• Arrest of Syrian jihad veterans in Libya reflects Al-Qaeda’s effort to redeploy fighters across North Africa

    Event The General Command of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) announced on 20 March that jet fighter aircraft had launched a number of airstrikes targeting two large groups of jihadist militants in southern Libya, without providing further details. The airstrikes came two days after

  • Canada to send helicopter group to Mali

    The Canadian government announced on 19 March that it would contribute an “aviation task force” to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for 12 months. It said the task force would include CH-147F Chinook helicopters “to provide

  • Diverse forces converge on Syria’s Manbij

    Key Points After the fall of Afrin on 18 March, the city of Manbij may be next in the sights of the Turkish military. Manbij is a multi-ethnic city secured by Asayish gendarmes and local fighters, most of whom are Arabs despite Ankara’s insistence that the area west of the Euphrates is

  • Elbit Systems revenue exceeds USD1 billion in Q4

    Elbit Systems for the first time recorded in excess of USD1 billion in revenues in a single financial quarter during the final one of 2017, contributing to the USD3.38 billion total received over that calendar year. The total revenues for the year was an increase on the USD3.26 billion the company

  • Turkey-Qatar cement defence ties with DIMDEX deals

    Turkey announced that its defence companies were awarded contracts worth more than USD700 million by Qatar during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12-14 March, further deepening the ties between the two countries. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced the USD700

  • Ukraine signs defence co-operation agreement with Kuwait

    Ukraine and Kuwait have taken steps towards further bilateral defence co-operation, having signed an agreement that will provide a legal framework for the development of military training and education, among others. Signed between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the emir of Kuwait, Sabah

  • Vehicle-impact attack kills two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank

    TWO Israeli soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a vehicle-impact attack by a Palestinian man near the settlement of Mevo Dotan, near Jenin, in the West Bank on 16 March, the BBC reported. The alleged attacker was detained by security forces. Although Hamas praised the attack, there

  • Canada to deploy aviation task force to Mali

    The Canadian government will deploy an aviation task force and support personnel to Mali, Minister for National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced on 19 March. The task force will provide tactical airlift and logistics for the UN Multidimensional

  • Qatar to acquire Marte ER for NH90 NFH platforms

    The Qatar Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 March awarded MBDA a contract of undisclosed value to equip its NH90 NFH naval variant medium twin-engine multirole helicopters with the Marte ER anti-ship missile. Earlier on the same day the Qatar MoD announced a EUR3 billion plus contract with NH

  • US lining up Huey II simulator for Kenya

    The US Army is carrying out market research to find the best way to procure a flight training device (FTD) for Kenya’s Bell Huey II helicopters and possibly a second for Uganda. A notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 14 March said the requirement is for a contractor

  • ADF militants claim responsibility for kidnapping of the head of social affairs in Cameroon's Nord-Ouest

    In Nord-Oueste region, the Ambazonia Defence Forces (ADF) claimed responsibility on 10 March for the kidnapping of the region's head of social affairs Aaron Ankiambom on 24 February. The victim appeared in a video, in which he said that his captors issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the government to

  • Egypt to acquire Puma UASs

    Egypt is to acquire and field the AeroVironment (AV) RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 16 March. A Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal for an undisclosed number of systems valued at USD9.1 million has been awarded by the US

  • US discourages Turkey from buying S-400s

    Turkey would like to receive S-400 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems as quickly as possible, despite US discouragement. In a joint press conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on 14 March, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said, “The quicker

  • Russia deploys two frigates to Eastern Mediterranean

    Key Points Russia has deployed two frigates to the Mediterranean, one with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles A second Russian frigate armed with Kalibr missiles is in the Red Sea Russia appears to be building up its naval forces in the Eastern Mediterranean at a time that the United States is

  • UAE-backed counter-terrorism operations unlikely to fully succeed in rooting out Sunni jihadists from southern Yemen

    Key Points This was the third large counter-terrorism operation launched by UAE-backed local forces since January 2018 across southern Yemen. According to UAE officials, the three operations have almost completely driven out AQAP from the area and degraded its operational capabilities. Although

  • DIMDEX 2018: Plans for new Qatari naval vessels unveiled

    Key Points Qatar’s corvettes will have an anti-ballistic missile capability supported by the LPD’s Kronos Power Shield radar Exocets and NH90 helicopters with Marte ER missiles will be their primary anti-surface weapons The designs and capabilities of the new naval vessels that

  • US Pave Hawk crash in Iraq was on routine mission

    The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed in western Iraq on 15 March was on a routine mission from one base to another, according to a US Central Command (USCENTCOM) spokesman. Major Josh Jacques told Jane’s on 16 March that all seven people on board died in the crash, which took

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders NHIndustries NH90 helicopters

    Key Points Qatar has ordered 28 NH90 helicopters: 16 for tactical transport and 12 for maritime operations. The deal also includes MBDA Marte ER missiles and 12 H125 training helicopters. Qatar has ordered 28 NH90 helicopters for its air force under a contract worth more than EUR3 billion (USD3.7

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatari navy building more bases

    The Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) plans to have six naval bases by 2022, senior QENF officials told Jane’s during the DIMDEX show held in Doha on 12–14 March. The largest QENF base will be the new one that is being constructed on reclaimed land next to Hamad Port, south of Doha.

  • Barzan Holdings leads charge in Qatari industrialisation

    Qatar officially launched defence company Barzan Holdings at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) on 12 March, with the firm launching several joint ventures by the closing of the show on 14 March. The company is owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD)