• Sixth Project 22160 corvette laid down in Zelenodolsk

    Zelenodolsk Shipyard laid the keel for the Russian Navy’s sixth Bykov-class (Project 22160) corvette, Nikolay Sipyagin , on 13 January. Designed by Severnoye design bureau, the new class is primarily intended for maritime security tasks including counter-piracy and counter-trafficking

  • UK outlines defence R&D areas of interest

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a paper outlining its areas of research interest in support of its Science and Technology Strategy. The document, released on 15 January, highlights a variety of needs that have been identified by the MoD to support the full spectrum of military

  • Unidentified militants wound at least five security forces personnel in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST five security forces personnel were killed and an unspecified number of others wounded by unidentified militants in an ambush in the town of Turbat in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 15 January, RFE/RL reported. Reports added that one of the security forces' vehicles overturned during

  • UPDATE: Sierra Nevada provides US-unique upgrades for USAF’s light attack experiment

    Key Points SNC provides a number of US-unique capabilities for the light attack experiment These include improved data links, communications systems, and a special sensor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provided several US-unique capabilities to the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano strike turboprop

  • US Army chief eyes ‘leap-ahead’ technologies

    US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley wants “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas and noted that some, such as lightweight armour, do not yet exist and may take years, but others, such as robotics, could be leveraged relatively soon. Since the demise of the Future

  • USN officers face negligent homicide, other charges in ship collisions

    US Navy (USN) officers are facing negligent homicide and other Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges stemming from the 2017 collisions involving guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain in the Western Pacific. Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant

  • Vietnam starts producing Russian anti-matériel rifles

    Vietnam’s military-run Z111 defence factory has started producing the Russian OSV-96 12.7 mm self-loading anti-matériel rifle, according to news reports in the Southeast Asian country. Reports on 16 January said the factory recently demonstrated the rifle to Vietnam’s Vice President

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,

  • Eyeing Russia, US Army kicks off new Stinger missile training in Europe

    The US Army’s 7th Army Training Command, based at Grafenwoehr in Germany, is to soon begin observing, coaching, and training soldiers to operate the FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), according to a 12 January army report. About 50 Observer Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts)

  • Maritime piracy watchdog calls for continued vigilance as incidences rise for 2017

    Key Points Maritime piracy cases across Asia have risen for 2017 compared with the previous year Despite the increase, the number of incidences is still relatively low in comparison with other years within the decade The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • US Army takes initial steps towards modernising its tactical network

    Key Points Industry day to provide insight into the army’s network priorities The tactical network in its current state will not work in a highly mobile contested fight The US Army is seeking to identify industry efforts in tactical networking as the service is facing challenges with its

  • Japan identifies vessel spotted near disputed islands as a PLAN Shang-class submarine

    Japanese defence officials have identified a vessel that was spotted travelling submerged near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on 10-11 January as a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Shang-class (Type 093) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Japanese

  • Japan mulls adding cruise missile interception capability to Aegis Ashore

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering adding a cruise missile interception capability to the two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems the country plans to install to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles. During a 12

  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • Russia deploys S-400 to Sevastapol

    The Russian Ministry of Defence published photos on Facebook on 16 January showing S-400 air-defence systems being deployed to a former Ukrainian S-300PM base south of Sevastapol in Crimea. In addition to S-400s entering the base and taking up launch positions, the photos show Pantsyr-S1

  • Thornberry: Joint Chiefs of Staff authorities to be revisited this year

    US congressional armed services committees are expected this year to revisit ideas for reforming responsibilities of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), including the JCS’ possible involvement in operational matters. A proposal was considered as part of the fiscal year 2018 (FY

  • US launches new round of sanctions against Iran

    The US government has launched a fresh round of sanctions targeting Iran’s political and defence industrial base. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revealed on 12 January that it had designated 14 individuals and entities for sanction in

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • Poland seeks land forces command system

    PIT-RADWAR will supply the Wierzba (Willow) integrated automated land forces command system, the Polish Armaments Inspectorate told Jane's on 16 January. The procedure was launched on 8 November 2017, with an 8 December deadline. Current Ministry of National Defence policy only allows bids by