• Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • Farnborough 2018: UAE F-16 upgrades announced

    F-16 multirole fighters will receive BAE Systems’ Digital Flight Control Computer, the company announced during the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. “The initial order from Lockheed Martin includes a range of services such as design, qualification, integration,

  • Islamic State shooting underlines limited capabilities within Saudi Arabia; entertainment sector a likely target in coming year

    Event On 8 July, three militants attacked a security checkpoint near al-Tarfiya prison on the Buraidah-Tarfiya road in al-Qassim Province. According to Saudi media, the attackers carried out a drive-by shooting with automatic weapons, killing a security forces officer and a civilian. The attack

  • Farnborough 2018: P.2HH awaits clearance

    Italy’s Piaggio Aerospace is awaiting funding clearance from the Italian government for the development of the P.2HH, the company has said, with the United Arab Emirates expecting to be adding to the programme. Speaking to Jane’s on 18 July, company Chief Executive Officer Renato Vaghi

  • Normalisation of Eritrea-Ethiopia relations probably faces limited domestic opposition, creating foreign investment opportunities in agriculture and mining

    Key Points Ethiopia is likely to start withdrawing troops from disputed border areas in the coming weeks, allowing formal border demarcation and satisfying a primary Eritrean condition for continued normalisation of relations. Eritrean leadership must commit to domestic reforms, which will likely

  • Farnborough 2018: Elbit awaiting final approvals for IMI acquisition

    Elbit Systems is now awaiting final approvals for its acquisition of IMI Systems: a process that Elbit president and CEO Butzi Machlis sees as a “perfect marriage” to round out his company’s portfolio. “The deal is agreed. The content, the price, the contract; everything is

  • Farnborough 2018: Elbit Systems targets growth in UK

    Elbit Systems is targeting further growth through the leveraging of its experience in other major markets, the company has told Jane’s , and is considering a UK acquisition in the near future. “An acquisition would have to enhance our probability of winning one of our main campaigns in

  • Iran reportedly to produce 700–800 tanks

    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded tanks, the Tasnim News Agency reported Reza Mozaffariniya, the deputy minster for industry in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), as saying on 18 July. The news agency quoted Mozaffariniya as saying the MODAFL is

  • Farnborough 2018: Longsword in ‘holding pattern’ while L3 waits on launch customer

    The L3 Aerospace Systems–Air Tractor AT-802L Longsword light attack aircraft is waiting on a launch customer to be signed up before the weapons certification process can proceed, Jane’s was told on 18 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, L3’s senior project manager for the

  • Court dismisses suspect accused of terrorism offences in Kenya

    The Court of Appeal dismissed British terror suspect Jermaine Grant appeal saying that it lacked merit.

  • Increasing assertiveness of secessionists indicates high probability of renewed factional fighting across southern Yemen

    Event On 15 July, the commander of the pro-secessionist and UAE-backed al-Hizam Security Forces First Brigade, Brigadier General Abu Yamama (Munir Mahmoud Ahmad al-Mashali), threatened to expel the internationally recognised government of President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi from southern Yemen, during

  • Nigerian president’s response to coalition breakaway likely to decide his election victory chances and scale of violence

    Key Points President Buhari campaigned personally on behalf of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Kayode Fayemi, who won the Ekiti state governorship in a closely contested election on 14 July. Victory blunted the effect of the formation of a breakaway group from the APC and reports of

  • Militaries eye second-generation Husky mine-detection vehicles

    DCD Protected Mobility (PM) and its partners in July 2018 demonstrated to South Africa-based foreign military attachés its second-generation Husky 2G vehicle-mounted mine detection (VMMD) system, which continues to draw notable international interest. Africa and the Middle East bear the brunt

  • Farnborough 2018: Initial UAE GlobalEye delivery likely by end of year

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), launch customer for the Saab GlobalEye multi-mission airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform, is likely to receive its first aircraft by the end of this year, company sources have indicated. At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015 the UAE initially

  • Navantia releases more details of Saudi corvette deal

    The Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia released more details of its deal to build five corvettes for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced in April that it and Navantia had signed letters of intent covering the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes, but

  • Navantia deal creates Saudi joint venture

    Five new corvettes are due to be handed over to Saudi Arabia by 2022, following confirmation of the government’s signing of a contract worth EUR1.8 billion (USD2.1 billion). Provisionally ordered from Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia in April, the ships will be based on its Avante

  • Pindad on track with tank production plan

    Indonesian firm PT Pindad has announced that it expects to start mass-producing the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) it is currently developing in collaboration with Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri in 2019. The tank programme is currently at an advanced stage of development, with

  • Turkey confirms sale of 30 T129 attack helicopters to Pakistan

    Ankara has signed an agreement with Islamabad for the sale of 30 T129 ATAK combat helicopters for the Pakistan Army in a move described by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSB) – formerly the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM)

  • Farnborough 2018: Spice 250 operational capability expected in 2019

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Spice 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition is expected to be declared operational in 2019, following the scheduled conclusion of the programme’s Full Scale Development (FSD) phase later this year. The company successfully completed a number of

  • Mali receives four Super Tucanos

    The Malian Air Force formally inducted four Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft into service during a ceremony attended by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, it was announced on 11 July. Embraer announced in July 2015 that Mali had ordered six Super Tucanos, but a Brazilian