• Turkey receives final Chinook helicopter

    Turkey has received its 11th and final Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter from the United States, the US Embassy in Ankara announced on 31 July. The final batch of four helicopters was delivered to the port of Izmir on the same day as the announcement, concluding a delivery process that

  • Russia, Syria accused of ‘scorched earth’ tactics

    The Russian and Syrian militaries are carrying out a ‘scorched earth’ campaign in their attempts to defeat rebels in northern Syria, Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council on 30 July. “For more than 90 days now, bombing and

  • Turkey opens laboratory to design and produce engines

    Turkey opened its first test and research laboratory on 29 July at Tusas Engines Industries’ (TEI’s) facilities in Eskisehir, central Anatolia. The laboratory will pave the way for Turkey to design and build its own engines, Ismail Demir, who heads Turkey’s

  • GAMI chief describes licencing procedures

    The head of the Saudi Arabian defence procurement agency has described the three types of licences it will issue for military equipment manufacturing and service provision. In a speech opening a workshop event in Riyadh on 30 July, which was attended by members of the National Industrial Committee

  • India hands over two interceptor vessels to Mozambique Navy

    As part of efforts to boost defence relations between the two countries, India has completed the delivery of two fast interceptor vessels to the Mozambique Navy (Marinha de Guerra de Moçambique). The vessels were handed over on 29 July in Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, as part of a visit by Indian defence minister, Rajnath Singh, to the country. “India is prepared to raise the level of our bilateral defence engagement and maritime co-operation with Mozambique”, said the minister via his official social media account.

  • Ghanaian navy to get new boats and base

    Ghana has ordered eight patrol vessels and is building a new naval base, Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul announced at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEC) conference held in Accra on 24 July. A government statement cited Nitiwul as saying a USD200 million contract had been

  • Iraq to build new naval base

    Iraq will build a new naval base on the Al-Faw Peninsula, it was announced when Minister of Defence Najah al-Shammari visited the project and military facilities in southern Iraq on 27 July. The new base will be built as part of the Al-Faw Grand Port that is being constructed at the mouth of the

  • US Senate fails to overturn Saudi, UAE arms sales

    The US Senate has failed to secure the votes necessary to overturn a presidential veto of its attempt to block a multi-billion dollar arms package for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bypassed Congress to fast-track the USD8.1 billion sale,

  • Conditions and tensions at refugee camp in Syria's Hasaka will likely create an incubator for Islamic State ideology

    Key Points Numerous incidents at the Al Hawl refugee camp in Syria’s Hasaka governorate have demonstrated the residual Islamic State sympathies of family members of fighters resident at the camp. Although the conditions at the camp will likely continue to incubate these sympathies, and

  • Jordanian military gets new chief

    The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) has a new chief less than three years after its previous one was appointed. It was announced on 24 July that King Abdullah II had appointed Major General (Pilot) Yousef Hunaiti to replace Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Maj

  • IMDO, MDA conduct exoatmospheric testing of Arrow-3 Weapon System

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), completed a 10-day exoatmospheric test campaign of the Arrow-3 Weapon System at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak on 28 July. The campaign, led by the Israel Ministry of

  • Iranian Shahab-3 tested

    Iran test fired a Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile on 24 July, US officials told several news organisations over the following two days. The missile was launched from southern Iran and flew around 1,100 km to an area east of Tehran. Iran did not confirm the launch, but an official told local

  • UAE to replace lost Apache

    One of the defence sales that the Trump administration invoked an Iran-related emergency to deliver to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) covers a single new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter, according to a notification released by the US Federal Register on 24 July. The emergency was declared

  • UK outlines Gulf ship-protection plan to potential participants

    Military and civilian representatives from 50 countries attended a meeting at the headquarters of US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, on 25 July to flesh out UK proposals to form a European-led naval force to protect merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. A senior UK defence source

  • Bolivia announces possible Iranian UAS purchase

    Bolivia is set to procure unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) from Iran following a meeting between high-ranking government officials from both countries on 23 July. Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Diego Pary announced that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed for academic and

  • US Patriot deployment to Saudi Arabia confirmed

    The US Army has deployed a Patriot air defence battery to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB) in central Saudi Arabia as it increases its military presence in the region to counter Iran. Two launchers with what appeared to be a mix of PAC-3 and longer-range PAC-3 MSE missiles were seen in CBS News

  • Vietnam’s newest defence company VHT outlines C5ISR priorities

    Vietnam’s newest defence company – Viettel High Technology Industries Corporation (VHT) – has disclosed the scope of capabilities that it intends to offer the Vietnamese armed forces and, increasingly, for export over the coming few years. VHT was established in May 2019 as the

  • CMN fast patrol boats launched for Saudi navy

    The identity of the first two of the 39 boats that are being built for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) under a deal with CMN was revealed when a launch ceremony was held at the French company’s Cherbourg yard on 24 July. The deal was announced in April 2018, when it was stated that half

  • Egypt receives last of 930 MRAPs

    Egypt has received 930 surplus US mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) and has requested another 1,000, the US Army reported on 19 July. It said the final shipment of 101 MRAPs arrived in Alexandria in May, after which they were taken to a military workshop in Cairo for refurbishment.

  • Esper to head to USCENTCOM to hash out maritime escort plan

    US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will be visiting US Central Command (USCENTCOM) next week to help flush out plans to escort and protect commercial ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz. During his first working day as the 27th Secretary of Defense, Esper fielded reporters’ questions