• Pakistan signs for T129 attack helos

    Pakistan has formally signed for 30 TAI T129 attack helicopters from Turkey, it was disclosed on 24 May. The confirmation of the anticipated sale to Pakistan was made in the political manifesto that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) has released ahead of the general

  • Iran likely to increasingly rely on China as major trading partner to withstand strengthening US sanctions

    Key Points Pompeo’s speech makes clear that the US seeks a fundamental change in Iran’s behaviour, emphasising that Iran’s failure to do so has the potential for internal collapse, not least given widespread public dissatisfaction with the Islamic Republic’s economic

  • Presidents’ meeting highlights declining Western influence and potential for Russian-backed government authority in CAR

    Event President Faustin Taoudéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on 23 May, during which Putin called for strengthening of bilateral relations. The meeting, on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum,

  • Rafael launches Fire Weaver networked attack system

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled the development of an advanced networked attack system designed to deliver multiple simultaneous selected precision effects on time-critical targets within seconds of their acquisition. Fire Weaver is an open-architecture target acquisition and precision

  • KADEX 2018: TAI, KAI sign MoU on Anka UAVs and Hurkus jet trainers

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Kazakhstan Aviation Industry (KAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 24 May at the KADEX 2018 exhibition to co-operate on the joint development and procurement of the Turkish company’s Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Hurkus advanced

  • More attacks on naval vessels in Red Sea revealed

    Key Points There have been three attacks on naval vessels in the Red Sea that the Saudi-led coalition has not reported. The fate of two vessels is unclear, but a UAE minehunter was not lost. At least four Saudi-led coalition naval vessels have been attacked in the southern Red Sea since June

  • Turkish state companies co-operate to increase local ammunition production

    Turkey’s Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) and Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Board (TÜBITAK) Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) signed an agreement on 22 May on research and development (R&D) projects to increase local

  • Horbia Mira signs Turkish UGV agreement

    UK engineering group Horiba Mira has entered into a teaming agreement with a consortium of Turkish companies that will work to develop a new version of the company’s Viking unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Horbia Mira signed the agreement with a consortium comprising Katmerciler, Savronik, and

  • Islamic State militants kill at least 26 pro-government fighters in Syria's Homs

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 26 pro-government fighters - including 17 Iranian and other foreign nationals - were killed when Islamic State militants attacked a military outpost near the city of Palmyra in Syria's Homs governorate on 22 May, Reuters

  • Philippines to receive Cobra helos from Jordan

    The Philippines is to receive two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated from Jordan, national media reported on 22 May. The procurement was announced by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, but no further details were provided. Jordan currently fields 27 AH-1E/F Cobra helicopters, including

  • Provincial leadership battles and changing approach on land redistribution make early South African general election unlikely

    Key Points The South African government is now moving towards a programme of major land redistribution under existing regulations, which will need time to show its effectiveness The ANC is struggling to resolve leadership battles in key provinces, as allies of former president Jacob Zuma resist

  • China building pier at Djibouti base

    China has begun to rapidly construct a pier at its military base in Djibouti, confirming earlier reports that it would build a dock at the facility. Satellite imagery shows construction began sometime after 30 April and extended more than 330 m into the sea by 20 May. It is being constructed by

  • Israeli Adirs confirmed as first F-35s to strike targets

    Key Points The IAF commander revealed on 22 May that F-35Is have carried out airstrikes in recent months. One of the missions may have involved deep incursion to hit a target at Aleppo airport with Small Diameter Bombs on 29 April. Israeli Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir multirole

  • Counter-terrorism operation in Burkina Faso’s capital indicates increased risk to government, foreign assets from jihadist cells

    Event Three suspected jihadists were killed in a counter-terrorism operation in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, on 22 May. Burkinabé intelligence services tracked them down to a villa in the Rayongo suburb and a firefight ensued between the security forces and the occupants of the

  • Landmine attack kills three civilians in Somalia's Mogadishu

    THREE civilians were killed and two soldiers wounded when a landmine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated at the Ex-control junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 22 May, Dhacdo reported. Reports added that the landmine targeted a security vehicle patrolling the area. No group

  • Unidentified assailants kill soldier in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE soldier was killed when unidentified assailants, armed with pistols, conducted an attack in Shibis district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 19 May, Shabelle Media Network reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Saudi spokesman confirms Turkish ship attacked off Yemen

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) was responsible for an attack on the Turkish-flagged bulk carrier Ince Inebolu , Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, announced on 21 May. The ship was carrying wheat from the Russian Black Sea port of

  • Israeli committee warns on defence industry job losses

    The Israeli Knesset’s finance committee has warned that some 22,000 job cuts in the defence industry and a cost of ILS7 billion (USD1.95 billion) to the country’s GDP will be caused by the terms of a US military aid agreement set to roll out in 2019. US aid to Israel for 2019–28

  • KADEX 2018: Barys 6 breaks cover as KPE launches new systems

    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has unveiled the Barys 6 ahead of the opening of the KADEX defence exhibition in Astana on 23 May. The new vehicle is a winterised variant of Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6, and is fitted with a 2A42 30 mm cannon in a turret taken from the BTR-82A. While

  • Libyan National Army takes delivery of ex-Irish OPV

    The Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern Libya, welcomed a new flagship for its naval forces on 17 May when the ex-Irish offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Aisling arrived in the port of Benghazi. The LNA released a video showing the vessel is now named Al-Karama (Dignity) after the