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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.