• Zambian Hermes 450 UAV spotted

    The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is operating at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a photograph released on an internet forum has confirmed. The photograph showed the Hermes 450 inside a hangar and clearly marked with both the Zambian flag and the ZAF roundel. The UAV had

  • Yemeni rebels use UAVs for artillery spotting

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (popularly known as the Houthis) released aerial surveillance footage on 11 September that it said showed how its aviation and artillery units are working effectively together. Said to have been filmed on Yemen’s Red Sea coastal area, the footage showed

  • Zimbabwean Cabinet reshuffle, purge of ruling party gatekeepers indicate economic reforms, international re-engagement are key government priorities

    Key Points Mthuli Ncube’s appointment to the finance portfolio appears to reinforce the “Zimbabwe is Open for Business” message that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is sending to get the economy back on track by attracting much-needed foreign direct investment (FDI). The Zimbabwean

  • Mauritanian president's increasing control over succession ensures policy continuity and presents opportunities in energy infrastructure and fisheries

    Key Points The results of the first round give lead to the ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) party. The importance of securing these parliamentary, local, and regional elections mainly stems from the ability to secure seats in parliament, allowing for changes in the constitution should incumbent

  • Rafael positions Australian JV for expansion

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is looking to support the development of its Australian joint venture (JV) to enable the new company to head up a range of local missile manufacturing programmes and lead efforts to secure exports. The JV was established earlier in 2018 through an

  • Suicide attack kills at least seven people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST seven people were killed and 25 others were wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated their explosives in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 9 September targeting a procession commemorating the 17th anniversary of the death of anti-Soviet and Northern Alliance commander Ahmad Shah

  • Philippines, Bangladesh interested in Kaplan MT

    The Philippines and Bangladesh have shown interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT), Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Windu Paramata, the head of the MMWT project at Indonesia’s PT Pindad, as saying on 7 September. Paramata said the two

  • LRA militants release a hostage in the CAR's Haute-Kotto

    Near Nzako city, Haute-Kotto prefecture, a group of suspected Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) militants released a woman due to her old age and critical health condition; the victim had been kidnapped on an earlier unspecified date, six months ago, in an unidentified village, in Haut-Mbomou prefecture.

  • Suspected LRA militants kidnap 27 people in the DRC's Bas-Uele

    In Banda district, Bas-Uele province, a group of suspected Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) militants looted food, medical supplies and other unidentified items, before abducting 30 people. The assailants reportedly killed two police officers and wounded another, before heading westward. Militants

  • Suspected LRA militants release 21 hostages in the DRC's Bas-Uele

    In Banda district, Bas-Uele province, suspected Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) militants released a group of 21 people, whom the assailants had kidnapped on 26 August. At least six other people were still being held captive by the assailants. Information provided by the LRA Crisis Tracker cannot be

  • Maiden flight for Turkish T625 helo

    The T625 medium-lift multirole helicopter developed indigenously by Turkey made its maiden flight on 6 September, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced. The twin-engined helicopter flew for 20 minutes at TAI’s Ankara facility in the Turkish capital, during which an initial assessment

  • Naval Group establishes local subsidiary in Egypt

    France’s Naval Group is establishing a permanent local presence in Egypt as part of efforts to establish a long-term support presence in-country. CEO Hervé Guillou announced the formation of the new subsidiary on 6 September just prior to the launch of the Gowind 2500 corvette Port Said

  • IDF accuses Lebanese military of collaborating with Hizbullah

    The Iranian-backed group Hizbullah has increased its co-operation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), a senior Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officer told journalists during a visit to the border on 5 September. The officer said the co-operation was part of Hizbullah’s attempts to cover up

  • IED attack wounds four people in Iraq's Baghdad

    FOUR people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in Ur district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 3 September, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Indian MoD formally lifts Denel blacklisting

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 6 September that it has formally lifted its defence trade ban on South African defence company Denel. The MoD said the ban was lifted after the “MoD and the South African side” signed a “final settlement agreement” on 19 July

  • Malian PM’s reappointment indicates continued focus on tackling insecurity and likelihood of resuming peace process

    Event Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga was reappointed by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on 4 September and was asked to form a government. Keïta was re-elected last month for a second five-year term, after he gained 67% of the vote in a run-off against

  • Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats

    The Nigerian Navy commissioned six new Ocea fast patrol boats during an official ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on 3 September. The patrol boats include two FPB 110 MKII hulls – Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188) – and four smaller FPB 72 MKII hulls – Shiroro (P 185),

  • Philippines, Israel sign defence industry deals

    Companies from the Philippines and Israel have signed agreements to facilitate the marketing and production of Israeli military equipment in the Southeast Asian country. The accords were signed during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to Israel, which concluded 6 September.

  • Russian military forces destroy two UAVs in Syria's Latakia

    TWO unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), belonging to unidentified militants, were destroyed by Russian military forces as it attempted to attack Khmeimim military base in Syria's Latakia governorate on 4 September, Ria Novosti reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • BEL awarded USD1.28 billion order for LRSAM systems for the Indian Navy

    India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN).