• Turkey deploys upgraded M60TM tanks to Syrian border

    Turkey has deployed upgraded M60TM main battle tanks (MBTs) fitted with Pulat active protection systems (APS) to the Syrian border as part of Operation ‘Peace Spring’, according to photographs taken on 11 and 12 October. The photographs showed the tanks deploying in the Akçakale

  • Full embargo on Turkey would rattle Western industry

    The broader ramifications of the ongoing Turkish offensive into northern Syria could be felt by defence companies in Europe and North America. Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have acted independently to suspend arms

  • Altay MBT to be ready in two years, says BMC

    Turkey’s Altay main battle tank (MBT) is planned to be in use by the Turkish Armed Forces within the next 24 months, Ethem Sancak, chairman of the board of Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicle manufacturer BMC, has said. The MBT and all its parts will be entirely domestically produced in 48 months

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • AUSA 2019: US Army looks to ‘componentise’ Israel’s Iron Dome for on-the-move defence

    The US Army is purchasing two Iron Dome air-defence batteries from Israel and will evaluate the systems to see if it can ‘componetise’ any of the elements for a more permanent programme, according to Brigadier General Brian Gibson, head of the army’s Air and Missile Defense Cross

  • EU condemns Turkish incursion into Syria but leaves arms embargo up to individual member states

    The Council of the European Union meeting at the level of foreign ministers in Luxembourg on 9 October condemned Turkey’s military incursion into northeast Syria for undermining regional stability and security and the progress made by the coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State. Noting

  • UK halts exports to Turkey

    The UK government announced on 15 October that it is suspending arms exports to Turkey, following the invasion of Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria. Addressing the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a “very careful and continual” review of exports to Turkey.

  • Greece signs letter of intent with France for two FDI frigates

    French Armed Forces (Defence) Minister Florence Parly tweeted on 10 October that she had signed a letter of intent with her Greek counterpart, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, for the acquisition of two Frégate de Défense et d’Intervention (FDI) defence and intervention frigates to equip

  • North Korea poses one of ‘most concerning’ ballistic missile threats to US, says report

    North Korea poses one of the “most concerning” ballistic missile threats to the United States, along with Russia, Iran, and China, according to report issued by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS). Published on 9 October, the document states that Pyongyang likely has an arsenal

  • Update: Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise that was staged from

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • Turkey launches offensive into northeastern Syria

    The Turkish military and allied Syrian rebels launched their long-threatened offensive into northeastern Syria on 9 October with the stated objective of establishing a ‘safe zone’ that has been cleared of Kurdish forces and can be used to resettle Syrian refugees. “Our mission is

  • Growing backlash in US to Trump’s Syrian pullback

    US President Donald Trump’s decision not to defend the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from Turkish military attacks has united Republican and Democratic lawmakers against him. Trump decided to withdraw about 50 US troops from northeast Syria in anticipation of Ankara launching a

  • Turkish offensive in Syria prompts Nordic backlash on exports

    The governments of Finland and Norway are blocking new arms exports to Turkey amid the ongoing anti-Kurdish offensive in Syria, with Sweden intending to follow suit. A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered forces into Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria on 9 October,

  • Israeli security cabinet reportedly discussed Iranian cruise missile threat

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a lengthy cabinet meeting on 6 October to discuss the ramifications of the 14 September cruise missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on Saudi oil facilities, attributed to Iran, Hebrew-language media reported. According to the Walla news

  • German export approvals surged in first nine months of 2019, says BMWi

    The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has disclosed that German export approvals of defence and security equipment increased by 75% year on year in the first nine months of 2019. The growth occurred despite the decision by Germany on 18 September to extend its ban on the

  • Bahrain receives RB-M patrol boats

    The United States has delivered three coastal patrol boats to the Bahraini Coast Guard, the US Embassy in Manama confirmed on 7 October. It said David Pekoske, the acting deputy secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, had visited the three boats at Muharraq Coast Guard Base and

  • Iranian military highlights air defences around Gulf energy hubs

    The Iranian military has provided a look at the air defences it has deployed on Kharg Island and at Asaluyeh: two of the most important sites in the Islamic republic’s oil and gas export network. Iranian news agency photographs and television coverage on 8 October showed Major General

  • Possible Algerian-assembled Boxer spotted

    Photographs of what appeared to be a Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle at a production facility in Algeria have added credence to claims that the type is being assembled in the North African country. The photographs released via Twitter on 7 October showed a Boxer on a trailer at a location that

  • Elbit sells UASs to undisclosed Southeast Asian nation, most likely Philippines

    Elbit Systems has sold a “multi-layered array of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)” to an undisclosed Southeast Asian army, the company announced on 6 October. The deal, valued at approximately USD153 million, covers “more than 1,000 Thor quad-rotor vertical take-off and landing