• Israeli Navy 'assumes' Hizbullah has Yakhont missiles

    The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March. The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or

  • OSINT Summary: IMU militants purportedly pledge allegiance to the Islamic State

    In a video released on 30 March, a group of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) militants in northern Afghanistan pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and the group's leader Ibrahim al-Badri (alias Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi). In the video, a local commander - identified as Sadulla Urgenji - stated

  • RAN deploys Adelaide-class frigate to Middle East to continue support for regional maritime security

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has dispatched the Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class FFG 7 frigate HMAS Newcastle (06) to the Middle East as part of Australia's ongoing support to international maritime security operations in the region. The assembled regional and international navies focus on

  • African country orders Super Dvora Mk 3 craft

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 31 March that it had received a contract worth "tens of millions of dollars" to supply four Super Dvora Mk 3 fast patrol boats to an African military customer. It said the craft would be built at its Ramta facility in Israel and delivered in

  • Al-Shabaab militants kill 18 people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    EIGHTEEN people - including one soldier - were killed and 28 wounded when Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants attacked and besieged the Maka Al-Mukarramah hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 27 March, Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press reported. One militant detonated a suicide

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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

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