• IAV 2020: Elbit’s Iron Fist engages kinetic energy round

    Key Points An Iron Fist Light Kinetic (IFLK) round has successfully intercepted an APFSDS projectile in tests It is unclear how interchangeable the IFLK is with the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) system ordered by the US and Israeli militaries Elbit Systems’ Iron Fist active protection

  • IAV 2020: Rafael integrates Firefly loitering munition with vehicles

    Rafael displayed a more refined version of its Spike Firefly loitering munition during the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2020 conference held in London on 20-23 January, and revealed it has been integrated with vehicles. When it was unveiled in 2018, the Spike Firefly was presented as both

  • India’s DRDO selects Israeli-made EO/IR system

    Israel’s Controp Precision Technologies has won a tender to supply its iSKY-50HD electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system for fitment onto unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In a 22 January

  • Yemeni deconfliction efforts likely to be derailed by mass-casualty ballistic missile attack

    Key Points A ballistic missile attack on a military camp in Yemen’s Marib governorate on 18 January killed 111 military personnel and wounded dozens more. Although no claim of responsibility was immediately made, the government blamed the attack on Ansar Allah, which resulted in renewed

  • Bird demos OSCAR maritime data fusion system in Africa

    Bird Aerosystems, an Israeli company that develops special-mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems, announced on 14 January that it had completed a successful trial of its Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance (OSCAR) solution for an African client it did not

  • EU preparing to expand training to Burkina Faso as security deteriorates

    Burkina Faso faces a collapse similar to the one in northern Mali in 2012 if Europe does not substantially step up its military presence and aid, according to senior EU and national military officers and officials. Speaking during a 22 January hearing of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee

  • First HSI32 fast interceptors arrive at Saudi naval base

    The first two HSI32 high-speed interceptors have arrived at Royal Saudi Naval Forces’ (RSNF’s) Ras Mishab base in the Gulf, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 January. It was announced in April 2018 that 39 CMN boats will be delivered to the RSNF, with half of them

  • Malian forces unveil new vehicles and weapons

    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) displayed recently delivered vehicles during their 59th anniversary parade at the Kati military camp, the main base of the 3rd Military Region, on 20 January. These included Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles and a Paramount Marauder with a

  • Kenya commissions MD 530F helicopters

    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced on 23 January that its chief, General Samson Mwathethe, had commissioned its “next-generation” MD 530F light attack helicopters at the Embakasi base in Nairobi. The United States approved the sale of 12 MD 530Fs along with FN Herstal .50 cal

  • Re-emergence of Ansaru in northern Nigeria raises threat of targeted violence against Western nationals and companies

    Key Points Following a six-year operational lull, militant Islamist group Ansaru claimed responsibility for a small-arms attack in Kaduna State, Nigeria. In October 2019, the group already indicated its active status and impending return to armed activities when announcing the launch of its new

  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner

    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The Tor-M1 is a mobile short-range air defence system

  • South Korean navy to deploy anti-piracy unit to Strait of Hormuz

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 21 January its decision to temporarily expand the operational area of the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit to cover the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East amid heightened tensions between

  • Hermes 900 MALE UAV enters service with Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has begun operating the Elbit Systems Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Images of two of the nine Hermes 900 platforms ordered from Israel have been circulating on social media since November 2019, with a video emerging a

  • Nigerian Air Force receives two AW109 helicopters

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 18 January that it has received two new Leonardo AW109 helicopters. The helicopters are part of an order for six that was announced in 2018, with a first batch of two arriving in April 2019. The NAF said the helicopters were airfreighted to Abuja from

  • Turkey’s TEI delivers local UAV engines

    Tusas Engine Industries (TEI) tweeted on 16 January that it had delivered the first 13 of 40 TEI-PD170 turbo-diesel aviation engines to Turkish Aerospace. The TEI-PD170 is the first local engine developed for the Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by TEI and General Electric (GE). Ismail

  • Ethiopian defence minister says landlocked country now has navy

    Ethiopian Defence Minister Lema Megersa has said his country has a navy for the first time since 1991, when Eritrea’s independence deprived it of its Red Sea coastline. “We have established a navy,” he announced on television on 19 January. He did not say where the navy’s

  • Malian Army receives new armour

    The Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) received a batch of seven Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles that were delivered by an An-124-100 transport aircraft on 16 January. A Malian government statement said the vehicles are the first of 130 that are being procured from the United

  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles

    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) tweeted with a video on 10 January.

  • Islamic State kills more than 150 soldiers in series of attacks across Niger

    Key Points The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a 9 January attack on a military base in western Niger, in which at least 89 soldiers were killed. The attack was the third major such operation since 10 December, with at least 174 Nigerien soldiers having been killed by militants operating

  • Israel stands-up second F-35 unit

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) formally stood up a second unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir combat aircraft, the service announced on 16 January. 116 Squadron ‘Defenders of the South’ will join the already established 140 Squadron ‘Golden Eagle’ at Nevatim Air Base