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  • Qatari Coast Guard inaugurates main base

    The Qatari Coast Guard’s new main base was officially inaugurated on 14 July, a milestone event in the major expansion in the force’s capabilities. Located about 30 km north of Doha and called the Al-Daayen Naval Base, the facility was opened by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al

  • Re-introduced Hellenic Air Force P-3Bs fly with mixed Greek-US crews

    The P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), recently re-introduced into Hellenic Air Force (HAF) service after being withdrawn in 2009, has been flying with mixed Greek-US crews. The HAF’s 353 Maritime Patrol Squadron (MPS) was reformed as part of 112 Wing at Elefsis Air Base in June, with

  • Iranian foreign minister offers to negotiate on ballistic missiles

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Tehran is prepared to talk about its ballistic missile programme in exchange for the United States cutting defence exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but only after the US has returned to the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • SAMI acquires aircraft MRO company

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has acquired a majority stake in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), further expanding the government’s investment in domestic defence capabilities. Part of the Middle Eastern

  • Legacy offset projects to continue unchanged, confirms Oman PAPP

    The recently established Oman Public Authority for Privatisation and Partnership (PAPP) has confirmed that offset projects in the old Oman Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) will continue, “as per terms and conditions agreed upon”. The PAPP has also renamed the PFD

  • British destroyer heads for the Gulf

    The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is heading for the Middle East to allow the Royal Navy to maintain a continuous presence in the tense region, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. An MoD spokesman told Jane’s on 12 July that HMS Duncan’s planned deployment to the Gulf region

  • Nigeria’s Proforce gets first MRAP export order

    Nigerian defence company Proforce has signed a contract for the sale of 20 of its new Ara 2 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles. The company did not wish to disclose the name of the customer, only acknowledging that the purchase was made by an African country. However, a source with

  • US approves MH-60R sale to Greece

    The US State Department has approved the sale of seven Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multimission helicopters to Greece. The proposed sale, which was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 July, covers the maritime helicopters for the Hellenic

  • Israel to get more hardened aircraft shelters

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is looking to build additional hardened aircraft shelters, according to a notice published on the USU Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 July. The notification did not reveal the number of aircraft shelters that will be built or the base where they will

  • Luftwaffe tests A400M as aerial tanker for foreign deployments

    The Luftwaffe announced on its website on 8 July that it is testing its A400M transport aircraft as an aerial tanker in foreign deployments. Air Transport Wing 62 (Lufttransportgeschwader 62: LTG 62) has been preparing the A400M to refuel German and allied aircraft flying against the so-called

  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were

  • UK says frigate warned off Iranian patrol boats

    A Royal Navy frigate confronted Iranian vessels attempting to block a UK-flagged oil tanker as it sailed out of the Gulf, the British government said in an 11 July statement. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British

  • S-400s begin arriving in Turkey

    S-400 air defence systems began arriving in Turkey on 12 July, the Turkish Ministry of Defence has announced on its website. The ministry said that the first equipment for the system arrived at Mürted Air Base northwest of Ankara. Open source tracking of the ADS-B transponders on Russian

  • White House pick to lead Joint Chiefs downplays chance of large-scale military conflict with Iran

    US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, the nominee to take the reins as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has downplayed the potential of a full-blown war with Iran while also noting that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of

  • France says it owns Javelins found in Libya

    The Javelin anti-tank missiles found in Libya belong to France, the French Ministry of Armed Forces confirmed in a statement posted on its website on 11 July. “The weapons were intended for the self-protection of a French detachment deployed for counter-terrorism intelligence purposes,”

  • Indian Air Force to fit transports, helicopters with Israeli-made SAR systems

    The 3 June crash of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft, in which 13 service personnel died, has accelerated New Delhi’s efforts to equip a large proportion of the IAF’s fleet of helicopters and transport aircraft with Israeli-made

  • Qatar to become first AMRAAM-ER user

    Raytheon will carry out the final certification of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile-Extended Range (AMRAAM-ER) for Qatar, making it the first country to procure the new missile, the US company announced on 10 July. It was providing more detail on an announcement made the previous day

  • State Department reiterates the case for emergency sales to Saudi and UAE

    A senior State Department official has justified a move to expedite the sale of about USD8.1 billion worth of US military equipment to strategically important Arab allies, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the move to bypass the Congressional review process was necessary to

  • State Department reiterates the case for emergency sales to Saudi and UAE

    A senior State Department official has justified a move to expedite the sale of about USD8.1 billion worth of US military equipment to strategically important Arab allies, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the move to bypass the Congressional review process was necessary to

  • EDA to launch four-country talks on Leopard 2 upgrade and procurement after industry feedback

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) awaits a last round of market feedback from industry before launching final consultations with member states Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleets. The effort will aim at

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