• New Saudi procurement law comes into force in November

    The government of Saudi Arabia has issued new legal procedures for tenders and procurement procedures in line with its Vision 2030 blueprint for economic transformation. The new Government Tenders & Procurement Law (GTPL) was published on 1 August and is to be applied to all Saudi government

  • US-led coalition says only one Iraqi CH-4 UAV fully operable

    Iraq is struggling to maintain its airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, especially its Chinese-made CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a US inspector general report released on 6 August to review Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent

  • Uzbekistan receives first Ejder Yalçin protected mobility vehicles

    Uzbekistan has received 24 Ejder Yalçin 4 × 4 protected mobility combat vehicles from Turkish company Nurol Makina, Engin Aykol, the company’s general manager, confirmed to Jane’s on 6 August. Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reported on 2 August that the vehicles had been

  • Israel’s Carmel future AFV programme unveiled

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) unveiled on 4 August a new armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) concept, dubbed Carmel, that uses artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous capabilities, and enhanced situational awareness to achieve new levels of battlefield effectiveness. The goal of the programme

  • SERO 400 periscopes selected for Preveze-class submarine upgrade

    The Turkish Naval Forces Command’s four Type 209/1400 Preveze-class diesel-electric submarines are to receive dual Hensoldt SERO 400 series periscopes as part of their mid-life upgrade. Under contract to Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM), which has overall responsibility

  • Turkey’s Aselsan develops communication system for indigenous submarine

    Turkish systems and sensors house Aselsan has completed the development of an integrated communication system for the country’s New Type Submarine Project (NTSP). This is the first time the company has produced a submarine communication system, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency

  • Yemeni rebels claim ballistic missile attack against Dammam

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis) claimed to have carried out its longest-range ballistic missile attack to date on 1 August, when it said it targeted a military site in Dammam on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast. The group said details of the new missile that was used would be

  • Morocco requests Apache helos

    Morocco has requested from the United States the procurement of several Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US government revealed in its Country Commercial Guide listings. The North African nation requested 24 of the latest-variant Apaches for USD1.5 billion as part of a wider

  • Jordan receives M119 howitzers

    The United States has donated 12 howitzers and 24 Humvees to the Jordan Armed forces (JAF), the US embassy in Jordan announced on 31 July. “Recently, the Jordan Armed Forces concluded a live-fire training with howitzers received from the US,” the embassy said in a video posted on its

  • Turkey receives final Chinook helicopter

    Turkey has received its 11th and final Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter from the United States, the US Embassy in Ankara announced on 31 July. The final batch of four helicopters was delivered to the port of Izmir on the same day as the announcement, concluding a delivery process that

  • Russia, Syria accused of ‘scorched earth’ tactics

    The Russian and Syrian militaries are carrying out a ‘scorched earth’ campaign in their attempts to defeat rebels in northern Syria, Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council on 30 July. “For more than 90 days now, bombing and

  • Turkey opens laboratory to design and produce engines

    Turkey opened its first test and research laboratory on 29 July at Tusas Engines Industries’ (TEI’s) facilities in Eskisehir, central Anatolia. The laboratory will pave the way for Turkey to design and build its own engines, Ismail Demir, who heads Turkey’s

  • GAMI chief describes licencing procedures

    The head of the Saudi Arabian defence procurement agency has described the three types of licences it will issue for military equipment manufacturing and service provision. In a speech opening a workshop event in Riyadh on 30 July, which was attended by members of the National Industrial Committee

  • India hands over two interceptor vessels to Mozambique Navy

    As part of efforts to boost defence relations between the two countries, India has completed the delivery of two fast interceptor vessels to the Mozambique Navy (Marinha de Guerra de Moçambique). The vessels were handed over on 29 July in Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo, as part of a visit by Indian defence minister, Rajnath Singh, to the country. “India is prepared to raise the level of our bilateral defence engagement and maritime co-operation with Mozambique”, said the minister via his official social media account.

  • Ghanaian navy to get new boats and base

    Ghana has ordered eight patrol vessels and is building a new naval base, Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul announced at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEC) conference held in Accra on 24 July. A government statement cited Nitiwul as saying a USD200 million contract had been

  • Iraq to build new naval base

    Iraq will build a new naval base on the Al-Faw Peninsula, it was announced when Minister of Defence Najah al-Shammari visited the project and military facilities in southern Iraq on 27 July. The new base will be built as part of the Al-Faw Grand Port that is being constructed at the mouth of the

  • US Senate fails to overturn Saudi, UAE arms sales

    The US Senate has failed to secure the votes necessary to overturn a presidential veto of its attempt to block a multi-billion dollar arms package for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bypassed Congress to fast-track the USD8.1 billion sale,

  • Conditions and tensions at refugee camp in Syria's Hasaka will likely create an incubator for Islamic State ideology

    Key Points Numerous incidents at the Al Hawl refugee camp in Syria’s Hasaka governorate have demonstrated the residual Islamic State sympathies of family members of fighters resident at the camp. Although the conditions at the camp will likely continue to incubate these sympathies, and

  • Jordanian military gets new chief

    The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) has a new chief less than three years after its previous one was appointed. It was announced on 24 July that King Abdullah II had appointed Major General (Pilot) Yousef Hunaiti to replace Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Maj

  • IMDO, MDA conduct exoatmospheric testing of Arrow-3 Weapon System

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), completed a 10-day exoatmospheric test campaign of the Arrow-3 Weapon System at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak on 28 July. The campaign, led by the Israel Ministry of