|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.
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
|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
|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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|Oldham riot control 'reminiscent of 80s', says Federation
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.
|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.
|ATC ASIA PACIFIC 2001 CONFERENCE
"Capacity through Partnership" 19-20 September, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore.
|AIR FRANCE CONFIRMS AIRBUS A380 ORDER AT PARIS
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.
|ANGLO NORMANDY TO ESTABLISH A SAAB 340 BASE MAINTENANCE
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
|KITTY HAWK AIRCRAFT SOLD BY FOCUS AVIATION
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
|KLM AND MALAYSIA AIRLINES SIGN ALLIANCE CO-ORDINATION AGREEMENT
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are workingUltimately 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.