• Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • Sales and profit increase in Elbit’s second quarter

    Israeli defence manufacturer Elbit Systems recorded revenues of USD1.06 billion in the second quarter of its 2019 financial year, results published on 15 August revealed. The sales figure, a 19.2% rise on the same period on 2018, was primarily driven by the company’s acquisition of IMI

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • Iran unveils new Raad MRAP

    Iran has unveiled what appears to be its first indigenously developed mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle (MRAP) on 13 August. The Raad was unveiled in a ceremony held at the Defense Industries Organization in Isfahan and attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, as well as

  • Rafael/Stolero set to complete Aeronautics purchase

    The acquisition of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aeronautics by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero moved closer to completion on 13 August after approval from the government’s socio-economic cabinet. Aeronautics shareholders and the Government

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • INNOFENSE introduces dual-use Israeli technology for defence

    A new scheme has been launched in Israel to encourage companies with dual-use technologies to engage with the defence industry. The Innovation Program for Civil and Defense Technology Initiatives (INNOFENSE) scheme was launched on 12 August by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and

  • Iran ‘rebuilds’ Russian air surveillance radar

    Iran’s air-defence force has unveiled what it says is a refurbished version of the Russian-made Gamma-DE air surveillance radar called the Falagh (Falaq). The announcement was made during an event that was held in Tehran on 10 August. Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard, the commander of

  • Tumosan advances indigenous powerpack development

    Turkey’s Tumosan is developing and testing new diesel engine and automatic transmission systems such as the ALP Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Powerpack (LTVP) using internal research and development funding. The ALP has been trialled aboard the FNSS Savunma Sistemleri Armoured Combat Vehicle 15

  • French military completes first phase of new Dakar airport facility

    French Air Force engineers have completed the apron and taxiway for a new air transit facility in Senegal, the Ministry of Armed Forces announced on 10 August. It said the 25th Air Engineer Regiment used 8,000 m 3 of concrete in the work at Blaise Diagne International Airport. The Air Support

  • Singapore showcases latest defence capabilities during 54th National Day celebration

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have taken the opportunity to display a range of new equipment and platforms at the country’s national day parade on 9 August. SAF equipment formed a significant part of a 1.3 km-long convoy, which featured 171 assets drawn from the SAF, Singapore Police Force

  • Ukrspecexport, Baykar pursue collaboration on defence technologies

    Ukrspecexport and Baykar Makina have established a joint venture (JV) to co-operate on the development of precision weapons and aerospace technologies, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) announced on 9 August. The JV will mass-produce technologies for the Turkish and

  • USMC to demo G/ATOR with Iron Dome

    US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders are in a race to field a capability to intercept mid-range rockets and artillery, and they are set to host a demonstration integrating Northrop Grumman’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) with components of Rafael’s Iron Dome system. In a

  • Turkey-US agree to establish Syrian ‘peace corridor’

    Turkish and US military delegations agreed on 7 August to establish a joint operations centre to oversee the creation of a ‘peace corridor’ along the Turkish border in northeast Syria. The announcement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on 4 August his

  • UK drops European-led initiative to join US ship-protection mission in Gulf

    In an apparent reversal in policy, the UK announced on 5 August that it was joined Operation ‘Sentinel’, the US-led coalition to protect shipping against Iranian attacks. “Following constructive discussions at an international conference in Bahrain last week (31 July), the UK has

  • IDF Home Front Command fields Shual C2 emergency database

    The Israel Defense Force’s (IDF’s) Home Front Command (HFC) has begun using a new command-and-control (C2) system designed to create a nationwide geographic real-time database of emergency incidents, first responder locations, status of local authorities, and other critical updates. The

  • Moscow-Tehran intensify naval co-operation

    Iran and Russia have announced plans to step up naval co-operation efforts. Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of the Iranian Navy, and Russian Navy chief Admiral Nikolai Anatolevich Evmenov, signed a memorandum of understanding on 29 July to expand bilateral ties. The agreement was signed

  • Iran holds unveiling event for precision-guided bombs

    Iran announced the unveiling of several types of guided bomb on 6 August, although some of the weapons have been seen previously. The one that has not been seen before was a glide bomb with folding wings called the Balaban. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement summarising comments made by Defence

  • LNA claims counter-strike against Turkish UAVs

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction has said it attacked an airport from which Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were being flown in support of the Government of National Accord (GNA) it is trying to oust from Tripoli. In a 5 August press conference, LNA spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari said