• Vietnam, South Africa agree defence co-operation

    Vietnam and South Africa have agreed to expand defence ties, with a view to undertaking joint development and production activities. The Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Hanoi said on 22 August that the agreement was reached in talks between Vietnam’s defence minister General Ngo Xuan

  • Aselsan developing 155 mm Course Correction System

    Turkey’s Aselsan is developing the Atom 155 mm Course Correction System (CCS) to meet potential artillery requirements for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). This would be a direct replacement for the existing 155 mm nose-mounted artillery fuze and would provide the weapon with an

  • Israel MoD selects Iron Fist Light Decoupled for Eitan APC

    Elbit Systems is expected to ramp up its active protection system (APS) production activities in the near term following a decision by the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) Procurement and Production Directorate (MANHAR) to equip the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) future Eitan 8×8

  • IDF selects Iron Fist for wheeled APCs, dozers

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 20 August that it has chosen Elbit?s Iron First Light Decoupled (IFLD) active protection system (APS) for the Israel Defense Force?s (IDF) new Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) and D9 armoured bulldozers. Elbit will

  • US officials confirm Reaper downed in Yemen

    A US military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate late on 20 August, two US officials told Reuters on the following day. One official said it appeared that the UAV was hit by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched by the Iranian-backed Yemeni

  • Aselsan orders reach historical peak

    Aselsan ended the first half of 2019 with a record order book of USD10.2 billion, the Turkish military electronics company announced on 21 August. It also signed new contracts worth USD1.8 billion in the six months ended 30 June. Sales rose by 41% year over year in this period to TRY9 billion

  • Bahraini fast attack craft upgraded

    The Royal Bahrain Naval Force’s fast attack craft RBNS Abdul Rahman al-Fadel has been upgraded with what appears to be a new electro-optical fire-control system, photographs released by the Bahrain Defence Force on 20 August confirmed. The photographs showed King Hamad visiting the Salman

  • Gabon parades VN1 armoured vehicles

    Gabon’s elite Republican Guard (GR) displayed Chinese-made Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the first time during the independence day military parade on 17 August. The commentator for the television coverage of the event said the IFVs are part of the Scouting,

  • Iraq imposes restrictions on coalition air operations

    Coalition flights over Iraq now have to be pre-approved by the Baghdad government after a suspected Israeli airstrike on a Shia-militia base close to the capital. UK military sources told Jane’s on 19 August that all US-led coalition flight plans now have to be approved by senior Iraqi

  • Iran withdraws S-300 from Gulf coast

    In a possible sign that Tehran no longer sees an imminent escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the S-300 long-range air-defence system that was deployed to Asaluyeh in May has been withdrawn, satellite imagery shows. A full S-300PMU-2 battery – one of four Iran received from Russia in 2016

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST rolls out indigenous anti-radiation loitering munition

    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) – the country’s principal defence science research and development agency – showcased the production-ready version of the Chien Hsiang anti-radiation loitering munition and its mobile launcher vehicle

  • Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • Sales and profit increase in Elbit’s second quarter

    Israeli defence manufacturer Elbit Systems recorded revenues of USD1.06 billion in the second quarter of its 2019 financial year, results published on 15 August revealed. The sales figure, a 19.2% rise on the same period on 2018, was primarily driven by the company’s acquisition of IMI

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • Iran unveils new Raad MRAP

    Iran has unveiled what appears to be its first indigenously developed mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) on 13 August. The Raad was unveiled in a ceremony held at the Defense Industries Organization in Isfahan and attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, as well as

  • Rafael/Stolero set to complete Aeronautics purchase

    The acquisition of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aeronautics by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero moved closer to completion on 13 August after approval from the government’s socio-economic cabinet. Aeronautics shareholders and the Government

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • INNOFENSE introduces dual-use Israeli technology for defence

    A new scheme has been launched in Israel to encourage companies with dual-use technologies to engage with the defence industry. The Innovation Program for Civil and Defense Technology Initiatives (INNOFENSE) scheme was launched on 12 August by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and

  • Iran ‘rebuilds’ Russian air surveillance radar

    Iran’s air-defence force has unveiled what it says is a refurbished version of the Russian-made Gamma-DE air surveillance radar called the Falagh (Falaq). The announcement was made during an event that was held in Tehran on 10 August. Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard, the commander of