Japan may buy North Korean missiles

Such an extraordinary idea has a certain logic PERHAPS in order to have a reputation for exporting at least one well-made product, not its uncuddly children's toys, North Korea has gone into the business of making and exporting ballistic missiles. Its customers include Libya, Syria, Pakistan and Iran. Missiles are a money-spinner for the hermit-like communist dictatorship in Pyongyang. Now FOREIGN REPORT has been told of a surprising new development.

Watch Macedonia

ALTHOUGH no government is prepared to admit it publicly, some sort of Western military intervention in Macedonia's civil conflict is now almost inevitable; the only question is whether it would come as part of a deal between the ethnic Albanian guerrillas and the Macedonian government or whether the West will, yet again, have to introduce its forces on the ground to impose another untidy and expensive peace. Nobody relishes the prospect of yet another Balkan adventure, the fourth in a decade. To complicate matters, Macedonia represents not only another test of western resolve but also the first test of Europe's claim, voiced most loudly by France, that it can run a military operation on its own if the Americans do not wish to be involved.

The Taliban and Pakistan

IN LATE May the leader of the Taliban, the fundamentalist Islamic Movement that currently rules all but a small sliver of Afghanistan, announced that all Hindus in the country would have to wear a piece of yellow cloth to distinguish them from their Muslim neighbours. His justification was that the yellow cloth would serve as a protection against harassment by Taliban policemen.

Communism in Nepal

Nepal's royal massacre on June 1st will intensify the 'people's war' now being fought by Maoist insurgents. Their leaders have held a secret meeting in the capital, Kathmandu, to discuss how the new situation affects their plan to set up a Communist republic.

King Abdullah's headache

WHERE is a West Bank Palestinian family, exhausted by the Intifada and Israel's attempts to crush it, most likely to go? And where would Jordanian citizens, living illegally in the West Bank, seek safety? King Abdullah of Jordan thinks he knows the answer. So does the expansionist Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, who once famously said: "Jordan is Palestine."

Poisoned and forgotten

IN APRIL, special trucks covered with lead sheets and equipped with radiation counters set out with a police escort from Russia's Research Institute for Plant Biological Protection in Krasnodar to drive 2,000km to the Ulyanovsk region. The institute, formerly known as the Caucasus Research Institute of Phytopathology, had long been trying to find out exactly how all forms of life react to exposure to radiation caused by a nuclear bomb explosion. To do this, scientists needed to contaminate some land with radioactivity. A field of 2.5 hectares had been subjected to high-level radiation since 1971 to observe the reaction of an agricultural- industrial complex to mass contamination with radioactive substances.


EU military staff goes operational

The new EU Military Staff was declared formally operational on 11 June, ready to begin advising the EU Political Security Committee and Military Committee.

Projects lag as Australia battles to implement PFI

Key Australian Defence Force capability acquisition programmes are on hold as the Australian government struggles to implement a policy governing the use of funds through private financing initiatives (PFIs).

Europe set to repeat A400M commitment

The nine European nations involved in the A400M project are expected during the 16-24 June Paris Air Show to formally commit to procuring at least 200 of the military transport aircraft, said French Defence Minister, Alain Richard.

US study recommends 'global joint response force'

A study group advising US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Recommends the Department of Defense create "global joint response forces" that would train together for early deployment.

India and Russia test joint missile

India and Russia last week successfully tested a jointly designed anti-ship cruise missile to a range of 280km from the Chandipur interim testing range on India's east coast.

Colombian Army orders more Mi-17s from Russia

Colombian Army officials have announced that the country will soon Formalise an order for six new Mi-17MD (NATO reporting name: 'Hip') transport helicopters with Russia's Kazan manufacturing plant.

Hungary hosts exercise to test US forces in Europe

Hungary hosted the largest power-projection exercise of its kind to date involving elements of US Army Europe (USAREUR) and US Air Forces Europe (USAFE). Exercise 'Lariat Response', from 8 to 12 June, was designed to test the emergency deployment readiness of USAREUR's Immediate Ready Force.

Swiss vote to arm peacekeepers

Swiss voters in a 10 June referendum endorsed by a 51%:49% margin an amendment to military law allowing Swiss troops to be armed for self-defence on peace support operations.

Israeli EROS A1 conducts first manoeuvre

Israel's EROS A1 high-resolution imaging satellite has performed its first orbit-raising manoeuvre since its launch from Russia's Svobodny site on 5 December 2000.

Kuwait to buy air-defence system from Egypt

Kuwait's Defence Minister, Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah, has Announced that the emirate plans to buy up to five Amoun low-level air-defence systems, enough to equip an air-defence battalion, from Egypt later this year.

Police Review

Federation chairman warns against regulations reform

GOVERNMENT plans to change police regulations revealed this week in the Queen's Speech are part of an attempt by ministers and police leaders to change the conditions of service for police officers, the chairman of the national Federation has said.

Pension rules need to change to stop 'exodus'

Police pension regulations should be changed in order to prevent an 'exodus'of officers from the Met, according to Sir John Stevens, the Commissioner.
Sir John told a Met Police Authority meeting that officers are 'coming in the front door and leaving through the back door'. The Met's own figures reveal that, during 2000/2001, 1,350 officers were recruited, while 1,469 left the force.

Staff shortages affecting Met's performance

A severe shortage of support staff and a shortfall in the number of police officers has been a key constraint in the Met's performance, a force report has revealed.
In the Met's Annual Performance Report for 2000/2001, Cath Kitching of the Corporate Performance Analysis Unit wrote: 'The key constraint in delivering performance has been the recruitment challenge...Police numbers were supplemented over the year with 1,350 incoming officers, but fell by 1,469 police leavers, giving a net decrease on the year of 119 officers.'

Oldham riot control 'reminiscent of 80s', says Federation chairman

TACTICS used by Greater Manchester Police to quell the Oldham riots were 'reminiscent of the 80s' and led to unnecessary injuries to officers, the chairman of the local Federation has claimed.
Paul Kelly said the Greater Manchester Police Federation was concerned that officers used tactics that allowed rioters armed with Molotov cocktails to advance to within four metres of the shield walls and inflict a number of serious lower leg injuries on officers.

Speed cameras shown to reduce road deaths

Forces involved in the speed camera pilot have achieved a 'significantly greater' reduction in road deaths than other forces, according to ACPO.
Richard Brunstrom, chair of ACPO's traffic enforcement technology Business area, which enables forces to claim back the costs of speed enforcement and camera operations from offenders, said: 'There were 3,409 road deaths in 2000 a very small reduction in relation to the previous year. But in areas where the [speed camera] tests have been operating the reduction has been significantly greater.'



"Capacity through Partnership" 19-20 September, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore.

Capacity enhancement with CNS/ATM technology, transition to Datalink-based systems, commercialisation of air traffic services and formation of global alliances are just some of the key issues affecting the ATC industry that will form the basis of the ATC Asia Pacific 2001 Conference. This two-day event, running oncurrently with the ATC Asia Pacific 2001 Exhibition, Will attract delegates from all over the world, providing an elite audience of professionals from civil and military organisations, airlines, airports, services and manufacturers - all with a special focus on the ATC market.

World Airlines


Air France signed a contract at the Le Bourget Air Show, for the purchase of ten Airbus A380-800s and took options on four others. The first A380 is scheduled for delivery in November 2006 and is intended for long-haul routes between Paris and North America and Asia.
The aircraft will be powered by the new engine, GP7200 manufactured by Engine Alliance, which was formed from the partnership between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric in co-operation with SNECMA.


Anglo Normandy Aeroengineering Limited a regional aircraft maintenance company which recently acquired the engineering interests of Gill Aviation, is to establish a Saab 340 base maintenance capability at its Newcastle and Guernsey facilities.
Anglo Normandy, which is based in Guernsey, the Channel Islands,
intends to initially support the Saab fleet of sister company Aurigny Air Services.


UK Company, Focus Aviation has announced the sale of two DC-8-55 and one DC-8-52 freighter aircraft, on behalf of Kitty Hawk Inc. This transaction completes the sale of the entire fleet of eight Kitty Hawk International Stage 2 compliant DC-8 freighters.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are working Ultimately toward an exclusive alliance. This will be reached following increased co-operation which will take place in phases over the coming years.
KLM's President and Chief Executive Office, Leo van Wijk and the Managing Director of MAS, Dato' Md Nor Md Yusof, signed an Alliance Co-ordination Agreement on 16 June to this effect.