• Covid-19: ADF to temporarily relocate non-essential personnel from Iraq, Afghanistan

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 23 March that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will temporarily relocate non-essential personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan over concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In a statement issued that same day Minister for Defence Linda

  • Covid-19: US-led coalition ceases training Iraqi forces

    US-led coalition troops have ceased training Iraqi security forces (ISF) in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and coalition trainers have started temporarily returning to their home countries. The bulk of the troops remaining in Iraq will be concentrating on protecting the

  • India signs USD2.1 billion deal with TAIS for fleet support ships

    India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and TAIS, a consortium of five Turkish shipbuilders, have signed an INR160 billion (USD2.1 billion) deal to jointly design and build five 45,000-tonne fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy (IN). A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson

  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • Pompeo says Russia killed Turks as Idlib ceasefire holds

    Key Points The US secretary of state has blamed Russia for killing Turkish soldiers in Syria The Idlib ceasefire agreement is being largely observed, although another two Turks were killed on 19 March US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Russia of killing dozens of Turkish soldiers in

  • Omani border unit converted into mechanised infantry

    The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) held a ceremony on 18 March to mark the conversion of the Frontier Force of the 11th Infantry Brigade into a mechanised infantry unit, the Ministry of Defence announced on the same day. The ceremony was held at Thumarit Camp, which is next to Thumarit Air Base in the

  • New Shia militant group claims responsibility for attacks on US-led coalition military base in Iraq

    Key Points Asbat al-Thaireen, or League of the Revolutionaries, has claimed responsibility for the 11 and 14 March rocket attacks on the United States-led coalition military base Camp Taji in Iraq’s Baghdad province. Although it is unclear if the group is a new formation or a front for

  • Malawi’s military commander is sacked

    The appointment of a new commander of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) was announced on 17 March, ending the short tenure of General Vincent Nundwe. The office of president Peter Mutharika announced that Major General Peter Andrew Lapken Namathanga has been appointed as the new MDF commander and

  • Russia negotiates delivery of more S-400s to Turkey

    Russia and Turkey are negotiating the possible delivery of an additional batch of S-400 Triumf air-defence systems to Ankara, the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), Dmitry Shugayev, told TV channel Rossiya 24 on 16 March. He reported that the negotiations

  • US troops withdraw from Iraqi bases

    US troops are withdrawing from three bases in western and northern Iraq as part of a drive to concentrate units at larger facilities, where more air defences are expected to be deployed. The withdrawal from Al-Qaim base close to the strategic border crossing on the Iraq-Syria border was announced

  • Iraqi armoured division exercises Abrams tanks with BMP-1s for first time

    Iraq’s 9th Armoured Division has conducted what was probably its first tactical exercise that combined M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks with BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). “I think it’s the first exercise for the

  • Germany to end anti-IS Tornado reconnaissance mission

    Germany will end its Tornado reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State (IS) on 31 March, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 March after the federal government extended the mandate of other German forces in Iraq. Four Luftwaffe Tornado reconnaissance aircraft have been

  • Elbit awarded Israeli howitzer contract

    Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a USD200 million contract as part of the Israeli Ministry of Defense's automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems programme, Elbit Systems announced on 15 March. The contract will be performed over a 12-year period, the company added. The announcement

  • Egypt accuses Turkey of sending extremists to Libya

    Turkey is deploying Islamic State and Al-Qaeda fighters to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA), according to a letter submitted to the UN Security Council by Cairo’s permanent representative to the UN. Released on 15 March, the letter said “evidence is

  • US strikes five KH weapons facilities inside Iraq, says there are many more to target

    The United States once again did not consult Baghdad before striking five Kataib Hizbullah (KH) facilities inside Iraq on 12 March, according to Commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM) General Kenneth McKenzie. A similar move in January prompted the Iraqi government to vote to expel US troops.

  • Iran has 2,500-3,000 ballistic missiles, says CENTCOM commander

    Iran’s primary way of threatening the US and its allies in the region is its inventory of about 2,500-3,000 ballistic missiles, US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander General Kenneth McKenzie told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 10 March. Gen McKenzie did not breakdown the types of

  • New IDF C4I system now operational

    An upgraded version of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) Digital Army Program (DAP) C4I system for linking together multiple military branches and domains has entered service, according to Elbit Systems, the system's manufacturer. Called Gideon, the new version of the DAP, which

  • Russia says Turks only damaged two Syrian Pantsir-S1s

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that two Syrian Pantsir-S1 air defence systems were damaged by Turkish attacks during eight days of intense fighting from 27 February. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on 10 March that Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs)

  • Raytheon awarded contract for Bahraini Patriots

    Raytheon has been awarded a USD551 million contract to begin production of Patriot air defence systems for Bahrain, the company announced on 9 March. It added no further details about the contract other than it was awarded on Bahrain’s behalf by the US Army on 30 January. No such contract was