• 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

  • Syrian government advance towards border with occupied Golan risks provoking major Israeli military response

    Key Points Opposition factions resisting reconciliation, and up to 234,000 displaced civilians, are likely to be pushed into the demilitarised zone along Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syria is likely to stop short of moving into the demilitarised zone, but will

  • IED attack reportedly kills two civilians in Iraq's Diyala

    MEDIA reports on 11 July, citing security sources, stated that two civilians had been killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Kanaan in Iraq's Diyala province on an earlier unspecified date, Iraqi News reported. No group

  • Expansion of Ivorian government underlines president’s intention to divide junior coalition partner, but raises civil unrest risks

    Event President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire named a new government on 10 July that brings in 10 additional ministers, after dissolving the previous administration six days earlier. Three more government posts have been given to the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire

  • Islamic State claims IED attack on Faylaq al-Sham vehicle in Syria's Idlib

    In Hazra, Idlib governorate, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the roadside improvised explosive device (IED) attack against a Faylaq al-Sham vehicle, publishing a video of the incident on social media.

  • Greece receives EU funding for surveillance equipment

    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU). The first programme, managed by the Hellenic Navy, concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for the service’s eight

  • SASTIND signs collaboration agreement with Kuwait

    China’s State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) has signed an agreement with the Kuwaiti government to increase defence industrial co-operation. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but came as the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad

  • Private equity takes stake in BIRD Aerosystems

    Israeli private equity firm FIMI Opportunity Funds has reportedly signed an agreement to acquire a 50% stake of airborne surveillance and missile protection systems firm BIRD Aerosystems. The stake was valued at USD40 million, according to Israeli business newspaper Globes , and confirmed by a BIRD

  • Israel’s ruling coalition likely to continue until early 2019 despite passage of military service law

    Event On 8 July, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet that he intended to keep his ruling coalition together until “almost the end of the term”, according to a Jerusalem Post report Knesset elections are currently scheduled to take place in November 2019.

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • Withdrawal of protesters indicates likelihood of accepted Madagascan election result, opening route to prompt oil-block allocations

    Event Parliamentarians in Madagascar allied to former president Marc Ravalomanana’s I love Madagascar (Tiako I Madagasikara: TIM) party told their supporters on 8 June that they should suspend a two-and-a-half-month occupation of the main square in the capital, Antananarivo, and focus on the

  • South Africa announces defence science and engineering programme

    South Africa’s Armscor procurement agency has launched an initiative to generate more science and engineering know-how in the country off the back of its military procurements. A tender process for a service provider to oversee the Defence Engineering and Science University Programme (DESUP)