• 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

  • Pacific 2019: DSIT launches SwordFish towed array sonar for export market

    Key Points DSIT has received approval to market a lightweight anti-submarine sonar system to international customers The system allows operators to conduct anti-submarine patrols from vessels as light as 400 tonnes Israeli company DSIT Solutions has received approval from its government to export

  • Update: US announces Turkish military operations into northern Syria

    US military troops will no longer operate in northern Syria, a move that could decimate the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Pentagon, however, said it does not “endorse” such Turkish operations. Following a 6 October telephone call between US President Donald Trump and

  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified

    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems Integrity and the Brazilian Institute for

  • Saudi Arabia to recapitalise 4×4 fleet

    Saudi Arabia has begun efforts to acquire a new range of 4×4 vehicles for use by multiple government organisations in a significant procurement programme. Speaking to Jane’s , SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer said that “by the end of the year, we will have selected a partner for the

  • Turkish laser weapon passes acceptance tests

    The Vehicle-Mounted Laser System (ARMOL) designed and developed by the Informatics and Information Security Research Centre (BILGEM) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) has successfully completed acceptance tests, according to a press release

  • Iran displays guidance upgrade for artillery rockets

    The Iranian Army unveiled what appeared to be a new guidance upgrade called the Labeik that converts existing artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles on 3 October. Several Labeik units were displayed in an event attended by General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, the deputy commander of the

  • South Korea, UAE deepen industrial ties

    South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to strengthen defence industrial links, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul has said. Following bilateral defence talks in Abu Dhabi on 2 October, the MND said the two nations would look to deepen co-operation in cyber defence

  • Iranian tankers rendezvous off Syria

    The Iranian super tanker Adrian Darya 1 has been joined by a smaller tanker close to the offshore terminal that supplies Syria’s Baniyas refinery, an image captured by Maxar’s Worldview-3 satellite on 2 October shows. Formerly called Grace 1 , Adrian Darya 1 was seized by British Royal

  • Cyprus parades new Serbian-made artillery and armoured vehicles

    A military parade held in Nicosia on 1 October to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Cyprus’ independence has demonstrated that the Cypriot National Guard’s rapid modernisation is ongoing with the acquisition of Serbian-made Nora-B52 155 mm/52-calibre 8x8 self-propelled gun-howitzers

  • AFCENT command moves from Qatar to US to increase resilience

    In a proof-of-concept exercise carried out on 28 September, personnel at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina temporarily took over from the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced three days later. “Command

  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM

    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that included all the knowledge that was produced was

  • Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile

    Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 ‘Improved Kilo’-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed

  • Turkish navy receives fourth and last Milgem corvette

    Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC) received its fourth and last Ada-class (Milgem) anti-submarine warfare corvette, TCG Kinaliada (F 514), on 29 September at a commissioning ceremony held at Istanbul Naval Shipyard. “Recent developments around the world and the Mediterranean Sea have shown

  • Yemeni rebel victory dismissed as propaganda

    Video footage seemingly showing a significant victory for the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) is misleading, according to Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition. Speaking during a 30 September press briefing, Col Maliki said Ansar Allah had attempted to

  • China aims to join Arms Trade Treaty

    China is looking to join the UN-sponsored Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which seeks to regulate international trade in conventional military equipment, as early as possible, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed. Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on 28 September that “China has initiated

  • Turkey begins work on first MILGEM-class corvette for Pakistan Navy

    Istanbul Naval Shipyard has begun work on the first (MILGEM)-class corvette for the Pakistan Navy (PN). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, the PN's Chief of the Naval Staff, presided over a steel-cutting ceremony for the vessel held at the shipyard on 29