• Australia engages with local industry for MBT upgrades

    The Australian government has held an industry day about upcoming armoured vehicle programmes, which it hopes will appeal to local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Held in Melbourne on 21 February, the industry day hoped to draw in the interest of SMEs that have technology relating to an

  • Indonesian Navy submits reorganisation plans, proposals for third fleet to President Widodo

    Key Points Indonesia has finalised details for the creation of a third fleet, and submitted these proposals to the country’s president Plans for the reorganisation are long-standing, but have been given urgency under the leadership of Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto The Indonesian Navy

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with JHMCS II

    South Korea is to integrate the latest Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II) helmet-mounted display onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and

  • Airbus Helicopters and TAI collaborate on MRO

    Key Points New arrangement positions Airbus Helicopters for expansion in key regional market Agreement is also reflective of Thailand’s growing emphasis on developing MRO capability Airbus Helicopters has expanded its profile in Thailand through a new agreement with state-owned Thai

  • Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

    The defence forces of Estonia and Lithuania are upgrading the indirect fire capability of their land elements, military officials from both Baltic countries highlighted at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. The Estonian Land Forces maintains two

  • India's MoD approves purchase of additional ICVs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR18.50 billion (USD286 million) for the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN) on 20 February. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, cleared the acquisition of 156

  • Islamic State-claimed attack on church in Russia’s Dagestan indicates broadening target set and motivating radicalised individuals

    Event On 18 February 2018, in Kizlyar, Dagestan, an individual armed with a hunting rifle opened fire on worshippers exiting a Russian Orthodox Church on the last day of Maslenitsa, a religious festival. Five women were killed and five other people – including a police officer and a national

  • Indonesia looks to win exports in Bangladesh

    Indonesia and Bangladesh are looking to expand collaboration to facilitate defence trade and industrial engagement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta said on 20 February. Following meetings between defence officials from the two countries in Jakarta, the MoD said in a press release that

  • Russian Western Military District trains in use of tank guns in indirect fire role

    Western Military District (ZVO) main battle tank (MBT) crews are training in the use of tank guns in an indirect fire role, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on its website on 20 February. This training, conducted at the Pogonovo test range in the south-western Voronezh region, will

  • Australia’s Hobart AWD completes first replenishment at sea

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first of three 7,000-tonne Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) has conducted its first-ever replenishment at sea (RAS). In an 18 February statement the RAN said HMAS Hobart carried out the move with the 3,800-tonne frigate HMAS Anzac off the

  • Myanmar military signs ceasefire agreement with two opposition groups

    Two opposition groups have joined a ceasefire pact with the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw), restoring some credibility to a complex peace process with an array of ethnic rebel forces that had been stalled for more than two years. The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and the Lahu Democratic Union (LDU)

  • South Korea aims to procure additional PAC-3 MSE interceptors

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7 February that the government will seek additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors from the United States, with a contract scheduled for later this year. Approved

  • Indian MoD discloses scope of company bans

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that 24 companies are currently banned, suspended, or restricted from doing defence business in the country. The list, published by the MoD on 19 February, features six “debarred” companies, 14 companies that have been imposed with

  • Islamic State-claimed attack kills five women in Russia's North Caucasus

    FIVE women were killed and at least five others - including two security forces personnel - were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a church in the village of Kizlyar in Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus region on 18 February, Reuters reported. Reports added that the 22-year-old assailant -

  • Landmine attack kills four people in India's Meghalaya

    THE CANDIDATE for the Nationalist Congress Party of Williamnagar constituency - identified as Jonathone Sangma - his driver and two police officers were killed when their vehicle triggered a landmine, emplaced by unidentified militants, in East Garo Hills district in India's Meghalaya state on 18

  • Russia turns more brigades back into divisions

    Russia will return two brigades located in the North Caucasus to divisional status by the end of 2018, Izvestia reported on 16 February. Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources told the newspaper that the 19th and 136th Motorised Rifle Brigades (MRDs), based in North Ossetia and Dagestan, respectively,

  • Russian Navy begins aerial refuelling training for its combat pilots

    The Russian Navy is training its combat pilots in the techniques of aerial refuelling for the first time in recent history, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 February. Pilots from the Naval Aviation Directorate and the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets flying Sukhoi Su-30SM

  • Singapore announces 4% increase in defence spending

    Singapore’s defence budget in 2018 will be SGD14.76 billion (USD11.2 billion), the government announced on 19 February. The expenditure represents a 3.9% increase against the SGD14.20 billion defence allocation in 2017, budgetary figures show. “Defence expenditure is expected to

  • James Fisher acquires Australian company Cowan

    UK-based marine services business James Fisher & Sons has acquired Australian company Cowan Manufacturing, a specialist in recompression chambers. James Fisher said on 19 February that the acquisition, featuring the entire share capital in the Australian company, is valued at AUD2.6 million

  • Malaysia Coast Guard eyes additional base on country’s peninsular

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is planning to establish an additional base on the country’s peninsular to facilitate its operations in the region. The service, which is also known officially as the Malaysia Coast Guard, currently operates out of two bases on the eastern coast