Bay region on 23 July, Al Jazeera reported. Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack.

IED attacks in Baghdad drop 78% due to diminishing Islamic State capability and improved Iraqi forces' effectiveness

EVENT There has been a 78% drop in the number of improvised explosive device attacks carried out in Baghdad, from 221 in Q4 2016 to 49 in Q2 2017, according to IHS Markit's Conflict Monitor service. The figures include successful and foiled roadside IEDs, suicide attacks, and vehicle-borne

China aims to be a world leader in artificial intelligence

Key Points State Council announces long-term plan to boost country's AI industry Programme positioned to benefit China's civil-military integration strategy China's State Council has announced a long-term plan to become a world leader in artificial intelligence , with the

Guardion enters C-UAS fray

Kostas Tigkos Capitalising on its successful first steps into the counter-unmanned aerial vehicle market, Rohde & Schwarz has teamed up with ESG and Diehl to expand and enhance the Ardronis suite into a new product line under the Guardion designation. The new system includes a wide range

Turkey replaces defence minister as first-ever gendarmerie appointments are made by civilian government

Turkish Defence Minister Fikri İsik was replaced by Nurettin Canikli, one of the deputy prime ministers, in a cabinet reshuffle on 19 July. İsik is now a deputy prime minister. This was followed on 21 July by the first appointments by Turkey's civilian Interior Ministry to the

Chinese Navy demonstrates operational reach in Baltic Sea drills with Russia

Key Points The Chinese and Russian navies have entered a crucial phase of their first joint naval drills in the Baltic Sea Exercise further demonstrates China's ability to support naval operations at distance The navies of China and Russia have begun the “active phase” of the

Honeywell reports second quarter earnings

US multi-industrial firm Honeywell reported its second quarter earnings on 21 July, with revenue up for the company as a whole helped by increases in defence sales. Honeywell, reporting on the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017, recorded an actual decline in revenue figures for its aerospace

India considers liberalising foreign investment rules for defence

Key Points The move is intended to stimulate massive investment over the next five years Reports indicate that liberalisation will look to support key defence segments The government of India is considering moves to further liberalise foreign direct investment rules for defence. The move is

Jordan receives additional Black Hawk helos

The Royal Jordanian Air Force has received into service a further two Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters to augment the 24 it already fields. The event, which was announced by the US Embassy in Jordan on 23 July, involved the delivery of helicopters to Jordan aboard a US Air Force

UK launches defence plans review

A review of the implementation of the UK defence and security plans has been launched, according to a surprise announcement by the UK Cabinet Office. The review will look at the “UK national security capabilities, in support of the ongoing implementation” of the 2015 National Security

Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 25 July 2017

Americas Argentina - 21 July 2017: Chinese oil company Sinopec suspended its operations in Santa Cruz province in response to intensifying strike action and labour demands for improved conditions in the sector, according to local media reports. Chile - 20 July 2017: A private study reported that

Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurana to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane's . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

China orders four more Mi-171E helicopters

China has ordered four additional Mi-171E multirole medium helicopters from Russia, according to a 21 July statement issued by Russia's arms export agency Rosoboronexport. "We signed a contract for the supply of an additional batch of Mi-171E transport helicopters and their assets to

Clarion acquired by Blackstone

Defence and security events company Clarion has been acquired by private equity firm Blackstone, it was announced on 24 July. The transaction saw Blackstone acquire the company for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. Providence has the option to reinvest a

Czech MoD poised to secure Nexter 6x6, Iveco 4x4 procurement

The Czech Ministry of Defence received approval from the cabinet of ministers on 24 July to procure 62 Nexter Titus 6x6 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and 80 Iveco 4x4 armoured modular vehicles for the Army of the Czech Republic in 2020-24 worth a total of CZK9.5

Electoral reform in Moldova likely to benefit larger parties and reduce government instability

EVENT On 21 July 2017, Moldova's Monitorul Oficial published the new law to introduce a mixed electoral system. The law, which takes immediate effect, was approved by the Moldovan parliament on 20 July, by 74 out of 101 votes, and obtained prompt ratification from the President, Igor Dodon of PRSM.

Hardened German stance towards Turkey includes closer scrutiny of arms exports

Germany is reviewing relations with Ankara in a wide range of areas, including arms exports. Asked for confirmation of a 21 July report in the tabloid newspaper Bild that arms exports to Turkey were being frozen, a German Economics Ministry spokesman told Jane's on 24 July that all licences for such

India reports sharp increase in ceasefire violations along LoC

India has registered a sharp increase in the number of ceasefire violations carried out by neighbouring Pakistan along the Line of Control in the state of Jammu and Kashmir over the past six-and-a-half months, according to a 21 July statement issued by India's Press Information Bureau .

Indian Army critically short of ammunition, says CAG

The Indian Army's ammunition stocks are barely enough to enable the service to fight a 10-day war, the country's Comptroller and Auditors General said in a report tabled in the Indian parliament on 21 July. The CAG revealed that 121 of 152 types of ammunition -

Indian Navy lacks safety structures, says India's CAG

India's Comptroller and Auditor General said in a report that the absence of a central structure in the Indian Navy to deal with safety issues resulted in 38 accidents between 2007 and 2016 in which 33 naval personnel, including officers, died. Tabled in the Indian Parliament on 21

MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation , unveiled its APR-3ME Orel air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

Martial law extension to increase Philippine president's political authority, security risks in western Mindanao remain very high

EVENT The Philippine Congress on 22 July voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December; this was set to expire on 23 July. The House of Representatives supported the extension with 245 of 294 members voting in favour, while in the Senate, 16 of 24 members voted in support. Intense

North Korea capable of launching 'limited missile attack', says top US general

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff , General Joe Dunford, has publicly acknowledged that North Korea is capable of launching what he called “a limited missile attack”. “Kim Jong-un's regime is tied to nuclear programme, and what I can tell the

OSINT Summary: Somali militant Islamist leader Mukhtar Robow reportedly forced to negotiate by Al-Shabaab

Key Points The removal of founding Al-Shabaab member Mukhtar Robow from the US Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program on 23 June led to rumours that Robow was seeking to negotiate his defection with the government. An army colonel confirmed on 30 June that

Qatar likely to meet minimum requirements to prevent US, but not further GC3+1, sanctions

EVENT Details of the 11 July US - Qatar counterterrorism agreement have begun to emerge. Qatari state media reported on 20 July that Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani had promulgated an ordinance permitting the listing of individuals and entities as terrorist. Two US government permanent staff would

Radar MMS details VTOL UAV effort

Russia-based Radar MMS released further details of its BPV-500 vertical-takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft system at the MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Radar MMS representative Sergey Prokofiev told Jane's that the BPV-500 is designed to operate from land and

Raytheon tests HEL system on Apache

The US Special Operations Command and Raytheon have demonstrated the ability to fire a laser from a US Army Apache AH-64 helicopter, although USSOCOM is still likely years away from arming rotary-wing aircraft with directed energy weapons, industry experts have reported. The test was an

Sener delivers 2016 earnings

Spanish engineering group Sener returned to net profits in 2016 at fractionally under EUR17 million , a year after turning in losses of EUR71.7 million. The turning point came as the group, which includes aerospace and defence supplier divisions, agreed last year to sell off its

South Korea pushing to revise missile guidelines, says report

The government in Seoul is pushing to revise the missile guidelines developed with Washington to double the maximum weight of warheads mounted on South Korean ballistic missiles from the current 500 kg, the Yonhap news agency reported on 24 July citing unnamed sources. The South Korean government

Split in Bosnian government coalition unlikely to result in early election but will impede effective policymaking

EVENT The ruling coalition at Bosnia's state and Federation entity level broke down on 21 July 2017 after several months of political infighting between the two largest Bosnian Muslim parties, the Party of Democratic Action , and the Union for a Better Future of