• Turkey tests air-to-air missiles

    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) tweeted with a video on 10 January.

  • Islamic State kills more than 150 soldiers in series of attacks across Niger

    Key Points The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a 9 January attack on a military base in western Niger, in which at least 89 soldiers were killed. The attack was the third major such operation since 10 December, with at least 174 Nigerien soldiers having been killed by militants operating

  • Israel stands-up second F-35 unit

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) formally stood up a second unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir combat aircraft, the service announced on 16 January. 116 Squadron ‘Defenders of the South’ will join the already established 140 Squadron ‘Golden Eagle’ at Nevatim Air Base

  • Egypt inaugurates major Red Sea base complex

    Egypt formally inaugurated a strategically significant new base complex on 15 January in an event attended by high-ranking dignitaries from allied Arab states. Berenice (Barnis) Military Base is located on the Red Sea coast approximately 90 km north of the Halayib Triangle, an Egyptian-controlled

  • IronVision trialled on Challenger 2 Streetfighter II

    The IronVision situational awareness system has been trialled on a modified Challenger 2 Streetfighter II for the first time, according to Elbit Systems. The trials were conducted in early December 2019 and began with familiarisation for the crew at the UK’s Copehill Down urban operations

  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU

    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarded to Patria in 2018. Under the terms of the

  • France pledges more troops for Sahel as US reconsiders Africa deployments

    France has pledged to deploy 220 more troops to help suppress the Islamist insurgency in the Sahel, while the US is considering reducing its commitment. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told AFP on 13 January that US resources “could be reduced and then shifted,

  • Malaysia looking into joint production of defence equipment with Turkey

    Turkey has officially offered Malaysia the opportunity to collaborate in the development and production of both a next-generation fighter and an advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft following Ankara’s removal from the US-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. The proposals are related

  • Majority of F-35 supply chain will be out of Turkey by March

    Key Points Most of the DoD’s F-35 supply chain will be out of Turkey by March This shows the US is serious about removing Turkey from the F-35 programme because it acquired the Russian S-400 The majority of the Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft

    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 13 January to highlight the

  • Saudis expelled from US training

    An investigation into all Saudi nationals undergoing military training in the United States in the wake of the shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station on 6 December has resulted in 21 being sent home, Attorney General William Barr announced on 13 January. Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a

  • Israel tests advanced Iron Dome

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announced on 12 January that a series of trials of an improved Iron Dome air defence system had been completed successfully. The live-fire interception tests were led by Rafael, the system’s manufacturer, and conducted at a test range in southern Israel,

  • Egypt fielding previously unknown Mi-24 helos

    Egypt is fielding at least two Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ assault helicopters of unknown origin a Ministry of Defence (MoD) video released on 13 January revealed. The promotional video highlighting the capabilities of the country’s armed forces shows a pair of Mi-24s in the colours and

  • IRGC admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner

    A series of mistakes resulted in Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) being shot down on 8 January, killing all 176 on board, according to Brigadier General Amir Hajizadeh, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, which includes an

  • US, Iranian commanders disagree on missile attack intentions

    While the commander of Iran’s missile force has said the ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi bases early on 8 January were not intended to kill US personnel, nevertheless there was a significant risk of casualties that further escalated the dangerous confrontation between the two countries.

  • Israel announces laser breakthrough

    The Israel Ministry of Defense announced on 8 January that its investment in laser technology has led to a breakthrough that paves the way for the development of weapons that “will prompt a strategic change in the defence capabilities of the state of Israel”. The MoD said the

  • Turkey deploys troops to Libya

    Turkey has begun deploying military personnel and hardware in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed. “There will be an operation centre, there will be a Turkish lieutenant general leading, and they will be managing the

  • First Kuwaiti-configured Eurofighter makes maiden flight

    The first Eurofighter combat aircraft configured for Kuwait made its maiden flight towards the end of 2019, the company announced. Instrumented Series Production Aircraft (ISPA 6), equipped with the Kuwait Air Force configuration, departed the Flight Test Centre of Leonardo Aircraft Division in

  • Israel orders Iron Fist APS

    Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is being developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Elbit said

  • Trump appears to offer de-escalation in military clash with Iran

    US President Donald Trump said the United States will impose additional sanctions on Iran instead of retaliatory military strikes, at least for now, after Tehran launched short-range ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces. A day after Iran struck the bases, which was