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  • IED attack kills a police officer in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    ONE police officer was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside, detonated targeting their vehicle in the 10th police district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on 11 July., Pajhwok News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • China’s CETC signs advanced technologies deal with Siemens

    The state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has signed an agreement with German engineering group Siemens to collaborate on advanced technologies to support automation, digitisation, and networking, CETC said in a statement on 11 July. CETC said the agreement is focused on

  • Indonesia enacts law to boost collaboration with South Korea

    Indonesia has passed a law supporting its defence industrial engagement with South Korea. Indonesia’s House of Representatives approved the act on defence co-operation between Indonesia and the Republic of Korea on 10 July. The House of Representatives said the legislation would provide a

  • Indonesian Navy to establish new unmanned aviation squadron

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is establishing a new unmanned naval aviation squadron Formation will initially operate the ScanEagle system that is being provided under a US assistance package The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is establishing a new

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • Northrop Grumman positions for Japan’s F-2 replacement programme

    Northrop Grumman is looking to engage with Japan in meeting its requirement to acquire or develop a next-generation fighter aircraft to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 platform. A spokesperson from Northrop Grumman confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July

  • Southern separatist militants kill a soldier in Thailand's Narathiwat

    A soldier was killed when suspected southern separatist militants opened fire as he travelled on his motorcycle along the Charusathian road in Cho Airong district in Narathiwat province on 10 July. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. (Bangkok Post)

  • Vietnam upgrades navy MRO capabilities

    Vietnam’s state-run media has published details of the work the country’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) is doing to modernise the country’s naval maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. Reports on 9 July said that the MND had invested in the past two years in

  • Australia to help support Afghan UH-60 Black Hawk helos

    Australia will help support the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF’s) growing fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multirole helicopters, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced during the 11–12 July NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels. Canberra will provide “around 20 Australian

  • L3 acquires Australian businesses

    L3 Technologies has entered agreements to acquire two Australian companies to strengthen its electronics, communications, and cyber capabilities and support growth in international markets, it announced on 11 January. The deals feature Azimuth Security, an information security consultancy firm, and

  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being

  • SASTIND signs collaboration agreement with Kuwait

    China’s State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) has signed an agreement with the Kuwaiti government to increase defence industrial co-operation. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but came as the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad

  • Philippines to upgrade Rafael Ramos naval base to support larger ships

    The Philippine government has allocated PHP1 billion (USD18.7 million) to upgrade Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Province, to make it accessible for the Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) current and future frigates, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on 9

  • Taiwan seeking to buy M1A2 Abrams MBTs from US

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has secured the support of the island’s cabinet to purchase M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. A Taiwanese defence official was quoted by the China Times newspaper

  • Vietnam updates defence legislation

    Vietnam has updated national defence legislation providing guidance for a range of related policies, regulations, and initiatives including efforts to modernise the country’s state-run defence industrial base. The Law on National Defence 2018 will be formally enacted on 1 January 2019 and

  • BMT announces advanced materials partnership in Australia

    UK engineering firm BMT Group has teamed with South Australian technology incubator Innovyz to source from Australia advanced materials and composites for sectors including naval shipbuilding. BMT said on 10 July that the partnership will involve Innovyz engaging with Australian firms, agencies,

  • China lodges protests at New Zealand’s comments on future South China Sea strategy

    The Chinese government has lodged diplomatic representations to protest comments made in a new defence strategy paper released by New Zealand The New Zealand Defence Ministry released the country’s defence policy statement for 2018 on 6 July. The document, which outlines Wellington’s

  • India building new frontline airbase near border with Pakistan

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun constructing a ‘forward’ airbase in the western Indian state of Gujarat to counter a similar facility located across the border in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Official sources told Jane’s that India’s Cabinet Committee on Security

  • Stalled government-landowner negotiations mean further attacks against commercial assets likely in central PNG

    Event On 4 July 2018, landowners in Angore, Hela Province, reportedly set a new deadline of 18 July for the resolution of their dispute with the government over unpaid royalties from the PNG Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project. Landowners threatened to forcibly close the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant

  • Taiwan seeks boost in aerospace competitiveness

    An industrial programme to boost the competitiveness of Taiwan’s aerospace sector has evolved to encompass more than 270 local companies, the state-owned Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) said on 10 July. AIDC said the programme – named A-Team 4.0 – had

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