• Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

  • Controversy surrounds assertion that North Korean ICBM engines came from Ukraine

    Key Points A recent report has asserted that North Korea's successful ICBM tests in July were facilitated by Ukrainian rocket motor technology Official Ukrainian sources have denied the assertion A publicly released assessment of North Korea's recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles

  • India approves Apache procurement for army

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR41.7 billion (USD651.3 million) import of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army (IA). The six helicopters, which were approved on 17 August, are part of an option of 11 that was included in an INR139.5

  • Japan announces USD500 million security fund for states in South China Sea

    Japan is to provide military and security aid to neighbouring states worth USD500 million in the three years to 2019, it was announced on 17 August. The funding, which will be offered to countries in the South China Sea including the Philippines and Vietnam, is aimed at boosting maritime security.

  • Japanese navy helicopter crashes during VERTREP training, injures three

    A Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) CH-101 helicopter that was conducting vertical replenishment (VERTREP) drills on 17 August at the service’s base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has crashed. The accident took place at about 14:20 h local time as the aircraft was hovering close to

  • Malaysia appoints new submarine force commander

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy has appointed a new submarine force commander The leader will oversee continuation of several recently announced initiatives to improve submarine operational safety in the region The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has appointed Captain Abdullah Sani as the

  • Minsk and Moscow issue separate invitations to observe 'Zapad' exercise

    On 15 August, Moscow belatedly followed Minsk's invitation in July to arms inspectors and defence attachés from NATO and non-NATO countries, and international organisations, to view the stages of the 'Zapad 2017' joint strategic exercise on its territory. Russia is in the midst of processing

  • Near and far: PLAN maintains global presence despite operational pressures

    Recent years have seen increasing international naval activity in the Asia-Pacific region, with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy playing a major role. Additionally, the PLAN has maintained presence in the Indian Ocean Region and West of Suez. Ridzwan Rahmat and Dr Lee Willett

  • Putin hints at defence budget cuts

    Cuts are envisaged in Russia's forthcoming state budget in 2018 due to defence reductions, but will these not affect the re-equipment of the army and navy, President Vladimir Putin has said. The president made the remarks in a meeting on 15 August with Vladimir Vasiliev, parliamentary leader of the

  • Taiwan makes progress with new jet trainer, MALE UAV

    Key Points Progress with a number of aerospace programmes was evident at Taiwan's TADTE exhibition this month Taiwan's first prototype XAT-5 Blue Magpie advanced jet trainer is on schedule to be rolled out by 2019 Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) said

  • Australia marks maiden 'in-service' flight of PC-21 trainer

    Australia has marked the first 'in-service' flight of the Pilatus PC-21 that the country acquired under the Project AIR 5428 pilot training programme. A symbolic first in-service flight of the twin-seat turboprop trainer, made by the chief of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal Leo

  • Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

    Key Points Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for

  • Japan, Philippines look to expand defence trade

    Japan is looking to transfer a wide range of Bell UH-1H helicopter spare parts to the Philippines, Jane’s has learnt. The move is the latest effort by Tokyo to export defence equipment following its lifting of a military sales ban in 2014. Under a request submitted by Manila, about 40,000

  • Russia’s Northern Fleet holds preparatory drills ahead of 'Zapad' exercise

    On 9 August, Russia’s Northern Fleet, the most powerful of its four fleets, began a special large-scale exercise as a preparatory phase of the 'Zapad 2017' joint drill scheduled for 14-20 September, the fleet has announced. An indicator of the importance of the exercise is that it is

  • US prepares first Black Hawk deliveries to Afghanistan

    The United States is on course to deliver the first batch of four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters to Afghanistan in the coming weeks. NATO announced on its Resolute Support Facebook page on 15 August that, with the first aircraft now tested and ready for delivery, the remaining three

  • Australian shipbuilders voice support for local build programmes

    Key Points Austal and ASC say they are committed to partnering foreign bidders on Future Frigate programme Companies make announcement following news reports suggesting local workforce might not be required Australian naval shipbuilders Austal and ASC have reaffirmed their support for a

  • Boustead and Rheinmetall to form Malaysian joint venture

    Malaysian company BHIC Defence Technologies (BHICDT), a subsidiary of Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC), has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with RD Investment AG (RDI), a firm owned by Rheinmetall Defence. In a filing to the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange on 16 August BHIC said the

  • El Salvador to receive UH-1Hs from Taiwan

    Taiwan has donated four Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC)-built Bell UH-1H helicopters to reinforce the El Salvadoran Air Force’s fleet. The Taiwanese government only required that El Salvador pay to ship the helicopters, which is about USD2 million. Currently, El

  • IED attack wounds three people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    THREE people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) - described in reports as a magnetic mine - attached to a vehicle by unidentified militants detonated in the Da Afghanan area of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 13 August, Afghan Islamic Press reported. An additional report, citing

  • India’s Reliance signals name change

    Indian company Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has said it plans to change its name to Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL) to better reflect its core activities. The company, a subsidiary of the Reliance Infrastructure group, said it would seek shareholder approval for the