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Saudi Airstrikes Cripple Air Force in Yemen

Saudi warplanes struck military bases that had been seized by Houthi rebels in Yemen, crippling the air force in a U.S.-backed campaign that has led to fears of a proxy war among the Middle East’s big powers. As weekend airstrikes blunted their expansion into southern Yemen, the Iranian-backed rebels suffered a political setback: Their most […]

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Iran Reveals ‘New’ Fighter Type

Iran has unveiled the ‘second generation’ of its indigenously developed Saeghe (Thunderbolt) combat aircraft, state media announced on 9 February. The Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces Logistics agency announced the unveiling of the Saeghe-2 jet, and its delivery to the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), the Mehr news agency reported. While […]

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Bahraini Air Force Details Modernisation Plans

The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) is to embark on a comprehensive modernisation plan to enhance the capabilities of both its fixed- and rotary-winged combat fleets, a senior officer disclosed on 22 January. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Colonel Salah Al Mansoor, Head of Planning, HQ, RBAF, said that the […]

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Saudi Arabia Offers Surplus F-5s for Sale

Saudi Arabia is looking to offload its remaining Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II combat aircraft, according to a solicitation posted online on 18 December. The proposed sale, details of which were posted on the AvBuyer website, will see the Kingdom divest itself of 79 F-5 aircraft that it procured in the 1970s and 1980s. The solicitation […]

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Turkey Seeks Hybrid Solution in ‘New vs Old Weapons’

Turkey’s military and procurement planners are favoring a “hybrid” approach which they believe will optimize their logistical requirements and help them maintain a fine balance between new and old gear. “We have a general understanding to avoid both extremes,” said one procurement official in charge of planning. “We don’t think a general framework would yield […]

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Iranian Air Force to Stage Wargames Friday

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) plans to conduct massive air drills over the county’s Southern waters on Friday, a senior commander announced on Thursday. The two-day exercises are the main and second phase of large-scale drills codenamed Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat IV, Deputy IRIAF Commander Brigadier General Alireza Barkhor told reporters. Units from […]

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Bahrain’s F-5 Participated in Eagle Resolve

Satellite imagery from 20 April 2013 acquired by Digital Globe shows twelve Northrop F-5E/F fighters parked on the main operations apron at Sheik Isa Air Base in Bahrain probably getting ready for CENTCOM Exercise Eagle Resolve. US Aircraft also captured on 20 April include four P-3 Orion, already based in Bahrain since 2010, as well […]

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Bahrain’s F-5 Participated in Eagle Resolve

Satellite imagery from 20 April 2013 acquired by Digital Globe shows twelve Northrop F-5E/F fighters parked on the main operations apron at Sheik Isa Air Base in Bahrain probably getting ready for CENTCOM Exercise Eagle Resolve. US Aircraft also captured on 20 April include four P-3 Orion, already based in Bahrain since 2010, as well […]

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The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]