• No agreement yet on Italian frigate sale to Egypt

    Italian shipyard Fincantieri has yet to submit the necessary export request to sell two Bergamini-class frigates to Egypt, Alberto Cutillo, the director of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Military Material Authorisation Unit (UAMA), said on 3 March. Cutillo told the commission

  • US clears M88A2 ARVs for Morocco

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 25 M88 armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) to Morocco, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 March. It said the ARVs would either be M88A2 Hercules or refurbished M88A1 models equipped with machine guns, GPS navigation systems,

  • Israel cleared to buy Pegasus tanker aircraft

    Israel has been cleared to buy the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft, with US State Department approval being announced on 3 March. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) that disclosed the approval, Israel has been cleared to buy up to eight aircraft and

  • Turkey shoots down third Syrian jet

    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) shot down a third Syrian jet over Idlib province on 3 March as it continued Operation ‘Spring Shield’, which it launched on 29 February to reverse recent gains made by Russian-backed government forces. Two Syrian Su-24 strike jets were downed in a dogfight

  • Ravenswood displaces Saab for British Army Kenya training contract

    Ravenswood Solutions has won the British Army’s Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) re-competed contract it was announced on the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Contracts Online (DCO) website on 2 March 2020. It will replace incumbent Saab, which has held the contract since

  • Russia denies involvement in airstrike that killed Turks

    Fighting between Syrian and Turkish regular forces dramatically escalated on 27 February when at least 33 Turkish soldiers were reported killed in an airstrike in Idlib province, raising the number of Turkish fatalities in Syria in February to over 50. Turkish sources put the death toll at 33,

  • Houthis unveil Russian air-to-air missiles as SAMs

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) unveiled improvised surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) it claims have made a significant impact in its war against the Saudi-led coalition. The missiles were shown in videos and photographs released by the group on 23 February. The three missiles

  • Fincantieri launches first Doha-class corvette for Qatar

    Fincantieri launched the first Doha-class corvette for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) at its yard in Muggiano, Italy, on 27 February 2020. Al Zubarah is the first of four corvettes being built by the Italian shipbuilder for Qatar under a contract awarded in 2016 that also includes the design

  • IDF launches new Momentum five-year plan

    After over a year of intense planning, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has now launched its new Momentum multi-year programme with the aim of “enhancing lethality in scope and in accuracy”. The IDF announced the implementation of the plan on 13 February, saying it has been approved by

  • Pakistan to buy Chinese attack helicopters if Turkey and US fail to deliver

    Pakistan will procure the Chinese-built Z-10 attack helicopter if Turkey and the United States fail to deliver on their orders of the T-129 and AH-1Z respectively, a senior offer said on 26 February. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, the commander of

  • Tunisia cleared to buy Wolverine light attack aircraft

    The US government has approved the sale to Tunisia of four Textron AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft and associated equipment. The State Department approval, announced on 26 February, covers the twin-seat turboprop aircraft, as well as weapons, training, support, infrastructure, and other

  • UAE Mirages to get Sniper pods

    The Dassault Mirage 2000 jets flown by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence (AFAD) will be the first of the type to use the Sniper targeting pod, manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced on 26 February. It said it had received a directed commercial sale from the AFAD to expedite

  • Wing Loong II UAVs deployed to western Egyptian base

    Medium-altitude, long-endurance UAVs that are probably AVIC Wing Loong IIs have been deployed to an airbase in western Egypt that is close to the Libyan border. A Maxar satellite image from 20 February shows four UAVs with a length of 11 m and a wingspan of 21 m – the same dimensions as the

  • UAE announces USD207 million in contracts during UMEX/SimTEX show

    The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) General Headquarters (GHQ) announced AED759 million (USD207 million) during the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) and Simulation and Training Exhibition (SimTEX) that were jointly held in Abu Dhabi from 23 to 25 February. During the first two days of

  • Saudi Skyguard 3 acquisition confirmed

    Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of the Rheinmetall Skyguard 3 air defence system was confirmed when the Saudi Press Agency released a photograph showing one deployed at the kingdom’s main naval base on the Gulf. The photograph was part of a set showing US Navy Mark VI patrol boats arriving

  • Eswatini receives UH-1H helicopters

    Taiwan formally handed over two Bell UH-1H helicopters to the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF) Air Wing on 21 February, the Taiwanese embassy in Eswatini announced. A local source told Jane’s the aircraft were in the country and flying earlier in the month. The Eswatini media reported

  • UMEX 2020: Edge reveals first indigenously built UAV

    The Garmousha unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was unveiled by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Edge defence conglomerate during the UMEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 23–25 February. The Garmousha was designed by Edge subsidiary ADASI to be highly automated and modular in nature,

  • UMEX 2020: Milrem showcases updated THeMIS UGV

    Estonian manufacturer Milrem Robotics is highlighting its fifth-generation Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at UMEX 2020 being held in Abu Dhabi on 23–25 February. The UGV has been specially designed for use in hot climates and has undergone

  • Spike in militant attacks from Gaza Strip ahead of March 2020 Israeli elections

    Key Points During a period of increased tensions, on 2 February, Hamas released a statement announcing that militants would not stop their targeting of Israel. The recent announcement of the US peace plan sparked protests and therefore renewed clashes between Palestinians and Israel’s

  • Turkish-backed counterattack fails in Idlib

    Russian airstrikes appear to have helped repel a rebel counterattack in Syria’s Idlib province that had extensive Turkish military support. The assault on Al-Nayrab on 20 February involved rebels equipped with Turkish-supplied M113 and ACV-15 armoured personnel carriers. Rebels were also seen