• 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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
  • Turkey's Anka UAV makes operational debut

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its operational debut in early February, the Foundation to Strengthen the Turkish Armed Forces (TSKGV) announced. The mission, which took place on 5 February, saw a modified version of the Anka A medium-altitude
  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,

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