• Unidentified assailant kills Iranian political activist in The Netherlands' South Holland

    ONE Iranian political activist - identified as 52-year-old Ahmad Mola Nissi, the founder of the nationalist Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) - was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in The Hague in The Netherlands' South Holland on 8 November, Reuters reported. No group

  • Unidentified militants target oil pipeline near Bahrain's Manama

    UNIDENTIFIED militants attacked an oil pipeline, causing an explosion in Buri village, 15km from Bahrain's capital Manama on 10 November, Reuters reported. The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the explosion was an attack and stated that it had been caused by terrorist sabotage and linked the

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: IOMAX showcases Block 2 Archangel, looks to close out sales

    IOMAX has showcased a new and improved Block 2 variant of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), as it looks to close out sales with at least four new customers. Speaking to Jane’s on 14 November, IOMAX officials said with the Block 2 aircraft on static display at the Dubai Airshow, the

  • Bahrain pipeline IED attack likely to provide pretext for escalating Saudi-led regional confrontation with Iran

    Key Points The Bahraini government accused Iran of having ordered the attack. Although IHS Markit was unable to independently verify the claim, it is more likely than not that Iran chose this as a plausibly deniable response to Saudi Arabia’s perceived recent escalation against Iranian

  • Kuwaiti Typhoon assembly begins

    Eurofighter partner companies have begun the assembly of major components of the Kuwaiti air force’s Typhoon combat aircraft, according to the vice president of Leonardo’s Eurofighter Programme Unit, Giancarlo Mezzanatto. He revealed details of the assembly activity for the 28 Kuwait

  • QinetiQ establishes UAE targets joint venture

    QinetiQ announced on 12 November that it had launched a joint venture with the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Middle East General Enterprises (MGE). Under the venture, the two companies will work together on building and developing aerial and maritime target drones, which will be used in

  • Airbus showcases armed ISR variant of C295

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has showcased a new variant of its new C295 transport aircraft that has been equipped for the armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. The platform, which was being displayed at the Dubai Airshow, was shown alongside a representative fitment of

  • Engine contract signals start of Bahrain and Qatar fighter procurements

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has signalled the beginning of work on fighter procurement programmes for Bahrain and Qatar with the announcement of a USD643 million engine contract for General Electric (GE). The seven-year Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, which was announced on 9

  • Ukraine confirms Aselsan radio buy, will be locally assembled

    The Ukrainian military announced on 10 November that it expects to have all combat military units equipped with Aselsan VHF radios between 2018 and 2020. Chief of the Ukrainian Signal Corps, Major General Volodymyr Rapko made the announcement at a press conference, adding that forces would also be

  • VBIED attack targets Deputy mayor of Galkayo in Somalia's Puntland

    Deputy mayor of Galkayo - Farhan Abdi Gafa- was the target of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack in Galkayo in Mudug region in Somalia's Puntland on 4 November, PuntlandPost reported. Reports stated that the mayor was not in his car when the VBIED detonated. There was no

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Esterline highlights integrated helicopter solutions

    Esterline is highlighting its integrated helicopter solution with a cockpit demonstrator at the Dubai Airshow as part of its strategy to build up its presence in the region, Jane’s has been told. “The UAE is an important market segment for us as a region, we do have some helicopter

  • Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

    A 70km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as

  • Iraqi PM’s ban on militia leaders running in parliamentary elections unlikely to curb growing Iranian influence

    Key Points Abadi’s decree is likely intended to appease the United States and its Gulf allies, demonstrating a commitment to containing the influence of Iran-backed Shia militias in Iraq. The decree is unlikely to prevent Iran-backed groups from participating in the 2018 general election,

  • Saudis says Iranian ballistic missiles launched from Yemen

    Key Points Saudi Arabia has identified the Yemeni rebels' Burkan-2H as an Iranian-made ballistic missile It has responded by tightening the blockade on rebel-controlled territory Saudi Arabia has said that a ballistic missile that was launched from Yemen at Riyadh on 4 November had a range of

  • UAE orders Gowind corvettes

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered two Gowind corvettes and has an option for another two, it was announced on 9 November during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Abu Dhabi. The ships will be built by the French company Naval Group (formerly DCNS) in partnership with Abu Dhabi

  • LAF highlights problems with Super Tucano base

    A lack of infrastructure at Hamat Air Base will limit the capabilities of the Lebanese Armed Forces’ (LAF’s) new A-29 Super Tucano strike aircraft, according to a presentation posted on the LAF website. The presentation said there is an urgent need to build a parallel taxiway at the

  • Yemeni rebels unveil anti-ship missiles

    Key Points Yemen’s rebels have unveiled an anti-ship missile they claim to be producing. The event confirmed they have Chinese C-801 missiles. Yemen’s rebels unveiled what they said was an indigenously produced anti-ship missile called the Al-Mandab 1 on 6 November. The event was

  • Defence & Security 2017: Rafael positions for Thai growth

    Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is positioning a range of products for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) as the service looks to expand its air combat capability over the next few years. The company’s Litening targeting pod is already integrated onto the RTAF’s fleet of

  • Defence & Security 2017: Royal Thai Army, Elbit expand collaboration on mortar and gun systems

    The Royal Thai Army’s (RTA’s) Weapon Production Centre (WPC) has expanded its partnership with Israeli company Elbit Systems, with the parties now collaborating on two programmes: an autonomous truck-mounted mortar (ATMM) and an autonomous truck-mounted gun (ATMG) system. The ATMM

  • MBDA teams with Safran to offer MMP to Australia

    Safran has formed a partnership with MBDA in relation to the European missile system house’s bid to supply anti-tank guided missiles to the Australian Defence Force under the Land 400 phase 2 programme. Safran will bring its PASEO modular advanced stabilised sighting system to the