• Strat Aero to partner for Saudi UAV training

    Strat Aero and Alnahdi Aviation Technology (AAT) have signed a teaming agreement to establish an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training in centre in Saudi Arabia. The centre will be used to train both military and civilian pilots and sensor operators, and will utilise Strat Aero’s UAV

  • Islamic State claims suicide attack on security forces in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    IN A STATEMENT released on 9 November, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency claimed that an Islamic State militant had conducted a suicide attack against security forces personnel on the outskirts of al-Hari village, near Al-Bukamal, in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate earlier that day, BBC

  • Police arrest one suspected senior Islamic State militant in Pakistan's Karachi

    ONE suspected senior Islamic State militant - identified as Nadir Ali - was arrested by police officers during a counter-terrorism operation in the Mangopir area of Karachi in Sindh province on 17 November, in alleged connection with a suicide bombing on a Sufi shrine in Sehwan in Sindh province on

  • Vehicle-impact attack wounds two Israeli men in the West Bank

    TWO Israeli men were wounded in a vehicle-impact attack conducted by a 17-year-old Palestinian attacker at Efrat South junction in the West Bank on 17 November, The Times of Israel reported. The attacker was wounded by Israeli security forces personnel while attempting to stab them following the

  • India's MoD cancels Israeli Spike ATGW tender

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cancelled the USD1 billion tender it had negotiated with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems for Spike anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems for the Indian Army (IA), official sources told Jane’s . Instead, under the government’s

  • Proposals submitted for serial production of Altay tank

    Otokar, Nurol Holding-BAE Systems joint venture FNSS, and BMC, which is 49% owned by the Qatari Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC), submitted proposals to the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) on 16 November for the production of 250 Altay third-generation main battle tanks

  • Suicide attack kills at least 15 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST 15 people, including eight police officers, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a meeting of the ethnic Tajik Jamiat-i-Islami party at a checkpoint outside the Qasr-e Nawin hotel in the Khair Khana area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 16 November, Afghan

  • Unidentified militants kill two LNA soldiers in Libya's Cyrenaica

    MEDIA reports on 16 November stated that two Libyan National Army (LNA) soldiers had been killed when unidentified militants opened fire targeting their vehicle near Derna in Libya's Cyrenaica region on an earlier unspecified date, Libya Herald reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • France set to field Griffon 120 mm mortar system

    The French Army will field a mortar-equipped variant of the 6x6 Griffon armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the TDA Armements SAS120 mm 2R2M Recoiling Rifled Mortar (RRM) as part of its SCORPION vehicle recapitalisation programme. The Griffon is officially called the Véhicule

  • Turkey withdraws troops from NATO exercise

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 17 November that Turkey has withdrawn 40 Turkish troops from a NATO military drill in Norway in which he and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were listed in an “enemy chart”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg apologised for

  • Dossier shows ‘Iranian’ missile that landed in Saudi Arabia

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition has compiled a dossier of evidence of Iranian military support for Yemen’s rebels. It includes photographs of a ballistic missile that landed in Saudi Arabia. The remnants of at least one Iranian Qiam ballistic missile have been recovered in Saudi Arabia,

  • BAE Systems to provide Hawk engineering support to UAE

    BAE Systems will transfer some expertise relating to its Hawk trainer aircraft to a maintenance provider in the United Arab Emirates to support the domestic air force’s fleet of export-specific models. The OEM signed an agreement with Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center

  • Lebanese PM's resignation extends political paralysis, and facilitates political case for Israeli war

    Key Points An extended period of political paralysis is likely, raising the risk of the delay of Lebanese elections and of the inability to form a cabinet if elections are held as scheduled in May 2018. Should Hizbullah manage to form a cabinet regardless, this would indicate a much higher risk of

  • Chinese armour plays prominent role in Zimbabwe coup

    The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) made extensive use of Chinese-made Type 89 armoured vehicles during what appeared to be a bloodless coup that ousted President Robert Mugabe on 14 November. Photographs and video footage of ZNA deployments around the capital Harare showed multiple Type YW534s, the

  • Security forces kill two would-be Islamic State militants in Iraq's Kirkuk

    In al-Zab, Kirkuk province, the Iraqi Security Forces killed two Islamic State would-be suicide bombers who targeted them.

  • Suspected Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya militants kill 14 people in Nigeria's Borno

    FOURTEEN people were killed and 29 others were wounded when two male and two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives targeting Muna Gari community near Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 15 November, This Day reported. The first suicide bomber detonated their explosives at a prayer

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Textron showcases unmanned aircraft in drive for regional sales

    Textron Systems showcased two unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at the Dubai Airshow, as it looks to secure sales in the Gulf region in general and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular. The Aerosonde Small UAS (SUAS) and Nightwarden tactical UAS (TUAS) were both displayed at the event that

  • IAF leverages VR for maintenance training

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and 3D models to provide maintenance training for technicians and engineers. The training systems have been developed by the IAF’s Educational Research and Development Section, located at the IAF’s Technological Air

  • Russian official says MENA country has Iskander-E missiles

    Russia has delivered Iskander-E ballistic missile systems to a country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told the RIA Novosti news agency during the Dubai Airshow held from 12 to16 November. The

  • UAE base in Somaliland under construction

    Construction of a United Arab Emirates naval base in the separatist region of Somaliland has begun, according to a UN report released on 8 November. It was announced in February that Somaliland’s parliament had approved the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) request to establish a military