• Finland to issue HX fighter RFPs in 2018

    Finland is to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) to the governments of five aircraft manufacturers as it looks to replace its current fleet of Boeing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft by 2025, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on 24 April. The RFPs, which the MOD refers to as Requests for Quotation

  • Malaysia signs contract with China for four littoral mission ships

    Malaysia signed a contract on 21 April for the purchase of an initial four littoral mission ships (LMSs) from China for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The agreement, which is part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, was signed in Beijing by the China Shipbuilding

  • Russia looks to build munitions in Indonesia

    Russia’s defence industry holding company Rostec has said its subsidiary Techmash is considering setting up a facility in Indonesia to support the localised production of munitions. Rostec said on 24 April that the potential programme would see Techmash launching a licensed production project

  • Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS to build USN encrypted training system

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS a contract to upgrade naval aircraft training ranges with the latest iteration of the encrypted, next-generation tactical training system (TTS). Under the terms of the contract, the two companies will develop an airborne, ground, and

  • South Korean industry develops artillery-locating radar

    South Korea has successfully developed an artillery-locating radar system to boost national defence, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 24 April. The programme, led by Seoul-based LIG Nex1 in partnership with DAPA’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD),


  • Analysis: North Korea parades newest missiles

    Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's weapon development programmes, the North Korean regime recently paraded a number of new missiles and their associated systems to demonstrate its growing military capabilities. Markus Schiller and Neil Gibson report
  • Briefing: South Korea prepares offset reforms

    South Korea’s DAPA introduces minor changes to defence offset guidelines in 2017, but agency points to significant future updates as a means to boost exports and capability. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Northern composure

    Living with Russia on their nation's eastern border has meant the Finnish Defence Forces are more adjusted than most other militaries in the region in how to adopt an appropriate posture, Peter Felstead reports
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  • UK conducts Puma/A400M fitment trials

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has for the first time loaded an Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 onto the Airbus Defence and Space A400M Atlas transport aircraft during trials announced on 20 April. The fitment trial saw the partially deconstructed Puma helicopter eased into the cargo hold of the
  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial