• Oman munitions manufacturer to receive South Korean technology

    South Korean ammunition manufacturer CNO Tech on 14 November signed a technology transfer agreement with the Public Authority for Privatisation and Partnership (PAPP), which manages offset programmes in Oman. Under the agreement, CNO Tech will transfer production-line technologies to the Oman

  • UAE using new raiding craft

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces is using what appears to be the 11 m Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) made by the British company Holyhead Marine, it was revealed during its Union Fortress 6 public demonstration. Held on the coast of Ras al-Khaimah on 1 November, the demonstration featured

  • ADF operations continue apace despite Congolese military offensive

    The Congolese military announced on 10 November that security forces had killed Hutu militia leader Juvenal Musabimana (alias Jean-Michel Africa) and four of his bodyguards during “an intense clash” in Binza in the Rutshuru district of Nord Kivu province, close to the border with Uganda,

  • Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 replacement announced

    Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef class to replace its ageing Saar 4.5 vessels, the company announced on 13 November. It said the class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a “proven design”, even though none have been ordered as yet, and would

  • Turkey’s ATAK Phase 2 helicopter conducts first test flight

    Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 13 November that the Phase 2 (B2) version of the T129 ATAK attack helicopter has conducted its first test flight, fitted with laser warning receivers and other electronic warfare systems. The localisation of

  • UAE launches venture capital fund for defence and security SMEs

    The investment arm of the Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) has launched a programme to attract venture capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) defence and security industry. The Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) unveiled the Venture

  • Ghana Army shows new Otokar Cobra vehicles

    The Ghanaian Army is now fielding Turkish-made Otokar Cobra and Cobra II armoured vehicles, according to footage of Exercise ‘Eagle Eye’ shown on local television on 9 November. Two Cobra II and two Cobra appeared in the urban counter-terrorism exercise conducted by the army’s 64

  • Nigerian Army orders 28 Ezugwu armoured vehicles

    The Nigerian Army has ordered 28 Ezugwu armoured vehicles from the Nigerian military’s Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), it was announced on 12 November. The Nigerian Army described the Ezugwu as a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) and said it would be used for

  • Saudi offset reforms will catalyse localisation, says GAMI governor

    Saudi Arabia has overhauled its industrial offset programme as the government works towards ambitious targets enshrined in its Vision 2030 programme. Speaking to Jane’s on 11 November, His Excellency Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, governor of General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI),

  • Angola to send naval vessels to Namibia for maintenance

    The Angolan Navy is to send two naval vessels to Namibia’s Walvis Bay for dry dock maintenance and support. Namibian company Namdock will perform undisclosed work on the vessels in a contract that has been under negotiation since 2017. The company is hoping to extend the services contract

  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing

    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in the Black Sea. Evolved within the scope

  • Burundi’s AMISOM contingent receives Springbuck, Fahd vehicles

    The Burundian contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has taken delivery of 10 Springbuck Heavy Duty (HD) mine-resistance ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), the South African manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility confirmed to Jane’s . AMISOM announced on 6 November

  • NATO’s training mission in Iraq gaining momentum

    NATO’s train-the-trainer mission in Iraq is making progress on several fronts, including ordnance disposal, equipment codification, and cyber-awareness training, according to the mission’s out-going commander, Major General Dany Fortin. “We are setting the conditions for a

  • IDF planners make increased use of battle simulations

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Operations Branch has been making increasingly effective use of a battle simulation computer system, an officer in charge of operational simulations has told Jane’s . “The combination of the development of technology and computing abilities on the

  • Iran reports two more tanker attacks to IMO

    Iran has told the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that three of its tankers have been attacked in the Red Sea this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on 6 November. Iran previously reported one attack carried out against the tanker Sabiti on 11 October, forcing it to return to Iran.

  • Maritime security coalition stands up HQ in Bahrain

    Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime security mission for the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, announced on 7 November that it has opened its headquarters (HQ) in Bahrain. The HQ has been stood up at the United States’ Naval Support Activity base under the

  • UAE to buy additional Chinooks

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to receive additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook medium/heavy-lift transport helicopters, with US State Department approval for a follow-on procurement being announced on 7 November. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the UAE has been

  • North Macedonia’s EU accession remains elusive

    Key Points Regardless of which major party wins the April 2020 election, North Macedonia is unlikely to abrogate internally controversial agreements reached with Bulgaria and Greece since 2017. France’s October 2019 veto of EU accession talks for North Macedonia is likely to slow the

  • Ugandan air force improves pilot training facilities

    The Ugandan People’s Defence Force - Air Force (UPDF-AF) has upgraded its training facilities at Gulu Air Base in the Northern region, it was revealed when President Yoweri Museveni visited for the graduation of 18 cadet pilots and 20 technicians on 6 November. Photographs released by the

  • Syria reportedly recovered David’s Sling missile

    The Syrian military recovered a Stunner missile launched by Israel’s David’s Sling air-defence system, China’s Sina website reported on 2 November. It said the missile was one of two fired at a Syrian OTR-21 Tochka (SS-21) ballistic missile launched after Israel shot down a Syrian