• Czechs overhauling two Burkinabe Mi-17s

    LOM Praha is currently overhauling two Burkina Faso Air Force (FABF) Mi-17 helicopters, Jane’s was told during a visit to the Czech company’s facility at Kbely Air Field on the outskirts of Prague. Having spent several years in storage, the two helicopters were airfreighted by an Il-76

  • Pentagon restricts Saudi Arabian students training in the US to classrooms

    Key Points The US Department of Defense is restricting Saudi military students in the US to classrooms following a fatal shooting by a Saudi student on 6 December Saudi Arabia has approximately 852 students in the continental US The Pentagon is restricting training of Saudi Arabian military

  • Turkish UAVs suffer high attrition in Libya

    Many of the Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Turkey has deployed to Libya have been destroyed since June, according to the UN panel of experts report on Libya publicly released on 11 December. The first indication that Ankara was deploying UAVs to Libya was seen on 18 May,

  • Burkina Faso orders Airbus C295

    Burkina Faso has placed an order with Airbus for a single C295W transport aircraft, the company announced on 11 December. No specific timeline for delivery was disclosed. This procurement comes under the Burkinabe Military Programming Law covering the period 2018–22, which the country’s

  • Turkey to increase domestic content and exports of defence equipment

    Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) published a strategic plan for 2019–23 on 4 December aiming to increase domestic content of defence equipment to 73% and exports to about USD10.2 billion by 2023. The strategy also sets the objective of developing high technology defence

  • Ethiopia to order more Grob trainers

    H3 Grob Aircraft expects to complete a second deal with the Ethiopian Air force (EAF) for an additional six G 120TP turboprop training aircraft before the end of the year, the German company has told Jane’s . Once the deal is finalised, deliveries will commence almost immediately and double

  • Czech Republic orders eight ELTA MADRs

    Czech Undersecretary of Defence Filip Ríha and the director of the International Defense Cooperation Directorate in the Israel Ministry of Defense (SIBAT), Yair Kulas, signed an intergovernmental agreement on the procurement of eight 3D mobile air defence radars (MADRs) on 5 December.

  • Sudanese PM confirms withdrawal of troops in Yemen

    Sudan has significantly reduced its commitment to the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to Abdalla Hamdok, Sudan’s transitional prime minister. “Regarding the withdrawal of forces, the number of troops had reached 15,000 soldiers and now it has drawn

  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either

  • Iran dismisses latest European assessment of its ballistic missiles

    Tehran has dismissed the latest European claims about its ongoing ballistic missile developments – including a new type of manoeuvring re-entry vehicle – in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. “This attempt has been made by making reference to such unreliable sources

  • Labour union urges South African government to scrap export inspections

    South African trade union Solidarity is asking the government to drop mandatory inspections of military exports, on the basis that these measures would damage the national defence industry. Under the National Conventional Arms Control Act (NCACA), which is administered by the government’s

  • Moroccan-Saudi talks include industrial collaboration

    Morocco and Saudi Arabia have discussed closer defence-industrial co-operation within the framework of their existing military relationship, Moroccan state-run news agency MAP reported on 4 December. According to MAP, participants in the second meeting of the Moroccan-Saudi Military Joint

  • UN demands full compliance with Libya embargo after report describes breaches

    The UN Security Council (UNSC) on 2 December released a statement demanding total compliance with an arms embargo on civil war-torn Libya, amid concerns of multiple violations by Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the UNSC statement, released by US representative Kelly

  • Wahaj seals localisation deal with Rafaut

    Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) affiliate Wahaj confirmed on 3 December that it is working with French aircraft equipment company Rafaut to establish local production facilities in Saudi Arabia, with knowledge and technology transfer. A co-operation agreement was signed during

  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut

    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facilitate covert, over-the-hill operations or

  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen

    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship reportedly being shot down in the border

  • Iraq receives final T-50IQ light fighter and trainer aircraft

    Iraq has received into service its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 November. The delivery of the final batch of aircraft, which is the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) variant of the T-50

  • IAI recovery continues in Q3

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on 28 November announced sales of more than USD1 billion in the third quarter (Q3) of this year, marking a year-on-year increase of about 17%. State-owned IAI turned around Q3 2018 net losses of USD12 million into net profits of USD32 million the following year.

  • PT Pindad explores military sales in Ghana

    Indonesian land systems specialist PT Pindad has signed an agreement to explore export opportunities with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Ghana, the company has said. PT Pindad said the letter of intent (LOI) supports defence sales, technology transfers, co-development, and after-sales support

  • Russia upgrading UAE’s Pantsirs

    The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Pantsir-S1 air defence systems are being upgraded, a senior official from Russia’s Rostec defence group told the TASS news agency on 27 November. “We are engaged in the modernisation of Pantsir systems that are in service in the