• Scale and complexity of attack on UN in Mali indicates strengthening of jihadist capability, increasing aviation risks

    Event A UN peacekeeper was killed in a jihadist attack on 14 April 2018 on a military base in Timbuktu, Mali, housing troops from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation. Fifteen of the jihadists were

  • Ugandan Huey II helicopters to be based at Soroti

    A hangar will be built at Soroti in eastern Uganda for the military’s Bell Huey II helicopters, according to a notice released by the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 16 April. The notice said the Department of the Army is looking for a contractor to build a hangar capable of

  • Update: DSA 2018: Malaysia’s Deftech unveils surveillance variant of AV8 Gempita AFV

    Malaysia's DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (Deftech) officially unveiled a surveillance variant of its Gempita 8x8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) for the Malaysian Army at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Named the AV8 Gempita SURV, the

  • Violent protest over cost of Swazi monarchy anniversary celebrations likely to prompt further demonstrations over living conditions

    Event Police fired rubber bullets at protesters in Swaziland's administrative capital of Mbabane on 13 April as around 2,000 took part in a rare demonstration. The event was organised by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) to protest at the cost of celebrations to mark the 50th

  • IDF destroys fifth cross-border tunnel

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 15 April that it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip tens of metres into Israeli territory. IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus described the tunnel as a “main artery” between a network of

  • Western allies target Syrian assets

    Key Points The US, UK, and France launched 105 missiles at three sites on 14 April to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to develop and employ chemical weapons Prior to the attack, Syrian and probable Iranian assets relocated to Russian-controlled areas for protection The United States,

  • Belarus showcases Cayman MATV

    The 140 Repair Plant Joint Stock Company (JSC) of Belarus has completed the first example of the Cayman, which the company describes as a mobile armoured transport vehicle (MATV). From its appearance this is based on a modified Russian 4x4 BRDM-2 amphibious scout car, or uses components from this

  • DSA 2018: Turkish armed forces to receive 5.56 mm assault rifles from Kale Group

    Turkey’s Kale Group will begin delivering its KCR-556 5.56x45 (5.56 mm NATO)-calibre assault rifles to the Turkish armed forces once final qualification trials for the weapon are completed later this month, a company official told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA

  • Nigerian and Nigerien air forces carry out joint op

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 10 April that it had carried out a series of airstrikes with Alpha Jet and F-7NI fighters in co-ordination with the Nigerien Air Force, which provided intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support, two days earlier. The NAF said the attack

  • Al-Shabaab suspected RCIED attack kills approximately five people in Somalia's Shabeellaha Hoose

    APPROXIMATELY five spectators at a football match were killed and 12 others wounded when a suspected remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED), emplaced by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants, detonated at a stadium in the town of Baraawe in Somalia's Shabeellaha Hoose region on

  • Elbit Systems boosts German presence

    Elbit Systems has announced the establishment of a new office in Berlin, which it hopes will better position the company for upcoming requirements emerging from the German armed forces. While the company already has a presence in Germany, having carried out business there for the past decade, it is

  • Emirati rifle to be manufactured in India

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by India’s MKU and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) EDIC Caracal covering the manufacture of the CAR817AR Advanced Gas Piston-based Assault Rifle. The CAR817AR is said to be more rugged and stable in harsh environments such as

  • Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire line up Indonesian aircraft

    Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire have signed a framework agreement covering the sale of an unspecified number of CN235 and NC212 aircraft, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) confirmed on 15 April, when it posted an Indonesian media report about the deal on its website. The report said the agreement

  • VBIED attack kills one person in Syria's Aleppo

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one person was killed and eight others wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in front of the local council building in the town of Azaz in Syria's Aleppo

  • MdCN missile makes operational debut in allied strikes on Syrian CW sites

    The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Navale (MdCN) land attack cruise missile made its operational debut as part of allied strikes against Syrian chemical weapon sites during the night of 13-14 April. Three MdCN missiles were launched from the Aquitaine-class FREMM multimission frigate

  • Naval missile barrage anchors Syrian attack

    US, British, and French forces bombarded Syrian sites connected to the country’s chemical weapons programme in a predawn attack on 14 April, with most of the missiles coming from naval assets. At least 69 of the 105 weapons launched on three Syrian sites came from naval forces, according to

  • RAF deploys Sentinel to Cyprus

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft has been despatched to Cyprus as part of a build-up of coalition assets in advance of a potential strike against Syria. Open-source tracking picked up the ADS-B transponder of the RAF aircraft, serial number JZ690, as it took off

  • Russian MoD corroborates improved performance of Syrian air defences

    Key Points Russia has said the Syrians shot down five of eight missiles launched by Israeli jets on 9 April The Israelis nevertheless still hit a hangar at T4 airbase The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that Syrian air defences were able to shoot down Israeli stand-off missiles on 9

  • Aid worker's abduction highlights severe kidnap risks to foreigners in western Niger, particularly nationalities co-operating in counter-terrorism

    Event On 11 April 2018, a German humanitarian worker was abducted by armed men near Ayorou in the western Tillabéri region close to the border with Mali He was returning from an assessment mission when his vehicle was ambushed by eight gunmen on four motorbikes. His four Nigerien colleagues

  • LNA commander’s incapacity through ill-health, if confirmed, would risk triggering new struggle for control of eastern Libya

    Key Points An LNA spokesperson has denied reports of Khalifa Haftar’s illness. However, French media, including Le Monde , has continued to maintain the reports’ veracity. Haftar’s potential incapacity, if not death, would produce a leadership vacuum in the LNA, which in recent