Iran to Expand Military Spending, Develop Missiles

Iranian lawmakers approved plans on Monday to expand military spending to five percent of the budget, including developing the country’s long-range missile program which U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to halt. The vote is a boost to Iran’s military establishment – the regular army, the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and defense ministry […]


In Israeli Military, Guarded Optimism for 2017

While war will continue to rage in much of the region writ large, Israeli military forecasts for 2017 are cautiously optimistic that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may get through the year that began Sunday without having to wage major combat operations. “The probability for war in 2017, generally speaking, is low,” a senior defense […]


Iranian Vessel Points Weapon at U.S. Helicopter: Officials

A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.” The incident is the latest in a series of similar actions by Iranian vessels this year, but […]

Russian Industry Makes Push Into the Iranian Market

Having been mostly absent from the previous seven Kish Island Iran Air Shows, Russian industry made a major push at this year’s event, which took place from 16 to 19 November. The major Russian aerospace holding companies were present, including the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the United Engine-Building Corporation (UEC), and Russian Helicopters, as well […]


Israel Asks Russia Not to Sell Jets and Weapons to Iran

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that Israel had asked Russia not to go through with a major deal to sell advanced fighter jets and other weapons to Iran. But Lieberman told political reporters that the chances of halting the deal were low because the sale would be in Russia’s economic interest. According to Russian […]