• Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria

    The Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched their long-threatened offensive into northeastern Syria on 9 October with the stated objective of establishing a ‘safe zone’ that has been cleared of Kurdish forces and can be used to resettle Syrian refugees. “Our mission is

  • Growing backlash in US to Trump’s Syrian pullback

    US President Donald Trump’s decision not to defend the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Turkish military attacks has united Republican and Democratic lawmakers against him. Trump decided to withdraw about 50 US troops from northeast Syria in anticipation of Ankara launching a

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • Turkish offensive in Syria prompts Nordic backlash on exports

    The governments of Finland and Norway are blocking new arms exports to Turkey amid the ongoing anti-Kurdish offensive in Syria, with Sweden intending to follow suit. A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered forces into Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria on 9 October,

  • Israeli security cabinet reportedly discussed Iranian cruise missile threat

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a lengthy cabinet meeting on 6 October to discuss the ramifications of the 14 September cruise missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on Saudi oil facilities, attributed to Iran, Hebrew-language media reported. According to the Walla news

  • German export approvals surged in first nine months of 2019, says BMWi

    The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has disclosed that German export approvals of defence and security equipment increased by 75% year on year in the first nine months of 2019. The growth occurred despite the decision by Germany on 18 September to extend its ban on the

  • Bahrain receives RB-M patrol boats

    The United States has delivered three coastal patrol boats to the Bahraini Coast Guard, the US Embassy in Manama confirmed on 7 October. It said David Pekoske, the acting deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, had visited the three boats at Muharraq Coast Guard Base and

  • Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise being staged from

  • Iranian military highlights air defences around Gulf energy hubs

    The Iranian military has provided a look at the air defences it has deployed on Kharg Island and at Asaluyeh: two of the most important sites in the Islamic republic’s oil and gas export network. Iranian news agency photographs and television coverage on 8 October showed Major General

  • Possible Algerian-assembled Boxer spotted

    Photographs of what appeared to be a Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle at a production facility in Algeria have added credence to claims that the type is being assembled in the North African country. The photographs released via Twitter on 7 October showed a Boxer on a trailer at a location that

  • Elbit sells UASs to undisclosed Southeast Asian nation, most likely Philippines

    Elbit Systems has sold a “multi-layered array of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)” to an undisclosed Southeast Asian army, the company announced on 6 October. The deal, valued at approximately USD153 million, covers “more than 1,000 Thor quad-rotor vertical take-off and landing

  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market

    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solutions has received approval from its government to export

  • Update: US announces Turkish military operations into northern Syria

    US military troops will no longer operate in northern Syria, a move that could decimate the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Pentagon, however, said it does not “endorse” such Turkish operations. Following a 6 October telephone call between US President Donald Trump and

  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified

    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems Integrity and the Brazilian Institute for

  • Saudi Arabia to recapitalise 4×4 fleet

    Saudi Arabia has begun efforts to acquire a new range of 4×4 vehicles for use by multiple government organisations in a significant procurement programme. Speaking to Jane’s , SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer said that “by the end of the year, we will have selected a partner for the

  • Turkish laser weapon passes acceptance tests

    The Vehicle-Mounted Laser System (ARMOL) designed and developed by the Informatics and Information Security Research Centre (BILGEM) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) has successfully completed acceptance tests, according to a press release

  • Iran displays guidance upgrade for artillery rockets

    The Iranian Army unveiled what appeared to be a new guidance upgrade called the Labeik that converts existing artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles on 3 October. Several Labeik units were displayed in an event attended by General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, the deputy commander of the

  • South Korea, UAE deepen industrial ties

    South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to strengthen defence industrial links, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul has said. Following bilateral defence talks in Abu Dhabi on 2 October, the MND said the two nations would look to deepen co-operation in cyber defence

  • Iranian tankers rendezvous off Syria

    The Iranian super tanker Adrian Darya 1 has been joined by a smaller tanker close to the offshore terminal that supplies Syria’s Baniyas refinery, an image captured by Maxar’s Worldview-3 satellite on 2 October shows. Formerly called Grace 1 , Adrian Darya 1 was seized by British Royal

  • Cyprus parades new Serbian-made artillery and armoured vehicles

    A military parade held in Nicosia on 1 October to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Cyprus’ independence has demonstrated that the Cypriot National Guard’s rapid modernisation is ongoing with the acquisition of Serbian-made Nora-B52 155 mm/52-calibre 8x8 self-propelled gun-howitzers