• China continues to invest in carrier support capabilities

    China's investment in its aircraft carrier programme continues with the construction of a second Daguan-class auxiliary ship. The first of class, Xu Xiake (pennant number 88), was introduced into service in 2011 and has accompanied the carrier Liaoning on all of its sea trials. The Daguan-class

  • Attack on American University in Afghanistan's capital likely indicates expansion of insurgent target set to educational institutions

    EVENT Unidentified gunmen carried out an assault on the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 24 August. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device breached the university compound and two gunmen held out against security forces for eight hours until both were killed in the early morning

  • Germany to update its civil defence plans

    On 24 August the German parliament passed a proposal by the interior ministry to update the country's civil defence concept some 20 years after its previous update, when it was geared towards a Cold War scenario. The aim is to prepare both authorities and the population to endure and function when

  • India optimistic over foreign investment in defence

    India remains optimistic that foreign investment in defence will begin to grow rapidly despite continuing high levels of related bureaucracy, India's Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on 24 August. In comments reported by the Press Trust of India, Sitharaman confirmed that just

  • Indian MoD finalises new anti-corruption policy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finalised its policy on policing materiel suppliers for wrongdoing in securing military contracts and forwarded it to the attorney general's office for final approval. Official sources said the policy's primary proposal is to try to eliminate corruption in

  • Madrid approves aircraft support contracts

    The Spanish government has approved payments totalling EUR97 million (USD109.4 million) to cover upgrades and general maintenance on various types of auxiliary aircraft and helicopters operated by the Spanish Air Force. Of this, EUR33 million will be assigned up to 2020 for the Airbus A310 aircraft

  • RADA readies RPS-42 portable radar system for Asian customer

    Israel's RADA Electronic Industries will supply its S-band RPS-42 tactical air surveillance radar system to an unspecified Asian customer for countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company announced on 23 August. RADA stated that it expects a contract, which is of "a significant size

  • Reamda tasked with developing controller for multiple UGVs

    Ireland-based robotics specialist Reamda has been contracted to modify its unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) controller to support a variety of platforms. The contract falls under an award to US company JGW International by the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T)

  • Taiwanese president announces 'new military strategy' at 'Han Kuang' drills

    Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen, attended her first 'Han Kuang' live-fire exercise as Commander-in-Chief on 25 August and said her administration will seek to devise a "new military strategy" aimed at "charting a new direction for the armed forces and changing its culture".

  • US approves fast patrol boats for Qatar

    The US State Department has approved the sale of five Mk V fast patrol boats to Qatar, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 23 August. It said the prime contractor for the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) will be United States Marine Inc (USMI) and that the estimated cost of the

  • ASC warns of further job cuts as AWD project winds down

    Australia's state-owned naval shipbuilder ASC has warned its workforce that it will need to reduce the number of trade positions on the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme by about 175 by the end of October. In a statement on 24 August, ASC said the cuts are part of

  • Bolivia, Thales Group sign radar contract

    Bolivian Minister of Defence Reymi Ferreira Justiniano and Ruben Lazo, vice-president and director of Latin America for Thales Group, signed a contract concluding protracted negotiations for Bolivia's national Integrated Air Defence and Traffic Control System (SINDACTA) on 23 August. A previous

  • Contract extensions signed for Australian fighter support

    The Australian government has signed two contract extensions totalling approximately AUD300 million (USD229 million) with BAE Systems Australia and Raytheon Australia to support the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Hawk lead-in fighters and to sustain and operate simulators used by the

  • Denel continues turnaround plan

    South African defence group Denel has reported a good year, firming up its turnaround plan and continuing its five-year trend of growing revenue and profitability. Revenue for the 2015/16 financial year climbed 41% to ZAR8.228 billion (USD596 million) while EBIT and net earnings reached ZAR637

  • EU joins international condemnation of North Korean SLBM launch

    The European Union has said Pyongyang's 24 August launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) represents "yet another serious violation" by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of UN Security Council resolutions. Adding its voice to international condemnations, the

  • EU's Sophia mission to train Libyan naval, coast guard forces

    Operation 'Sophia', the EU's maritime mission in the Mediterranean, will soon train Libya's coastguard and navy. Meeting in Rome on 23 August, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out the training, which begins in the autumn. Sophia will join with other EU agencies and

  • Finland and Sweden's proposed military co-operation with US likely to trigger limited Russian military response

    EVENT On 22 August 2016, Finnish defence minister Jussi Niinisto said that Finland was negotiating a defence co-operation agreement with the United States, which it hoped would be signed before the US presidential election in November. On the same day, Swedish defence minister Peter Hulqvist said

  • India investigating Scorpene submarine data leak

    India has ordered an investigation into a leak of sensitive information to an Australian newspaper. The information reportedly details the operational and combat capability of six French Scorpene-class submarines that are being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) in Mumbai. "The available

  • Indonesia acquires Chinese-developed CIWS for another Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Type 730 close-in weapon system for a second Kapitan Pattimura corvette Selection is in line with a wider adoption of Chinese-made weapon systems within the Indonesian Armed Forces The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL)

  • Iran unveils Bavar-373 long-range air-defence system

    Iran unveiled its locally developed Bavar-373 long-range air defence system on 21 August, indicating it is continuing the programme even though it is now receiving S-300 systems from Russia. The head of the Iranian air defence command first announced the Bavar-373 was being developed in September