• Egypt reportedly orders Su-35 fighters

    Egypt has ordered a number of Su-35 multirole fighters, the Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported on 18 March. The newspaper cited two senior defence officials as saying the order for “over two dozen” fighters was finalised in late 2018, with deliveries expected to begin in

  • Government’s current concessions through proposed reforms likely to intensify, rather than defuse, protests across Algeria

    Protests reportedly gathering over 15 million across Algeria on 15 March rejected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s postponing of April elections to an unspecified date and announcement of some reforms, including a government-led national inclusive conference and a referendum to approve a new

  • Political risks intelligence bulletin – 18 March 2019

    AMERICAS Argentina - 17 Mar 2019: The government was reportedly considering whether to avoid new increases in public service tariffs from May 2019 to combat the increasing inflation rate. Brazil - 15 Mar 2019: The government raised USD620 million in the first privatisation auction of President

  • Elbit Systems wins Hellenic Coast Guard patrol vessels combat systems contract

    Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract from Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and systems integration on three new patrol vessels for the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Israeli company said. The contract calls for Elbit to deliver the systems in two years and

  • Gaza rocket fire towards Tel Aviv unlikely to lead to confrontation between Israel and Hamas before elections

    Two Iranian-made Fajr M-75 rockets were fired in the direction of Tel Aviv from Gaza on the night of 15 March. Although the Iron Dome missile defence system was activated and warning sirens sounded in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, no interception took place, suggesting that the rockets landed in

  • Two dead in Algerian L-39 crash

    Two Algerian Air Force pilots were killed on 13 March when their Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainer crashed during a routine night training flight. The aircraft, which took off from Tafraoui air base, crashed at 2110 h local time in an uninhabited area in Sidi Ghanem in the province of Oran. This

  • Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia’s Nagapasa-class submarines will be equipped with jammers and decoys from Turkish company Aselsan The equipment will provide the vessels with protection and deception capabilities against hostile torpedoes Turkish defence electronics company Aselsan is supplying its

  • Sudan reveals ‘Shareef-3’ upgrade to BTR-70

    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) with an upgraded Russian BTR-70 8×8 called the Shareef-3. Shareef-3 replaces BTR-70’s original two ZMZ-4905 engines with a more fuel-efficient KAMAZ-7403 V8 water-cooled

  • UAE debuts ‘weaponised’ UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Joint Aviation Command showcased UH-60M helicopters upgraded to Armed Black Hawk standard for the first time in public during the IDEX 2019 exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky business, the Armed Black Hawk kit

  • Iraq takes first steps to producing its own military vehicles

    Iraq’s Samar Alkhair factory, a subsidiary of the Iraqi State Military Industries Company, unveiled an indigenously produced, lightly armoured 4×4 vehicle at the IQDEX exhibition, which was held in Baghdad from 9–12 March. Called the Hajjam 1, the vehicle is likely to be based on a

  • Russia, Turkey begin co-ordinated patrols in Idlib, hold exercise in Black Sea

    Russia and Turkey initiated co-ordinated patrols on 8 March to implement a de-militarised zone in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, a major area held by Syrian rebels, as part of a deal struck last year, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced that same day. “Russia will begin

  • UN report highlights role of foreign intermediaries in North Korean arms sales

    North Korea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and has attempted to supply small arms, light weapons, and other military equipment to Houthi rebels in Yemen, as well as to Sudan and Libya via foreign intermediaries, according to a 5 March report by a United Nations panel of

  • France, Ethiopia sign defence accords to create navy

    France and Ethiopia signed a number of agreements on 12 March, aimed at strengthening military and economic ties between the two countries during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Addis Abba. Details of the accords were not disclosed, although Reuters reported that Macron said at a

  • Romanian MoD details upcoming deployment to Mali

    The Romanian armed forces are to deploy a helicopter unit comprising four IAR 330L Puma aircraft to Gao, Mali, under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 12 March. About 120 personnel will

  • Dismantling of pro-Islamic State cells in Morocco highlights increasing indigenous jihadist activities, raising terrorism risk

    On 1 March 2019, Moroccan authorities arrested a suspected jihadist in Fez. According to local media, the militant was suspected of being an Islamic State member and an expert in manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) who was planning to mount an attack, the details of which were not

  • Saab positions GlobalEye for South Korea

    Key Points Saab is looking to meet a Republic of Korea Air Force requirement for enhanced airborne early warning and control capability It has also emphasised its willingness to transfer related technologies Saab has outlined a commitment to strengthen its footprint in South Korea, with a view to

  • Likely ad-hoc repatriation of Islamic State foreign fighters would strengthen jihadist networks in Europe

    Between 800 and 1,000 Islamic State fighters, many of whom retain Western citizenship, are being held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at detention centres in northeastern Syria. With the US planning to withdraw most of its troops from Syria imminently, the fate of these Islamic

  • Ukraine receives Bayraktar armed UAVs from Turkey

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on 6 March the delivery of a batch of Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. “Now, exercises with the new, powerful Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle will be carried out, the supplies of which I managed to agree with

  • Germany extends Saudi defence export ban

    Germany is to continue its total embargo on military exports to Saudi Arabia until at least the end of March, according to comments made by the country’s foreign minister Heiko Maas on 7 March. The move comes despite significant pressure from Germany’s European allies including France

  • IRGCN commander sets sights on submarines

    The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) is looking to acquire submarines that are more advanced than Ghadir-class midget boats, the force’s commander, Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, told the Tasnim news agency on 3 March. He said the Fateh or Persian Gulf submarines that are