• Bundeswehr plans first deployment of MANTIS to Mali

    The Bundeswehr is planning to deploy the Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system for the first time to Mali, Jane's has learned. Deployment of MANTIS in the “sense and warn”

  • IAI Q2 results show rising profit despite sales slowdown

    Defence technology and aviation manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2017 (Q2 2017) on 17 August. In the three months to 30 June the company made sales of USD859 million, a fall of 2.1% year on year. However, net income rose sharply

  • Iran and Turkey hold high-level military talks

    The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces visited Turkey on 15–17 August, meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, and other senior Turkish officials, marking the highest-level military visit between the two countries since Iran's Islamic

  • Nigeria activates new Mobile Strike Teams

    The Nigerian Army has activated new Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) under Operation 'Lafiya Dole': the military campaign against Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country.    During a ceremony held on 15 August, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the operation's theatre commander, said

  • Suicide attack kills a Hamas-run security forces member in the south of the Gaza Strip

    A HAMAS-RUN security forces member was killed and several others were wounded as they attempted to stop a suspected Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the border between Egypt's North Sinai governorate and the south of the Gaza Strip on 17 August, Al Jazeera

  • Suicide attack on Hamas militants indicates evolving security relationship with Egypt and continuation of Palestinian reconciliation

    Key Points Hamas appears to be successfully implementing the security conditions of a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions and supported by Egypt and the UAE. Hamas militants and leaders are likely to increasingly be targeted by jihadist groups operating from within Gaza in

  • UK ceases training Syrian rebels

    Teams of British soldiers training Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State have been withdrawn from Turkey and Jordan, a senior defence source knowledgeable about the controversial project has told Jane’s . Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, announced in October 2016 that up to 20

  • Iran "successfully" launches Simorgh SLV

    Iran's Tasnim News Agency on July 27 announced what it described as the successful launch and test flight of a Simorgh two-stage, liquid-fuelled satellite launch vehicle (SLV) from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre located in Semnan, in north-central Iran. No information was disclosed on the payload or

  • Lebanon receives first Bradleys

    The United States handed over the first eight of 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on 14 August, in a ceremony held at Beirut's port. Speaking during the ceremony, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said the Bradleys represented an investment of more than

  • IRGC says UAVs will continue Gulf patrols

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has indicated that it will continue to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor aircraft carriers in the Gulf, despite recent complaints from the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. The Iranian media reported on 15 August that the IRGC’s Drone

  • Suicide attack kills 27 people in Nigeria's Borno

    TWENTY-SEVEN people were killed and an unspecified number of others wounded when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an attack at a market in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 15 August, Reuters reported. Although no claim of responsibility for the attack was made,

  • Suicide attack targets a refugee camp in Nigeria's Borno

    AN UNSPECIFIED number of people were wounded when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives at the gates of a refugee camp in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 15 August, Reuters reported. Although no claim of responsibility for the attack was made, Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya has

  • Russia praises Syrian helicopter assault

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has praised the Syrian military for what it described as the first-ever helicopter assault that it has carried out against Islamic State militants. The MoD said on 14 August that the night-time operation was carried out two days previously, under the command of

  • Saudi government launches new procurement, industry body

    Key Points Saudi Arabia has created a new government body to have broad powers in procurement, R&D, and defence industrial development. Establishment of new body comes as country is working to implement Vision 2030, which aims to boost domestic defence procurement from 2% of the budget to 50%.

  • Fall of SPLM-IO headquarters unlikely to reduce fighting in South Sudan; counter-offensives highlight risks to NGO staff

    Key Points While the fall of Pagak represents a setback for SPLM-IO forces, it is unlikely to bring about an end to South Sudan's civil war. Government forces are unlikely to hold Pagak into 2018 due to the absence of a robust logistics operation to support troops in the town from government

  • New CEO named at Tawazun Economic Council

    Tareq al Hosani has been appointed CEO of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) and Tawazun Holding, it was announced on 15 August. The appointment was confirmed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of TEC. Al Hosani has

  • Algeria confirms Buk delivery

    Algeria's acquisition of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems has effectively been confirmed by the August issue of the People's National Army's (ANP) El-Djeich magazine. The publication included an article covering the 'Majd 2017' exercise held in July, which was supported by a collage of

  • Heightened risk of jihadist shootings against soft targets in Niger's capital following attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali

    Event Nine people, including seven Malian security agents, a United Nations peacekeeper, and a UN civilian contractor, were killed in Mali on 14 August after suspected jihadists opened fire in separate attacks on UN bases in the central town of Douentza and Timbuktu in the north. The previous day,

  • Islamic State claims killing 15 soldiers in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    IN A STATEMENT released via Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency on 13 August, the group claimed that 15 soldiers had been killed and an unspecified number of others wounded in a counter-attack against an army offensive, including the use of suicide bombers, in the town of Humayma in Syria's

  • Islamic State claims killing 17 soldiers in Syria's Homs

    IN A STATEMENT issued via Telegram on 13 August, Islamic State militants claimed that 17 soldiers had been killed and an unspecified number of others wounded in a suicide attack in retaliation to military forces advancements targeting the militant-held positions north of the Shaer gas complex in