• Impeachment of Somalia’s president probably unsuccessful, opposition to security handover growing and port contracts face renegotiation risk

    Key Points President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is unlikely to be unseated by the impeachment motion, which is backed by members of Somalia’s parliament drawn from the Hawiye and Issaq clans, as it has already been rejected by the parliamentary clerk. However, the Federal Government of

  • Rwanda displays previously unseen self-propelled artillery

    A Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled artillery system was seen in service with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) for the first time in photographs released by President Paul Kagame on 11 December. The Rwandan president was viewing the final day of the annual combined arms exercise held at the Gabiro

  • High turnover of incumbents in Bahrain parliamentary elections likely to facilitate austerity reforms, violent opposition protests unlikely

    Event Bahrain held parliamentary and municipal elections on 24 November and 1 December. There was no functional political opposition taking part; the Shia Islamist group al-Wefaq and the secular Waad parties had been banned from taking part and called for a general boycott. At final count, only

  • Unidentified militants conduct attack targeting water facilities in Libya

    MEDIA reports on 9 December, citing local authorities, an unspecified number of water wells and facilities had been destroyed in an attack conducted by unidentified militants at Al-Hassouna plant in an undisclosed location in Libya on an earlier unspecified date, Al-Wasat reported. Reports did not

  • US seeks parts for Uruguay helos supporting UN mission in DRC

    The US is seeking helicopter parts to sustain Uruguay’s contribution to the United Nation’s (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The US Army said on 11 December that it is seeking parts to maintain a pair of Bell 212 utility helicopters that the Uruguayan Air

  • Ashok Leyland and Elbit team up for vehicle exports

    Indian vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland and Israel’s Elbit Systems have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on producing weaponised high-mobility vehicles for export customers, it was announced on 12 December. Ashok Leyland said in a statement that under the memorandum of

  • GCC announces joint academy to advance military integration

    The main military development during the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) summit on 9 December appears to have been a decision to set up the Gulf Academy for Security and Strategic Studies. The communique released after the event said the GCC leaders had issued instructions for the establishment of

  • Nigerian Air Force to get more AW109 helicopters

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to receive six Leonardo AW109 helicopters, Nigerian Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said during a visit to Kano Air Base on 8 December. The delivery timeline for the new aircraft was not provided. AM Abubakar referred to the new helicopters as AW109

  • Iranian commander confirms medium-range ballistic missile test

    Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, confirmed to Iran’s Fars news agency on 10 December that a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) was recently tested, as previously claimed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  • India selects IAI/Elta Systems radar and EW suite for Tejas LCA Mk 1A

    India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Elta Systems for 83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and an equal number of electronic warfare (EW) suites to be fitted onto the Mk 1A variant of the indigenously

  • Al-Shabaab IED attack kills at least two military personnel in Somalia's Shabeellaha Hoose

    TWO military commanders and an unspecified number of other soldiers were killed when at least one improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants, detonated targeting a military convoy in the village of Dhanaane near the city of Marka in Somalia's

  • Cyprus orders second Saar 62 OPV

    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus has ordered a second Saar 62 offshore patrol vessel (OPV) from Israel Shipyards, Haifa, for delivery in early 2020, according to local press reports on 5 December, which a source also confirmed to Jane’s . In Cypriot service, the Saar 62 has a

  • Iran unlikely to leave JCPOA in six-month outlook, despite complaints over Europe’s failure to deliver economic benefits

    Key Points Iran is almost certain to remain within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at least for the coming six months when waivers will remain in place, while preparing to wait out the Trump administration and adjusting its budget accordingly to reduce internal pressure to escalate.

  • Lebanese national pleads guilty to evading sanctions at court in the US' Washington D.C.

    AT A COURT in the United States' capital Washington D.C. on 6 December, 63-year-old Lebanese national Kassim Tajideen, who had been named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009 by the US Treasury Department for his financial support of Hizbullah, pleaded guilty to charges concerning the

  • Oman launches electronic system for tracking offsets, promoting partnering

    The Oman Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) has launched a new electronic system for managing and tracking offset programmes in the country, as well as helping obligors find potential partners in Oman. Revealed by the Oman News Agency earlier in December, the new system will allow

  • Belarus upgrades APC fleet with new BTR-70MB1 variant

    The Belarusian armed forces are upgrading their fleet of armoured personnel carriers (APCs), a Belarusian military source told Jane’s . “The military’s BTR-70 APCs are being modernised to the BTR-70MB1 level, and 32 more carriers will have been delivered to the troops by the end

  • EDEX 2018: IMUT says new MRAP close to Egyptian order

    The International Marathon United Technology Group (IMUT), an Egyptian company, displayed two 4×4 armoured vehicles during the EDEX show held in Cairo from 3 to 5 December. IMUT President Michel Knight told Jane’s that the Egyptian Armed Forces has shown serious interest in the larger of

  • Kazakhstan receives new batch of Arlan, Alan armoured vehicles

    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has revealed it has delivered another batch of Arlan and Alan vehicles to the Kazakh Ministry of Defence (MoD). KPE noted in a release that it had integrated a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection system into the Arlans, as

  • Elbit and Leonardo team to develop torpedo capability for Seagull USV

    Elbit Systems and Leonardo have teamed to develop a light torpedo capability for integration on the former’s Seagull unmanned surface vessel (USV). Leonardo’s lightweight and mini torpedoes will be demonstrated on board the USV, utilising architecture used for airborne torpedo launching

  • SVBIED attack kills at least three people in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan

    AT LEAST three people - including two police officers - were killed and 48 others were wounded when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was detonated near the police headquarters in the city of Chabahar in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province on 6 December, Reuters