• France setting up Gulf maritime mission

    France is setting up a new maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf and is helping to improve Saudi Arabia’s air defences, Minister of Defence Florence Parly told a conference on 23 November. “Earlier this month, after the attack [on] Abqaiq and Khurais [oil facilities on 14

  • US UAV Lost Over Libya

    A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been lost over the Libya capital Tripoli a day after the Italian Air Force lost a UAV in the same area. US Africa Command confirmed on 22 November that the unidentified UAV was lost the day before. “An unarmed US Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft

  • CAE signs UAE training MOU with AMMROC

    Canadian flight simulation provider CAE has agreed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with United Arab Emirates-based aircraft maintenance specialist AMMROC, the company announced on 20 November. The document, signed during the Dubai Air Show, sets out the two companies’ aim of collaboration

  • Elbit unveils new micro UAS

    Israel's Elbit Systems unveiled its Magni micro multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 November, saying it is designed for squad, platoon, and company levels. A senior Elbit source told Jane’s that the Magni has already been sold to an Israeli customer he did not identify and that

  • D&S 2019: PT Pindad partners Paramount on defence production

    Indonesia’s PT Pindad has signed an agreement with South African defence company Paramount Group to explore opportunities for collaboration on military platforms. The accord was signed at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 exhibition in Bangkok, which concluded on 21 November. PT Pindad

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: RW-24 loitering munition breaks cover

    The new ADASI RW-24 loitering munition was displayed for the first time at this year’s Dubai Airshow, with a model displayed on the company’s stand on the Edge Group pavilion. The system features a fixed rhomboid wing configuration, is guided by a global navigation satellite system

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE signs off on fighter upgrades, support

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awarded contracts to upgrade the country’s fleets of Dassault Mirage 2000-9EAD and Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Desert Falcon aircraft, it was announced on 18 November. A UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAFAD) official announced that a contract valued at AED1.8

  • Dubai Airshow: Halcon receives major munitions contract

    Halcon Systems has received an AED3.6 billion (USD980 million) contract to supply “various ammunitions” to the United Arab Emirates (UAE’s) military, it was announced at the Dubai Air Show on 19 November. No further details were provided but Halcon Systems, which is now part of

  • Jordan testing upgraded Centauros

    Star Defence Logistics and Engineering (SDLE) has repaired the first 10 of 80 Centauro armoured fighting vehicles for Jordan and is about to begin delivering third-generation thermal cameras for them under a contract signed in 2018, the Spanish company announced on 21 November. It said the Royal

  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: AEC targets growth on C4I, C-UAV systems

    Saudi Arabia’s AEC is targeting opportunities in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and counter-UAV markets with domestic technology, developing systems for deployment in the country, Jane’s has been told. The company displayed a C-UAV system at the Dubai Airshow, consisting of a

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options

    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration of the radar onto the aircraft is expected to

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Leonardo launches Skydweller HAPS

    Italy’s Leonardo has taken a minority stake in Spanish/US firm Skydweller, which is developing a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. Speaking to media at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Leonardo executives said the company has been working on the project for over a year, which

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: SAMI, BAE Systems collaborating on HAPS

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and BAE Systems are collaborating on the development of the PHASA-35 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. “We have an agreement with BAE Systems to make this a completely Saudi indigenous programme,” SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer told

  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership

    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to

  • Morocco cleared to buy 36 Apache helos

    Morocco has been cleared to buy 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD4.25 billion. Announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 20 November, the US State Department approval covers the latest-variant Apache helicopters, as well as

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: R&D agreement reflects closer Franco-UAE industrial ties

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) offset authority the Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) is setting up a joint steering committee with French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), to foster defence research and development (R&D) activities. The two parties announced an

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE-based Calidus secures domestic COIN aircraft order

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has secured the first order for its B-250 turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counter-insurgency (COIN). The order, announced at the Dubai Air Show on 20 November, covers 24 aircraft and associated services for the UAE Air Force and Defence (UAE AF

  • Turkey will not seek additional S-400s beyond original contract

    A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 19 November that there are no plans at present to procure any more S-400 air-defence missile systems from Russia, beyond the terms of the original USD2.5 billion contract in 2017. In remarks posted on the Turkish presidential

  • D&S 2019: Thailand expands artillery production projects

    Thailand is expanding its programmes with Israel’s Elbit Systems to locally produce mortar systems and howitzers for the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Officials from the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 show in Bangkok on 19 November that