When operations by the so-called Islamic State (also known as Daesh) began to ramp up in 2014, the Iraqi Air Force was sorely lacking in close air support and ground attack capabilities.
Denel Dynamics' annual report has revealed that 600 Al Tariq guided weapons have now been delivered to the United Arab Emirates, under a programme that was earlier delayed by technical challenges.
In a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Iran unveiled the latest domestically-made military products developed by the Defense Ministry, including the country's first homegrown jet trainer, dubbed Kowsar.
The Syrian Arab Armed Forces are receiving 10 examples of the Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft from Russia, augmenting an unknown number of existing 'Fencers'. Jon Lake reports.
ALAN WARNES in TURIN. – Among the many guests at the unveiling of the 500th Eurofighter at Leonardo's Turin-Caselle facility, on Tuesday was a small Kuwait delegation. It was headed up by the Kuwait Ambassador to Italy, His
The British Government has said that it is “deeply concerned” by reports of the Saudi use of UK weapons against civilian targets in Yemen, though Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he did not believe the “threshold” had been
In recent years, the UAE has embraced a more active military role on the world stage, deploying forces in the Balkans and Afghanistan, as well as in Libya during the 2011 civil war. As Jon Lake reports, the nation has also played a major role in operations against
The US Army has engaged defense contractor DynCorp International to provide aviation field maintenance services in Egypt and the Netherlands on behalf of the Aviation Field
Robert S. Harward, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UAE, has delivered a keynote speech to 500 global attendees at the Unity for Security Forum, in Abu Dhabi.
Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Jana Rosenmann, Grazia Vittadini, Bernhard Brenner and Peter Weckesser as new executive committee members.
A top official of Russian Helicopters has confirmed that the delivery of the 46 Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator' helicopters ordered by the Egyptian Navy in 2015 will start in the second half of this year.
After a failed coup attempt and a series of subsequent purges, Turkey's air force has undergone a major reorganisation, with several units disbanded and large numbers of personnel arrested. As a result, the force now faces serious pilot
It has been an impressive couple of months for Middle East air forces. The US Government approved deals with Qatar for 72 F-15QAs and also Kuwait for 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in mid-November, but in early December came a bonanza of possible helicopter sales valued at more
Qatar has signed a billion dollar deal with Raytheon for an early warning radar system.
Boeing has received a two-year, $18.7 million contract from the United Arab Emirates to provide C-17 Globemaster III logistics support and training simulator maintenance.
Aviation and high-integrity solutions pioneer Rockwell Collins has revamped its Middle East leadership to head an expansion programme.
Lockheed Martin has officially introduced the world to the latest member of the C-130J Super Hercules family: the LM-100J commercial freighter.
Lockheed Martin is set to showcase the latest advanced technology solutions at IDEX 2017, leading defense exhibition and conference, taking place in Abu Dhabi between 19 -23 February.
Kuwait has become the seventh customer for the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal, the much-improved military derivative of the AS 532A2 Cougar. Jon Lake reports.
The USA's satellite solutions provider Kymeta says the Middle East is shaping up as a key market for its mTenna high-throughput satellite connectivity terminal for which aviation grade solutions are expected by the end of the
In the presence of The Prime Ministers of Turkey and the United Kingdom, BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has signed a Heads of Agreement to collaborate on the first development phase
BAE Systems is preparing for a special link-up with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Alan Warnes reports.
The first F15-Saudi Advance fighter has begun operations with the Royal Saudi Air Force, the Saudi Press Agency has reported. The new variant is part of the RSAF plans to upgrade its fleet of fighter jets, ushering in a new era in the capabilities and readiness
Manufacturer of prefabricated, portable structures, Rubb, will be showcasing the latest technology in rapid deployment 'super structures' at the biennial International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX),
Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being seen as a military option in the Middle East. David Oliver looks at the rise of the technology.
Protecting oil and gas installations, as well as the many international events hosted by Qatar, are the main proposed roles for a purpose-designed aircraft now being developed in Germany. Alan Dron reports.
Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS), future Hensoldt has added a portable jamming system to its family of Counter-UAV products which detects illicit intrusions of small drones over critical areas
Saudi Arabia has announced its budget for 2017 which sees an allocation of $51 billion for the kingdom's defence. Revenues are estimated at $184.5 billion. Two thirds of this is from oil revenues which are 46% higher than the 2016 projections.
Saab has expanded its range of airborne early warning and maritime patrol aircraft and now offers its Erieye and Swordfish mission systems integrated on Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet. As Jon Lake reports, these operational
On July 29, the US Department of Defense announced that the Sierra Nevada Corporation had been awarded what was referred to as an “undefinitized contract action” for the modification of a PZL Mielec M28 aircraft for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N. Ye. Zhukovsky (TsAGI), an aircraft design and test centre, completed another series of tests with regard to Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100)
Embraer has recently received the Provisional Type Certificate for the KC-390 Basic Vehicle.
Jon Lake takes a look at Roketsan Missiles Industries, one of Turkey's top 500 industrial concerns.
Turkish Airlines CEO Dr Temel Kotil has resigned to take up a new role heading TAI – the national aerospace and technology company with a vast defence portfolio.
JON LAKE looks at the make up of the Turkish Air Force, the largest and most important of the seven military and parapublic air arms in Turkey.
Have Egypt and Sudan been re-equipping the Libyan Air Force in violation of a UN Security Council arms embargo? Jon Lake investigates.
With deliveries of all three new trainer types ordered after a major revamp of its flying training system now under way, the Royal Saudi Air Force is entering a new era in which its student pilots will experience an advanced, all-digital cockpit
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport.
The White House has finally approved the long drawn out requests by Kuwait and Qatar to buy up to 76 Boeing F-15 and F/A- 18E/F Super Hornet aircraft worth approximately $7 billion as well as clearing the sale of 17 Lockheed
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) F-16 pilots have been given a boost with a a new simulation-based F-16 training environment being developed for Amman by manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
Raytheon Company has appointed Kurt E. Amend as President, Raytheon International (RII) in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkuş tandem two-seat trainer has completed all flight testing and obtained Type Certificate (TC) from the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with its validation
Despite fiscal concerns and a lower oil price, defence budgets in the Middle East are forecast to reach the spending highs of 2014 by 2019 at the latest, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit.
Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) has delivered two of its Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJ) to the Royal Thai Air Force, in a roll-out ceremony held at Sukhoi's base in Venice.
Global aftermarket solutions company AAR has been awarded an additional rotary wing airlift services in Afghanistan from the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The award to AAR's Airlift division is part of an existing services contract to support
Airbus Defence and Space has authorised the Turkish Air Force's 2nd Air Supply and Maintenance Centre (2nd ASMC) in Kayseri as a regional support and maintenance centre for Airbus CN235 aircraft following a detailed
Airbus Defence and Space and Roketsan Missiles Industries of Turkey have signed an MoU to integrate a range of weapon systems on the Airbus C295W surveillance and transport aircraft.
Lockheed Martin and Roketsan of Turkey have signed a follow-on contract to finalise development of the Stand Off Missile-Joint Strike Fighter (SOM-J) cruise missile for the Turkish F-35 programme.
AAR has announced US Transportation Command has awarded its Airlift division a task order for additional rotary wing airlift services in Afghanistan, as part of an existing services contract to support US Central
Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded a contract by Pilatus for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
CAE has been awarded a contract to provide the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) with a suite of helicopter simulators and training devices for the NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Helicopter (407MRH) as well as the Sikorsky UH-60M
The Iraq Air Force has been in talks with American firms Flight Safety International and Orbital ATK to ensure that the Iraqi squadron utilizing the military version of the Cessna Caravan can become self sufficient
CAE has been awarded contracts by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, including one to design and develop a comprehensive purpose-built Naval Training Centre (NTC) for the UAE Navy, featuring integrated ship
Qatar has confirmed it has signed a contract with Boeing for the purchase of 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters.
French manufacturer Dassault achieved an air show world first today when its nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator was presented in flight today at an air meet at Istres organized by the French Air Force making it the first
Roketsan and MBDA Deutschland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Northop Grumman's navigation system will soon be offered on Beechcraft King Air special mission aircraft.
Diamond Aircraft has announced the completion of its improved and redesigned DA42 MPP Special Mission Aircraft.
The Diamond Aircraft DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) took its first flight last week.
DSEI, the integrated defence and security exhibition, is set to be the key date in the diary for Middle Eastern defence companies.
The 8th Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference (MESOC 2016) will be held next month at the Le Royal Hotel in Amman, Jordan.
Saudi Arabia has overtaken Russia to become the third largest spender on military equipment.
The Kuwait Ministry of Defence and Finmeccanica, which leads commercial activities in Kuwait on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium, today signed a contract for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft,
In partnership with the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA), the USAID-financed Business Reform & Competitiveness Project (BRCP) sponsored a pioneering webinar to bring together Supplier
Qatar has finally completed the deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets at the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX).
Saudi Arabia has become the 16th country to operate the C-130J Super Hercules to meet its refueling and airlift needs as it took delivery of two KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelers.
The foundation stone for the new King Saud air base in Hafr Al Batin province, has been laid by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Commander of King Saud Air Base in the Eastern Sector, Major General Ahmed bin Ali Al-Asiri, said the base will be a
The General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Armed Force (GHQ) has signed a contract with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) for the acquisition of eight P.1HH HammerHead aircraft, multipurpose Unmanned
India's multinational conglomerate the Mahindra Group is eagerly eyeing aerospace and defence partnership projects in the UAE with a particular focus on Abu Dhabi.
The Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center (SRSC), Saudi Arabia's only private company providing comprehensive, in-country maintenance repair and overhaul support for the Kingdom's diverse civil and military rotorcraft
Sikorsky today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
BAE Systems has started final assembly of the first Typhoon jet destined for delivery to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) at its final assembly facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.
Iran and Russia are stepping up their military cooperation following meetings this week between the two countries defence chiefs.
Defence and security company Saab has introduced its GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance system.
The inaugural two-day International Electronic Warfare & Radar conference and exhibition hosted by Aselsan has announced that several influential figures from the Turkish Government and defence industry have
Iran is stepping up its defence radar systems according to the commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli.
Qatar's former foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah has been named as the new state minister for defence affairs in a cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
The contract for Eurofighter Typhoons from the Kuwait Air Force has still not been signed revealed the commander of the KAF at the Manama Air Power Symposium (MAPS) which took place in Bahrain yesterday.
Iraq has requested a potential purchase from the US of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles; Ten 114K M36E9 Captive Air Training Missiles; associated equipment; and defense services at a value of around $800 million.
A Bahraini pilot flying for a Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen survived a jet crash earlier today along the kingdom's southern border, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
Eastern Europe has replaced the Middle East as the region with the fastest growing defence budgets, with double-digit increases in response to the Ukraine crisis according to the IHS Jane's Defence Budgets annual report.
Russian Helicopters has been pushing its credentials at the Russian national exhibition Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 in Tehran this week where it also debuted the new multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter..
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will launch a new freighter route to Dallas/Fort Worth commencing operations on January 19, 2016, increasing its network to six freighter destinations in the Americas. A Qatar Airways Cargo
The contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar from Dassault Aviation came into force today.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company - a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce - have signed an agreement to supply CTS800 turboshaft engines for the Turkish
Boeing delivers the final Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft to Turkey while the Turkish fleet reaches full strength with four aircraft and ground support systems.
An Airbus C295W aircraft owned by the Mexican Navy has made the first ever flight to the Antarctica.
STTS, a specialist in painting & sealing of airline, military and VIP aircraft, belonging to the French group Finaero, has launched a purpose built paint hangar at Dubai South.
Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) and Airbus Helicopters have announced the renewal of their customer support services distribution agreement.
GE Aviation has successfully completed its first transfer of avionics manufacture and support capability to the Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) in Saudi Arabia for the T-165 Hawk.
Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet has signed a contract with the UAE GHQ Armed Forces to provide a wide spectrum of technical and operational training to Air Force staff.
The partnership between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia was boosted at the final day of the Dubai Airshow by the signing of MOUs for ten Anotonv aircraft that are being developed in the Kingdom
High security fencing manufacturer Zaun has installed a first of its kind electric fence in the United Arab Emirates.