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  • Reaper UAVs conducting majority of UK combat missions over Syria

    The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has carried out most of the UK's combat operations over Syria, the government revealed on 11 February. In answering a question in parliament on the number of UK missions flown over Iraq and Syria over

  • EDA looks to expand rotary-wing training

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) is considering a number of improvements to enhance its simulation and training capabilities for rotary-wing operations, a senior official has explained. Addressing delegates at the Joint Forces Simulation and Training conference in London on 4 February, the EDA's

  • Russian bomber shown carrying anti-shipping missile in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released a video of a Sukhoi Su-34 'Fullback' bomber carrying the new Kh-35U (NATO designation AS-20 'Kayak') anti-shipping missile on operations over Syria. The on-board video, released on 11 February by the Arabic section of Russian state-broadcaster RT, shows

  • Pakistan showcases Thunder and Super Mushshak aircraft to Qatar

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) sent two of its indigenously-built JF-17 Thunder fighters, along with a pair of MFI-17 Super Mushshak military training aircraft on a promotional visit to Doha, Qatar, on 7 February. Its arrival coincided with a two-day visit to the Emirate state by Pakistan's prime

  • Iraq eyes potential MiG-29 procurement

    Iraq is considering the procurement of 'a small number' of MiG-29 'Fulcrum' aircraft to augment its fixed-wing combat capabilities, Russian media disclosed on 10 February. The negotiations were revealed ahead of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin's two-day visit to Iraq to expand business

  • Update: Russia showcases anti-tank multicopter concept

    Russia has revealed a new concept whereby a multicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been adapted to the anti-tank role with the fitting of cameras and a shoulder-launched rocket system. The concept, which was demonstrated in a video of the Russian Armed Forces Robotics conference near Moscow,

  • Dassault pitches Rafale M for Indian Navy's IAC-II

    Dassault Aviation of France is offering the Indian Navy (IN) its Rafale M carrier-borne fighter to operate off the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier-II (IAC-II) it plans to build from 2020-21. In a presentation to the IN in New Delhi on 29 January, Dassault executives stressed the benefits of operating

  • China upgrading older DF-5A ICBMs with multiple warheads

    China's People Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force is upgrading its older liquid-fuelled, silo-based Dong Feng-5A (DF-5A, or CSS-4 Mod 2) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to carry multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV), according to US government sources. While not

  • Russia showcases anti-tank multicopter concept

    Russia has revealed a new concept whereby a multicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been adapted to the anti-tank role with the fitting of cameras and a shoulder-launched rocket system. The concept, which was demonstrated in a video of the Russian Armed Forces Robotics conference near Moscow,

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • Apparent insider attack kills five police officers in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    FIVE police officers were killed and six others were wounded when two of their colleagues opened fire on them at a security checkpoint late in the Abdul Rauf area of Zherai district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province late on 10 February, Khaama Press reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for

  • Bolivian Air Force's transport unit transitioning to commercial operation

    A five-year process to transition the Bolivian Air Force's Transportes Aéreos Militares (TAM) - the 71st Air Group - to a 'civilian airline' is to be complete by 27 March, according to the Bolivian Minister of Public Works. During its expansion and transition, TAM has operated under the air

  • Counter-Islamic State nations approve new military plan and pledge new support

    The majority of the international coalition of 49 nations fighting the Islamic State (IS, or ISIL) have pledged more military assets or auxiliary non-combat measures to defeat the jihadist organisation, said coalition officials after an 11 February meeting of their defence ministers, hosted by NATO

  • Double suicide attack kills at least 60 people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 60 people were killed and 78 others were wounded when two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives inside a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the town of Dikwa in Nigeria's Borno State on 9 February, Reuters and Al-Jazeera reported. Other reports stated that at least

  • F-35 exceeds 50,000 flying hours, completes other milestones in 2016

    Key Points F-35s have accumulated more than 50,000 flight hours The 25,000 flight-hour milestone occurred in December 2014, and that number doubled in just more than one year Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters operating at 12 international locations have accumulated more than

  • France may modernise additional Leclerc MBTs

    France is considering increasing its planned main battle tank (MBT) inventory by more than a tenth, according to French defence sources. Under current plans the French Army will operate 200 Leclerc MBTs, which will be modernised by Nexter Systems. However, this may now be increased to 225.

  • India, UAE look to expanded defence industrial links

    India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to expand defence ties and explore opportunities for defence industry collaboration, it was announced 12 February. Following talks in New Delhi between Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin

  • Iran eyes Su-30 procurement and production deal with Russia

    Iran looks set to receive the latest generation Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker' combat aircraft from Russia, the Associated Press (AP) reported on 10 February. The proposed deal, which was disclosed by the Iranian defence minister General Hossein Dehghan during an interview on national television, is for an

  • Israeli Navy to begin installing Barak 8 on Sa'ar 4.5 corvettes

    The Israeli Navy will soon begin a conversion programme for its Sa'ar 4.5 missile corvettes to enable them to be fitted with the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Barak 8 missile-based air defence system, a senior naval source in Israel said on 7 February. The conversion programme, due to be

  • Joint Fires key to countering Russian military

    The Polish Air Force Academy is considering the evolution of its Joint Fires capability as part of a more comprehensive effort to defend the country against Russian incursions similar to those witnessed in Ukraine. Speaking at the Joint Forces Simulation and Training conference in London,

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