Philippine Army receives 12 new Israeli self-propelled howitzers

Not the actual Soltam 155mm/52 caliber self-propelled howitzer

The Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) will receive a much-needed boost with the arrival of 12 units of Soltam 155mm/52 caliber self-propelled howitzers from Israeli manufacturer Elbit Systems. According to Philippine Army spokesman Col. Xerxes Trinidad, the weapons that arrived on December 28 will be subjected to a technical inspection this month before formal acceptance of… Continue reading Philippine Army receives 12 new Israeli self-propelled howitzers

US blacklists Israeli maker of Pegasus spyware

US authorities on Wednesday put the Israeli maker of the Pegasus spyware on a blacklist of restricted companies, taking aim at software central to a scandal over surveillance of journalists and officials. The company, NSO, was engulfed in controversy over reports that tens of thousands of human rights activists, journalists, politicians and business executives worldwide… Continue reading US blacklists Israeli maker of Pegasus spyware

Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

Israel is holding its largest-ever air force exercise this week, joined by several Western countries and India, with the United Arab Emirates’ air force chief set to inspect the drills. Amir Lazar, chief of Israeli air force operations, told reporters the drills “don’t focus on Iran”, but army officials have said the Islamic republic remains… Continue reading Israel holds largest-ever air force drill with UAE visit

Israel expects 2,000 rockets a day in any war with Hezbollah — Army

Israel does not want war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah but is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the armed group if conflict breaks out, a senior Israeli military official told AFP. In May this year, the Israeli army fought an 11-day war against Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip, who fired around… Continue reading Israel expects 2,000 rockets a day in any war with Hezbollah — Army

US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to give $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome missile-defense system, two days after objections from the most liberal Democrats forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill. The measure passed by 420 to 9 – eight no’s from Democrats and one from… Continue reading US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

Philippine Navy to acquire 8 units of Fast Attack Interdiction Craft-Missile from Israel

Photo courtesy of The Defense Post

The acquisition of eight units of Fast Attack Interdiction Craft-Missile (FAIC-M) is among the 2019 President-approved projects under the Horizon 2 List of the Revised AFP Modernization Program. Duly awarded to Israel Shipyards Ltd. and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel under a Government-to-Government procurement scheme, the project is divided into two lots. Lot 1… Continue reading Philippine Navy to acquire 8 units of Fast Attack Interdiction Craft-Missile from Israel

Air defenses in Syria ‘intercept barrage of Israeli missiles’

Syrian Central Military Media, via AP

Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles over Hama province in western Syria, according to Syrian state television, citing a military announcement. The “barrage of missiles” was launched from the north of Tripoli, Lebanon, at 12:40 a.m. (22:40 GMT) on Friday, according to the statement, which called the strike a “Israeli aggression.” According to the military,… Continue reading Air defenses in Syria ‘intercept barrage of Israeli missiles’