• PLAN to deploy range of warships in Indian Ocean, says China's defence ministry

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will deploy a range of naval vessels into the Indian Ocean region in the future, said a senior military official during a press conference on 29 January. The comment by Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, a spokesperson at China's Ministry of National Defense (MND),

  • Russia selects new assault rifles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected two assault rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern as new standard issue firearms for the Russian Ratnik soldier modernisation programme. "We have already made a deal and selected assault rifles from Izhmash. It won in cost to

  • Australia to donate heavy landing craft to Philippines

    Australia is donating two recently decommissioned Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) vessels to the Philippines, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 29 January. The last three of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 364-tonne, 45 m LCHs were decommissioned on 20 November 2014. The

  • India asks Japan to offer Soryu subs for Project 75I requirement

    India has invited Japan to compete in the Indian Navy's (IN's) long-delayed INR500 billion (USD8.1 billion) Project 75I (India) requirement for six diesel-electric submarines with land attack and air independent propulsion (AIP) capabilities. Official sources said India had recently forwarded a

  • US Army plans rotorcraft upgrades under budget pressure

    The US Army must modernise its legacy helicopter fleet until its hoped-for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme begins fielding in the 2030s, the army's senior aviation official said on 29 January. "That's 25 years … that we can't put at risk," said Major General Michael Lundy, the

  • Airbus Military changes leadership

    Domingo Ureña-Raso has left Airbus, the company announced on 29 January. While no reason was given for his replacement as head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, Ureña-Raso, has been an outspoken critic of the Spanish government and the European Union's defence industry

  • Analysis: Iranian ICBM claim falls short of the mark

    Key Points Iran is not preparing to launch its new satellite carrier rocket, as claimed by Israeli media The liquid-fuel rocket cannot be classified as an ICBM due to its small payload capacity ANALYSIS Claims that Iran is preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are based

  • Asayish personnel detain alleged militant in Iraq's Kirkuk

    AN ALLEGED militant - identified as Ahmed Faiz Abdul Hanefseh - was detained by Asayish (Kurdish intelligence) personnel during an operation in Barda district in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 24 September, NINA reported. Hanefseh was reported to have escaped from Tikrit central prison on an earlier

  • AVIC, Russian Helicopters heavy-lift helicopter project inches forward

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Russian Helicopters are looking to expand collaboration in a programme expected to feature the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter. AVIC said officials from the two state-owned corporations met in Beijing on 29 January to further

  • Court convicts two men on terrorism charges in the US' California

    A COURT in Riverside County in the United States California on 25 September convicted two men - identified as 36-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir and 25-year-old Ralph Deleon - of plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to kill US soldiers, EFE reported. Kabir was also found guilty of

  • Court jails four militants in Morocco

    A COURT in an unspecified location in Morocco on 25 September sentenced four alleged militants - identified as Soufiane KH, Omar D, Rabii R., and Houssine B. - to prison terms between three and five years on terrorism charges, MAP reported. The defendants were convicted of forming a criminal gang to

  • Gen Sharif's Beijing trip signals strength of Sino-Pakistani ties

    Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif travelled to Beijing to reinforce the country's close ties with China on 25 January, a visit that coincided with US president Barack Obama's two-day trip to India. Although there was no official comment on the timing of Gen Sharif's visit, senior Pakistani

  • Germany offers participation in IDAS to Turkey

    Germany has offered Turkey the opportunity to participate in the Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines (IDAS) missile project, IHS Jane's has learnt. Berlin's offer to Ankara was made during a meeting held between Major General Benedikt Zimmer, Director-General of Equipment,

  • IDF pulls its punches after Hizbullah retaliation for airstrike

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out only a limited response to a Hizbullah missile attack that killed two of its soldiers on 28 January, thereby preventing the situation from turning into a dangerous cycle of retaliatory violence. Hizbullah's attack targeted unarmoured IDF vehicles

  • Indra announces new president

    Spanish IT group Indra has appointed a new president, the day after the country's leading telecoms operator Telefonica declared it had taken a 3% stake that it plans to double this year. The move brings together two formerly state-controlled groups, 17 months after the government repurchased a

  • Intelligence community news

    Japan, South Korea, and US sign tripartite intelligence-sharing pact Japan, South Korea, and the United States on 29 December 2014 signed a landmark agreement to share classified information on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. Under the terms of the agreement, the US will act as a

  • Intensifying Saudi-Iranian proxy conflict likely in Yemen; proposed Houthi-backed presidential council would probably strengthen AQAP

    Key Points This is the first confirmation of Iranian support for the Houthi, who have denied those allegations; the Saudi government has repeatedly accused Iran of facilitating the Houthi campaign, which culminated with the takeover of Sanaa and the transition government's resignation. Saudi

  • Israeli TV claims to have sighted a 27 m high Iranian missile

    A recent report by Israel's Channel 2 television service claiming that a new Iranian missile measuring 27 m in height had been seen on satellite imagery of a launch pad at Iran's Imam Khomeini space centre at Semnan, seems to have been based on a misunderstanding of how the launch pad will operate.

  • Italian Army Aviation activates SF helicopter regiment

    The Italian Army activated the 3rd 'Aldebaran' Special Operation Helicopter Regiment (REOS) on 29 January in Viterbo. The activation of the unit involved the transfer of the 26th 'Giove' Special Operation Helicopter Battalion from the 1st 'Antares' Army Aviation Regiment. The Giove battalion

  • JTIC Brief: Pondering peace - heavy fighting in the Philippines raises questions over MILF peace process

    Key Points A police counter-terrorism operation in the southern Philippines on 25 January resulted in heavy fighting with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) militants, leaving 44 police officers dead. The operation targeted two high-profile Islamist militants and highlighted the ongoing problem