• Elbit Systems unveils May gunshot detection system

    Elbit Systems’ Elisra subsidiary has developed a new wide-area acoustic sensing device called May. The system works with an autonomous network of static sensors that provides detection, classification, and geo-location of acoustic events such as gunshots, artillery fire, or explosions. It

  • Syrian troops launch southwest offensive despite US warnings

    The United States has criticised a new offensive by pro-government forces in southwest Syria that appears to involve Russian forces. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on 21 June that the de-escalation agreement announced in July 2017 had saved lives and facilitated

  • US delivers first F-35 to Turkey as congressional opposition to further deliveries grows

    Key Points The United States delivered its first F-35A to Turkey US lawmakers ramp up opposition to more F-35s to Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 As Lockheed Martin held a ceremony on 21 June to commemorate the first F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) delivery to Turkey, a US

  • Kuwait to get Super Hornet simulators

    Kuwait is set to receive two tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet multirole fighters that it has ordered, according to a notice released on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 18 June. The notice said Boeing will supply one legacy

  • ADF to trial ‘F90-SMASH’ assault rifle

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is set to begin trialling the ‘F90-SMASH’ assault rifle later this year, according to a 21 June joint statement by Israel’s Smart Shooter and Thales Australia. The weapon, which integrates one of Smart Shooter’s SMASH electro-optical

  • Iranian replenishment ship back in action

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy’s (IRIN’s) largest ship is operational again after being overhauled, the Fars News Agency reported on 20 June. It said Kharg (431), a replenishment ship that the Iranian press sometimes refers to as a helicopter carrier, had put to sea with the

  • Israel takes new torpedo into service

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 19 June that is has acquired a new type of torpedo that it calls the Kaved (heavy) for its submarines. “The torpedo systems possess advanced capabilities and characteristics, including increased precision and range,” the IDF said in a

  • Kiir-Machar meeting likely to reduce fighting, halt offensives, and trigger production resumption in South Sudan’s Unity Oilfields

    Event South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir met on 20 June in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the first time in nearly two years with former South Sudanese vice-president and leader of the armed opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) Riek Machar.

  • Russian Caspian corvettes enter Mediterranean

    Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has deployed two long-range missile corvettes to the Mediterranean, its Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 June. The Buyan-M (Project 21631) corvettes Veliki Ustyug and Grad Sviyazhsk were photographed by ship-watchers in Istanbul passing through the

  • Unidentified gunmen kill electoral delegate in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AN ELECTORAL delegate involved in the election of members of the Somali parliament - identified as Maalim Dahir Ali Tifow - was killed by unidentified gunmen armed with pistols in the Wadajir district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 5 June, Dhacdo reported. No group immediately claimed

  • IAI, IMI unveil Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missile

    Israel Aerospace Industries and IMI Systems have disclosed co-development of a new stand-off precision air-to-surface missile (ASM) system – designated Rampage - designed to address protected high value targets including command and control (C2) centres, air bases, maintenance centres, and

  • Denel Dynamics unveils layered C-RAM system

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics is developing two vertically launched missiles as effectors for a layered, integrated counter-rocket, artillery, mortar (C-RAM) system also able to counter cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and helicopters: The 2 000 m range transonic Mongoose 3 as

  • Umbrella jihadist group likely to exploit expanded reach across Sahel to attack security installations more frequently

    Key Points IHS Markit’s intelligence event database demonstrates a steep rise in jihadist terrorism from 2015 to 2017, with the overall number of attacks and fatalities in Sahel countries increasing by 80.2% and 62.5% respectively. The increase in attacks is accounted for by the merger of

  • Turkish, US troops begin co-ordinated patrols around Manbij

    Turkish and US troops began co-ordinated patrols along the demarcation line north of the Syrian city of Manbij as the first step in a de-escalation agreement, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on 18 June. “Co-ordinated independent patrol activities by

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • Alliance between Iraqi rival Shia coalitions reduces risk of inter-Shia violence; ongoing recount likely to delay government formation

    Key Points The announcement of an alliance between Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri, is a step forward for government formation, while reducing the likelihood of intra-Shia militia fighting. The alliance announcement was likely intended to pre-empt calls for a rerun of the 12 May parliamentary

  • Double suicide and RPG attack kills at least 31 people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 31 people were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded in a double suicide and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack by suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya - formerly Boko Haram - militants in the Shuwari and Abachari districts in Damboa local government area (LGA) in

  • Elbit Systems cleared for IMI acquisition

    Elbit Systems confirmed on 19 June that it has reached an agreement to acquire state-owned IMI Systems from the Israeli government. Approved by the Committee for the Tender of the Sale of State Shares and by the board of directors of Elbit, the deal will see IMI become a private entity at an

  • Macedonia agrees with Greece to be renamed North Macedonia

    Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement on 17 June aimed at settling the decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzi and his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov, signed the agreement to change the name to the Republic of North Macedonia to overcome Athens'

  • Seychelles withdraws offer to India for military base

    Seychelles has revoked an offer that would have allowed India to construct and operate a military base on one of its islands and boost its presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The president of Seychelles, Danny Faure, said during a press conference on 4 June that the 27 January agreement