• IAI reports UGV developments

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced significant developments in two of its autonomous robotic systems. The Sahar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which detects and clears improvised explosive device (IEDs), has completed a development phase and is now due to undergo trial and evaluation

  • Latest-generation Pandur Evo moves into production for Austrian Army

    General Dynamics European Land Systems – Steyr (GDELS – Steyr) is now in full scale production of its latest-generation Pandur 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) for the Austrian Army. Late in 2016 the Austrian Army placed a new contract for the Pandur that covers 34 units to a

  • Turkey to procure more Anka UAVs and TTZA vehicles

    Turkey’s military and security forces will receive 22 more Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and special purpose tactical wheeled armoured vehicles (TTZAs), local media reported a few days after the meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) of the Turkish Defense Industries

  • US-led coalition says Iranian missile strike did no damage

    The ballistic missile attack that Iran launched against Islamic State militants in Syria on 1 October did no damage, according to Colonel Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. “The assessment that we have seen so far is that there

  • Zambia denies USD400 million Israeli deal

    Zambia’s defence minister has released a statement denying a report that his government is close to signing a second USD400 million deal with Israeli companies. Africa Confidential reported on 12 October that the new deal will be funded by Israel’s Bank Hapoalim and is believed to

  • Reopening of borders between Syria and Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon indicate normalising relations and President Assad’s hold on power

    Event Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem stated on 15 October 2018 that Syria is “witnessing the first results of the victory” as the Naseeb/Jaber border crossing with Jordan reopened to trade. Jordan closed the border in April 2015 after the opposition’s Free Syrian Army took

  • AUSA 2018: Infrared ID makes a showing

    Israeli company Infrared ID presented its range of combat identification patches and panels for vehicles and personnel at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. An important attribute of Infrared ID’s solutions is that they are passive in

  • AUSA 2018: Safe Shoot unveils Green Shield infantry IFF system

    Israeli company Safe Shoot launched its Green Shield IFF system for ground forces at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. The Green Shield system features a weapon-mounted wireless transceiver that uses a GPS and global navigation

  • Electoral fraud accusations by Mozambique’s opposition RENAMO unlikely to lead to return to civil war

    Key Points Electoral disputes are likely to be contested politically and legally, including with threats to pull out of peace negotiations, but are unlikely to lead to a resumption of fighting between RENAMO and government forces. A final peace agreement between RENAMO and FRELIMO is likely prior

  • Pakistan Navy commissions fleet tanker PNS Moawin

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi. Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by

  • South African Badger behind schedule as SAAF Hawks lose A-Darter

    South African procurement agency Armscor has revealed that the country’s acquisition of Patria AMV armoured fighting vehicles has experienced significant delays, while the South African Air Force (SAAF) has scrapped a planned requirement for the A-Darter missile for its BAE Systems Hawk 120

  • Violent protests in Comoros indicate growing government instability risk and likelihood of cargo disruption on Anjouan island

    Event Three civilians were killed in Comoros on 16 October after security forces and anti-government protesters exchanged small-arms fire when the military moved in to dismantle barricades that had been set up the previous day in Mutsamudu, capital of the Comorian island of Anjouan. Trees and

  • Elta Systems awarded contract for ELM-2032 fire-control radars

    Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a USD55 million contract to supply multimode airborne ELM-2032 fire-control radars to be installed on “newly produced advanced combat aircraft” for an undisclosed client.

  • Yemeni rebels confirm they sunk UAE minehunter

    The Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) released a video on 12 October, which included images that confirmed it sunk one of the UAE Navy’s mine-countermeasures vessels in 2017. The images – presumably taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle – showed one of the

  • Double suicide attack kills at least 20 people in Somalia's Bay

    AT LEAST 20 people were killed and 40 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a restaurant and a second detonated their explosives targeting Bilan hotel in the city of Baidoa in Somalia's Bay region on 14 October, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. Harakat

  • German SMArt 155 munition programme to start again

    Due to an additional demand for Sensor-fuzed Munition for Artillery 155 mm (Suchzunder Munition fur die Artillerie im Kaliber 155 mm: SMArt 155) artillery projectiles, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Gesellschaft für Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS) an initial Step 1

  • South Korea’s K9 self-propelled artillery production to roll into 2021

    Production of the South Korean Hanwha Land Systems K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system and its associated K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV) has now passed 2,000 units for the home and export markets, and production is expected to continue to at least 2021. The K9

  • More details about Kenya’s new helicopters revealed

    The Kenyan Air Force (KAF) has acquired two new types of Airbus helicopters, it was revealed during the events marking Kenya Defence Forces Day (KDF) on 14 October. President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Kenyatta Barracks in Gilgil, north of Nairobi, where he was shown an AS350B3 Écureuil (now H125)

  • Opposition split over election candidacy strengthens Senegalese president’s chances of second term in February 2019 polls

    Event Former foreign and justice minister Madické Niang has resigned from the former ruling Senegalese Democratic Party (Parti Démocratique Sénégalais: PDS) after announcing he intends to compete for the presidency in the February 2019 election. Niang departed on 5 October, but

  • US pastor’s release insufficient to restore US-Turkey alliance, which will depend on resolution of multiple sticking points

    Event On 12 October, US pastor Andrew Brunson was flown back from Turkey to the United States following his release by a Turkish court, having been imprisoned since 2016 under charges of terrorism and espionage. Describing the charges as politically driven, the Trump administration had responded