• Philippines receives two donated Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan

    Two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated by Jordan have arrived at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, according to local media reports. Several local media outlets quoted National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon as saying that the platforms, which are set to be operated by the Philippine

  • Israel reports drop in Iranian ballistic missile launches

    Iran launched three ballistic missiles between March and June this year, the Israeli ambassador to the UN informed the Security Council in a letter released on 27 November. Ambassador Danny Danon said an unidentified missile was launched from Jalnabad in March, a Fateh-110 variant from Kuh Gitchen

  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles

    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and

  • UK Watchkeeper UAV flies from Cyprus

    British Army Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have deployed to the UK air base in Cyprus for a six-month training mission. The deployment by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, the British Army’s only unit equipped with the Watchkeeper, is aimed at boosting the pilot competency

  • Iran uses new SAM with indigenous HAWKs

    A new type of surface-to-air missile was used with a Mersad system during a recent air defence exercise, Iranian media coverage from 22 November showed. Photographs and TV news footage showed the modified system in action during Exercise ‘Guardians of the Velayet Sky 98’ earlier in the

  • Kazakhstan to begin producing Elbit UAVs in 2020

    Kazakhstan Aviation Industry will begin producing Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from 2020, the company’s parent company Kazakhstan Engineering announced on 22 November. The move comes following training and production preparation in Kazakhstan, with Kazakh engineers being trained in

  • MLS seeks patent protection for Viper hull

    Privately owned Mobile Land Systems (MLS) has applied for intellectual property design protection in Saudi Arabia and its home jurisdiction of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Falcon V-Hull on its Viper 4×4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle. Viper was developed by MLS with

  • Trade Control Office streamlines import/export licensing in UAE

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 23 November launched a new agency to provide services for manufacturers, importers, and exporters of defence equipment and services. Based in the Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP) as a branch of the Department of Licensing & Regulation in

  • Turkey carries out first tests with S-400s

    Turkey carried out the first tests of the radar of the S-400 air defence systems it is procuring from Russia with its F-16 and F-4 fighters on 25–26 November, Turkish media reported. The Ankara governor’s office announced on 24 November that Turkish Air Force (TuAF) fighters would

  • French helicopters collide over Mali, killing 13

    Two French Army helicopters involved in Operation ‘Barkhane’ collided over Mali on the evening of 25 November, killing 13 military personnel, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced in a press release the next day. Army General François Lecointre, France’s chief of

  • France setting up Gulf maritime mission

    France is setting up a new maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf and is helping to improve Saudi Arabia’s air defences, Minister of Defence Florence Parly told a conference on 23 November. “Earlier this month, after the attack [on] Abqaiq and Khurais [oil facilities on 14

  • US UAV Lost Over Libya

    A US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been lost over the Libya capital Tripoli a day after the Italian Air Force lost a UAV in the same area. US Africa Command confirmed on 22 November that the unidentified UAV was lost the day before. “An unarmed US Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft

  • CAE signs UAE training MOU with AMMROC

    Canadian flight simulation provider CAE has agreed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with United Arab Emirates-based aircraft maintenance specialist AMMROC, the company announced on 20 November. The document, signed during the Dubai Air Show, sets out the two companies’ aim of collaboration

  • Elbit unveils new micro UAS

    Israel's Elbit Systems unveiled its Magni micro multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 November, saying it is designed for squad, platoon, and company levels. A senior Elbit source told Jane’s that the Magni has already been sold to an Israeli customer he did not identify and that

  • D&S 2019: PT Pindad partners Paramount on defence production

    Indonesia’s PT Pindad has signed an agreement with South African defence company Paramount Group to explore opportunities for collaboration on military platforms. The accord was signed at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 exhibition in Bangkok, which concluded on 21 November. PT Pindad

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: RW-24 loitering munition breaks cover

    The new ADASI RW-24 loitering munition was displayed for the first time at this year’s Dubai Airshow, with a model displayed on the company’s stand on the Edge Group pavilion. The system features a fixed rhomboid wing configuration, is guided by a global navigation satellite system

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE signs off on fighter upgrades, support

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awarded contracts to upgrade the country’s fleets of Dassault Mirage 2000-9EAD and Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Desert Falcon aircraft, it was announced on 18 November. A UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAFAD) official announced that a contract valued at AED1.8

  • Dubai Airshow: Halcon receives major munitions contract

    Halcon Systems has received an AED3.6 billion (USD980 million) contract to supply “various ammunitions” to the United Arab Emirates (UAE’s) military, it was announced at the Dubai Air Show on 19 November. No further details were provided but Halcon Systems, which is now part of

  • Jordan testing upgraded Centauros

    Star Defence Logistics and Engineering (SDLE) has repaired the first 10 of 80 Centauro armoured fighting vehicles for Jordan and is about to begin delivering third-generation thermal cameras for them under a contract signed in 2018, the Spanish company announced on 21 November. It said the Royal

  • Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While