• Russia deploys Tor-M2 to Syria

    Russia has deployed a second type of short-range air defence system to its main airbase in Syria. A Russian journalist posted a photograph showing a Tor-M2 at Humaymim Air Base on his blog on 25 April, but subsequently removed it. It was seen next to a Pantsyr-S1: a type of air defence system

  • US warns pilots of laser attacks in Djibouti

    Key Points A US NOTAM has warned pilots of multiple laser attacks near the Chinese base in Djibouti China is known to have produced laser dazzlers before signing the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons. The US military has released a notice to airmen (NOTAM) warning aircraft about

  • US controls drive Chile toward Israeli F-16 upgrade

    The Chilean Air Force is looking again at putting some of its 46 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters through a service life extension programme (SLEP), local military sources have told Jane’s . The SLEP, which would incorporate upgrades to avionics and weapons sourced from Israel, would free the

  • Al-Shabaab militants attack Burundian AMISOM base in Somalia's Mogadishu

    HARAKAT al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants launched an attack on a Burundian African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base near Elasha Biyaha, on the outskirts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 24 April, Shabelle Media Network reported. Reports did not contain details of casualties. Al-Shabaab

  • Chadian militants kill three soldiers and one civilian in Libya's Fezzan

    THREE soldiers and one civilian were killed in armed clashes during an attack by Chadian militants on the main gate of the sixth infantry brigade headquarters in the town of Sabha in Al-Qarda district in Libya's Fezzan region on 23 April, Al-Wasat reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Turkey selects BMC for Altay MBT and engine production

    Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) decided in March to start contract negotiations with BMC on the production of 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) as well as the development of its powerpack, the SSM tweeted on 24 April. The SSM did not give financial or technical details

  • Vessel seizures unlikely off Yemen’s Hodeidah despite Saudi claims, but cargo will face Houthi fee demands

    Event On 21 April, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen Mohammed al-Jaber stated that Houthi militants were holding more than 19 oil vessels in the area off al-Mustaqaf, preventing them from entering Hodeidah port, according to Saudi media. Jaber claimed that the 19 oil tankers were carrying

  • Aero Vodochody, IAI announce collaboration

    Czech Republic’s Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 24 April that they are to collaborate on the Aero L-159 light combat and trainer aircraft and Aero L-39NG training system. The announcement, made at the ILA air show in Berlin, will see the companies work on

  • Saudi air force credited with killing Yemeni rebel leader

    The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) was responsible for the airstrike that killed a senior leader of the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis), according to Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States. “The RSAF has targeted the second-most senior Iranian-backed Houthi

  • Bank robberies in capital highlight increased crime levels in Jordan; pharmacies, post offices, fuel stations also at risk

    Event Since January 2018, six banks and one money exchange shop have been robbed in Amman. Post offices and pharmacies have also been subject to armed robberies. Overall crime is limited in Jordan, both in terms of range and type. According to the Public Security Directorate’s Criminal

  • Islamic State in the Greater Sahara militants kidnap teacher from school in Burkina Faso's Nassoumbou

    A TEACHER - identified as Issouf Souabo - was kidnapped by Islamic State in the Greater Sahara militants from a school in Bouro in Nassoumbou department in Burkina Faso's Soum province on 12 April, Le Faso reported. On 18 April, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara claimed responsibility for the

  • New Ethiopian PM’s approach towards demonstrators’ demands, contraband networks will determine protest and violence one-year outlook

    Key Points Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will likely ease the restrictions and the security forces’ presence under the state of emergency (in place since February) and allow it to expire in August 2018. Anti-government protests in Oromia and Amhara regions will likely resume within the one-year

  • Saleh’s nephew joins UAE-backed offensive in Yemen

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that Brigadier General Tariq Muhammad Abdullah Saleh, who commanded Yemen’s Republican Guard on behalf of his uncle, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, is leading an offensive in southern Yemen. Brig Gen Saleh was reported to have been killed in

  • Top Angolan generals sacked

    Angolan President João Lourenço’s office announced on 23 April that 17 senior commanders had been dismissed and a new chief of staff appointed. State media reported on 26 March that the previous chief, General Sachipengo Nunda, was being investigated in connection with a false

  • Opposition unlikely to challenge Turkish president successfully and represents minimal threat to AKP parliamentary majority

    Key Points Opposition co-operation involving a broad spectrum of political parties would be more likely to split the first-round vote in the upcoming presidential election, but President Erdogan still appears likely to win any run-off. Without the support of Kurdish groups and nationalists,

  • Top US official’s visit to Eritrea indicates renewed relations, assisting sanctions’ lifting, investment, and Ethiopian peace talks

    Event US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto visited Eritrea on 22–24 April, the first visit by a top US official in years. No details have been made public, other than Yamamoto was due to meet Eritrean officials, foreign diplomats, and US embassy staff in

  • Unidentified gunmen kill one Lebanese ICRC employee in Yemen's Taiz

    AN INTERNATIONAL Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) employee - a Lebanese national identified as Hanna Lahoud - was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in the city of Taiz in Yemen's Taiz governorate on 21 April, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for

  • Unidentified militants set fire to crude oil pipeline in Libya's Tripolitania

    THE El-Zkout-Es Sider crude oil pipeline, owed by the al-Waha oil company, was set on fire by unidentified militants in Libya's Tripolitania region on 21 April, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but security officials stated that Islamic State's Wilayat

  • RAF Sentinel R1 hunting IS again

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Raytheon Sentinel R1 radar surveillance aircraft is again supporting the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group, a senior defence source told Jane’s . The aircraft was photographed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, on 12 April and open-source tracking of its

  • Turkish gendarmerie receives T-129 attack helicopters

    Turkey’s Gendarmerie General Command (JGK) has received its first three T-129 attack helicopters, increasing its close air support capabilities, Ismail Demir, Undersecretary of the Turkish Defence Industries (SSM), tweeted on 19 April. They are part of a total of 18 T-129s the JGK will