• Casualties soar amid bitter Myanmar hostilities

    Key Points An escalation in hostilities between the Tatmadaw and rebel forces in Myanmar's Kokang region has led to a major spike in battlefield casualties Reports suggest the casualties involve the heaviest Tatmadaw losses since MNDAA rebels initiated an offensive in February 2015 An escalation

  • EUCOM worried by Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons

    US European Command's (EUCOM's) biggest concern regarding Russia is its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and its "troubling doctrine" of using those weapons to try de-escalating conflict. General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the EUCOM, told Congress on 28 March what alarms him most is

  • Indian Navy inducts first Mk IV LCU

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its first Mk IV LCU vessel Platform will strengthen the service's presence in India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory The Indian Navy has commissioned the first of eight Mk IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels designed and manufactured by

  • Indian Navy retires fleet of Tu-142M maritime patrol aircraft

    The Indian Navy (IN) decommissioned its fleet of Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-142M long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft on 29 March after 29 years of service. At a ceremony presided over by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Tu-142Ms, of which Jane's understands

  • Ovod-R brings precision engagement to RPG-7

    Minsk, Belarus-based Scientific Research and Production Centre has developed a new grenade launcher that is based on the RPG-7. The Ovod-R has a design that sees the original PGO-7V3 optical sight replaced by the new PD-7 smart sight, along with a laser rangefinder and optional NV/A-1 night vision

  • India to supply lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar

    India will supply indigenously developed lightweight torpedoes to Myanmar in a contract estimated to be worth USD37.9 million, according to Indian defence officials. "The export of lightweight torpedoes will follow the earlier supply of sonars, acoustic domes and directing gear to

  • US senators urge Trump administration to approve India defence deals

    A bipartisan pair of US senators have urged the Trump administration to approve the co-production of Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft in India and the export of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc's (GA-ASI's) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the South Asian country. Republican

  • Pakistan, South Africa sign defence co-operation MOU

    Pakistan and South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 27 March to enhance defence and defence-industrial co-operation, according to statements issued by the governments of both countries. "The MOU, which establishes a joint defence committee, will pave the way for

  • India to begin negotiations for Airbus C295 transports

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to begin contract negotiations for the purchase of 56 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 medium transport aircraft (MTA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to replace the service's ageing fleet of Avro 748M transports. Indian Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa was

  • Indonesian shipbuilder cuts steel on seventh PC-40-class vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has ordered another lightly armed variant of the KCR-40 missile attack craft Platform is meant to bolster the service's maritime surveillance and fishery resources protection capabilities Indonesian shipbuilder PT Caputra Mitra Sejati has begun work on a PC-40-class

  • Japan and UK collaborate on future fighter aircraft

    Japan and the United Kingdom have agreed to undertake a joint study that could lead to the co-development of next-generation fighter aircraft, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. The MoD said in a recent statement that the agreement, which was finalised in mid-March, outlines an

  • Key US senator calls for weapons for Ukraine amid hardening NATO-Russia relations

    Key Points As NATO's attitude towards Russia hardens, calls are coming to supply weapons to Ukraine Concerns remain over the degree of support for NATO from the Trump administration NATO's attitude to Russian cyber attacks and other tactics is hardening, with calls for the allies to close ranks

  • 98.2% of Russian hardware orders delivered in 2016

    Russian industry completed 98.2% of its expected hardware deliveries in 2016, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 24 March. Additionally, 95.6% of military hardware repair targets were hit. The near completion of the full government defence order meant that Russian military hardware

  • China's CSOC showcases a new 4,000-tonne frigate

    Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) revealed technical specifications of a new frigate design it is showcasing at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. In an interview with Jane's , a CSOC engineer disclosed that the "new ship is a

  • Indian Navy receives locally developed submarine sonar suite, inertial navigation system

    Indian defence minister Arun Jaitley handed over three indigenously developed systems to the Indian Navy (IN) on 24 March, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said. Developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the naval systems presented to IN Chief of Staff Admiral

  • Islamic State claim responsibility for suicide attack in Bangladesh's Dhaka

    IN A STATEMENT released via the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency on 24 March, the group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint near an international airport in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on 17 March, BBC Monitoring reported. The statement did not include

  • Islamic State claims killing six soldiers in Russia's Chechnya

    IN A STATEMENT released on 24 March, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least six soldiers and wounded three others targeting a Russian National Guard base near Naurskaya village, northwest of Grozny in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya earlier that day, BBC

  • Islamic State claims responsibility for IED attack in Bangladesh's Sylhet

    IN A STATEMENT released via the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency on 24 March, the group claimed to have killed or wounded tens of security forces personnel during an improvised explosive device (IED) attack near a security checkpoint in an unspecified location in Bangladesh's Sylhet

  • Practika details Otaman upgrade

    Ukraine's Practika has revealed details of the Otaman modernisation package developed for the BTR-60-series armoured personnel carrier (APC). Sergie Vilkov, head of development at Practika, told Jane's that the second prototype of an overhauled BTR-60 is undergoing testing and an operational

  • Suicide attack wounds four people in Bangladesh's Dhaka

    FOUR people were wounded when an Islamic State militant detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on 23 March, the Dhaka Tribune reported. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.