• Update: Turkey’s STM wins tender for Pakistani corvettes

    Defence engineering firm Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) and other Turkish companies have won a tender to provide four Ada (MILGEM)-class corvettes to the Pakistan Navy (PN). “This will be largest single export [deal] in the history of the Turkish defence

  • ST Engineering invests in Israeli cyber firm

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has invested in Israeli cyber security firm Radiflow, as part of its continuing emphasis on building capability in advanced technologies. In a press release on 5 July, ST Engineering said the investment, the value of which was not disclosed, would

  • Tunisian Navy commissions latest Damen OPV and locally built patrol boat

    The Tunisian Navy commissioned its second Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (MSOPV) 1400 and a third Istiklal-class patrol boat at the port of La Goulette on 25 June. Syphax (P 611), the second of four MSOPV 1400s on order for the Tunisian Navy, was delivered to Tunisia the previous month

  • Explosives attack kills one woman in Iraq's Kirkuk

    ONE woman was killed and 14 others wounded - including women and children - when an unspecified explosive device, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near the Al-Abrar Mosque in Al-Quds Street in the city of Kirkuk in Iraq's Kirkuk governorate on 8 June, BBC Monitoring reported. No group

  • Islamic State militants kill three Iranian fighters in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    MEDIA reports on 12 June stated that three Iranian fighters were killed by Islamic State militants in the town of Al-Bukamal in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate on unspecified earlier dates, Tasnim reported. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for killing the three fighters on 11 June.

  • Saudi armour moves into northern Yemen

    A Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) armoured formation appears to have advanced into the northern Yemeni province of Sadah, entering the mountainous stronghold of the Iranian-backed rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) for the first time in more than three years of fighting. Sky News Arabic broadcast

  • Shelling attack strikes school in Iraq's Kirkuk

    UNIDENTIFIED militants launched a shell which struck a school in the Mosalla neighbourhood near the Turkmen Front Party headquarters in the city of Kirkuk in Iraq's Kirkuk governorate on 8 June, BBC Monitoring reported. No casualties were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Suspected Wilayat Khorasan suicide attack kills at least 19 people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    AT LEAST 19 people were killed and 65 others wounded when a suspected Wilayat Khorasan suicide attacker detonated their explosives at a gathering of government officials, representatives of the Taliban, and local people near the governor's office at the Royal Palace in the city of Jalalabad in

  • Turkey’s defence exports rise in first half of 2018

    Turkish state news service Anadolu Agency revealed details of the country’s defence and aerospace sector’s export performance on 2 July, with figures for the first six months of 2018 showing a year-on-year increase in foreign sales of almost 14%. In total Turkey exported USD906.4

  • Islamic State claims to kill 25 people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    IN A STATEMENT released via Telegram on 17 June, the Islamic State claimed that approximately 200 people had been either killed or wounded in two suicide attacks at gatherings of military forces and Taliban representatives in Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province earlier that day, BBC

  • Kenyan patrol ship returns after refit

    The Kenyan patrol ship KNS Shujaa has returned from a 21-month midlife refit and training voyage, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 3 July. The refit was carried out in the Netherlands by Damen Shipyards, the KDF said. It released a photograph showing the ship’s 76 mm main gun had

  • Rafael unveils Spike NLOS Modular Launcher development

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has finalised development of a new lightweight, vehicle-integrated evolution of its SPARC trailer-mounted and remote-controlled launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multi-purpose tactical missile. Spike NLOS is a multi-purpose precision guided missile

  • AMISOM drawdown put on hold

    The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000

  • Discrepancy in vote recount of election results would likely cause violent unrest in northern Iraq

    Event On 1 July 2018, local media in Kirkuk reported a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack on a warehouse, located in western Kirkuk, containing ballots from Iraq’s 12 May general election. The VBIED was prevented from reaching the warehouse, but killed a civilian and

  • Qatar signs for Hawk jet trainers

    Qatar has added nine BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft to its previously disclosed procurement of Eurofighter Typhoons. The company announced on 29 June that the emirate has amended the contract it signed in late 2017 for 24 Typhoons to include nine Hawks (previously, it had stated its

  • China deepens defence engagement in Africa

    Key Points Chinese defence industry agency says it has engagement with 45 African states Defence exports on the rise but related industrial collaboration remains limited China has outlined the expansive scope of its defence trade and technical ties with countries in Africa and stated a commitment

  • Kenya to get three C-27Js

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) will take delivery of three C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, a Leonardo executive has confirmed to Jane’s . Citing a Kenyan National Treasury report to parliament, local media reported the procurement in late June, but said only one C-27J had been ordered for KES20

  • Suicide attack wounds four Sutoro police officers in Syria's Hasaka

    FOUR members of the Assyrian Christian Sutoro police force were wounded when an unidentified suicide attacker riding a motorcycle detonated their explosives outside a Sutoro headquarters in the centre of the city of Hasaka in Syria's Hasaka governorate on 30 June, BBC Monitoring reported. No group

  • SVBIED attack kills at least one police officer in Iraq's Kirkuk

    AT LEAST one police officer was killed and 22 other people - including four civilians, nine police officers, and six other security force personnel - were wounded when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near the gate of a

  • Wilayat Khorasan suicide attack kills at least 20 people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    AT LEAST 20 people were killed - including a politician representing the Sikh community - when a suicide bomber from the Islamic State's Wilayat Khorasan detonated their explosives targeting a vehicle around Mukhaberat Square in the city of Jalababad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 1 July,