Islamic State Suicide Bomber in Afghan; India Equips Su-30 with I-Derby ER; New Canadian Drones to Use E-Scan Radar
PANAGYURISHTE (BGM) – A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a military training centre in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding six, police and security officials said, Reuters reports.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its Amaq news agency.
One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attacker detonated his explosives after being prevented from entering the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, to the west of Kabul.
The Indian Air Force is set to equip its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems I-Derby ER (extended range) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Israel Defense reports.
The new missiles will replace the aging Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12 ‘Adder’) AAMs by 2021-22.
Official sources told that the Indian Air Force is in talks with Rafael to acquire the active radar-guided I-Derby ER, which has a range of 100 km, adding that the procurement process for the missiles could be finalized “imminently.”
Leonardo has announced that it has signed a multi-million Euro contract with prime contractor QinetiQ to provide a number of PicoSAR Active Electronically Scanned Array radars, UKDJ reports.
The radars will equip the new unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft that have been ordered by the Canadian Armed Forces.
Designed and manufactured by Leonardo in Edinburgh, UK, PicoSAR will be employed by Canadian military units at sea and on land, for both domestic and international operations.
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Source: Reuters, UKDJ, Israel Defense