• First Lebanese Super Tucanos arrive

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced the delivery of its first two Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft on 9 October, saying the aircraft had landed at Hamat Air Base north of Beirut. Another four are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2018. It was

  • German Tornadoes fly first mission from Jordan

    Luftwaffe Tornadoes flew their first mission from Al-Asraq, Jordan, on 9 October, the Bundeswehr has announced. Two Tornadoes conducted reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State, marking the full operational capability of the aircraft since the German contingent moved from

  • Grenade attack wounds three police officers in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST three police officers were wounded in a grenade attack by unidentified armed militants in the Jamacadaha area of Hodan district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 8 October before fleeing the scene, Baidoa reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IAI demos Air Hopper unmanned helo

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed its new Air Hopper unmanned logistical supply helicopter, which it recently demonstrated in the casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) role. The aircraft, which was revealed in early October, recently took part in a demonstration for the Israel Defence Forces

  • Israeli tank fire destroys Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip

    ONE Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip was destroyed by Israeli tank fire on 8 October, in response to unidentified Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip firing a rocket targeting southern Israel earlier that day, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for firing the

  • Qatar seeks Hawk jet trainers

    Qatar’s recent letter of intent (LOI) for the procurement of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft also included the provision of six previously undisclosed BAE Systems Hawk jet trainers. The inclusion of the Hawks was revealed in a wider BAE Systems communique announcing organizational changes

  • Rocket attack fired from the Gaza Strip targets southern Israel

    UNIDENTIFIED Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket targeting southern Israel on 8 October, Reuters reported. The rocket did not reach Israeli territory. No group immediately claimed responsibility for firing the rocket, though Israeli authorities hold Hamas as responsible for

  • Russian Su-24 crashes in Syria

    A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed during take-off at Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 10 October, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying. The two crew members did not have time to eject and thus were killed. No casualties on the ground were reported. The cause of the

  • Suspected AQAP SVBIED attack kills four security forces personnel in Yemen's Abyan

    FOUR security forces personnel were killed and seven others - including a security forces commander identified as Abu Abdullah Shaneeni - were wounded in a suspected Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack in the Khanfar area of

  • Unidentified militants kill three security forces personnel in Somalia's Bari

    THREE security forces personnel were killed and 10 others were wounded in an attack by unidentified militants targeting a military checkpoint in Boosaaso in Somalia's Bari region on 9 October, Radio Kulmiye reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Increased frequency of Sinai militant attacks on military industry indicates risks to construction and ground cargo assets

    Event On 1 October, heavy engineering vehicles belonging to the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority were intercepted in central Sinai by militants. The construction vehicles were set alight, but the drivers were unharmed. The attack was the latest in an increasing frequency of assaults on

  • Belgium considers deploying NH90s to Mali

    Belgium is considering contributing its NH90 helicopters to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The Belgian government will decide at the end of 2017 which operations the armed forces will

  • Saudi THAAD sale approved

    Saudi Arabia’s long-expected request for the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was made public on 6 October, when the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department had approved a proposed sale estimated to be worth USD15

  • Armed clashes kill two police officers and 12 unidentified militants in Mozambique's Delgado

    TWO police officers and 12 militants were killed during clashes that broke out when 30 unidentified militants armed with AK-series assault rifles attacked three police stations at the port of Mocimboa da Praia in Mozambique's Delgado province on 5 October, Radio Mocambique reported. Two of the

  • IED attack kills one civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    ONE civilian was killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near shops in the al-Dawanem area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 5 October, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Japan positions C-2 transport aircraft for exports

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) is increasing efforts to promote Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI’s) C-2 medium transport aircraft to international customers, it confirmed on 6 October. The MoD said in a statement that, for the first time, it is flying the C-2 to foreign countries

  • Security forces personnel kill two Islamic State militants and arrest five others in counter-terrorism operation in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

    TWO Islamic State militants were killed and five others were arrested by security forces personnel during a counter-terrorism operation that took place in three locations across Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on 4 October, Gulf News reported. The raids aimed to dismantle an Islamic State cell across

  • Suspected Islamic State suicide bomber kills at least 20 people in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST 20 people, including a police officer and three children, were killed and more than 30 people were wounded when an unidentified suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a shrine in the town of Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of Pakistan's Balochistan province on 5 October, Dawn and

  • Tit-for-tat US–Turkey visa application suspensions unlikely to be protracted, as indicated by signs of Turkish compromise

    Event On 8 October 2017, the United States and Turkey announced that they were suspending applications for business and tourist visas between the two countries. The visa suspension was first announced by the US, for Turkish citizens, to which Turkey then responded in kind. The US’s decision

  • Indonesian military displays Kaplan MT prototype, Apache helicopter

    Indonesia displayed several new platforms during a 5 October military parade held in the coastal city of Cilegon, Banten Province, to mark the 72nd anniversary of its armed forces. Among the platforms shown were an AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter and a prototype of the Kaplan MT Modern