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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kuwait to Receive 'Unique' M1 Abrams Tank

Kuwait will receive a 'unique' M1 Abrams tank, according to a U.S. Department of Defense contract.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

US Approves Missiles for Saudi Arabia Despite Criticizing Blockade

Despite rebuking the Saudi blockade on Yemen, the U.S. has announced a contract for the supply of air-to-ground missiles to Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Qatar Looking to Purchase More Fighter Jets, Armored Vehicles

Qatar is close to completing a deal for French fighter jets and armored vehicles.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Russia Details Status of Arms Sales to the Middle East

The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) released details on Russian arms sales to a number of Middle Eastern countries.

Monday, November 13, 2017

UAE Signs Agreement for F-16 Upgrades

The United Arab Emirates has reached an agreement with Lockheed Martin on the upgrade of Emirati F-16s.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

UAE Negotiating for Two Corvettes

The United Arab Emirates is considering a purchase of two Gowind 2500 corvettes.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New F-35 Batch to Arrive to Israel

Israel is preparing to receive another batch of F-35 fighter jets.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Russia Seeks Single-Seat Su-34 Variant

Russia may develop a single seat variant of the Su-34 fighter-bomber.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Egypt Seeks Additional Dassault Rafales

Egypt and France are involved in discussions over another purchase of Rafale fighter jets.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pakistani Prime Minister Confirms Negotiations Ongoing for T129

Pakistan's Prime Minister took a test flight of the T129 attack helicopter, which Islamabad is considering procuring.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Egypt Receives Corvette and Submarine

Two new additions to the Egyptian Navy arrived to Alexandria on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bahrain Purchases F-16s

The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has inked an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of F-16 fighter jets, according to Bahrain state media.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Azerbaijan Test Fires Buk-MB

Azerbaijan has carried out test firings of its modernized Buk-MB air-defense systems.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Armenia Receives $100 Million Russian Military Loan

The Armenian government has approved the signing of a new military loan agreement with Russia, according to the Public Radio of Armenia.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Saudi Arabia Approved for THAAD Buy

Saudi Arabia has been approved for a purchase of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Qatar Procures AGM-154C

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a contract on October 4, 2017 for the production of AGM-154 glide bombs for Qatar.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Uzbekistan Eyeing Arms Procurement

Uzbekistan is considering a range of military contracts with its neighbors amid a push by its new president to improve foreign relations.

Mali Receives Two Mi-35Ms from Russia

Mali has taken delivery of two Mi-35Ms from Russia.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UAE, Russia to Discuss Su-35 Buy Next Month

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly interested in purchasing over a squadron of Su-35 fighter jets.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Russia Overhauling BMP-2s, BMD-2s

Russia aims to modernize hundreds of older armored vehicles over the coming decade, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Uzbekistan Interested in Arlan Military Vehicles

Kazakhstan intends to supply Arlan military vehicles to Uzbekistan.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Egypt Takes Delivery of Gowind 2500 Corvette

Egypt has received its first Gowind 2500 corvette from France.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Angola Receives Two Su-30Ks

Angola has taken delivery of two Su-30Ks.

Egypt to Take Delivery of South Korean Naval Vessel

Egypt will receive a naval vessel from South Korea.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Azerbaijan Acquires DANA SpH, RM-70 MLRS

In a video and photo release, the Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense revealed new systems that Azerbaijan has acquired.

Qatar Signs LOI for 24 Eurofighter Typhoons

Over the weekend, Qatar signed a letter of intent to purchase fighter jets from the United Kingdom.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Third F-35 Batch to Arrive in Israel

Israel will take delivery of its third batch of F-35s.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Russian Aide Discusses Arms Sales to Middle East

Speaking to Tass News Agency on September 12, 2017, Russian presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin discussed arms sales to various countries, including Middle Eastern clients.

Kazakhstan Inks Su-30SM Agreement

Kazakhstan has inked an agreement with Russia for the supply of 12 Su-30SM fighter jets.

Monday, September 11, 2017

T-90M Deliveries Set for 2018

Russia will begin receiving the newly modernized T-90M main battle tank in 2018.

Algeria Purchased Russian BMPT-72s

Algeria has reportedly placed an order for a number of BMPT-2 'Terminator' armored vehicles from Russia.

U.S. Approves Arms Package for Bahrain

The U.S. State Department has approved a number of arms sales to Bahrain.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kenyan AT-802L Sale Clear to Move Forward

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on September 5, 2017 following requests from the U.S. Congress to review the details of a potential sale of 12 AT-802L aircraft to Kenya that had raised questions of impropriety.

Russia Looking to Test Modernized T-80

Russia is looking to begin testing a newly-modernized version of its T-80 tank, according to the Chief of the Main Armored Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Afghanistan to Receive 150 MD 530Fs

Afghanistan will receive around 150 MD 530F helicopters.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Over $6 Billion to be Spent on Afghan Air Force

Afghanistan's Air Force will receive billions of dollars of new investments in the next few years.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Russia to Sign Su-57 Contract in 2018

Russia anticipates signing a contract for the Su-57, a fifth-generation fighter jet, in 2018.

Azerbaijan to Receive BMP-3s Next Year; Belarus Negotiating for BTR-82As

Russia anticipates completing the delivery of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to Azerbaijan next year.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Algeria Acquires TOS-1As

Algeria is seemingly a buyer for the 220mm TOS-1A multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

UAE Considering Purchase of Japanese Transport Aircraft

The United Arab Emirates is considering a purchase of Japanese transport aircraft.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Israel Purchases 17 More F-35s

Israel has signed another agreement for the purchase of F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Russia Inks Armored Vehicle Contract With Iraq

Russia has signed a 'major contract' for the supply of armored vehicles to Iraq.

Saudi Arabia Purchases Eight CH-47Fs

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a contract for the provision of eight CH-47 heavy-lift helicopters to Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BRIEF: Qatar Interested in Russian Missile Systems

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia is preparing a 'special demonstration' of the Pantsir-S and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems for Qatar. Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyya confirmed that Doha is interested in not only purchasing Russian air-defense systems but also acquiring technology transfer.

Egypt to Take Delivery of 15 Ka-52s This Year

Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky discussed the Ka-52 sale to Egypt.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Russian Helicopters Discusses Ka-52 Program

Russia's Ka-52, a reconnaissance and attack helicopter, will see improvements to its air-defense systems.

Mi-28 Deliveries to Russian Military Expected Soon

Manufacturer Russian Helicopters confirmed on August 22, 2017 that several new variants of the Mi-28 would be entering service with the Russian military soon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

S-500, Antey-4000 to Appear at Army 2017

Russia will show off some of the latest surface-to-air missiles under development at the Army 2017 military exhibition, which runs this week, from August 22 to August 27.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pakistan's AH-1Z Delivery On Track

The first images of Pakistan's AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters have surfaced, indicating that a delivery will occur soon.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Su-57's Communications Equipment to Complete Testing This Year

Russia will complete tests of the S-111 communication system for its fifth-generation fighter jet before the end of 2017.

Algeria Acquires Buk-M2E SAMs

Algeria has acquired an unknown quantity of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile systems.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pacific Fleet Will Receive Two Submarines in 2020

The Russian Navy will receive two Project 636.3 submarines before the end of 2020.

Monday, August 14, 2017

T-90 Deliveries to Iraq Soon

Iraq will soon receive its first batch of T-90 main battle tanks.

Russia Shows Off Il-22PP

Russia has revealed its new Il-22 variant, during the celebrations for the 105th anniversary of the Russian Air Force.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kyrgyz Air Force Receives Two Russian An-26s

Kyrgyzstan took delivery of two An-26 transport aircraft.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fateh Submarine to Enter Iranian Navy in September

Iran will soon put into service a new submarine.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NIMR Automotive Markets RIV to Foreign Customers

The United Arab Emirates is marketing its Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) to both neighbors and eastern European countries.

Monday, August 7, 2017

U.S. Approves Super Tucano Sale to Nigeria

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Qatar Purchases Seven Italian Naval Vessels

Qatar has purchased seven vessels from Italy in a nearly $6 billion deal.

Oman Receives Hawk Trainers

Oman has taken delivery of its first two Mark 166 Hawk jet trainers.

DRC Receives 25 T-64BV-1 Main Battle Tanks

The Democratic Republic of Congo has received over two dozen modernized tanks from Ukraine.

Kyrgyzstan to Receive Two An-26s

Kyrgyzstan will receive two An-26 military transport aircraft from Russia.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gromkiy Floated Out

Russia has floated out a new Project 20380 corvette.

Azerbaijan Purchases Super Mushshaks

Azerbaijan has signed an agreement with Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on the purchase of 10 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Egypt Receives Two More Rafale Jets

The Egyptian Air Force has taken delivery of two more Rafale fighter jets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Russia Receiving Over 100 Aircraft in 2018

Russia will receive over 100 aircraft and helicopters next year as part of efforts to modernize the force structures.

U.S. Considers Arming Ukraine

The U.S. is considering sending military weapons to Ukraine, according to the U.S. special representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Russia to Receive Mi-28NM Attack Helicopter in 2018

Russia will begin receiving the Mi-28NM attack helicopter in 2018, according to the commander of the Russian Aerospace Force.

Russia to Receive SR-10 Trainer in 2018

Russia will take delivery of a new trainer aircraft later this year.

Russia Planning TOS-1A Replacement

Russia will develop a new heavy flamethrower system to replace the TOS-1A.

Kyrgyzstan to Receive Two Russian Aircraft

Speaking at a news conference on July 24, 2017, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev suggested that Russia could acquire another military base in Kyrgyzstan.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Iraq Purchases T-90 Tanks

Iraq has been confirmed as a buyer for the T-90 main battle tank.

Sovershennyy Corvette Enters Service

Russia has commissioned a new corvette into service with the Pacific Fleet.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kazakhstan Receiving More Russian Aircraft

Kazakhstan is planning further acquisitions of Russian aircraft.

Russian MiG-35 Order Expected for 2018

Russia anticipates placing an order for MiG-35s next year.

Egypt Receiving New Helicopters, Fighter Jets

Egypt has reportedly taken delivery of several Ka-52 helicopters. Next week, the country is due to receive two more Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Belarus to Begin Receiving Su-30SMs in 2019

Belarus will begin taking delivery of Su-30SM fighter jets in 2019 at the earliest.

Russia Discussing Sales to Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey at MAKS 2017

Russia will discuss arms deals with several Middle East and North Africa customers at the MAKS 2017 International Air Show, held this week near Moscow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nigeria Receives Super Mushshak Trainers

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed on July 14, 2017 that it had taken delivery of its first batch of Super Mushshak trainers.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oman Receives Pars APCs

Oman has been confirmed as a buyer of FNSS' Pars armored personnel carrier (APC).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Egypt and Turkmenistan Considering Buyan Missile Boat Purchases

Both Egypt and Turkmenistan have expressed interest in acquiring Buyan missile boats from Russia.

Bahrain Orders Lockheed Martin's Sniper Targeting Pod

Bahrain has placed an order for the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP), produced by Lockheed Martin.

Monday, July 10, 2017

U.K. Says Saudi Arms Sales Lawful

In a major win for Riyadh, U.K. judges ruled that British arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, rejecting criticism of the sales.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ka-52K Testing to Finish in 2019

Russia will complete tests of the Ka-52K naval helicopter before the start of 2020.

Bavar 373 to be Operational Next Year

Iran's indigenous long-range air-defense system, the Bavar 373, will be operational sometime during the next Iranian year.

New Batch of Casspirs Ready for Angola

Angola will soon take delivery of another batch of Casspir mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles from South Africa.

Pakistan Tests Nasr Short-Range Missile

Pakistan has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to the military.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Russia Might Export Bumerang APC

Russia may seek to export its Bumerang armored personnel carrier (APC) and is already seeing foreign interest, according to Alexander Krasovitsky, the head of the Military-Industrial Company.

Egypt to Assemble T-90 Main Battle Tanks

T-90 tanks will be built in Egypt under a license-production agreement.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Iran Will Soon Receive Karrar Tanks

Iran will soon take delivery of serially-produced versions of the Karrar main battle tank.

Kenya Receiving Final Huey IIs

Kenya is due to receive its last two Huey IIs soon.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Russia Working on Priboy Helicopter Carrier Design

Russia has already begun working on designs for the Priboy helicopter carrier vessel for the Navy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two New Project 636.3 Submarines to be Laid Down

Next month Russia will lay down two new submarines for the Pacific Fleet.

U.S. Senator Moves to Block Future GCC Arms Sales Amid Gulf Row

Amid a diplomatic spat between a number of countries in the Persian Gulf as well as Egypt, U.S. Senator Robert Corker (R-TN) announced in a letter to the U.S. State Department that he would block arms sales to Gulf countries until the crisis was resolved.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Russia to Launch New Submarine in 2017

Later this year, Russia plans to launch the fourth Project 955 submarine.

Nigeria to Receive 10 Mi-35Ms in 2018

Nigeria will receive 10 Mi-35M helicopters in 2018, completing its order for 12.

Algerian Yabhon United 40 Spotted in New Image

An Algerian Yabhon United 40 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been spotted in a new image released online.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oman Receives First Batch of Typhoon Fighter Jets

Oman has taken delivery of two Eurofighter Typhoon jets.

Belarus Receives CS/VN3 Armored Vehicles

Belarus has taken delivery of a first batch of CS/VN3 armored vehicles from China.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sukhoi, MiG to Merge

On June 20, 2017, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) CEO Yuri Slyusar announced that two major aircraft corporations in Russia will be merged into a single combat aviation complex.

Israel Completes LORA Testing

Israel Aerospace Industries announced on June 20, 2017 that it had successfully finishing a firing test of the Long-Range Artillery (LORA) weapon system.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Belarus Order Su-30SMs from Russia

Belarus and Russia have signed an agreement for the supply of Su-30SM fighter jets to the Belarusian Air Force.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Russia to Flight Test A-100 in 2017

Russia anticipates flight testing the country's new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft before the end of 2017.

Egypt Awards Russia Tender for Ka-52Ks

Russia has won a tender for the supply of Ka-52K helicopters to Egypt, according to the head of the Russian federal service for military-technical cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Il-76MD-M Transport Aircraft Makes Test Flight

The first prototype of the Il-76MD-M modernized military transport aircraft has made its first flight as part of state tests.

Qatar Inks Agreement for F-15 Fighter Jets

Qatar has officially signed an agreement for F-15 fighter jets, amid a nearly two-week long political dispute with its neighbors.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tu-160M2 Component Development Underway

Russia has started development work on defensive systems for the Tu-160M2 to help shield it from missiles as well as other components.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Senate Democratic Leader Opposes Saudi PGM Sale

On June 12, 2017, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, announced that he will vote against a proposed sale of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabia.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Admiral Makarov to Enter Service in November

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov will be delivered to the Navy in November, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Friday, June 9, 2017

U.S. Senators Raise Concerns Over Nigerian Aircraft Sale

Afghan A-29 Super Tucano. Source: Nardisoero
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have raised concerns about the possible sale of Super Tucano aircraft to the Nigerian government in a letter addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Israel to Complete Purchase of 17 F-35s

Israel's government has officially sent a letter to the United States to complete the purchase of another 17 F-35s, according to Israeli media i24.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Morocco Receives M1A1 Tanks

Morocco has reportedly taken delivery of another batch of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks from the United States.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Russia and Egypt Continue Ka-52K Negotiations

Following a visit to Egypt, a Russian official has discussed the status of a sale of Ka-52Ks to the country.

Two More PAK FA Prototypes to be Produced

Russia will receive two more prototype PAK FA stealth fighter jets in 2017.

Qatar Fighter Jet Sales Spotlighted Amid Gulf Crisis

Two separate fighter jet sales to Qatar are hitting scrutiny amid a crisis between Gulf countries.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Russia to Launch New Corvette

Tass News Agency reported on June 6, 2017 that Russia would soon launch a new corvette for its Navy.

Egypt Receiving Antey-2500 Missiles

A new image has emerged showing a batch of missiles reportedly for Egypt's Antey-2500 (S-300VM) missile systems.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Israeli F-16I Seen with Stunner Missile

An Israeli F-16 has been spotted carrying what appears to be the country's Stunner surface-to-air missile.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Russia to Rearm with Tornado-S MLRS

Russia aims to completely rearm its rocket artillery brigades with new multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) by 2020.

Emirati Firm to Show Off Military Vehicles in Europe

Emirati firm NIMR Automotive will showcase a custom military vehicle at a military exhibition in the Czech Republic.

Russia to Produce Two Helicopter Carriers

In the next decade, Russia aims to construct and deliver to its Navy two helicopter carrier vessels.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Two U.S. Senators Seek to Block Saudi PGM Sale

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) seek to reinstate a short-lived ban on the sale of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to Saudi Arabia.

Mi-28NM State Trials Begin

Russia has begun state trials of the Mi-28NM 'Night Hunter' attack helicopter.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Senator Rand Paul Announces Opposition to Saudi Arms Sale

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has announced his opposition to a proposed arms package for Saudi Arabia.

Russia to Rearm with Iskander-M SRBMs by Late 2020

Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed Russia's efforts to rearm with short-range ballistic missiles on May 24, 2017.

Russian Defense Minister Discusses Military Programs

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu detailed expected delivery dates of advanced Russian military programs on May 24, 2017.

Israeli Air Force Upgrading Its M-346 Trainers

The Israeli Air Force is improving the capabilities of its M-346 advanced jet trainers.

Israel to Receive Test F-35

Israel will receive an additional F-35 from Lockheed Martin in the coming years that will be specifically designed to allow the country to test upgrades for the aircraft.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Saudi AWACS Fleet Upgraded

Boeing has completed upgrade work on Saudi Arabia's fleet of E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

U.S. Fact Sheet on Saudi Arms Deal

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency released a fact sheet detailing some of the equipment included in the $109.7 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia announced on May 20, 2017.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Second Meko Frigate Arrives to Algeria

Algeria's second Meko A200 frigate has reportedly arrived to Algeria.

Report: U.S. Senator Readies Legislation Against Saudi Arms Deal

A report claims that U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will seek to block the potential sale of over $100 billion worth of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

U.S. Announces Major Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

The United States has announced that it reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the largest arms sale in history.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pakistan to Receive New AEW&C Aircraft

Pakistan is due to receive new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia Starts New Defense Company

Saudi Arabia has launched a new national defense company as part of a government initiative to diversify the economy.

Tupolev Official Discusses Tu-22M3M, Tu-160M2 Programs

The general director of Russian aircraft manufacturer Tupolev has revealed further details about Russian bomber modernization.

Kuwait Orders Sniper ATP for F/A-18C/D

Lockheed Martin will provide targeting pods for Kuwaiti fighter jets.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Russia to Commission Admiral Gorshkov in November

The Russian Navy will commission the lead frigate of Project 22350 in November 2017.

BAE Systems Rolls Out Typhoon and Hawk for Oman

BAE Systems formally unveiled the first Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet and Hawk jet trainer for Oman.

Kazakhstan Tests New Mine Hunter Vessel

A Kazakh vessel has been fitted and successfully tested with a new mine countermeasure system.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marshal Ustinov Heads to Barents Sea

A Russian guided missile cruiser is set to enter the Barents Sea for exercises following a multi-year overhaul program.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

US Approves Air-Defense Missiles for UAE

The United States has approved a new sale of air-defense missiles to the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia Reveals Saqr-1 UAV

Saudi Arabia has unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of carrying weapons systems.

Pantsir-SA Missile Testing to Start in June

Pantsir-SA air-defense system in Moscow during Victory Day parade. Source: Russian Ministry of Defense
A new variant of the Pantsir air-defense system will undergo firing trials next month.

Saudi Arabia May Purchase Two Turkish Vessels

Saudi Arabia may be gearing up for a purchase of two Turkish vessels soon.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pakistan to Acquire Four Turkish Corvettes

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to a memorandum of understanding on each acquiring military systems.

Russia Reportedly Delivers Artillery to Syrian Army

Russia has reportedly given new military hardware to the Syrian Army.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

U.S. Approves Plan to Arm SDF

The Trump Administration has approved a plan to provide weapons to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella militia operating in northern Syria that has become a crucial American ally against the Islamic State.

MiG-35 Testing Proceeding

MiG-35 pre-series. (c) Alex Snow
MiG-35 testing is proceeding on schedule, according to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.

Emirati Archangels Deploy to Libya

TIME reported on May 9, 2017 that Emirati Archangels have deployed to Libya in support of a local militia commander.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ukraine Starts Repairing Navy Flagship Vessel

Hetman Sahaidachny
Ukraine has begun repair work on the largest vessel in service with its Navy.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trump Administration Prepares Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

The Trump Administration is looking to push an arms sale to Saudi Arabia during a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the kingdom later this month.

First Egyptian Ka-52 Takes Flight

The first Ka-52 helicopters for delivery to Egypt appear to have taken flight, as revealed by unverified images shared on social media.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saudi Arabia Aims to Support Domestic Arms Industry

In several recent interviews, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman has emphasized Riyadh's determination to improve its local defense industry, as part of its bid to boost self-reliance in terms of supplying the military.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Russia Develops PAK FA Second Stage Engine

Russia has developed second stage engine for its PAK FA stealth fighter jets, according to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) official Sergei Korotkov.

Russia Designs Digital PAK DA Model

Russia has built a digital design of the PAK DA strategic bomber, according to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) official Sergei Korotkov.

United States Approves MD530F Sale to Kenya

The U.S. State Department announced via the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on May 2, 2017 that it had approved a Kenyan request for military helicopters. The DSCA informed the U.S. Congress of the sale the previous day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Azerbaijan Receiving Buk-MB Air-Defense Systems

Azerbaijan is currently receiving Russian-manufactured missiles to equip its modernized Buk air-defense systems, according to IHS Jane's.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saudi Official Says Kingdom Won't Buy German Arms

Saudi Arabia will not seek to purchase weapons from Germany, according to a Saudi official.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Russia Upgrading Bombers

A number of Russian strategic bombers in inventory will undergo a modernization program, according to the Russian Deputy Defense Minister.

Egypt Reportedly Receives MiG-29 Delivery

Egypt has reportedly taken delivery of a first batch of MiG-29s from Russia.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kazakhstan Launches New Missile Boat

Source: Kazakh Ministry of Defense
Kazakhstan has launched its fourth Project 0250 rocket and artillery boat in Uralsk, which will enter service with the Navy.

PAK DA First Flight Expected for 2025

Russia's next-generation stealth bomber may see its first flight eight years from now, with serial production slated to begin thereafter, in 2028.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Russia to Begin Producing Naval Engines

As part of Russia's import substitution program, the country aims to put into testing replacement gas turbine engines for its naval vessels. These, unlike engines purchased in past years, are to be fully constructed locally.

Rostec Will Acquire Dozens of Russian Defense Firms

Russian defense industry holding Rostec has announced plans to acquire UralVagonZavod, a subsidiary of Tractor Plants Concern, according to Defense News. The defense conglomerate already accounts for around two-thirds of Russia's defense industry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Russia Expects to Complete S-350 Testing in 2017

In an interview with a Russian defense magazine, the General Designer of Almaz-Antey, Paval Sozinov, noted that Russia expects to complete testing on the system this year.

Nigeria Puts New Mi-35Ms into Service

Nigeria has recently put two new Mi-35Ms ordered from Russia into service.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Israel Receives New F-35 Batch

Three new F-35I stealth aircraft have arrived to Nevatim Air Force Base in Israel from the United States.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Russia to Start Upgrading Aircraft Carrier In September

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetosv
A source told Tass News Agency that Russia will begin a multi-year upgrade program for Admiral Kuznetsov later this year.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Israel to Receive Three More F-35Is

This weekend, Israel will reportedly receive three more F-35I jets from its order for 33, bringing the total delivered to Israel to five.

Russia to Place T-14 Main Battle Tank Order

In an interview with Tass News Agency, Russian Deputy Prime Minister discussed the testing for T-14 main battle tanks, which Russia aims to begin putting into service in the coming years.

Israeli Navy Supports Plans for New Submarine Acquisition

Defense News reported on April 19, 2017 that the Israeli Navy is behind the plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to acquire three new submarines for the Navy.

Russia Testing Admiral Gorshkov Frigate

Admiral Gorshkov, during armament trials in the Barents Sea in March 2016.
Russia is continuing to test the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, the lead vessel of Project 22350, ahead of commission slated for later in the year. Speaking on April 20, 2017, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the tests are proceeding on schedule.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Russia Testing PAK FA 30mm Munitions

Russia's Vice President of Research and Industrial Association NPO Pribor, Oleg Chizhevsky, told reporters on April 18, 2017 that munitions tests for the PAK FA fighter jet may be completed this year, according to Tass News Agency.

Egyptian Submarine Arrives to Alexandria

Following the completion of the submarine's testing last year, Type 209 submarine S41 has arrived to Alexandria.

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Armed UAV Sales to Jordan, UAE

Defense News reported on April 18, 2017 that a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing the Trump Administration to approve sales of armed unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Egypt Negotiating for Russian-Made Naval Equipment

Citing an informed source, Tass News Agency reported on April 18, 2017 that a Russian delegation is heading to Egypt to continue negotiations between the two sides for new equipment for Egypt's Mistral helicopter carriers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Malian Mi-35M Spotted

An image emerged on websites popular with aircraft spotters revealing that Mali is a customer for Russia's Mi-35M. The picture showed an Mi-35M sporting a Malian Air Force roundel.

The photo reportedly was taken at Rostvertol's plant in Rostov-on-Don, meaning it has not yet been delivered.
The size of Mali's order is unclear. At the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo in South Africa last year, Rosoboronexport's delegation head, Yuri Demchenko, indicated that Russia would be delivering new helicopters to Mali, among other countries.

Demchenko did not specify the size of the order or the type that Mali would receive. He discussed both the Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35, saying, "In 2016-2017, we plan to continue exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria.

"Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further," he added.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Syria Wants Russian Missiles

Speaking to Sputnik International on April 12, 2017, a top Russian lawmaker suggested that Damascus may seek to acquire Tor and Buk missile systems from Russia following a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile strike last week.

PAK DA Work Slated for Early 2020s

A source in Russia's defense industry told Tass News Agency on April 13, 2017 that a contract regarding the development of prototype PAK DA bombers has been signed. The strategic bomber will be created in the early 2020s, according to the source.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned About Saudi Munition Sale

Reuters reported on April 10, 2017 that a number of U.S. lawmakers are raising concerns about the proposed sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

Russia Inks $9 Billion in Arms Agreements in 2016

The Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, stated on April 11, 2017 that Russia had reached military export and cooperation contracts totaling over $9 billion in 2016.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Israel Tests Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier

The Israeli military is moving forward with development of the Eitan 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC). According to iHLS, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have recently conducted a series of tests on rough terrain using the Eitan APC.

Russia to Begin Serial Production of Tu-160M2 in 2022

In an interview with Rossiya-24, the President of United Aircraft Corportion (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, revealed 2022 as the year that Russia will begin production of a modernized strategic bomber.

Senegal Reveals New Military Acquisitions

During celebrations of the country's 57th Independence Day, the Senegalese military showed off newly-acquired military hardware, including new vehicles and rockets.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Russia, Iran to Boost Air-Defense Capabilities

One day after U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles struck a Syrian airbase, the Deputy Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces stated that the share of modernized weaponry in the possession of Russia's air-defense troops will rise to nearly 70 percent by the start of 2018.

Trump Administration to Approve Nigeria Super Tucano Sale

A-29 Super Tucano arrives to Moody Air Force Base, September 2014.

A report by the Associated Press, posted on Stars & Stripes, says that the sale of Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria will proceed under the Trump Administration.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Russia to Showcase Arctic Air-Defense Systems at Victory Day Parade

Russia will unveil two new air-defense systems designed for use in the Arctic at this year's Victory Day parade.

Egypt Receives New Rafale Fighter Jets

Egypt has received a third batch of Rafales from Dassault Aviation. The delivery was reported on April 4, 2017.

Saudi Arabia Receives Third F-15SA Batch

Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of a new batch of F-15SA fighter jets, the third such batch since deliveries began in December.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Russian Frigate Admiral Makarov to Soon Enter Service

Admiral Grigorovich, lead frigate of Project 11356.

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov is set to enter the final stage of testing before being accepted in service, according to Tass News Agency. The vessel, part of Project 11356, was built by Yantar Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation.