• Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

    Key Points Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF

  • China's Type 001A CV makes progress at Dalian - 38.935925 N 121.613170 E

    Key Points China's Type 001A aircraft carrier is nearing completion, with most external structural work visibly complete. Following the addition of a red anti-fouling coating to the lower hull, little work remains before the 001A hull can be launched. Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on

  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

  • China completing facilities on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, says report

    China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, two US officials were quoted by Reuters as saying. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the two officials told

  • Russia to start delivering Kamov Ka-226T helos to India in 2019, says report

    Russia will start delivering Kamov Ka-226T 'Hoodlum' light multirole helicopters to the Indian military in 2019, said the CEO of state-owned manufacturer Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, according to Reuters on 20 February. Speaking at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, Boginsky who took over as

  • IDEX 2017: Burevestnik unveils new 30 mm remotely operated turret

    Russian company Burevestnik displayed its 30 mm remotely operated turret for the first time at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. A Burevestnik representative told Jane's that the turret was developed to meet a Russian army requirement for a weapon station that can be fitted to a 4x4 version of the

  • IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • Japan and Thailand edge towards defence trade agreement

    Thailand and Japan are edging closer to finalising a defence trade and technology agreement that could facilitate Japanese defence exports to the Southeast Asian country. Jane's understands that talks about bilateral defence industrial co-operation are continuing to support potential Japanese sales

  • Japan's NEC builds cyber defence footprint in Southeast Asia

    Japan's NEC Corporation has secured a contract from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help Southeast Asian countries defend themselves from cyber attacks. NEC said in a statement on 17 February that under the contract it would provide cyber defence training and related assistance

  • Russia plans new Eastern Arctic air defence division

    Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to create a new Arctic air-defence division covering the Eastern Arctic by 2018, state-owned media announced on 20 February. The unit will protect Moscow and the Ural region from potential aircraft and missile attacks. The division will comprise

  • IDEX 2017: Groza-R enters C-UAV fray

    KB Radar Design Bureau has developed a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system, unveiling the package at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Speaking to Jane's, Zhybul Siarhei Victorovich, head of KB Radar's electronic warfare department, said that the Groza-R Counter-Multicopter Radio

  • India tests exo-atmospheric interceptor

    India successfully conducted a test of an indigenously designed exo-atmospheric kill vehicle on 12 February. The Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) was launched from the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal at a target

  • Russia moves to increase ties with UAE

    The Russian government agreed to a new co-operation agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 February as the country made several moves to grow its presence in the Middle East. State-owned Russian company Rostec announced that it would be selling 12% of Russian Helicopters' stock to an

  • Transparency International expresses concerns over Malaysian defence procurement

    The anti-corruption agency Transparency International (TI) has expressed concern about the continuing opaqueness of Malaysia's defence procurement system. Dato' Akhbar Satar, the president of TI-Malaysia (TI-M), highlighted to Jane's two main areas of concern: the lack of open tenders and the

  • US carrier group begins 'routine operations' in South China Sea

    The US Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 on 18 February began what the US Navy (USN) referred to as "routine operations" in the South China Sea. The move, which has angered China, came less than a month after Beijing reiterated its "indisputable sovereignty" claim over parts of the

  • Harris introduces RF-300H to its family of manpack radios

    The Harris Falcon III RF-300H wideband high-frequency (HF) manpack radio offers an improvement over the existing AN/PRC-150, providing the ability to send voice, maps, and other large data files up to 10 times faster. The new radio was developed in response to the requirement for additional

  • Pakistan to step up fight against militants in Punjab

    The government of Pakistan's Punjab Province has requested the deployment of military troops after a recent upsurge in attacks by militant groups, a senior provincial government official told Jane's on 21 February. Speaking on condition of anonymity the official said the worsening security

  • IDEX 2017: China unveils MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator and decoy

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the 2017 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to reveal its new MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator. The simulator, which also serves as a decoy, is in service with the Chinese navy according to a company official. The MSS-1 is described as

  • IDEX 2017: China offers S-26 conventional submarine with Stirling engine AIP

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to market its S-26 conventional submarine for the first time with what it calls a "unique" version of the Stirling cycle engine air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. Stirling cycle AIP

  • IDEX 2017: MSPV confirms large Egyptian order

    The Dubai-based company Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles (MSPV) confirmed during IDEX 2017 held in Abu Dhabi that it is building large numbers of Panthera T6 light armoured vehicles for Egypt. The Panthera T6 was first seen in May 2014 during an Egyptian military parade. Later that year the