• Erdogan announces Turkey will co-produce S-500s with Russia

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 18 May at a youth rally in Istanbul the future joint production with Russia of the S-500 Prometey (‘Prometheus’)/55R6M Triumfator-M (‘Triumphant-M’) fifth-generation air defence system, the state-funded Anadolu Press

  • LNA announces naval blockade of western Libya

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction has announced it will impose a naval blockade on ports in west Libya to prevent any more shipments of military equipment reaching forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The move was announced by LNA naval

  • Mauritania receives CN-235 transport aircraft from UAE

    The Mauritanian military announced on 13 May that it had received a transport aircraft from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft could be identified as one of the CASA/IPTN CN-235M-110 transport aircraft that the UAE acquired from Indonesia in the 1990s. The Mauritanian military described

  • Security alerts 24–31 May

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Disruption in bus, train, and air travel across Argentina on 25 May and 29 May during strikes Risk analysis: The CATT and UTA trade unions, which represent transportation workers, have called for a national strike on 25 May, a national holiday, demanding additional

  • Turkey looks set to defy US and proceed with Russian S-400 acquisition

    Key Points There are increased signs that Turkey will not scrap its Russian S-400 deal despite the US threat of sanctions If Ankara continues with the deal the F-35s it had on order could be stopped and the country could also be subject to Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act

  • RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment

    Key Points Six RAF F-35Bs have flown to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus The training mission is the type’s first overseas deployment in UK service British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft flew to the Royal Air Force (RAF) base on Cyprus on 21 May for the type’s first overseas

  • US Army and UK MoD move out with plans to acquire Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled APS

    Israeli-based Elbit Systems is slated to receive two coveted contracts for its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) active protection system (APS), one from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and another from the US Army. Both countries recently detailed plans to acquire the system, with the US Army

  • Turkey to develop air defence laser system

    Turkish companies Aselsan, Roketsan, Ermeksan, and Saver, along with the Informatics and Information Security Research Center (Bilgem) within the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak) and Gebze Technical University, have joined forces to turn their laser weapon studies

  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments

    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low-collateral effects ‘enhanced smart

  • Southern Mali attack highlights likelihood of jihadist conflict reaching coastal West Africa, targeting foreigners, churches, mining companies

    On 19 May, seven people were killed in a jihadist attack on a border post at Koury in Mali’s southern Sikasso region, near the Burkina Faso border. The attack comes amid warnings and assaults in coastal Ghana, Togo, and Benin, previously unaffected by terrorism, as well as Cote d’Ivoire,

  • Turkish president's rebuke of major business lobby indicates increased risk of punitive government measures targeting opposition-aligned firms

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan censured on 16 May Turkey's main business group, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (Türk Sanayicileri ve Is Insanlari Dernegi: TUSIAD), saying that he would "hold accountable" those who "attack Turkey from

  • Greek P-3B re-enters service

    The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a decade-long hiatus. The aircraft, which bears the

  • Turkey’s STM delivering Kargu loitering munitions to TSK

    Turkish state-owned defence technology, engineering, and trade company STM has delivered close to 150 Kargu rotary-wing loitering munitions to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) so far and has also operated more than 20 Kargus together in a swarm, according to Murat Ikinci, general manager of STM.

  • Yemeni rebels deny ballistic missile attack

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel group denied that it carried out a ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia on 20 May. In a statement posted on its website, the group said its armed forces “did not carry out any military operation towards Saudi territory after the operation of 9

  • Greece receives 70 OH-58Ds and a Chinook from United States

    Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, Elliniki

  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs

    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA-led group, which also

  • Unilateral Russian ceasefire announcement likely only affords temporary delay to Syrian government offensive in Idlib province

    The Russian Ministry of Defence unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the opposition-held Idlib pocket on 19 May. This followed a limited advance by government forces into northern Hama province in recent weeks, in which the government captured the town of Kafr Nabouda and neighbouring villages,

  • Angola receives all 12 Sukhoi fighters

    The delivery of all 12 Sukhoi Su-30K fighters ordered by Angola has been completed, the Tass news agency reported on 16 May. It cited an official from Belarus’ 558th Aviation Repair Plant, which modernised the aircraft, as saying the last two aircraft were delivered in April. The Belarus

  • Low-sophistication Islamist attack on churches and hospitality venues likely in Ghana amid growing militant network penetration

    One of the major churches in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, Christ the King Catholic Church, located next to the Office of the President on Liberation Road, on 19 May announced that it has banned backpacks as part of new directives to increase security. The announcement follows warnings by Think

  • Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem invests in continuous wave laser technology

    Turkey’s Tubitak Bilgem has developed and tested two laser systems that could potentially be deployed by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). Both systems use a continuous wave laser and operate in the 1,070 nm (±10 nm) wavelength. A spokesperson declined to confirm the Technology