• Malaysia looking into joint production of defence equipment with Turkey

    Turkey has officially offered Malaysia the opportunity to collaborate in the development and production of both a next-generation fighter and an advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft following Ankara’s removal from the US-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. The proposals are related

  • Majority of F-35 supply chain will be out of Turkey by March

    Key Points Most of the DoD’s F-35 supply chain will be out of Turkey by March This shows the US is serious about removing Turkey from the F-35 programme because it acquired the Russian S-400 The majority of the Pentagon’s Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

  • Egypt demonstrates aerial refuelling for combat aircraft

    Egypt now has the capability to aerial refuel combat aircraft, with an official video released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showing ‘buddy-buddy’ systems fitted to air force MiG-29M ‘Fulcrum’ fighters. The video, which was released on 13 January to highlight the

  • Saudis expelled from US training

    An investigation into all Saudi nationals undergoing military training in the United States in the wake of the shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station on 6 December has resulted in 21 being sent home, Attorney General William Barr announced on 13 January. Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a

  • Israel tests advanced Iron Dome

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) announced on 12 January that a series of trials of an improved Iron Dome air defence system had been completed successfully. The live-fire interception tests were led by Rafael, the system’s manufacturer, and conducted at a test range in southern Israel,

  • Egypt fielding previously unknown Mi-24 helos

    Egypt is fielding at least two Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ assault helicopters of unknown origin a Ministry of Defence (MoD) video released on 13 January revealed. The promotional video highlighting the capabilities of the country’s armed forces shows a pair of Mi-24s in the colours and

  • IRGC admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner

    A series of mistakes resulted in Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) being shot down on 8 January, killing all 176 on board, according to Brigadier General Amir Hajizadeh, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, which includes an

  • US, Iranian commanders disagree on missile attack intentions

    While the commander of Iran’s missile force has said the ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi bases early on 8 January were not intended to kill US personnel, nevertheless there was a significant risk of casualties that further escalated the dangerous confrontation between the two countries.

  • Israel announces laser breakthrough

    The Israel Ministry of Defense announced on 8 January that its investment in laser technology has led to a breakthrough that paves the way for the development of weapons that “will prompt a strategic change in the defence capabilities of the state of Israel”. The MoD said the

  • Turkey deploys troops to Libya

    Turkey has begun deploying military personnel and hardware in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed. “There will be an operation centre, there will be a Turkish lieutenant general leading, and they will be managing the

  • First Kuwaiti-configured Eurofighter makes maiden flight

    The first Eurofighter combat aircraft configured for Kuwait made its maiden flight towards the end of 2019, the company announced. Instrumented Series Production Aircraft (ISPA 6), equipped with the Kuwait Air Force configuration, departed the Flight Test Centre of Leonardo Aircraft Division in

  • Israel orders Iron Fist APS

    Elbit Systems announced on 7 January that it has been awarded an initial contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) to provide Iron Fist active protection systems (APS) for the Eitan wheeled armoured fighting vehicle that is being developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Elbit said

  • Trump appears to offer de-escalation in military clash with Iran

    US President Donald Trump said the United States will impose additional sanctions on Iran instead of retaliatory military strikes, at least for now, after Tehran launched short-range ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces. A day after Iran struck the bases, which was

  • France blocks missile development with Turkey, Altay MBT delayed by lack of powerpack, SSB head says

    France is blocking missile development with Turkey while production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) has been delayed because of the lack of an engine, Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), told a press conference on 6 January. Demir said the French

  • Iran ‘slaps’ US with ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has described the ballistic missile attacks on two Iraqi bases hosting US forces early on 7 January as a “slap” in retaliation for the US airstrike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani. “For now, a slap was delivered on their face

  • Turkey modernises ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) announced on its website on 2 January that it had signed a TRY900 million (USD151.3 million) contract with Aselsan to upgrade Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) ACV-15 armoured combat vehicles. FNSS announced on its website

  • Iran launches short-range ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq

    Iran retaliated for the assassination of a top general by launching more than a dozen short-range ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces, the Pentagon announced on 7 January. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two

  • Iranian navy upgrades Alborz frigate with new combat systems

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has equipped one of its ageing Alvand-class (Vosper Mk 5) frigates with new indigenously developed combat systems. Imagery of IRIS Alborz (72) from the recently concluded Iranian joint naval exercise with the navies of China and Russia held in late December 2019,

  • Pentagon grapples with backlash from airstrike, subsequent missteps

    Fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to kill Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, is plaguing Washington both inside the capital and abroad. Five days out since the strike, the US military has mistakenly told Baghdad it will withdraw its troops

  • US to reportedly deploy bombers to Indian Ocean amid heightened tensions with Iran

    The United States is sending six Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for possible strikes against Iran. The deployment, which was reported by CNN citing an anonymous Pentagon source on 6 January, will see the aircraft sent to the UK-controlled