• 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

  • Vietnam to deliver patrol boats to African customers

    African customers have ordered patrol boats that have been built by Vietnamese shipyards, the country’s Tu?i Tr? newspaper reported on 2 January. The story and accompanying video focused on the delivery of 50 patrol boats that had been ordered by an unidentified billionaire and

  • Egypt deploys Ka-52s on Mistral LHD

    The Egyptian military released footage of Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters operating from one of its Mistral landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships for the first time on 4 January. Two Ka-52s were seen taking off and landing on the deck of Gamal Abdel Nasser, which also carried

  • Americans killed in Al-Shabaab attack on US base in Kenya

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has confirmed that three US nationals were killed during a 5 January attack US base at Manda Bay in northern Kenya by the Somali militant group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen. Al-Shabaab released a statement saying one of its elite units had attacked what it described

  • UK re-establishes RN shipping escorts as Gulf crisis escalates

    Key Points The UK Royal Navy’s two surface ships operating in the Gulf will re-commence commercial shipping escort duties in the Strait of Hormuz Operating under UK national tasking, the ships will escort UK-flagged ships The UK has announced it is re-establishing the escort of UK

  • Indonesia reveals armed reconnaissance UAV development programme

    PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), a state-owned Indonesian aerospace company, has unveiled the first prototype of an indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the public at its Bandung headquarters on 30 December. The strike-capable UAV has been

  • New Bolivian government pursues military reforms

    The interim Bolivian government of President Jeanine Añez is carrying out a variety of reforms including some involving the country’s military. Regardless of who is in power, the landlocked country will continue to face two security challenges: smuggling, and cocaine production and

  • Update: Trump orders airstrike killing top Iranian general

    The United States escalated its confrontation with Tehran late on 2 January when President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport to kill Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Qods Force: the external operations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards

  • US lawmakers question president’s authority to kill Iranian general

    Pentagon leaders have yet to detail their legal justification for launching an airstrike on Iraqi soil that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Some US lawmakers, however, are once again questioning the president’s power to authorise such a strike and

  • IDF forms first ‘multi-dimensional’ unit

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 1 January that they had formed a new “multi-dimensional unit” that organically combines elite infantry, armoured, C4i, intelligence, and air force elements. The unit is one of the first tangible products of the new Tnufa (Momentum) multi-year

  • Trump orders airstrike killing top Iranian general

    The United States escalated its conflict with Iran on 3 January when President Donald Trump ordered a military airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in Iraq to kill General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. “At the direction of the president, the US

  • Turkey authorises deployment to Libya

    The Turkish parliament approved the deployment of troops to Libya in an emergency session on 2 January. The parliamentary motion allows the deployment of non-combatant troops to act as advisers and trainers to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is under attack from

  • Pentagon sends 750 troops to USCENTCOM, more could follow

    US military entanglements in the Middle East are continuing to pull additional troops into the region, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said even more could be deployed to counter Iranian activity and protect Washington’s interests. On the final day of 2019, Esper announced he was deploying

  • Turkish observation post surrounded in Syria

    One of the observation posts that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) has established in northwest Syria appears to have been surrounded by the Syrian military. The state-controlled Syria Arab News Agency (SANA) released photographs and video footage on 26 December that it said were taken in the village

  • Karayel UAV lost over Yemen

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) claimed on 30 December that it shot down a Turkish-developed Karayel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Al-Hudaydah province as part of an escalated air defence campaign. The group’s website cited its military spokesman as saying the Karayel

  • UN experts find no link between Islamic State and Congolese militia

    The United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has said in its latest report that it “was not able to confirm any direct link” between the Islamic State and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia that operates in the DRC’s North Kivu province.

  • Bharat Forge increases stake in Aeron Systems

    Indian defence company Bharat Forge has increased its stake in military technology firm Aeron Systems, it said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 30 December. Bharat Forge, a subsidiary of the Kalyani Group, said its additional investment in Aeron Systems amounts to INR20 million