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  • Turkish-backed counterattack fails in Idlib

    Russian airstrikes appear to have helped repel a rebel counterattack in Syria’s Idlib province that had extensive Turkish military support. The assault on Al-Nayrab on 20 February involved rebels equipped with Turkish-supplied M113 and ACV-15 armoured personnel carriers. Rebels were also seen

  • Airbus makes Tranche 3 Eurofighter offer to Colombia

    Airbus Defence & Space (DS) has formally offered the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft to the Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) to replace its ageing fleet of Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) Kfirs. Iván Gonzalez, Head of Combat Aircraft Campaigns at Airbus Group,

  • CIAC displays UAV Tarsis 25 to potential Colombian military clients

    The Colombian aerospace company Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana (CIAC) showcased the Tarsis 25 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Colombian defence and security officers on 14 February. Delegations from the Colombian Army’s air assault division, the special

  • Key US senator calls for continued Future Vertical Lift funding

    Key Points An influential US senator is calling for further FVL funding Sen Duckworth, a former Black Hawk pilot, believes FVL aircraft with the Pentagon’s vision of future warfare A key US senator and retired US Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter pilot wants the service to further

  • Russian Navy ocean-going warship numbers to be radically reduced

    The number of Russian large ocean-going warships is to decrease significantly by 2027. This development and the prospects for large naval vessel construction were discussed at the end of 2019, at a special meeting of the Naval High Command, local military media disclosed on 14 February. At the end

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  • French Navy NH90 Caiman availability rates improving

    While the overall availability of the French Navy’s NHIndustries NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) remains a problem, rates are beginning to improve, a senior service official has said. Speaking to Jane’s, the commanding officer of the French Naval Aviation
  • New Iranian missile reported to be loitering SAM

    The previously undocumented type of missile found on two dhows carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that loiter in an area searching for a target, according to a US military official cited by the New York Times on 19 February. Examples of the
  • Romania orders Iveco tactical trucks

    The Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 31 December 2019 awarded Iveco Defence Vehicles a seven-year frame-type contract to supply 2,902 tactical trucks. According to a company statement, an initial delivery order for 942 trucks is in place and these are to be delivered over four years beginning