Mirage 2000

Kilgore Flares Awarded $25 Million to Provide Countermeasure Flares to the UAE and Qatar

Kilgore Flares Co., Toone, Tennessee, was awarded a $24,873,926 modification (P00008) for foreign military sales (UAE, Qatar) contract W52P1J-15-C-0004 for infrared countermeasure flares.  Work will be performed in Toone, Tennessee, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2014, 2015, and 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $24,873,927 were obligated at […]

UAE Mirage Fighter Jet Crashes Over Yemen

A United Arab Emirates fighter jet has crashed in the southern port city of Aden during a combat operation in the early morning hours of Monday, killing two pilots. A statement from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen confirmed that the fighter jet was one of the French-made Dassault Mirage 2000-9s participating in the operations. The UAE operates […]

JF-17 Presses On After News of Egypt’s Plans

News that Egypt may acquire the UAE’s Mirage fighters is likely to scupper Pakistan’s hopes of selling the JF-17, especially since Cairo is also reportedly negotiating for 20 Rafale fighters, and shown interest in the MiG-35. However, brisk development of the JF-17 continues alongside sales efforts. Kaiser Tufail, former Pakistani air commodore, said the UAE’s […]

UAE to Donate Super Tucanos to Iraq

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to supply Iraq with a number of Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano light strike aircraft to help combat the Islamic State, a government official has reportedly disclosed. With IHS Jane’s having first reported that the UAE had recently ordered up to 24 Super Tucanos, the official told Defense News on […]

UAE Offers Mirage Fighters to Iraq

The United Arab Emirates may be offloading up to 10 Mirage 2000-9s to the Iraqi Air Force in March, according to a UAE government source. The decision comes after the Dec. 15 visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Abu Dhabi to “discuss mechanisms to enhance cooperation between the two countries and dry up […]

France To Send 6 Mirage Jets To Jordan Against Islamic State

The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a weekly cabinet meeting that the deployment of the six fighters would “strengthen our presence in this theater of operations,” according to government […]

Dassault Silent on Report of Imminent Rafale Sale to Qatar

France’s Dassault Aviation declined comment on Monday on a media report that said France could soon sell at least two dozen Rafale combat jets to Qatar.Europe 1 radio reported France was in “very advanced negotiations” to sell a tranche of at least 24 of the Dassault-built fighters to the Gulf state, which has been seeking […]

Anatolian Eagle 2014-2 Exercise Underway in Turkey

Several Turkish and foreign squadron are attending Exercise Anatolian Eagle underway at Konya airbase, in Turkey. Inspired to the American Red Flag and Maple Flag, Exercise Anatolian Eagle, hosted by the Turkish Air Force at Konya airbase, has become one of the events spotters can’t miss. Several different air arms, with a wide variety of aircraft types are invited […]

Fighters, Missiles and Transport: GCC Spending Priorities Take Shape

WASHINGTON — Despite the pinch on Western defense spending, Middle Eastern nations are continuing to invest in new weapons and capabilities, particularly combat and transport aircraft, missile defenses and cyber warfare technology. And US defense companies see the diverse fleets operated by Middle Eastern air forces as a way to keep production lines open, particularly after […]

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 […]

French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]