HEADLINES

  • Libyan National Army says it attacked Turkish arms ship in Tripoli port

    The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction has confirmed it attacked Tripoli’s seaport on 18 February, saying it targeted a ship delivering Turkish weapons to the Government of National Accord (GNA). “Yesterday we targeted weapons and ammunitions that were being brought into Tripoli

  • New Iranian missile reported to be loitering SAM

    The previously undocumented type of missile found on two dhows carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that loiter in an area searching for a target, according to a US military official cited by the New York Times on 19 February. Examples of the

  • IDF restructures to increase focus on Iran and multi-branch projects

    The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) General Staff will undergo significant structural changes this year as part of the new ‘Momentum’ multi-year programme, the IDF Spokesperson Unit announced on 18 February. In a response to “the evolving threat from the Iranian

  • Mali deploys reconstituted battalions to the north

    The Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) has deployed ‘reconstituted’ battalions that include former rebel soldiers to both Kidal and Timbuktu in the north of the country, the FAMa and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have reported. A battalion

  • Israeli Navy close to completing radar upgrades for ships

    The Israeli Navy is set to complete all radar upgrades on its Sa’ar 4.5 and Sa’ar 5 ships in less than a year, a senior naval official has told Jane's . The navy is currently upgrading its Sa’ar 4.5s with the IAI Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar. This

  • EU to launch new naval mission to enforce Libyan arms embargo

    After weeks of debate, EU foreign ministers agreed on 17 February to launch a new mission called Operation ‘EU Active Surveillance’ to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya. “If we want to secure the arms embargo, we have to concentrate our attention on the eastern part of the

  • Liberian army fields Cougar vehicles

    The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) paraded Streit Cougar protected-mobility vehicles during the Armed Forces Day celebration on 11 February. The AFL was not previously known to have any operational armoured vehicles since the end of the second civil war in 2003. It is unclear how many Cougars have

  • Aselsan reports record results

    Turkish defence company Aselsan has reported record results for 2019 with earnings and sales up more than 40% over the prior year. Aselsan – a developer of electronic systems for military and security applications – revealed that revenue increased 44% to pass TRY13 billion (USD2.1

  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February

  • Kuwait declines receipt of Caracal helos, Airbus unaware of any problems

    A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement saying that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer, which told Jane’s on 13 February that it has received no such notification.

  • Rafael shows Drone Dome laser intercepts

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems released a video on 12 February showing its Drone Dome counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system for the first time using a laser to destroy commercial quadcopters. According to the company, “The system achieved 100% success in all test

  • NATO to expand training mission in Iraq, but unsure how to grow in region

    Allied defence ministers agreed on 12 February to expand their NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) by taking over more of the counter-terrorist training of Iraqi soldiers by the US-led global coalition to defeat ISIS. The move follows comments from US President Donald Trump for Europe to become more involved

  • Pentagon proposes cutting Iraqi train-and-equip fund

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) budget released on 10 February proposed reducing funding for Iraqi security forces from USD745 million to USD645 million in Financial Year 2021, while increasing equipment funding. The FY 2021 Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund (CTEF) request document said the

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Royal Thai Air Force debuts upgraded F-5THs

    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has displayed its first two newly upgraded Northrop F-5 fighter aircraft at the Singapore Airshow 2020. The two aircraft, designated F-5TH, were commissioned into service in November 2019 and are now operated by the RTAF’s Squadron 211 from the service’s

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: IAI takes aim at Singapore's next-gen UAV requirement with Heron MKII

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has taken the opportunity at Singapore Airshow 2020 to showcase its Heron MKII medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) to the public for the first time, and has declared its intention to pitch the new air vehicle at a Singaporean

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Senegal in final stages of negotiation for second CN-235

    The Senegalese Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Senegal) is entering final stages of negotiation for a second CN-235 aircraft with Indonesia’s PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). These stages will cover the financing terms among other matters, with Indonesia looking to include its Eximbank

  • Iran unveils lightweight tactical ballistic missile

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on 9 February that it has developed a lightweight variant of its Fateh-110 family of tactical ballistic missiles called the Raad-500. Iranian television showed a ceremony during which IRGC commander Major General Hossein Salami and

  • Rafael demos Drone Dome-L with hard-kill laser capability

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has conducted the first live demonstrations of its Drone Dome-L counter-unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) system using an integrated hard-kill high energy laser effector. The Rafael-sponsored demonstration, conducted in southern Israel in December 2019 but only

  • UAE reveals SR5 MRL acquisition

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces revealed they are operating the Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) during a parade held on 9 February. Attended by the crown princes of all seven emirates, the event was held at Zayed Air Base to celebrate the UAE’s military intervention

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Rafael launches cyber-defence firm in Singapore

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has established a subsidiary in Singapore to provide cyber-defence solutions to the country and surrounding region. According to Rafael, its new Singaporean company – named Spear Dome – will “interlace” a range of technologies

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