A military parade was held in Baghdad on January 6 in honor of the 103rd anniversary of the creation of the Iraqi army. The military parade was hosted by Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and members of the government. It is worth noting that the military equipment of the Iraqi army is widely represented by manufacturers from different countries; quite a lot of military equipment is Russian and American-made. At the parade one could see Iraqi tanks, Russian-made T-90S, and T-72M1 “Lion of Babylon”, Pantsir-S1 air defense systems, TOS-1A “Solntsepek” heavy flamethrower vehicles, BMP-3 and BMP-1 armored personnel carriers, MLRS BM-21 "Grad" and other military equipment. The parade included Iraqi tanks, American-made M1 Abrams, M113 armored personnel carriers and Humvee armored vehicles, M109A5 self-propelled guns and other military equipment. Iraqi aviation was represented by Chinese-Pakistani-made JF-17 Block fighters, which are replacing American F-16 aircraft, Russian-made Mi-35M helicopters and other aircraft.

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Israeli defense concern Rafael Advanced Defense presented an improved configuration of the Spyder All in One air defense system. The new version of the Spyder All in One air defense system includes a built-in radar, an electro-optical radar, an improved command and control system, as well as two types of Python and Derby interceptor missiles located on a mobile platform. The SPYDER air defense system uses Derby missiles, with a range of 35 kilometers, and Python 5 missiles, capable of intercepting targets at a distance of up to 20 kilometers. According to the developers, mounting all short- and medium-range air defense components on one platform is the optimal solution for a new generation of air defense.

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The launch of a Dezful ballistic missile from the Shahid Mahdavi mother ship is shown in Iran. The Iranian Dezful solid-fuel ballistic missile is a continuation of the Zolfaghar project and is superior to these missiles due to the use of new technologies. The flight range of Dezful missiles is about 1000 kilometers. The multi-purpose combat ship "Shahid Mahdavi" of Iran was created on the basis of the civilian container ship Sarvin. The Shahid Mahdavi ship has a displacement of more than 2,100 tons, a length of 240 meters and a width of 27 meters. "Shahid Mahdavi" is equipped with a three-dimensional phased array radar, anti-ship, anti-aircraft and cruise missiles. The ship houses electronic warfare systems, helicopters, UAVs and sea boats.

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Iran unveiled the first fully indigenous Arman missile defense system. This complex has already been shown before and even took part in exercises. The Arman anti-missile system was a further development of the Khordad-15 air defense system. The Arman air defense system combines both a launcher and a radar station; previously, a separate truck was used for the radar. By combining missiles with radar on one platform, we increased the mobility and speed of deployment of the complex; it is ready for work in three minutes. The Arman air defense system is equipped with three missiles and a radar with an active phased array; there can be an option without it. The Arman anti-missile system is capable of detecting targets at a distance of up to 180 km and hitting them at a distance of up to 120 km, simultaneously firing at 6 of them.

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The first flight of the Turkish prototype of the fifth generation fighter KAAN took place today. The KAAN fighter has been developed by Turk Ucak Sanayi since 2017. The KAAN fighter should replace the American-made Turkish F-16 fighters and may compete with the F-35 and F-22 aircraft. The Ukrainian Air Force also plans to purchase the KAAN fighter. It is worth noting that the development of the fighter will continue until 2028, then they plan to begin its serial production. Developers need to improve the active phased array radar and aircraft engines. At the moment, the aircraft cannot carry out supersonic flight at cruising speed; engine development is one of the most difficult stages in the development of the aircraft. The flight of the KAAN fighter lasted 13 minutes, it reached an altitude of 2400 meters and a speed of 425 km/h.

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Iran's Shahid Soleimani-class missile catamarans, review. The Iranian Navy received two more missile catamarans of the "Shahid Soleimani" type, and the fleet was replenished with the ships "Shahid Hassan Bagheri" and "Shahid Sayad Shirazi". Ships of the "Shahid Soleimani" type are multi-purpose missile catamarans with a unique design, low radar signature and made of aluminum. The Shahid Soleimani class missile catamarans have a length of 67 meters and a displacement of approximately 600 tons, they can be classified as corvettes. The design of the ships is based on the Chinese Type 22 coast guard catamaran boat. For their displacement, the ships have serious weapons, which may be different on some ships. Iranian ships are equipped with Nawab air defense systems and Sayyad cruise missiles with a flight range of up to 700 kilometers. Artillery weapons, a 30mm automatic cannon, presumably a 2A42, and a 20mm remote controlled Gatling gun. The ships are equipped with electronic warfare systems. The ship can accommodate a Bell-412 anti-submarine helicopter, and can use UAVs and unmanned boats. The ship is equipped with 4 Iranian engines and has a cruising range of up to 5,000 miles, and a ship speed of up to 32 knots or 59 km/h.

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Kuwait will receive 13 more Eurofighter jets from Italy over the next 18 months out of the 28 aircraft under the ‘Eurofighter Kuwait’ program, said Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, who arrived in Kuwait on an official visit on Tuesday, leading a high-ranking delegation. In an exclusive interview with Kuwait Times, the visiting Italian minister spoke about a wide range of topics and elaborated on the growing bilateral cooperation between Kuwait and Italy, particularly in the field of defense.

Crosetto said the close cooperation between Italy and Kuwait is an extraordinary example of how bilateral relations can evolve positively over time, embracing a wide range of sectors. “Our cooperation, that has been ongoing for over 60 years, has seen significant developments in crucial areas such as defense. Strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially in the context of defense, is a fundamental pillar to guarantee peace and regional stability, while offering mutual investment opportunities and boosting our economies,” he pointed out.
https://kuwaittimes.com/article/118...ense-relations-soar-with-eurofighter-program/
 
Iran has received Russian Yak-130 combat training aircraft, the first pair of aircraft have already become part of the Iranian Air Force. The planes are based at the 8th Tactical Aviation Base named after Shahid Babai in Isfahan, Iranian media reported.
Technical information about the Yak-130, in the link to the video in the comments to the video. At the same time, neither Iran nor Russia made any official statements about the conclusion of the contract. At the moment, the Iranian Air Force has received two aircraft, they are already flying.
It is assumed that Iranian pilots are being trained to fly Russian-made Su-35 4++ generation fighters.

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UAE:
EDGE, one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defence groups, and Fincantieri, one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world, have signed an agreement today formalising the launch of MAESTRAL an Abu Dhabi-based shipbuilding Joint Venture (JV) between both companies.

The JV, which was first announced in February of this year, will capitalise on global opportunities for the design and manufacture of advanced naval vessels. EDGE holds a 51% stake in the venture, which will be awarded prime rights to non-NATO orders, and a number of strategic orders placed by selected NATO member countries, with a commercial pipeline of orders valued at approximately 30 billion euro.

The signing of the agreement was immediately followed by the announcement of a large order by UAE Coast Guard Forces for 10 technologically advanced 51m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), valued at 400 million euro.

The P51MR Class 51m OPVs, based on the mission-proven Saettia Class, are state-of-the-art vessels characterised by their high modularity, stability in rough sea conditions, low radar signal signature, and high operational flexibility.
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https://www.fincantieri.com/en/medi...-400-million-euro-order-for-10-naval-vessels/
 
Israel Aerospace Industries introduced the AIR LORA ballistic missile. The AIR LORA missile is based on the Israeli LORA ballistic missiles, but the missile can now be launched from aircraft. The AIR LORA missile is designed to destroy protected targets, command centers and other infrastructure. The missile's advanced INS/GPS navigation and reliable protection against GNSS interference, as well as a 90-degree angle of attack, allow it to confidently hit targets. The missile is equipped with an inertial navigation system for target guidance, which is combined with GPS navigation. The characteristics of the rocket were not reported. The approximate probable deviation of the missile from the target does not exceed 10 meters. The missile warhead has a mass of 240, 400-440 and 600 kg. Depending on the warhead, the maximum flight range of the missile also varies; it ranges from approximately 90 to 430 kilometers; when launched from an aircraft, the missile flies further. The approximate diameter of the rocket is 625 mm, length - 5.2 meters, weight - 1600 kg.

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Iraq has urgently sought eight batteries of the M-SAM-II air and ballistic missile defence system from South Korea. This significant request, valued at approximately $2.56 billion, was made public on June 1, 2024

The M-SAM-II, also known as Cheongung II, is celebrated for its advanced capabilities and reliability in modern combat scenarios. Developed by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and manufactured by LIG Nex1, the M-SAM-II offers robust defense against various aerial threats, including aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. One of its standout features is its advanced radar system, which can simultaneously detect and track multiple targets. This multi-function radar ensures high target identification and engagement accuracy, making the M-SAM-II a formidable defense asset.

Additionally, the M-SAM-II employs hit-to-kill technology in its interceptor missiles, designed to neutralize incoming threats through kinetic energy. This technology significantly enhances the probability of a successful interception while minimizing the risk of collateral damage.


The M-SAM-II has emerged as one of the most sought-after surface-to-air missile systems on the global stage. Recent contracts, including a $3.2 billion deal with Saudi Arabia and a $3.5 billion contract with the United Arab Emirates, attest to its popularity. Coupled with Iraq's recent request, these contracts amount to a staggering $9.2 billion within just one to two years, solidifying the M-SAM-II's position as Korea's most successful defense product alongside the K9 artillery system.
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https://armyrecognition.com/news/ar...tem-batteries-from-korea-in-2-56-billion-deal
 
Gravity-throwing trebuchets have been spotted in the Israeli army on the border with Lebanon. Previously, trebuchets were seen in Syria. There are no official comments yet from the leadership of the Israeli army. The first mention of a trebuchet throwing machine appeared in China in the 5th century BC, then in a modified form they appeared all over the world. Trebuchet are usually intended for the siege of cities, but in history there have been cases of their use on ships. Building a trebuchet in such a way as to ensure the required range, accuracy and reliability of fire is not easy. All proportions must be perfectly balanced, and this can be achieved either by knowledge of geometry and mechanics, or by long practical experience.

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Gravity-throwing trebuchets have been spotted in the Israeli army on the border with Lebanon. Previously, trebuchets were seen in Syria. There are no official comments yet from the leadership of the Israeli army. The first mention of a trebuchet throwing machine appeared in China in the 5th century BC, then in a modified form they appeared all over the world. Trebuchet are usually intended for the siege of cities, but in history there have been cases of their use on ships. Building a trebuchet in such a way as to ensure the required range, accuracy and reliability of fire is not easy. All proportions must be perfectly balanced, and this can be achieved either by knowledge of geometry and mechanics, or by long practical experience.

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Used to burn off any vegetation on the other side of the wall without endangering the troops
 
In Yemen, the Houthis showed tests of their first maritime drone, Tufan-1. According to the creators, the first production unmanned boat Tufan-1 “is distinguished by increased speed, high maneuverability and stealth.” Judging by the video showing tests on the target ship, the boat can be controlled manually and used remotely. The sea kamikaze drone Tufan-1 can be equipped with 150 kilograms of explosives; now it is equipped with a Japanese Yamaha engine, with this engine it can reach speeds of up to 56 km/h.

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UAE:
The delivery ceremony of the Gowind class corvette Al Emarat, ordered by the United Arab Emirates to Naval Group, took place on 27th June 2024 in Lorient, in the presence of an official delegation of the United Arab Emirates Navy, led by the Deputy Commander of the UAE Navy, Brigadier Abdulla Al Mehairbi.

Al Emarat is the second Gowind® corvette ordered by the UAE to Naval Group in 2019. Built in Lorient and launched in May 2022, she started her sea trials in October 2023, at the time when the first corvette, Bani Yas, was delivered.

The Al Emarat crew will continue in France its operational ship training provided as part of the service solutions offered by Naval Group. The ship will begin its transit to the UAE under the Emirati flag in July, with an expected arrival in Abu Dhabi in August.
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https://www.naval-group.com/en/nava...windr-corvette-al-emarat-united-arab-emirates
 
Iran

Chief, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is, the ship is no longer sinking...
The rescue operation for the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Moudge-class light frigate Sahand (IRIS-74), which had fallen on her side, has 'gone wrong', as the ship is now fully sunk.
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I wonder, whether the ship is salvageable at all at this point, even if they succeed to pull it out somehow.
I mean, I can imagine, everything electric/electronic must be replaced; everything mechanical disassembled, cleaned etc. Basically, other than the hull, rebuilding the whole thing. Or I'm overly optimistic..?
 
I wonder, whether the ship is salvageable at all at this point, even if they succeed to pull it out somehow.
I mean, I can imagine, everything electric/electronic must be replaced; everything mechanical disassembled, cleaned etc. Basically, other than the hull, rebuilding the whole thing. Or I'm overly optimistic..?
Not very old hull and with Iran's lack of ability in sourcing from outside other than China or Russia. I'd guess they will try and salve it for hull at least but TBH it's a long shot. Everything will be buggered internally....maybe start with a clean sheet and replace it with a new order
 

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