• Iraq establishes procurement authority

    The Iraqi Council of Representatives has passed legislation to set up an independent body to oversee procurement and production of weapons and equipment. State-run news agency NINA reported on 23 September that the new Military Industries Authority will independently produce materiel for the

  • Royal Navy deploys additional Wildcat to Gulf

    An AH1 land variant of the Wildcat helicopter is now operating from a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship to boost the British presence in the Gulf region. RFA Wave Knight ’s Twitter account announced on 10 September that it had embarked a Wildcat from 847 Squadron Commando Helicopter Force to

  • Aselsan rolls out Alkar 81 mm mortar

    Turkish company Aselsan has completed development of its latest Alkar 81 mm mortar weapon system (MWS) using internal research and development funding. The company said production can begin as soon as orders are placed. The Alkar 81 mm MWS leverages on experience gained from the development of the

  • Pentagon asserts that 1,000 US troops in Syria is sufficient

    Maintaining US troop levels in Syria while creating a ‘safe zone’ along Syria’s northeastern border will not provide the Islamic State with a space to flourish, Pentagon officials asserted after incurring criticism from numerous directions. Washington is striving to strike a

  • Saudi military presents evidence of Iranian involvement in oil facility attacks

    Iranian-made cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used in the 14 September attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities but were not launched from Yemen as claimed, Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a press briefing four days later. “The attack

  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was

  • Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • UK acknowledges it broke court order on sales to Saudi

    Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss has admitted that the UK government authorised “inadvertent breaches” of a June 2019 court order halting new export licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Another licence regarding the export of radar components for onward

  • AEC outlines growth, localisation plans

    Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) is expecting significant growth following its forthcoming acquisition by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the company’s President and CEO Abdulaziz Al Duailej has told Jane’s . “We are expecting that it will

  • DSEI 2019: OSG showcases new-gen ScreeneX technology

    Israel-based transparent armour supplier OSG showcased an upgraded variant of its digital ScreeneX display technology at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019), held in London from 10 to 13 September. ScreeneX comprises an LCD digital screen that can be

  • Paramount Group receives blast certification for Mbombe 4

    South African defence company Paramount Group revealed on 17 September that it had received certification from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for blast protection on its Mbombe 4 armoured personnel carrier. Following a testing campaign carried out between

  • Tawazun Economic Council reveals new offset policy successes

    The United Arab Emirates’ defence offset organisation Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) has revealed that seven projects have been executed since the launching of a new offset policy in February. A further 10 projects are at the conceptual evaluation stage by TEC, with undisclosed offset

  • Cruise missiles suspected in Saudi oil infrastructure attacks

    There are indications that the 14 September attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were carried out using cruise missiles launched from Iraq or possibly Iran, US officials told journalists on the following day. The US government released annotated Digital Globe (now Maxar) satellite imagery

  • MDHI confirms MD 530F deliveries to Kenya by end of year

    Kenya will receive all six of the MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior scout and light-attack platforms it ordered in 2018 by the end of this year, the manufacturer confirmed on 13 September. This confirmation, which came as part of a wider sustainment and support contract announcement,

  • DSEI 2019: Further details emerge of Plasan’s vehicle armour solutions

    Plasan presented an array of statistical and passive armour at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London from 10–13 September. Dani Ziv, Plasan’s CEO, told Jane’s that Plasan’s approach is to provide multiple armour types and

  • DSEI 2019: IAI completes urban trials with autonomous Carmel vehicle

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed urban trials with its Carmel technology demonstrator using the company’s Athena autonomous navigation software, according to Alice Kahana, director of business development and sales for the company’s robotic division. The goal of the

  • US approves guided bombs, TOW missiles for Morocco

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 4,410 bomb guidance kits and 2,401 TOW anti-tank missiles to Morocco, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in two notifications released on 12 September. The first notification covered 4,125 Paveway II laser-guidance kits for 500

  • DSEI 2019: Elbit expands Dominator soldier suite

    Elbit Systems displayed four new wearable command-and-control (C2) devices at the DSEI 2019 defence show, which is being held in London from 10–13 September. The devices are designed for special forces and infantry units in the field. “As warfare becomes increasingly networked, Elbit

  • DSEI 2019: MKEK confirms rifle deliveries to Turkish Armed Forces

    More than 40,000 MKEK MPT-55/55K assault rifles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces out of an initial order of 70,000, Jane’s has learned on speaking to an MKEK representative at the 2019 DSEI. The MPT-55/55K assault rifle is derived from the AR-15 design, but uses a short-stroke

  • DSEI: IAI unveils POPSTAR electro-optical threat-detection system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new electro-optical system called POPSTAR, which is capable of detecting small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at the DSEI 2019 defence show held in London from 10–13 September. A member of IAI’s Plug-in Optronic Payload (POP) family,