• US-led coalition says Islamic State foreign fighters now trapped

    Foreign fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are trapped with "little chance" of reaching Europe as the noose draws in around Mosul and Al-Raqqah, according to Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition. "Their capital

  • Colombia receiving two new Kfir two-seat fighters from Israel

    The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has purchased from Israel two second-hand IAI Kfir TC-2 two-seat fighters to replace lost platforms and reinforce its Kfir trainer fleet, according to FAC commander General Carlos Bueno. After losing four trainers from 2009-14, as well as one operational fighter, the

  • New antenna appears on Iranian frigate

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) has fitted what appears to be a new antenna to its frigate Alvand that may be for gathering electronic intelligence (ELINT). Fitted to the roof of the frigate's bridge on the starboard side, the antenna could be seen in imagery showing the ship during a

  • Despite ultimatum, military action against Qatar remains unlikely, but would be sudden and swift

    On 23 June, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE submitted a list of 13 demands to Qatar with a 10-day ultimatum. The demands include handing over opposition members from the four countries who are now resident in Qatar, shutting down al-Jazeera, downgrading ties with Iran, and shutting down a

  • Israeli and Hizbullah war preparedness rising, along with risk of another conflict during summer 2017

    Key Points Israel and Hizbullah have dramatically increased their respective military capabilities since the 2006 Lebanon war and both probably assess that they are at a level needed to fight a future war. Although neither side is actively seeking conflict, border incidents or limited airstrikes,

  • Tensions increase in Syria after Su-22 shoot-down

    Russia announced for a second time that it had suspended an agreement aimed at preventing accidents in Syrian airspace after the US-led coalition shot down a Syrian Su-22 jet on 18 June: a development that reflected a growing confrontation as pro-government forces attempt to contain coalition-backed

  • Iranian willingness to escalate in Syria and Gulf increases risk of US-Iran military confrontation

    Key Points This is Iran's first ballistic missile combat launch since the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). The strikes against the Islamic State were likely primarily intended to establish a defensive-use precedent for Iran's ballistic missile programme. The strikes and Iran's overall greater

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Elbit Systems reveals SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance system

    Elbit has revealed its SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) system at the latest iteration of the Paris Air Show. Yair Ganor, the company's senior director for WAPS business development and marketing, told Jane's that the system "has already been sold to several customers and is

  • Turkey deploys small force to Qatar

    The Turkish military announced on 22 June that it had deployed 23 personnel and five armoured military vehicles to Qatar. It did not say how many Turks are now in the country, but a senior defence official told parliament in May that the country had 94 soldiers in Qatar at that time. The Qatari

  • Hackers develop new malware command-and-control methods

    Key Points State and non-state hackers have changed how they communicate with malware, moving towards channels that are widely available in target environments, more resistant to law enforcement takedowns, and remain hidden from security software. Hackers have maliciously taken advantage of social

  • IED attack targets NATO military area in Turkey's Izmir

    A WALL next to a NATO military area was destroyed when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in a cemetery in the Konak district of the city of Izmir in Turkey's Izmir province on 22 June, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports did not

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Antonov An-132D makes international debut

    Key Points The new Antonov An-132D transport aircraft has made its international debut at the Paris Air Show The aircraft is a collaboration between Ukraine's Antonov and Saudi Arabia's Taqnia Aeronautics and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The Antonov An-132D has made its

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bell Helicopters details Huey II delivery schedule for Africa

    Bell Helicopters is close to delivering the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force (KAF), Arnie Easterly, the company's director for sales and marketing in Africa, told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. "One is in Amsterdam right now on its way to Kenya [and should be

  • Paris Air Show 2017: L3 Wescam updates MX sensor turret family

    L3 Wescam has updated its MX family of modular electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turrets, Jane's has learnt from a company spokesperson at the Paris Air Show. Paul Jennison, vice-president of government sales and business development, highlighted the improvements on the company's MX-10 model, which

  • Police arrest a suspect for distribution of Islamic State propaganda in The Netherlands' Utrecht

    AN UNNAMED 18-year-old man, suspected of distributing Islamic State propaganda, was arrested by police during a counter-terrorism operation in the city of Utrecht in The Netherlands on 15 June, Reuters reported. Reports added that the suspect would be held in custody for at least two weeks pending

  • Saudi Arabia says it captured IRGC boat

    Saudi Arabia has said that it captured three members of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) who were approaching an offshore oilfield in a boat on 16 June. The incident was initially reported by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on 18 June. It said the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF)

  • Sudanese government likely to take advantage of split within anti-government SPLM-N, improving prospects for negotiated peace settlement

    EVENT The chief of staff of the anti-government Sudanese People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N) on 20 June issued a statement recognising the leadership of Abdelaziz al-Hilu. Al-Hilu was previously the SPLM-N's deputy chairman, which was formerly chaired by Malik Agar. Al-Hilu split from

  • Pakistan confirms downing Iranian UAV

    The government of Pakistan has confirmed that the country's air force shot down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was flying over the Panjgur district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The unidentified UAV was downed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 19 June while it

  • IDF officer says Lebanese army co-operating with Hizbullah

    There is growing evidence that the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is co-operating with the Iranian-backed group Hizbullah, a senior Israeli officer has told Jane's . "Hizbullah uses LAF military assets for intelligence-gathering activities," said Lieutenant Colonel Kamil Tapash, the deputy

  • Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December

    The Israel Air Force (IAF) will declare its Lockheed Martin F-35A jets fully operational in December, a military source has told Jane's . The operational status will apply to the five F-35s already delivered to the IAF as well as all future jets on their arrival. Israel has ordered 50 jets to equip