• IDF takes TopGun artillery guidance system into service

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has taken into service the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) TopGun course correction fuze, IAI's Brigadier General (rtd) Benny Mehr told the IPQC Future Artillery Conference in London on 22-24 May. He said the IDF has ordered 5,000 units and the system will be

  • Saudi completes radar upgrade for AWACS fleet

    The final Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft has now completed its major radar upgrade, the manufacturer Boeing announced on 23 May. The last of five RSAF E-3As has completed the Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) that has already been

  • Aeronautics to launch on stock market

    Key Points UAV manufacturer Aeronautics targets mid-June launch on stock market Listing comes as a number of other Israeli companies are looking at similar moves Israeli unmanned systems manufacturer Aeronautics is looking to launch an initial public offering (IPO) of approximately half its stock

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA budget reflects need to counter advanced threats

    Key Points MDA will complete acquisition and deployment of all 44 GBIs by end of 2017 The agency is seeking funds to begin efforts to counter hypersonic weapon threats The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is seeking USD7.9 billion in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request, which includes

  • South Korea teams with Elta Systems for KFX radar

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed an agreement with Israeli company ELTA Systems to support the development of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be fitted onto the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft. DAPA said in a

  • Pentagon Budget 2018: MDA to procure new radar for Hawaii by end of 2017

    Key Points MDA expects to award a contract for the HLD-H radar in FY 2018 MDA requests USD524 million to support current land and sea based radars The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is seeking USD26 million in its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget to conduct a study to determine if there is a need to

  • Pentagon budget 2018: OCO to decline slightly, assuming no troop increases or budget gimmicks

    The Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 budget request calls for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to fall from USD69.7 billion in 2017 to USD65 billion as part of the 2018 budget request, working with the assumption that US levels remain unchanged in the fight against the Islamic State group

  • Attack on airbase a setback to Libya's peace process; factional fighting is likely to intensify at current hotspots

    EVENT An attack by forces loyal to Tripoli's UN-backed government on 18 May left at least 75 people dead at Libya's southern Brak al-Shati airbase. The airbase was under the control of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA). According to the LNA, at least 15 of the dead were civilians.

  • Omani Army selects Beretta 92FS pistol

    The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) has ordered the 9x19 mm Beretta 92FS as its future handgun, a Beretta source has told Jane's . The RAO began looking for a replacement for its current pistols, which are mostly Browning Hi-Powers, in 2016. The 92FS and four other European pistols were downselected in

  • Saudi Arabia confirms long-range Yemeni ballistic missile attack

    Saudi Arabia effectively confirmed that the Yemeni rebels the kingdom is fighting have a ballistic missile with a range of at least 675 km. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) intercepted a ballistic missile that targeted an unpopulated

  • China to deploy first peacekeeping helicopter unit to Sudan

    China will soon deploy its first peacekeeping helicopter unit to the Darfur region of Sudan. The unit, which is part of the 81st Group Army of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), held a departure ceremony in Beijing on 19 May. The unit, which consists of four Mi-171 multirole medium helicopters and

  • Double suicide attack kills at least 19 people in Iraq's Baghdad

    AT LEAST 19 people were killed and 25 others were wounded when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was detonated followed by a suicide bomber detonating his explosives at a checkpoint and at nearby police station in the south of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 19 May, Al-Jazeera

  • Islamic State claim responsibility for double attacks in Iraq's Baghdad

    IN A STATEMENT released via Telegram on 20 May, Islamic State claimed to have killed and wounded 80 Shia Muslims, including an unspecified number of police officers in double suicide and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attacks targeting a security checkpoint in Abu-Disheer in

  • NATO's C2 and communications networks poised to enter the cloud

    NATO has signed off on a second tranche of its EUR185 million (USD207 million) budget to upgrade the alliance's information technology (IT) networks, communications nodes, and digital devices. Part of NATO's new initiative known as the IT Modernisation (ITM) programme, the work will eventually

  • Retaliatory attacks on conservancies likely in Kenya's Laikipia and Baringo counties following death of ethnic-Pokot politician

    EVENT Armed Pokot herders in Kenya carried out arson attacks on 20 May that damaged agricultural equipment, a security outpost, and electricity pylons based on publicly owned land in Laikipia West, close to the boundary between Laikipia and Samburu counties. At least 21 violent incidents targeting

  • SVBIED attack kills at least 33 people in Iraq's Basra

    AT LEAST 33 people were killed during two separate suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attacks at Rumeila and al-Sadra checkpoints in Iraq's Basra province on 19 May, Al-Jazeera reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A casualty breakdown was not

  • VBIED attack kills at least 20 Ahrar al-Sham militants in Syria's Idlib

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 20 Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya militants were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded when an Islamic State militant, riding a motorcycle, detonated explosives attached to him and the vehicle

  • VBIED attack kills tribal leader and his son in Libya's Cyrenaica

    MEDIA outlets reported on 19 May that a tribal leader - identified as Sheikh Braik al-Lwati - his nine-year-old son and two other people had been killed in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack in the town of Suluq, south of the city of Benghazi, in Libya's Cyrenaica region on

  • Havelsan opens counter-terrorism training showcase

    Havelsan has recently established a counter-terrorism training and simulation technologies centre to showcase a number of live and virtual training solutions, including a precise tracking system for urban operations training. The centre, at Havelsan's Ankara headquarters, includes a demonstration

  • India signs additional contract with IAI for LR-SAM systems

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured an additional contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi for the supply of air- and missile-defence systems to the Indian Navy (IN), the company announced in a 21 May statement. The USD630 million contract, which will be carried out for