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On 8 June 2018 the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court acquited the Congolese businessman Jean-Pierre Bemba from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the troops of his Mouvement de libération congolais (MLC) in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. The then President of the Central African Republic, Ange-Félix Patassé, had called Jean-Pierre Bemba and his MLC for help, to subdue the rebellion of François Bozizé. The Court has still to decide on charges of witness tampering.

The Mouvement de libération congolais (MLC) originated in the Second Congolese War (August 1998 – July 2003). This conflict was marked by human rights violations on a catastrophic scale perpetrated by all the parties involved. In July 1998 Laurent-Désiré Kabila had decided to expel his Rwandan and Ugandan allies from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile he had antagonized many Western governments and investors. Quickly thereafter, in early August, violence erupted in the eastern provinces of Congo. The Tutsi rebel group Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie (RCD), backed by Rwanda and Uganda, occupied large chunks of eastern Congo.  The Congolese army was no match, and throughout August 1998 Rwandan, Ugandan and rebel forces steadily encircled Kinshasa taking control of Kitona, Muanda (in the west), and Kisangani. Kinshasa began to arm Hutu militias (FDLR) in the east of the country to put a halt to the advance. Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe acknowledged Kabila’s cries for help and were dragged into the conflict.

In November 1998 the Mouvement de libération congolais (MLC) was set up in Equateur province with aid from the Central African Republic and Uganda. In early 1999 an internal power struggle within RCD caused the RCD to split in two factions: RCD-Goma and RCD-Kisangani. The latter quickly sided with Uganda. Tensions between Rwanda and Uganda reached  a boiling-point in August 1999.

When Bemba left Kinshasa, security personnel of the South African embassy found two assault rifles left behind by Bemba’s Division de Protection Présidentielle (DPP). The assault rifles were Israeli made 5.56mm Tavor rifles.

The following years, rebel groups and local defence groups split into numerous factions, all backed by either Uganda, Rwanda or Kinshasa, and switching sides ever so often. Ethnic conflicts were incited by Rwanda and Uganda to loot, plunder and exploit the DRC’s natural resources. For instance, in the Ituri region Uganda exploited existing tensions between the Hema and Lendu. Both the Hema and Lendu militias were armed and trained by the Ugandan army to incite ethnic conflict. Thus the International Court of Justice judged against Uganda in the “Case Concerning Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo” on 19 December 2005. (DR Congo vs. Uganda)”. Meanwhile Rwanda continued to support Tutsi rebel groups in the Kivus. In 2003 RCD-Goma and MLC joined Joseph Kabila’s PPRD into a transitional government. Bemba was forced to go into exile in April 2007. In Gbadolite (in the former Equateur Province), in an abandoned Coca-Cola factory, the FARDC found a complete arsenal which used to belong to Bemba’s Division de Protection Présidentielle DPP. Gbadolite had been captured by MLC somewhere late 1998, and hereafter became the MLC’s headquarter. We cannot say where or when the MLC acquird the weapons and ammunition. Most likely, some of them originated from the stockpiles of the armed forces of Zaire. Others were most likely supplied by their Ugandan overlords. We do know where the ammunition and weapons were manufactured: Belgium, France, USA, China, Spain, Soviet Union, Iran, former Yugoslavia, Israel… Most of these were relics from the Cold War with manufacturing dates between 1953 and 1996.

90mm tank ammunition. Manufacturing dates 1968-1971. Thysville: colonial name for Mbanza-Ngungu, home of “Camp Lieutenant Colonel Ebeya”

ESPIN-21, 120mm mortar rounds. Cluster bomb manufactured by ECIA (Spain). Manufacturing date: 1990

90mm tank ammunition for the CMI 90mm Mk III gun. Manufactured by Poudreries Réunies de Belgique (1779-1993)

 

 

 

 

SMALL ARMS

Hundreds of thousands of lives still lost each year to small arms, UN conference hears | 18 June 2018 | United Nations

Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons.

AFRICA

Algeria unveils new mortar system | 2 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) has taken into service what appears to be Norinco’s vehicle-mounted rapid deployment system for the W86 120 mm mortar, it was revealed when Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on 30 April.

Les Etats-Unis octroient deux avions de reconnaissance CESSNA au Tchad | 2 May 2018 | Alwihda

Les Etats-Unis ont officiellement remis, ce mercredi 2 mars, à la Base Aérienne Adji Kossei, deux avions de reconnaissance de marque CESSNA ISR, des équipements, des matériels de servitude et des hangars à l’armée de l’air tchadienne, lors d’une cérémonie en présence de l’ambassadrice des Etats-Unis au Tchad, Geta Pasi et des autorités militaires tchadiennes.

Nigeria receives two more Mi-35M helicopters | 3 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 30 April that it had received two new Mil Mi-35M attack helicopters.

Israel looks to supply more arms to Africa  | 4 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

The Israeli ministry of defence has prepared a new plan to increase the export of military hardware to Africa starting this year.

Algerian military receives 400 vehicles  | 9 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

The Algerian military has taken delivery of more than 400 utility vehicles that were manufactured locally.

Elbit expands in Africa  | 10 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

Israeli defence company Elbit Systems is negotiating more contracts with African countries. This comes after last year it signed a $240 million contract with an African country. Most of the negotiations focus on the upgrade of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Paramount open to Egyptian collaboration | 11 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

The Paramount Group has, as part of its Middle Eastern sales drive, offered its expertise to grow Egypt’s domestic defence industry.

Algeria unveils Tos-1A | 14 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May.

Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive | 16 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Sudanese Air Force has taken delivery of its new Chinese-made FTC-2000 jets, the Sudanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 May.

50 years of Armscor | 16 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

2018 marks the golden anniversary of the South African defence and security acquisition agency – Armscor. It was created as the Armaments Corporation of South Africa SOC in terms of the Armaments Production and Development Act (Act 57 of 1968) to satisfy the requirements of the then SA Defence Force (SADF) as regards defence equipment and materiel.

Communique of the 776th PSC meeting on Illicit Flows and Financing of Arms in Africa: Sources of Conflicts and Impediments to Silencing the Guns in Africa | 24 May 2018 | African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 776th meeting held on 24 May 2018 received a briefing on Illicit Flows and Financing of Arms in Africa: Sources of Conflicts and Impediments to Silencing the Guns in Africa and adopted the following decision…

Rwanda passes new gun acquisition law, citizens express reservations | 30 May 2018 | AfricaNews

Firearm acquisition will be harder under new law | 30 May 2018 | The New Times

Lawmakers in Rwanda have passed a new legislation on gun acquisition. The new law will allow individuals to apply for licenses to possess guns and for traders to also sell same.

La RDC traîne à ratifier les conventions sur les armes | 30 May 2018 | actualite.cd

En marge de son colloque régional à Kinshasa sur le 40ème anniversaire des protocoles additionnels de convention de Genève, le Comité International de la Croix Rouge (CICR) a fait l’état des lieux de la ratification et la mise en œuvre des traités internationaux et régionaux de Droit International Humanitaire (DIH) en République Démocratique du Congo.

Mozambique would like to acquire Russian weapons under military cooperation | 31 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

Mozambique is currently in talks with Russia to discuss weapons it would like to get under the military and technical cooperation agreement, Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Pacheco told TASS on the threshold of the talks in Moscow.

Nigeria accounts for 70% of 500 million small arms in West Africa | 31 May 2018 | Daily Trust

A bill to regulate small arms and light weapons in Nigeria yesterday passed second reading in the House of Representatives. Co-sponsor of the bill, Nnenna Ukeje (PDP, Abia) said the bill became necessary as Nigeria presently accounts for 70 per cent of over 500 million small arms and light weapons in circulation in West Africa.

Libye : paradis du trafic d’armes | 1 June 2018 | Jeune Afrique

Après la chute de Mouammar Kadhafi, ses réserves d’armes sont devenues des stocks en libre accès. Plongée dans une crise, la Libye est peu à peu devenue le paradis des trafiquants d’armes. Aujourd’hui l’export aussi bien que l’import ont créés une économie des armes.

Trafic d’armes Bénin-Nigéria: une cargaison de 300 000 cartouches saisie à la frontière d’Ilaru | 1 June 2018 | Banouto

Selon des informations rapportées par la presse nigériane, une importante quantité de cartouches a été saisie jeudi 31 mai par la police nigériane à frontière d’Ilaru entre le Nigéria et le Bénin.

Rwanda looking at Russian air defence | 4 June 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Rwanda is interested in acquiring Russian air defence systems, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a visit to Kigali on 3 June.

Cattle theft made brutal by Africa’s illicit arms trade | 5 June 2018 | Institute for Security Studies Africa | Farmer’s Weekly

Cattle rustling is by no means a new problem in Africa. Pastoral communities in East Africa and the Horn of Africa have dealt with it for generations. Cattle rustling or raiding was integrated into cultural norms and accepted as a way to balance community wealth and power. Driven by community need, it was redistributive and reciprocal.

ICC Appeals Chamber acquits Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity | 8 June 2018 | International Criminal Court

Today, 8 June 2018, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) decided, by majority, to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, Presiding Judge in this appeal, read a summary of the Judgment during a public hearing. Mr Bemba will remain in detention on account of another case in which he has been convicted of offences against the administration of justice, pending a decision of Trial Chamber VII in that case.

AMERICAS

Germany – C-130J and KC-130J Aircraft | 4 May 2018 | U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of three (3) C-130J-30 aircraft and three (3) KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

Exportation controversée de véhicules blindés canadiens à l’Arabie saoudite de nouveau autorisée | 8 May 2018 | Radio Canada International

Le gouvernement canadien s’étant montré incapable de déterminer si des violations de droits de la personne ont été commises contre la minorité chiite en Arabie saoudite par le régime au pouvoir, les permis d’exportation des véhicules blindés canadien qui avaient été suspendus il y a 11 mois viennent d’être réinstaurés.

Speeding into action  | 9 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

Now that production of the M777A2 155mm/39 calibre lightweight towed howitzer is underway again, BAE Systems is looking for additional export opportunities in the Middle East. The M777 was originally developed to meet the requirements of the US Army and Marine Corps to replace their much heavier M198 155mm/39 calibre towed howitzers.

Aux Etats-Unis, le jumeau guerrier d’un avion suisse | 16 May 2018 | SwissInfo

L’US Air Force réfléchit actuellement à ajouter une déclinaison du Pilatus PC-9 à sa flotte de combat. Modifié pour l’attaque au sol, l’appareil pourrait être utilisé dans des pays comme l’Afghanistan.

Bahrain – Munitions | 18 May 2018 | U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of General Purpose (GP) and Penetrator Warhead bomb bodies for an estimated cost of $45 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 17, 2018.

Argentina recibe dos de las cuatro Shaldag compradas a Israel  | 23 May 2018 | Infodefensa

Dos de las cuatro lanchas artilladas tipo Shaldag que Argentina compró a Israel llegaron en los últimos días al país austral, donde se destinarán al control del narcotráfico en el mar. Las unidades las adquirió el Ministerio de Seguridad al Ministerio de Defensa de Israel (SIBAT), por casi 49,5 millones de dólares, en el marco de un plan de reequipamiento para la Prefectura Naval.

Liberals Will Keep Allowing Weapons To Be Sold To Human Rights Abusers | 24 May 2018 | Hélène Laverdière | Huffington Post

We know why the Liberals won’t fix this bill: for them, the economic benefits of selling weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia outweigh human rights.

Trump Opens Door For U.S. Gun Industry To Sell More Firearms Abroad | 24 May 2018 | Huffington Post

The Trump administration is forging ahead with a previously sidelined plan to allow U.S. gun manufacturers sell their products abroad more cheaply and easily.

Lucrative arms deals provide little incentive for Canadian Commercial Corp. to scale back on defence market | 28 May 2018 | National Post

The Crown corporation that helped broker the controversial sales of Canadian military equipment to Saudi Arabia and to the “Madman of the Philippines” gets a cut of the proceeds, prompting critics to warn it has little incentive to scale back its involvement in lucrative arms deals despite a government order to do so.

Unimog U-1300L trucks for Nicaragua  | 4 June 2018 | ArmyRecognition

The Nicaraguan army has taken delivery of 12 trucks on May 24, 2018. The trucks were delivered through Guasaule via Honduras. While few details were released by the Ministry of Defense, a statement on its website indicates that the trucks were ordered months ago to initiate the replacement of Nicaragua’s current inventory of ageing vehicles.

ASIA

Bahrain cleared to procure AH-1Z attack helos | 29 April 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The United States has approved the potential sale to Bahrain of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The State Department approval, which was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 April, covers the helicopters and their associated sustainment and support equipment, as well as weapons and other ancillary items.

Afghan Air Force receive latest Super Tucano shipment  | 2 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

he Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received a further two Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops to add to the 20 already delivered.

Israel looks to supply more arms to Africa | 4 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

The Israeli ministry of defence has prepared a new plan to increase the export of military hardware to Africa starting this year. “Some countries in Africa have indicated that they are willing to evaluate our products” a senior source in the Israeli defence establishment said.

Paramount hoping to develop Saudi, Middle East defence industry | 8 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

Paramount Group is in talks with countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, over establishing industrial partnerships whereby the defence company would transfer technology and establish local production lines.

Hanwha develops 6×6 Tigon APC  | 8 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s International Defence Review

Hanwha Defense Systems of South Korea has teamed with the Malaysian firm AVP Engineering to offer the 6×6 Tigon armoured personnel carrier (APC) for a potential Malaysian Army requirement.

Largest AFV built in Jordan  | 8 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) (Hall 5) is showing its latest Al-Mared (8×8) armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration. For a high level of cross-country mobility, the Al- Mared is based on a Tatra chassis, to which is fitted an all-welded steel body, claimed to provide ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 Level 4, but with growth potential to Level 5.

Loitering with intent | 9 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

China’s Aerospace Long- March International (ALIT) is showcasing its WS-43 loitering munition. The weapon is part of the Weishi family of multiple-launch rocket systems, and is described as a “miniature cruise missile attack system”. A full-scale mock-up is on show as part of the ALIT display.

First batch of K9 Vajra-T 155mm self-propelled howitzers delivered to Indian army | 9 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

By the end of May, the Indian army will receive a first batch of 25 K9 Vajra-T 155mm/ 52 calibre self-propelled howitzers developed and manufactured by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Defence. The government awarded a 100-unit contract to L&T in May 2017. L&T, along with its South Korean technology partner Hanwha Tech Win (HTW), had bid for this ‘Boy Global’ acquisition programme of the MoD in 2011.

Terminator ATGW enters production | 10 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Missiles & Rockets

Jordanian firm Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has completed development and commenced production of the new Terminator anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system.

Caravan gets more firepower | 10 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

Orbital ATK is highlighting a range of its products at SOFEX. Among them is the latest version of its AC-208B Armed Caravan, which was debuted last year. Known as the AC-208 Eliminator, the new aircraft follows on from the earlier Combat Caravan, which was supplied via US Air Force channels to Iraq and Lebanon.

KADDB unveils Al-Wahsh C2 vehicle  | 10 May 2018 | Jane’s International Defence Review

Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed and tested a new variant of its 4×4 Al-Wahsh vehicle configured for the command and control (C2) and riot control role.

India to buy 25 BMP-2 fitted with NAG Antitank Guided Missiles  | 11 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

India`s military is planning to acquire 25 Nag BMP-2-based self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) systems under a US$70 million contract, according to the Economic Times newspaper.

Aselsan, JoSecure ink collaboration agreement  | 14 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Turkey’s Aselsan has signed a collaboration agreement with Jordanian firm JoSecure, the company announced on 12 May.

Indian Army finalises USD2.23 billion ammunition procurement plan | 14 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Indian Army (IA) has finalised an INR150 billion (USD2 billion) plan to indigenously source assorted ammunition over the next 10 years through public- and private-sector manufacturers.

Indian MoD issues RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopters | 16 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the joint venture (JV) formed between Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Army Aviation Corps (AAC).

China’s Z-19E armed helicopter makes maiden flight | 18 May 2018 | ChinaMil

The China-developed Z-19E armed helicopter made its maiden flight Thursday in Harbin in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. The new generation export-oriented model was developed by the AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry to meet the requirements of the international military trade market, according to the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

Factors Contributing to Azerbaijan’s Growing Domestic Military Industry  | 21 May 2018 | Eurasia Daily Monitor

Azerbaijan’s Defense Industry (DI) Minister Yaver Jamalov said, on April 27, that 89 percent of domestic DI output during the first quarter of 2018 was made up of special-purpose defense products, some of which are exported to more than ten countries. He added that this export volume has doubled compared to 2017.

U.S. Embassy celebrations: A who’s who of the Israeli arms trade  | 22 May 2018 | +972 magazine

Only around 30 countries took part in the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s gala celebrating the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem last week. Not coincidentally, Israel’s ties with most of them are based on arms sales used to carry out gross human rights violations.

Paramount amoured vehicles on show at KADEX 2018 | 23 May 2018 | DefenceWeb

Paramount Group and its Kazakhstan joint venture, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), are exhibiting their latest range of armoured vehicles at the international Kazakhstan Defence Expo (KADEX-2018) in Astana.

Thailand to Get All Oplot Tanks  | 23 May 2018 | Asian Defence Technology |  Global Business Press

Ukraine’s state-run defence production concern Ukroboronprom will soon deliver the advanced Oplot-T battle tanks to Thailand. After missing several deadlines over the past few years, the contract for supplying Oplot-T tanks to the Kingdom of Thailand has been successfully completed, Ukroboronprom Director General Pavlo Bukin has said.

China Promotes Export of Y-9E | 23 May 2018 | Asian Defence Technology |  Global Business Press

China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) is displaying a model of the Shaanxi Y-9E. The four-engine transport is in service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), and is now being promoted to potential customers in the Central Asian region.

Turkish state companies co-operate to increase local ammunition production | 24 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Turkey’s Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) and Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Board (TÜBİTAK) Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) signed an agreement on 22 May on research and development (R&D) projects to increase local ammunition production.

Kazakhstan orders more Arlan armoured vehicles | 24 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Kazakhstan has placed a “new and substantial order” for Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, manufacturer Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) announced during the 23-26 May Kazakhstan Defence Expo 2018 (KADEX 2018) exhibition in Astana.

NORINCO Offers VT4 for Central Asian Market  | 24 May 2018 | Asian Defence Technology |  Global Business Press

China North Industries Company (NORINCO) is looking at potential buyers in Central Asia for its latest VT4 main battle tank, built to suit the future information-centric warfare. “There is a huge market for these types of tanks in the region, and we would like to explore the opportunities,” an official at NORINCO tells Daily News on the sidelines of KADEX 2018.

NORINCO Hard Sells SR5 MRL | 24 May 2018 | Asian Defence Technology |  Global Business Press

China North Industries Company (NORINCO) is showcasing its SR5 Universal Artillery Rocket Launcher (UARL) along with the Fire Dragon 40 rocket at the ongoing KADEX 2018.

Chinese military equipment exhibited in Kazakhstan  | 25 May 2018 | ChinaMil

The four-day 5th Kazakhstan Defense Exhibition kicked off Wednesday in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Headed by Publicity Center of China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, seven large military trade companies of China take part in the exhibition with exhibits of weapons and equipment for the army, navy and air force.

Pakistan signs for T129 attack helos | 25 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Pakistan has formally signed for 30 TAI T129 attack helicopters from Turkey, it was disclosed on 24 May. The confirmation of the anticipated sale to Pakistan was made in the political manifesto that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) has released ahead of the general election scheduled for June. The manifesto states that “a very short while ago a contract for the sale of 30 attack helicopters was signed with Pakistan”. No further details were disclosed and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing.

Pakistanese Interceptor light protected vehicles for Bahrain | 29 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

The defence production sector of Pakistan has signed a deal to export locally manufactured light armoured vehicles called ‘Interceptor’ to Bahrain.

Pakistan, Turkey sign their largest-ever defence contract  | 30 May 2018 | Daily Pakistan

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed on the sale of a batch of 30 Turkish-made T129 ATAK multirole combat helicopters.

Defence procurement scam: ‘Self-proclaimed chowkidar’ must take immediate action, tweets Rahul Gandhi | 31 May 2018 | The Indian Express

Ukraine says kickbacks worth Rs 17.5 crore to Ministry of Defence officials, asks for help | 31 May 2018 | The Indian Express

Govt on defence procurement ‘scam’: Got Ukraine request, no allegations, just questions | 1 June 2018 | The Indian Express

The Indian Express has reported that Ukraine is investigating alleged kickbacks in India’s purchase of spares for military transport aircraft An-32. Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Bureau suspects the involvement of Indian Defence Ministry officials.

EUROPE

Ukraine receives Javelins | 1 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Ukraine has received Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on 30 April, citing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Facebook and a US State Department official.

Judges grant appeal against decision to allow UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia | 4 May 2018 | The Guardian

Boost for campaigners trying to prevent use of British weapons by Saudi forces in Yemen as judges cite concern over international law.

Ventes d’armes aux pays engagés dans la guerre au Yémen Action Sécurité Éthique Républicaines (ASER) et Droit Solidarité saisissent le Conseil d’Etat | 6 May 2018 |  Action Sécurité Éthique Républicaines

Face au refus implicite de Edouard Philippe de suspendre les ventes d’armes de la France aux pays de la coalition engagés dans la guerre au Yémen – lettre envoyée à son adresse le 1° mars dernier – ASER et Droit Solidarité saisissent ce lundi 7 mai 2018, le Conseil d’Etat. C’est à ce dernier qu’il conviendra d’apprécier la légalité de ces autorisations exportations d’armes délivrées par le Premier ministre sur avis de la Commission interministérielle pour l’étude des exportations de matériels de guerre (CIEMG).

German Hercules buy approved | 8 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The US government has approved the sale of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for an estimated USD1.4 billion to Germany. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 4 May that the State Department has given the go-ahead for the potential sale of three C-130J-30 transport and three KC-130J aerial refuelling aircraft to the Luftwaffe, along with defensive aids and other equipment.

La vitrine du MR barbouillée de rouge pour dénoncer l’exportation d’armes vers l’Arabie | 8 May 2018 | Radio Télévision Belge Francophone

Une poignée de militants du collectif “Agir pour la paix” ont projeté mardi matin de la peinture rouge sur la vitrine du MR à Bruxelles et apposé des autocollants dénonçant la guerre au Yémen. Ils dénonçaient de la sorte les licences d’exportation d’armes vers l’Arabie saoudite octroyées par la Région wallonne.

Excalibur Army trials T815 Patriot MATMMV | 8 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s International Defence Review

Excalibur Army, a subsidiary of the Czechoslovak Group, has developed the Tatra T815 Patriot – also known as the Medium Armoured Tactical Multi-Mission Vehicle (MATMMV) – with the first example currently undergoing company trials.

Fire power from Serbia  | 9 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

Yugoimport of Serbia has brought models of its latest self-propelled (SP) artillery systems. The latest Aleksandar 155mm/52 calibre SP artillery system is based on a KAMAX 8×8 truck platform, mounted on the rear of which is the weapon, with a magazine with 12 rounds of ready-use ammunition and another 12 rounds in reserve.

MMP production ramps up  | 10 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

MBDA is ramping up production of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system for the French Army, with the first production systems delivered late in 2017. In French Army service, the MBDA MMP will replace the older MILAN ATGM and the US Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin. The first French Army MMP contract covers the supply of 400 firing posts, 2,850 missiles and a simulator developed by GDI Simulation.

Expanded range of mortars  | 10 May 2018 | SOFEX 2018 | IHS Jane’s

Bulgarian company Apolo Engineering is presenting its 60mm Commando smoothbore mortar, which can be rapidly disassembled into four components: bipod, circular baseplate, smoothbore barrel and the sighting system.

Heckler & Koch employees on trial over exports to Mexico | 15 May 2018 | Reuters

German prosecutors brought charges on Tuesday against employees of weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch, whom they accuse of illegally trafficking arms to Mexican federal states to which Berlin has prohibited gun exports.

Jaguar prototype unveiled | 16 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

A prototype of France’s Jaguar 6×6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was unveiled at the Nexter facilities in Satory on 16 May in the run-up to the 11-15 June Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition.

Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher | 21 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Missiles & Rockets

Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane’s.

Hat Heckler & Koch Politiker bestochen? | 22 May 2018 | Tagesschau

Manager von Heckler & Koch stehen bereits wegen des Vorwurfs illegaler Kriegswaffenexporte vor Gericht. Nach Recherchen des ARD-Politikmagazins Report Mainz soll auch Geld an Parteien geflossen sein.

Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs | 23 May 2018 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces.

Armenia will receive Russian Tor-M2 air defense missile systems | 23 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

Armenia’s armed forces will receive Russian-made Tor-M2 (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense missile systems in the coming months, Armenia’s Zinuj TV program reported with reference to sources in the Armenian Defense Ministry.

Saab to deliver new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system to Swedish Army | 25 May 2018 | ArmyRecognition

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for deliveries of the Carl-Gustaf® M4, the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf weapon system, to the Swedish Armed Forces. With this order, five countries have ordered the new system since it was launched in late 2014. Delivery will take place during 2018.

British arms exports to Israel reach record level  | 27 May 2018 | The Guardian

British defence contractors are selling record amounts of arms to Israel, new figures reveal, just days after it was confirmed that Prince William will represent the UK government on a visit to the country next month.

Al Assad, Ben Salman, Erdogan, Macron, Poutine, Trump… Quelles différences pour les populations civiles de Syrie et du Yémen ? | 30 May 2018 | Action Sécurité Éthique Républicaines

Quel qu’en soit le lieu, la guerre apporte de façon quasi systématique des violations graves du droit international des droits de l’Homme et du droit international humanitaire.

UK Missed Chance to Stop Suspect Bosnian Bullet Deal | 6 June 2018 | BIRN

The UK failed to tell Bosnia of its suspicions about a consignment of bullets bound for Saudi Arabia, which has a habit of diverting arms to proxies in Syria and Yemen.

Other countries tackle claims of arms trade corruption. Why not the UK? | 8 June 2018 | Paul Holden | The Guardian

A former UK defence secretary accused of directing the illegal lobbying of another former minister in a foreign country. Another British citizen in another country defending allegations that he acted as a conduit for bribes to win a contract the company should never have won. And apparently no formal UK investigation. Such is the way in the controversial world of UK arms exports.

UK accused of failing to pass on fears over Saudi Arabia arms deal  | 10 June 2018 | The Guardian

An arms sales watchdog has accused the UK government of a serious failure to disclose intelligence that could save the lives of thousands of people involved in ongoing global conflicts. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (Birn) highlighted the dangers of the “diversion” of arms and ammunition legally supplied to Saudi Arabia but then passed on to third-party “proxy fighters” including terror groups, and said the practice was fuelling conflicts.