Misguided Restraint Against Somali Pirates Will Only Escalate Attacks

The misguided policy of restraint against the ever growing threat from pirates, roaming the high seas off the Somali coastline is becoming dangerously close to total surrender. There is little doubt left, that Islamic terror leaders will sooner or later exploit this signal of weakness and start substantial maritime terror all over the Globe, eventually bringing strategic shipping lanes...

Al-Shabaab VBIED Attack on Mogadishu Hotel Kills 13

A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, earlier today, killing 13 people. The car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures.

Combat Debut for Rooivalk

The South African Denel DH-2 Rooivalk attack helicopter made its combat debut on Monday 4 November, 2013 while conducting armed overwatch and close air support flights of UN personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South African media has reported. The SAAF deployed three Rooivalk helicopters to the DRC in late October, clearing them to begin operations on...

KADEX: Barys – The New 8×8 APC from Kazakhstan and South Africa

The Kazakh-South-African joint venture, “Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering” (KPE) introduced the new Barys 8X8 armored fighting vehicle at the KADEX - Kazakhstan's defense expo. The JV will start producing the vehicles at the new 15,000 square meters assembly plant opened in 2015 in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Intercept test validates Barak 8 air defense system maturity

Today at 07:20 (Israel time), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), conducted the first successful flight test of the Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System. On this test, held at the weapon test range in the Negev desert the system employed all the elements related to the naval and land-based variants of...

The Zaidi Shi’a in Yemen – Iran’s Next Objective to Reach the Horn of Africa?

Last week's suicide attack in Yemen, the first of its kind against Western tourists, demonstrated Al-Qaeda ever-present threat in this impoverished nation despite, sofar futile efforts to crush the terrorists. Yemeni officials have blamed the suicide bombing at an archaeological site in the eastern province of Marib which killed seven Spanish tourists and two locals, on Osama bin Laden's...

U.K. to Set Standards for Maritime Private Security Companies by the 2012 Year’s End

Private Security Companies operating in a maritime environment would be required to meet certain standards expected to be instated before the end of 2012, with accreditation process supported by independent agencies, also supporting accreditation for private security companies operating in Iraq and Afghanistan

Paris, Cairo ‘close to agreement’ on Rafale, FREMM deal worth 5-6 Billion euros

France and Egypt are ‘close to agreement’ on a large scale arms deal that could cost 5-6 billion Euros and include naval vessels and fighter aircraft, La Tribune reports. The French proposal includes two FREMM multi-mission frigates worth 1.8 billion Euro, to be built by DCNS, and 20 Rafale combat aircraft from Dassault, worth 3.6 billion Euro. Both platforms will be armed with missile systems manufactured by MBDA.

Singapore Defence Minister Calls for Integrative and Collaborative Deterrence Against Piracy

"The piracy situation in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia is a clear illustration of how insecurity in one part of the world has global ramifications" said Teo Chee Hean, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. "It demonstrates again that contemporary security challenges can no longer be solved by a single country or a small exclusive...

Defeated in Iraq, Al Qaeda Migrates to Maghreb – Next Stop: Europe

The twin blasts that caused such devastation in Algeria this week posted a grim announcement that an Islamic group, once thought to have been defeated, is back in its bloody business. Poised to extend its ruthless tactics throughout North Africa, it is making the first stop towards its ultimate target - the European continent. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, (AQIM) is...

Pirate Village Identified from Space

All photos by taken by Eros satellites, copyright: Imagesat International

Kenyan Forces Enter Somalia Fighting al-Shabaab Militias

With the Libyan campaign wrapping to an end, a new theater is broiling in Somalia, as Kenyan land forces are operating in southern Somalia, in an effort to route Al-Shabaab militants bases in townships near the Somali South-East border with Kenya. Like the Libyan campaign, the kenyan forces are assisted by foreign air and naval support.