• Security forces arrest two suspected Islamic State militants in Iraq's Baghdad

    In Dora, Baghdad, the the Iraqi Security Forces arrested two Islamic State Wilayat Diyalah, one of who was a battalion commander and the other supported suicide bombers.

  • Security forces capture weapons cache in Iraq's Ninawa

    In Abu Maria, Ninawa province, the Iraqi Security Forces captured a weapons cache that included 300 mortar bombs and four suicide bomb belts.

  • ADEX 2017: KAI pushes for additional T-50 sale to Thailand

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is hopeful of selling a third batch of T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers to Thailand, to add to the two batches already signed for. Jane’s was told on 17 October that KAI hopes to begin talks shortly for the four fighters that are outstanding from

  • ADEX 2017: KAI refining KFX configuration ahead of key milestones

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is in the process of refining the final configuration of its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft ahead of a number of milestones that are due in the coming months and years, Jane’s was told on 17 October. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace

  • ADEX 2017: Rafael offers South Korea laser from Drone Dome counter-UAV system

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is offering to integrate the laser ‘kill’ system it has developed for its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system onto South Korea’s own domestically built solution. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace and

  • Airbus warns of consequences in investigations

    Amid media speculation regarding ongoing legal action against Airbus for bribery allegations relating to a number of activities – including the sale of the Eurofighter Typhoon to Austria in 2003 – the company has reaffirmed its stance that the sale was legal, and stated that the

  • Discovery Air Defence offering F-16s for USAF CAF Adversary Air competition

    Key Points Discovery Air Defence is offering F-16s for the USAF’s AdAir competition Discovery is part of a potentially crowded field aiming for a multi-billion-dollar programme Discovery Air Defence is offering General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for the US Air

  • India, Russia to conduct first-ever joint tri-service exercise

    The first-ever joint tri-service exercise between the Indian and Russian armed forces is to be conducted between 19-29 October, according to a statement by the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB). This year's 'INDRA' exercise, the previous editions of which had been conducted as

  • Kuwait requests Abrams tank hulls

    Kuwait has requested 218 M1A1 Abrams tank hulls rather than use its existing ones as part of its upgrade programme, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 16 October. The DSCA said it had informed Congress that the US State Department had approved a Kuwaiti request covering

  • Senate confirms top Pentagon policy shop official

    The US Senate on 17 confirmed David Trachtenberg in a 79-17 vote to become the next deputy undersecretary of defence for policy. Trachtenberg most recently headed Shortwaver Consulting and was a senior advisor at Renaissance Strategic Advisors. From 2001-03 he was principal deputy assistant

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • US Navy decommissions Ponce Afloat Forward Staging Base

    Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15) was decommissioned 14 October in Norfolk, Virginia, after more than 46 years in service. Best known in its last three years of service for shipboard US Navy laser-systems testing, Ponce served as an amphibious ship before proving out the

  • Harris to provide electronic jammers for USN and RAAF F/A-18 aircraft

    Communications and defence electronics company Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to the US Navy (USN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for use on F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, the US-based firm said in a 16 October statement.

  • Plan to announce independence referendum for southern Yemen creates high risk of renewed militia fighting in Aden

    Event On 14 October, the leader of the Southern Transition Council (STC), former governor of Aden, Aydarus al-Zubaidi, announced that an independence referendum would be announced soon across Southern Yemen, without specifying a date. The STC is a self-declared political entity, backed by the UAE

  • ADEX 2017: Honeywell seeks South Korean aircraft upgrade contracts

    US firm Honeywell is in discussions to upgrade a number of South Korean aircraft types as part of a wider effort to increase its national and regional portfolio. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) on 17 October, Tim Van Luven, vice-president of Honeywell's

  • Argentine Army to receive 20 JetRanger helicopters

    The Argentine Army expects by December or January to receive 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 JetRanger helicopters purchased from the Italian government. The delivery would follow lengthy negotiations and delays after an initial proposal in 2009. The helicopters belonged to Italy’s Carabinieri and

  • Armed clashes kill at least six soldiers and 24 Wilayat Sinai militants in Egypt's North Sinai

    AT LEAST six soldiers and 24 Wilayat Sinai militants were killed and 37 soldiers and one militant were wounded during armed clashes that broke out after the militants attacked security posts in Egypt's North Sinai governorate on 15 October, Al-Jazeera reported. Reports added that two militant

  • EU moves to extend mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Meeting in Brussels on 16 October, national foreign ministers agreed to extend Operation ‘Althea’: the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The extension awaits a renewed mandate from the UN. Declaring their “unequivocal commitment” to BiH as a single

  • IED attack kills at least two people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST two people were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Madina district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 14 October, the BBC reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack wounds two police officers in Afghanistan's Kabul

    MEDIA reports on 14 October stated that two police officers had been wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as magnetic - detonated in Dehbori in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on an earlier unspecified date, Ariana News reported. Reports did not include further