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Arms Trade Highlights: January – May 2015

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), regulating the international trade in conventional arms entered into force on 24 December 2014. With 130 State signatories and 69 ratifications to date, the Convention will see its first Conference of States Parties take place between 24 to 27 August 2015. Missing from the list of signatories are Canada, China, and Russia. Canada ‘s justification for opting out of the ATT is founded on the claim that it already “has some of the strongest export controls in the world”, though commentators suspect that the stance has been influenced by billion dollar arms contracts with Middle Eastern states. Likewise, Russia has announced it will not join the ATT on the basis that it is flawed and weak, claiming that it is the task of developing countries to set up arms control systems. Meanwhile, it has sought to boost its exports to Africa, Asia and Latin America.

May saw revelations that France had provided weapons to Syrian opposition groups in 2012 despite the EU arms embargo. The first half of this year saw France and China increase their global arms exports, whilst South Korea is trying to expand its export market. In West Africa, Cameroon and Nigeria have been on an arms shopping spree. In the wake several violent protests in the United States, President Barack Obama announced a ban on the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments.

Arms Trade Treaty

Canada Declines International Arms Trade Treaty | 21 January 2015 | Mars’ Hill Newspaper

In late December 2014, the International Arms Trade Treaty came into effect. Canada is one of 43 countries in the world that has declined to sign on to the treaty, which aims to regulate the multi-billion dollar global arms trade. Five of the world’s 10 biggest arms exporters—the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy—have already signed the treaty. Additionally, the United States has also signed, though not yet ratified, the treaty, leading many to wonder why Canada has declined to commit to the accord. Canada’s firearms lobby, the National Firearms Association, has publicly opposed the deal due to concerns that it would significantly raise firearms prices.

Canada’s Flourishing Arms Trade with Middle East Dictatorships | 22 January 2015 | Dissent Voice

Psst. Looking for arms? Guns, ammunition, high tech supplies, armoured vehicles, and more, all quality Canadian made. Background check? We can get around that. Not democratic? No worries. Tools of repression? Sounds good to us. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are working to expand Canadian arms exports and the focus is Middle Eastern monarchies entangled in a great deal of violence. At the start of last year the Conservatives announced Canada’s biggest ever arms export agreement. Over the next 10 to 13 years General Dynamics Land Systems Canada will supply $14.8 billion worth of light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to the Saudi military.

Arms trade treaty is just a fig leaf | 30 January 2015 | New Internationalist Blog

After almost 20 years, the Arms Trade Treaty has finally come into force, but what will it change? Will it stop arms-dealing nations from selling weapons to human rights abusing regimes? Will it stop governments like Britain’s from selling vast quantities of arms to dictatorships like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia? Will it stop countries like Russia from arming the Assad regime in Syria? No. The treaty will do none of these things, for the simple reason that it has specifically been designed not to.

Trinidad & Tobago endorsed to host the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty | 9 February 2015 | Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago successfully secured the endorsement of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for its candidature to host the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This has ensured that Trinidad and Tobago’s bid was recognised and approved by the majority of States in the Western Hemisphere.

WAANSA Visits Gambia | 11 February 2015 | The Point | AllAfrica

Representatives of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) recently visited The Gambia to lobby for the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, ATT.

Arms Proliferation – UK, Waansa Urge Nigeria, Others On Domestication of ATT | 14 March 2015 | Vanguard | AllAfrica

The United Kingdom (UK) and the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) have called on the Nigerian Federal Government and other African countries to domesticate the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) recently signed and ratified by them to help curb insecurity in the continent.

Senators Letter on UN Arms Treaty Based on Misunderstanding | 7 April 2015 | K2 Radio

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso have issued a press release on the so-called UN Arms Treaty which has been in negotiation since the Bush administration. Their concerns are that the treaty might, among other things, affect an American’s right to keep and bear arms. That is based on a misunderstanding of the treaty which we will explain below…

Wyoming Senators want to make certain no funding available for U.N. Arms Trade Treaty | 8 April 2015 | County 10

Wyoming’s U.S. Senators have signed letters to Senate appropriators requesting that they include language to prohibit spending on implementation of the United Nations (U.N.) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Liberia Deposits Ratification of Arms Trade Treaty | 23 April 2015 | Liberia News Agency (Monrovia) | AllAfrica

Liberia has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty to fulfill its national and international obligation to prevent illicit trade and transfer of Conventional Weapons worldwide.

Ghana Cabinet approves ratification of arms trade treaty | 28 April 2015 | Ghana Business News

Cabinet has approved a memorandum for the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which seeks to ensure standardisation in the arms trade and transfer to foster peace and security.

Arms Trade Treaty vital to halting flow of ‘portable, casual instruments of death’, Security Council told | 13 May 2015 | UN News

The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, is the common factor in over 250 conflicts witnessed across the globe in the last decade, the United Nations Secretary-General told the Security Council today, pointing to 50,000 deaths along with displacement levels unseen since the Second World War as direct consequences of such violence.

Russia to Stay Out of UN Arms Trade Treaty, Its Standards Too Weak to Join | 17 May 2015 | Sputnik News

Russia sees no sense in joining the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): its provisions are too weak and full of flaws, besides, its standards are below the ones of the country’s current military-technical cooperation system.

Human rights activists blast arms deal | 21 May 2015 | The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario) | Pressreader

Critics argue Canada’s sale of light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia contradicts Ottawa’s rationale for not signing the Arms Trade Treaty.

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Global Arms Trade

Putin Announces Plans to Sell More Guns to Africa, Asia and Latin America | 28 January 2015 | Newsweek

Russia is planning to strengthen its presence in the arms dealing market across Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who addressed members of the Kremlin’s commission for military cooperation with foreign states at the commission’s first annual meeting in Moscow last night.

The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry | 5 April 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence.

The Global Arms Trade and the ‘Hyundaization’ Threat | 15 April 2015 | The Diplomat

Rumors of the demise of U.S. arms trade dominance are exaggerated.

South Korea seeks bigger role in global arms bazaar | 22 April 2015 | The Star

When South Korean president Park Geun-hye stopped off in Peru this week, her diplomatic tasks included drumming up interest in her country’s home-grown light fighter jets. Park’s efforts are part of a broader push to turn the South Korean defence industry into an export powerhouse.

2015, année record pour l’industrie de l’armement de la France | 30 April 2015 | Le Monde

Habituellement classés au troisième ou au quatrième rang mondial, les Français pourraient même détrôner les Russes de la deuxième place cette année, s’ils franchissent la barre des 20 milliards de dollars (18 milliards d’euros).

A Look at China’s Growing International Arms Trade | 7 May 2015 | USNI News

This week’s visit by People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Russian port of Novorossiysk comes amid reports Russia is considering a purchase of PLAN Type 054A frigates. Unthinkable just ten years ago, it’s a reminder of how far China’s domestic arms industry has come since the West imposed an arms embargo.

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Africa

Putin Announces Plans to Sell More Guns to Africa, Asia and Latin America | 28 January 2015 | Newsweek

Russia is planning to strengthen its presence in the arms dealing market across Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who addressed members of the Kremlin’s commission for military cooperation with foreign states at the commission’s first annual meeting in Moscow last night.

Banking giant HSBC sheltered cash linked to dictators and arms dealers | 8 February 2015 | Irish Times

Banking Giant HSBC Sheltered Murky Cash Linked to Dictators and Arms Dealers | 8 February 2015 | ICIJ

Bank’s Services for Arms Dealers in Conflict with Its Own Policy | 10 February 2015 | ICIJ

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa, bag men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds and other international outlaws. The leaked files, based on the inner workings of HSBC’s Swiss private banking arm, relate to accounts holding more than $100 billion. They provide a rare glimpse inside the super-secret Swiss banking system — one the public has never seen before.

Russia returns to Africa amid increasing isolation | 10 March 2015 | Al Jazeera | Yahoo

A recent announcement by Uganda’s Oil Ministry that a Russian company – RT Global Resources – won the bid to build a $3bn oil refinery highlights the Kremlin’s attempts to return as a major player in Africa.

Russia’s Rostec Looks to Africa to Boost Arms Exports | 7 April 2015 | Moscow Times

Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

North Africa

Négociations très avancées avec l’Egypte pour la vente de 24 Rafale | 6 February 2015 | Les Echos

Vente de 24 avions de combat Rafale à l’Égypte | 12 February 2015 | Elysée – Présidence de la Republique

Le Rafale remporte « son premier contrat à l’export », se félicite François Hollande | 12 February 2015 | Le Monde

Comment la vente de Rafale à l’Egypte a-t-elle été organisée ? | 16 February 2015 | Le Monde

Le Rafale catapulté par l’Égypte | 19 February 2015 | L’Usine Nouvelle

Les autorités égyptiennes viennent de me faire savoir ce jour leur intention d’acquérir 24 avions de combat Rafale et une frégate multi-missions ainsi que les équipements associés. Ces équipements permettront à l’Égypte d’accroître sa sécurité et de jouer tout son rôle au service de la stabilité régionale.

Sudanese howitzer makes debut | 22 February 2015 | IDEX 2015 | IHS Jane’s 360

One of the most interesting items of equipment being shown is the Khalifa-1 122mm self-propelled howitzer, which is already in service with the Sudanese Army, and is making its international show debut.

Sudan boosts presence second time around | 23 February 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has increased its presence and brought a wider variety of its products to IDEX, having made its debut at the show in 2013.

Libya’s arms pursuit illustrates geo-political alignments | 2 March 2015 | Alarabiya

Even as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rises further in Libya, looming ever closer to Southern Europe, there is a widening arms race to supply the various sides – Tripoli aka Libya Dawn and Tobruk aka Libya Dignity – from various corners of the region.

Pakistan and Egypt look to joint production | 19 March 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Industry

Pakistan and Egypt have outlined an intention to pursue joint defence production programmes as part of efforts to enhance strategic ties between the two countries.

East Africa

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda have signed a deal for peace cooperation | 4 April 2015 | Mareeg

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda have signed a deal outlining framework for cooperation in Peace Support Operations under the North Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP).

West Africa

Nigeria reportedly takes delivery of ‘Super Hinds’ | 8 January 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The upgraded ‘Super Hinds’ that a defence blog reported to have been delivered to Nigeria appear to be refurbished Algerian attack helicopters.

Cameroon to get ‘sophisticated’ Russian arms | 18 January 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Cameroon’s military will take delivery of “the most sophisticated military equipment from Russia” before the end of 2015, a statement released by President Paul Biya’s office announced on 16 January.

US halted Israeli arms transfer to Nigeria | 26 January 2015 | Jerusalem Post

The United States suspended the resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to the Nigerian government for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja.

Hungarian T-72A for Nigeria | 27 January 2015 | Liveleaks

Through Czech company – Excalibur Army – Hungarian T-72A have been sold to Nigeria. 16 vehicles should be shipped to Nigeria on board of Ukrainian AN-225 soon.

Cameroon takes delivery of Chinese patrol boats | 28 January 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Cameroon has taken delivery of the two patrol vessels that were completed in China last year, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery has confirmed.

Nigeria takes delivery of T-72 tanks | 29 January 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Nigeria is taking delivery of a consignment of T-72 main battle tanks and other armoured vehicles, a Czech defence official has confirmed.

Czech arms dealer to sell weapons to Nigeria | 30 January 2015 | Xinhua | China.org.cn

Czech arms dealer Excalibur Group will sell weapons to Nigeria’s government forces for fighting with the militant group Boko Haram.

Ghana receives donated speedboats from Canada | 30 January 2015 | DefenceWeb

The Canadian government has donated two speedboats and diving equipment to the Ghana Navy in an effort to improve security on its waters.

First Photo of a Freshly Acquired Nigerian Army BVP Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle Inside an Antonov AN-225 | 5 February 2015 | Beegeagle’s Blog

Several RM-70 122mm MLRSs almost certainly on board as well.

Nigeria looking for more attack aircraft | 9 February 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has received a proposal from a defence company for the sale of six Puma gunship helicopters, four Sukhoi Su-25KM ground attack jets, and two upgraded Su-25UB trainers, a Nigerian Newspaper revealed on 5 February.

Ghana’s military receives donated equipment from Germany | 11 February 2015 | DefenceWeb

The Ghana Armed Forces has received 1.5 million euros worth of equipment from Germany and will use the hardware in support of its contribution to the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Standby Force.

Ghana confirms Super Tucano, Z-9 acquisitions | 18 February 2015 | DefenceWeb

The Ghana Air Force (GAF) will acquire four new Harbin Z-9 helicopters from China and five new Embraer Super Tucano trainer and light attack aircraft from Brazil, President John Dramani Mahama has announced.

Nigeria acquiring new and second-hand military hardware | 30 March 2015 | Cameroon Concord

Nigeria’s military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land and maritime insecurity and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Over the last couple of years, Nigeria has received armoured vehicles, small arms, combat aircraft and large and small naval vessels, among other items, from mostly Asian and Eastern European suppliers.

Central Africa

Une antenne de la commission de contrôle des armes ouverte à Kisangani | 29 March 2015 | Radio Okapi

L’antenne provinciale de la Commission nationale de contrôle des armes légères et de petits calibres et de réduction de la violence armée a été inaugurée samedi 28 mars dans la commune Makiso à Kisangani. Pour le PNUD, l’installation de ce bureau est importante pour la sécurisation des personnes et de leurs biens.

Southern Africa

Paramount, KADDB sign Mbombe production contract | 22 February 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

South Africa’s Paramount Group and Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) signed a contract at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi on 23 February for the Mbombe infantry combat vehicle.

Paramount signs MoU with Motor Sich for Mi-24 engine technology | 24 February 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Industry

South Africa’s Paramount Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ukraine’s Motor Sich at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi on 24 February.

Zimbabwe Defence Industries should be shut down – manager | 3 March 2015 | Defenceweb

The State-owned Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) said it would be better to be shut down due to poor economic conditions and halted production lines.

SA arms exports stagnant at R3 billion in 2014 | 6 March 2015 | Defenceweb

South Africa’s arms exports remained stagnant with R2.98 billion in exports authorised in 2014 compared to R3.2 billion the year before and R10.6 billion in 2012, according to the latest National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) report.

More details on South African arms exports for 2014 | 27 March 2015 | Defenceweb

More details have emerged regarding the export of South African military hardware last year, which amounted to almost R3 billion and included 326 armoured vehicles, which formed the bulk of exports by value.

Paramount acquires DCD Protected Mobility’s Isando facility | 10 April 2015 | Defenceweb

Paramount Group has acquired DCD Protected Mobility’s manufacturing facility at Isando and certain industrial assets located there as well as some of the employees at the facility. This will allow it to significantly increase the production capacity of its armoured vehicle range in South Africa, with a potential output of 400 vehicles a year.

Zuma’s cash plan to schmooze Nigeria’s Buhari | 10 April 2015 | Mail & Guardian

South Africa is considering returning more than R100-million in Nigerian money that it confiscated last year, or clearing the way to sell arms to the West African country.

South Africa Starts of With Buhari On Clean Slate, to Return $15m Arms Money | 11 April 2015 | Vanguard | AllAfrica

A South African newspaper, The Mail & Guardian, reported on Friday that South Africa had begun to work out the process of returning more than R100-million in Nigerian money that it confiscated last year, or clearing the way to sell arms to the West African country.

South African defence remain steady in 2014 | 12 April 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

South Africa approved just under ZAR3 billion (USD250 million) in defence exports in 2014, a slight decrease on the ZAR3.2 billion approved in 2013, according to the latest report by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC).

Brazilian companies begin looking to Zambian market | 19 April 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Industry

Brazil’s defence industry is looking at ways to make further inroads into the southern African defence market, with one manufacturer considering the establishment of an assembly plant in Zambia.

Artillery, rocket business booming for RDM | 28 April 2015 | Defenceweb

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM)’s factories are at 100% capacity and are being kept busy by a new rocket motor contract and Assegai and 105 mm artillery round orders, amongst others, according to CEO Norbert Schulze.

Denel finishes acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa | 29 April 2015 | Defenceweb

State-owned defence conglomerate Denel has now acquired Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) from BAE Systems, with BAE yesterday announcing the sale of its 75% stake in LSSA.

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Asia

Putin Announces Plans to Sell More Guns to Africa, Asia and Latin America | 28 January 2015 | Newsweek

Russia is planning to strengthen its presence in the arms dealing market across Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who addressed members of the Kremlin’s commission for military cooperation with foreign states at the commission’s first annual meeting in Moscow last night.

Pentagon loses control of US arms and military equipment worth $400m to Yemeni rebels | 4 February 2015 | The Independent

Chaos in rebel-controlled Yemen has left the Pentagon unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has supplied the country’s military. The nation has been left leaderless after Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace last month amid fierce shelling, and prompted the resignation of the Western-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The rebels are now said to control the Yemeni military’s arms bases, giving them effective control of US-provided weaponry, including artillery and tanks, supplied as part of a counter al-Qaeda strategy avoiding use of US troops on the ground.

How Hong Kong has profited from the arms trade | 7 February 2015 | South China Morning Post

Entrepôt trade, from which beginnings Hong Kong evolved, involves, at base, the import and re-export of various commodities, with profit generated on the transaction, transport, brokerage and whatever other fees and charges (either above or below the counter) that can be extracted from both seller and buyer. Intermediaries were required for these deals, and that quintessential China coast mercantile species – the comprador – evolved from 18th-century Canton trade beginnings for exactly that purpose. Compradors seldom inquired too deeply about the morality of the goods in question; whether it was tobacco, sugar, opium, ivory, weapons or munitions, if the commodity met the (often deliberately loose) local definition of “legal”, and a reasonable commission could be earned, then that was all that mattered. Ethics play little or no part in the way Hong Kong business conducts itself – and never have done.

Japan’s Emerging Defense Export Industry | 23 February 2015 | USNI News

The recent relaxation of Tokyo’s ban on arms exports has introduced Japan as a budding player in the international arms market. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given the go-ahead for Japanese firms to compete internationally for arms contracts.

Lebanon to receive 24 CAESAR systems | 23 February 2015 | IHS Jane’s Defence Industry

Lebanon is to receive 24 CAESAR 155 mm self-propelled artillery systems under the equipment package negotiated between Saudi Arabia and France, company officials told IHS Jane’s on 23 February.

Lebanon receives French arms for anti-jihadist fight | 20 April 2015 | Ahram online

Lebanon on Monday received the first French weapons in a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme intended to bolster its army to take on jihadist threats, particularly along its border with Syria.

South Korea seeks bigger role in global arms bazaar | 22 April 2015 | The Star

When South Korean president Park Geun-hye stopped off in Peru this week, her diplomatic tasks included drumming up interest in her country’s home-grown light fighter jets. Park’s efforts are part of a broader push to turn the South Korean defence industry into an export powerhouse.

Qatar | 30 April 2015 | Elysée – Présidence de la Republique

Le président de la République s’est entretenu hier avec Cheikh Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani, Emir du Qatar. Ce dernier lui a confirmé son souhait de voir son pays acquérir 24 avions de combat Rafale.

La France a fourni des armes à la révolution syrienne dès 2012, explique François Hollande dans un livre | 6 May 2015 | Slate

La France a fourni des armes à des groupes rebelles syriens dès 2012 alors que l’Union européenne avait imposé un embargo sur de telles livraisons. Et c’est le président Hollande qui le dit lui-même dans un livre à paraître le 13 mai aux Editions de l’Archipel, intitulé Dans les coulisses de la diplomatie française, de Sarkozy à Hollande, écrit par le journaliste Xavier Panon.

A Look at China’s Growing International Arms Trade | 7 May 2015 | USNI News

This week’s visit by People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the Russian port of Novorossiysk comes amid reports Russia is considering a purchase of PLAN Type 054A frigates. Unthinkable just ten years ago, it’s a reminder of how far China’s domestic arms industry has come since the West imposed an arms embargo.

More officers arrested for exposing illegal Syria arms transfers | 18 May 2015 | Today’s Zaman

An İstanbul court arrested seven members of the military, including high-ranking officers, out of 10 officers who were referred to court on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into the January 2014 interception of Syria-bound trucks belonging to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

Obama Gives $1.9 Billion in Weapons as Welcome Gift to Israel’s Racist Government | 23 May 2015 | Global Research

The Obama administration approved a $1.9 billion arms sale to Israel in recent days as “compensation” for the US nuclear deal with Iran, which the Israeli regime staunchly opposes. Among the tens of thousands of bombs included in the weapons package are 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 12,000 general purpose bombs and 750 bunker buster bombs that can penetrate up to twenty feet, or six meters, of reinforced concrete.

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Americas

The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry | 5 April 2015 | Wall Street Journal

Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence.

The Global Arms Trade and the ‘Hyundaization’ Threat | 15 April 2015 | The Diplomat

Rumors of the demise of U.S. arms trade dominance are exaggerated.

US to ban military-style equipment for the police | 18 May 2015 | Al Jazeera

US President Barack Obama has announced a plan to ban the federal government from providing military-style equipment to local police departments, amid growing public outrage and protests over often fatal police brutality across the country.

Obama to Limit Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces | 18 May 2015 | New York Times

President Obama on Monday will ban the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restrict the availability of others, administration officials said.

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Europe

Audition de MM. Frank Haun, président-directeur-général de Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, et Philippe Burtin, président-directeur-général de Nexter, sur le projet KANT | 14 January 2015 | Commission de la défense nationale et des forces armées | Assemblée nationale

KMW espère signer l’alliance avec Nexter autour du 14 juillet | 21 May 2015 | Les Echos

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) espère signer le rapprochement avec le français Nexter autour du 14 juillet, a déclaré jeudi le PDG du constructeur allemand de blindés, qui cherche à s’allier au fabricant du char Leclerc.

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