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    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 17 November that Turkey has withdrawn 40 Turkish troops from a NATO military drill in Norway in which he and Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, were listed in an “enemy chart”.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

  • Indian Navy signs deal with Tata for portable diver detection sonars

    On 15 November, India’s Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) was awarded a contract for the supply of portable diver detection sonars (PDDSs) to the Indian Navy (IN), intended to enhance the service’s underwater surveillance capabilities and its ability to counter asymmetric

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Russian officials remain cautious over possible UAE Su-35 buy

    Key Points Russian industry representatives are becoming skeptical regarding a potential purchase by the UAE of Su-35 aircraft They believe interest in the Su-35 is just being used as leverage in negotiations over the purchase of a US-built fighter Russian industry representatives who spoke to

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE set to upgrade Mirage 2000 fighters

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) looks set to extend the life of its Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters with an upgrade announced at the Dubai Airshow. Both the aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Dassault and systems integrator Thales said on 14 November that the UAE Air Force & Air

  • IED attack wounds three civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    THREE civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in an unspecified location west of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 14 November, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Kidnap and death and injury risks will remain high in Tripoli, despite return of foreign embassies

    Event The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohamed Taha Siala, said on 4 November that 30 foreign embassies had returned to work in Tripoli during 2016, after an absence of more than three years. Many of the embassies left in 2014, during heavy

  • Modernising the US Army’s network will take time and money to complete

    Key Points The current network will likely be inoperable in a complex battlefield The army could be at risk if it were deployed into a contested environment The US Army’s top leaders agreed it was time to stop throwing money at networking systems that are inadequate to meet the needs of the