HEADLINES

  • 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

  • AFCENT command moves from Qatar to US to increase resilience

    In a proof-of-concept exercise carried out on 28 September, personnel at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina temporarily took over from the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced three days later. “Command

  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM

    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that included all the knowledge that was produced was

  • Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile

    Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 ‘Improved Kilo’-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed

  • Turkish navy receives fourth and last Milgem corvette

    Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC) received its fourth and last Ada-class (Milgem) anti-submarine warfare corvette, TCG Kinaliada (F 514), on 29 September at a commissioning ceremony held at Istanbul Naval Shipyard. “Recent developments around the world and the Mediterranean Sea have shown

  • Yemeni rebel victory dismissed as propaganda

    Video footage seemingly showing a significant victory for the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) is misleading, according to Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition. Speaking during a 30 September press briefing, Col Maliki said Ansar Allah had attempted to

  • China aims to join Arms Trade Treaty

    China is looking to join the UN-sponsored Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which seeks to regulate international trade in conventional military equipment, as early as possible, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed. Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on 28 September that “China has initiated

  • Turkey begins work on first MILGEM-class corvette for Pakistan Navy

    Istanbul Naval Shipyard has begun work on the first (MILGEM)-class corvette for the Pakistan Navy (PN). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, the PN's Chief of the Naval Staff, presided over a steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel held at the shipyard on 29

  • Meprolight adds new capabilities to M5 optic, explores connected apps for Foresight optic

    Meprolight has added a capability to aim with a .300 Blackout round to its Mepro M5 electro-optical red dot sight. The M5 replaced the M21 in the Israeli army in about 2014, Ilan Abramovich, Meprolight’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, told reporters in a 24

  • Israel Shipyards sells OPV 45s, in talks for Sa’ar S-72

    Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa’ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Katsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards. The Sa’ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne

  • Israel’s Camero networks sense-though-wall radars to mount on unmanned platforms

    Israel’s Camero is positioning its Xaver see-though-wall technology for networked use by unmanned systems, according to company officials. Ilan Abramovich, Camero (and sister company Meprolight) senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, said the company’s Xavernet, a

  • Russia delivers Mi-17 helicopter to Mozambique

    The Mozambican military appears to have received at least one new Mi-17 helicopter from Russia, photographs released on social media indicate. Two of the three photographs showed an Antonov An-124-100 from the 224 th Flight Unit of the Russian Air Force being unloaded at a location that could be

  • US to deploy another Patriot to Saudi Arabia

    The United States will deploy a Patriot battery, four Sentinel radars, and approximately 200 support personnel to Saudi Arabia, the US Department of Defense announced on 26 September. “This deployment will augment the kingdom’s air and missile defense of critical military and civilian

  • UK government admits more breaches of Saudi exports ban

    More instances have emerged of UK-made defence equipment being exported to Saudi Arabia and its anti-Houthi allies involved in the civil war in Yemen in contravention of a 20 June legal ruling in the Court of Appeal and a subsequent government commitment to Parliament. Even more cases may come to

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