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  • Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally
    Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally 11 May 2020
    Iran, which frequently conducts exercises and live-fire trainings in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, hit its own platform during similar activities. During the live-fire exercise conducted in the Persian Gulf, a Noor anti-ship missile launched from Moudge class IS Jamaran (76) corvette hit the Hendijan class IS Konarak (A 1403) support vessel. In a statement made by Iranian officials, it was announced that the plaform located at a shorter range than the safe dis...
  • Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S.
    Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S. 9 May 2020
    The United States has decided to withdraw the MIM-104 Patriot air defence system it deployed to Saudi Arabia during tensions with Iran. It was also announced that about 300 U.S. troops would leave Saudi Arabia. The batteries are sent to the United States for maintenance before new deployment. In the United States, which took this decision at a time of tension over oil production with Saudi Arabia, Republicans accused Saudi Arabia of its steps in the oil market, which is struggling d...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • Iran to Build New Ship
    Iran to Build New Ship 6 April 2020
    Iran is planning to start building six-ton, multi-hull destroyer ships this year. The new platform will increase the capability of the Iranian Navy, according to the statement of the country's head of the Ministry of Defence Marine Industries Organization, Amir Rastegari. The ship can “conduct operations for at least two months without docking for supplies”, he added. Rastegari said Iran has the capability to produce nuclear submarines.   * Photo is re...
  • Space Program of Iran 10 March 2020
    The fourth attempt of the rocket, which Iran tried to send into space in February, also failed. This situation signals that Iran will continue to try. It is also essential to understand that going out into space has consequences beyond what is visible. On 9 February 2020, Iran launched a Simurg-type rocket, carrying the satellite named Zafer-1 from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre, which located in the north of the country. The rocket, whose motors of the first two stages worked prope...
  • India postpones MILAN 2020 multilateral exercise due to coronavirus concerns 6 March 2020
    The Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise ‘MILAN 2020’, has been postponed owing to the spread of coronavirus that had claimed over 3,000 lives across the globe. The training was scheduled by the Indian Navy from March 18 to 28 in Visakhapatnam, The event has been postponed, to provide the safety of the 30 participant Navies.  (including the US, Russia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, the UK, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile 13 February 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit 10 February 2020
    Iran failed to launch the Zafar remote sensing satellite into orbit with the Simorgh on Sunday. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path, it did not reach the required speed for being put in...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf 6 February 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit 29 January 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s
    Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s 18 January 2020
    Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there is unverified information that at least six American F-35 jets were “in the Iranian border area” at the time when Iran accidentally downed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 last week. “This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations,” he said on Friday. Lavrov said these words to understand the context...
  • Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient?
    Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient? 6 December 2019
    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the Islamic Republic had gained full self-sufficiency in the field of defence. Speaking at the exhibition of military products, Bageri stated that Iran achieved self-sufficiency in defence of the country. Bageri said, “Today, we can declare that we have achieved full self-sufficiency in defending the country, and these achievements have given the great Iranian nation effective might and deterrence, sec...
  • New Measures from Iran 22 November 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit
    Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit 5 November 2019
    Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016. The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement. That’s 33 months later than th...
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border 10 October 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Russia Re-offers S-400 to Saudi Arabia 19 September 2019
    Russian President Vlademir Putin who offered S-400 Air Defence Systems to Saudi Arabia. President Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future. President Putin spoke at a joint news conference and he said, "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country. Riyadh just needs to make a wise decision; like Iran’s S-300 buy & Turkey’s purch...
  • Iran, Strengthens Against US
    Iran, Strengthens Against US 4 September 2019
    The tension between Iran and the US has been increasing since last year when US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. Looking for new defence solutions in the light of this tension, Iran introduced its new UCAV.   Kian, new generation of homegrown jet-powered drone, was unveiled in a ceremony with Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard in attendance. Kian, a new high-precision drone that can loc...
  • Israel Meets with UAE over Joining Persian Gulf Coalition 19 August 2019
    According to US-based "BreakingDefense" internet page, Israel’s Foreign Minister has met with at least one senior official in Abu Dhabi and agreed to provide intelligence and other assistance to the new US-led coalition designed to provide security against Iran in the Persian Gulf. Foreign Minister Israel Katz told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee about the agreement and told lawmakers that Israel participates in intelligence and other areas where it can...
  • Counterstep from Iran 12 August 2019
      Iran continues to strengthen its defence capabilities. A newly-overhauled advanced radar system was unveiled by Iran on Saturday, August 10 and delivered to the Iranian Army's Air Defence Unit.  The Falagh radar which is based on Gamma radar procured from Russia, is capable of detecting various cruise and ballistic missiles as well as stealth aircraft in a range of 400 kilometres. The overhauling operations of Falaq took 2,300 man/hours of work.   ...
  • Rising Tension in the Persian Gulf 9 August 2019
    Nowadays the tensions in the Persian Gulf are rising. The similarity between the rhetoric used by the Trump administration to re-securitize Iran and those used by the Bush administration to securitize the Saddam Hussein regime before the 2003 Iraq war is drawing attention. Within these discourses, the concept of terrorism, ties with terrorist organizations and weapons of mass destruction are at the forefront. The tensions between the United States (US) and Iran have increased in the...
  • Iran Intimidates with Missiles
    Iran Intimidates with Missiles 1 August 2019
    The missile was launched from the southern coast of Iran and landed east of Tehran. It flew about 1,100 kilometres and stayed inside Iran for the entire flight. Shabab-3 is derived from the North Korean No Dong Missiles. Missile launches are not forbidden under the nuclear accord reached between Washington and Tehran, which US President Trump complains about the agreement that he abandoned last year. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed just as the agreement was reached, s...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel 21 July 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE 20 July 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • New UAV Support to the Border 19 July 2019
      The Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces has deployed three home-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where the platforms are deployed is not explained but the military released photographs showing at least one Mohajer-6 deployed to an unidentified airfield that was said to be in northeast Iran, 170 km from the Afghanistan border.  The aircraft would be used to identify and destroy threats to the country's borders. Mohajer 6 is armed with ...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial 17 July 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • India to Closely Watch Hot Waters
    India to Closely Watch Hot Waters 27 June 2019
    The Indian Navy has deployed Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf while tension between the US and Iran arises. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said the IN’s Information-Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) would be monitoring all commercial shipping traffic in the area in a bid to augment maritime domain awareness to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transi...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Trial with Palestine 26 April 2019
    The rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the basis of the common threat of Iran, is not a new phenomenon. However, the current state of affairs should be examined closely, as it brings into question the future of the Palestinian issue. For Saudi Arabia and Israel, hostility towards Iran is not the only common denominator. In both countries, religion enjoys a predominance in state mechanisms. Pragmatism in foreign relations is another structural similarity.
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine 9 March 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...
  • THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time
    THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time 5 March 2019
    The US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has been deployed over the past few days in Israel for the first time. As part of a joint drill in which more than 200 Israeli and American troops took part, the system has been deployed in the Nevatim Airbase in the south. The exercise builds readiness and interoperability in the region, demonstrates the U.S. capability to rapidly deploy air defence assets globally, and demonstrates U.S. Army Europe’s mission to deter potential ...
  • Iran Missile Trial
    Iran Missile Trial 5 February 2019
    Iran has announced that it has made test launch of new missile. Test was carried out for the 40th anniversary of the revolution, and it was claimed to be successful. The Iranian media reported that the new cruise missile, Hoveizeh, is able to reach a range of 1350 km. During the test, the missile hit its target succesfully after 1250 kilometres flight. It is also known that the system, which is produced entirely by domestic capabilities, is not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.<...
  • Unknown Radar from Iran
    Unknown Radar from Iran 23 January 2019
    According to Iranian Fars News Agency, a new type of radar is ready for deployment with the country’s air defence forces. Fars News claimed that a ceremony was held at “Khatab al-Anbiya Air Defence Base” only for protocol was for a “radar system which has been built and put into action” at in the city of Zahedan. Located near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Zahedan boasts an international airport and rail links stretching across the Balochistan...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” 22 January 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • Unsuccessful Trial of Iran
    Unsuccessful Trial of Iran 17 January 2019
    Iran recently announced that the satellite launch attempt failed. The rocket, launched with a satellite load, could not reach orbit. Iranian Ministry of Communication said in a statement that the carrier rocket could not reach the required speed for the trajectory and the launch failed in the third stage. No explanation was given about the factors that caused the failure. In the trial held on January 15th, the communication satellite named “Payam (Message)” was conveyed ...
  • Iran to Build Submarine
    Iran to Build Submarine 24 December 2018
    Iranian press announced a new submarine project. Navy’s requirement context, Tehran started to develop new platforms. The project platform will be 87 meters long and 10 meters in diameter. Looking at the size of the project is expected to be a fairly heavy platform. Construction activities in the near future is planned for new submarine. There is no information about Iranian underwater fleet except open sources and what kind of capabilities will Iran gain with this lea...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey 19 December 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Iran Confirms Missile Test
    Iran Confirms Missile Test 13 December 2018
    Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division Commander Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh talked to semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday and said the test was an "important one” and that Iran conducts 40-50 tests per year. Hajizadeh, said the American outcry "indicates that the test was very important to them." Under the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran was urged to cease its testing of ballistic missiles, but the agreement does not forbid such tests. Pre...
  • Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan
    Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan 22 November 2018
    Iran unveiled a new Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Personnel Carrier “Toufan” in a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. General Hatami elaborated Toufan  as “ a 4x4 vehicle with the capability to resist against mine explosion, booby-traps and blasts that result from the explosion of several kilograms of TNT and layers of protection against different steel-core bullets.” Th...
  • IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA
    IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA 22 November 2018
    In addition to continuing purchasing F-35 multirole stealth fighters, IAF decides to upgrade its dependable F-15 fleet with improved model with advanced avionics. The purchase has already been approved by the government, and the first of the aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel as soon as 2023. The F-15 IA performance, considered to be superior to the older F-15 aircraft that is in inventory. The new F-15 can fly longer distances, has higher survivability, mo...