South Africa admits ‘negative impact' of delayed Gripen negotiations
07 December 2021
by Helmoed-Römer Heitman
South Africa's Department of Defence released a statement on 6 December admitting that protracted negotiations on a support contract for the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) Gripen fighters are “negatively impacting on the air defence capability”.
It noted that a “lengthy discussion” has taken place between its procurement agency Armscor and Saab, the Gripen's manufacturer. “Proposals have been presented by both parties and are being reviewed to ensure that the matter is conclusively dealt with,” it said. “The SAAF is confident that a solution will be found to resolve the matter.”
Qatar Emiri Air Force receives first Typhoons, readies aircraft for QRA duty
16 August 2022
by Tim Ripley
Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft at BAE Systems Warton site. (Tim Ripley)
Four Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to depart from BAE Systems Warton site “within days” to take up quick reaction alert (QRA) duty ahead of the FIFA World Cup in November and December.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force's (QEAF's) first Typhoons were officially accepted into service by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar's deputy prime minister and minister of state for defence affairs, in a ceremony at Warton on 15 August.
Iran hosting UAV competition for Russia's Army Games
16 August 2022
by Jeremy Binnie
A Shahed-191 displayed at the IRGC's National Aerospace Park in Tehran. (Iranian Students News Agency)
An Iranian base that is allegedly used to train foreign terrorists to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is hosting part of the International Army Games 2022, raising questions about earlier reports that Russians are training to operate UAVs in Iran.
In this episode of The World of Intelligence we speak with Neil Spencer on the value of OSINT in the commercial sector.
Neil Spencer is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships for LifeRaft. He has more than twenty years of security indust...