• Australia selects Spike LR2

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to supply its Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army. Australia becomes the second export customer for Spike LR2, after Latvia ordered an undisclosed quantity earlier this

  • Philippine lawmaker denounces presence of H-6K bomber on disputed South China Sea island

    A Philippine lawmaker has publicly condemned the reported landing of a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K strategic bomber on a South China Sea island. On 18 May, the official Twitter account of state-owned People’s Daily of China posted a video of what appears to be touch-and-go

  • US strengthens capacity building efforts across Asia Pacific with expeditionary fast transport ships

    Key Points The US Navy has expanded on the scope and involvement of its Spearhead-class fast transport ships in a series of humanitarian and capacity building missions Vessel type is proving out to be an instrumental component of the service’s effort to strengthen relationships with partners

  • Rostec reports rising Russian defence exports

    Russia’s military exports reached an annual value of USD13.4 billion in 2017, according to comments Rostec Corporation CEO Sergei Chemezov made to state news agency TASS on 17 May. The figure represents a rise of 2.3% compared with 2016. Chemezov also reported that Rostec’s total

  • Russia disputes OPCW’s Syrian chlorine attack assessment

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW's) confirmation that chorine was likely used in an attack in Syria on 4 February is “a source of deep confusion”, according to a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 15 May report by the

  • TWL launches fuel barge for Indian Navy

    Kolkata-based Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) has launched the first of two barges on order for the Indian Navy (IN) capable of carrying 1,000 tons of fuel. In an 18 May statement, the IN said that the 68-m long vessel, which has an overall maximum displacement of 2,000 tons, entered the water on 17

  • Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy

  • Indonesia’s second Nagapasa-class submarine arrives home

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received its second South Korean-built diesel-electric boat Service is on track to operate a fleet of four submarines, including two older boats, in 2018 The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) second

  • KAI and Rockwell Collins team up for Korean Chinook upgrade

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Rockwell Collins have signed an agreement to collaborate on upgrading the Republic of Korea Armed Forces’ Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) – signed on 17 May – the two companies will

  • Naval Group Australia appoints new CEO

    Naval Group Australia, the lead designer and builder of Australia’s next-generation submarines, has appointed a new chief executive officer, the company announced on 18 May. The company said John Davis, who has worked in the defence industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom for 30

  • Navantia Australia opens Singapore office

    Navantia Australia opened a subsidiary office in Singapore on 17 May as part of a bid to secure regional contracts. The company, which itself is an affiliate of Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, said the new premises is its first international office. “The facility… is part of Navantia

  • Philippine Navy’s Jacinto class on track to conclude combat systems restoration in 2018

    Key Points A third phase to extend service life of the Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class corvettes is expected to complete by end-2018 Restorations are expected to cap a multiphase series of upgrade efforts that have been ongoing since the mid-2000s A project to restore combat systems of the

  • China’s Xiapu airbase adds 24 new hardened shelters

    Key Points China is doubling the number of hardened aircraft shelters at its Xiapu airbase from 24 to 48 units. The new hangars, combined with other infrastructure additions, suggest that Xiapu, previously thought to host forward-deployed aircraft, may now be intended to permanently host a fighter

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that

  • DSME makes further gains

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has posted another quarter of profits following its return to share trading in late 2017. The shipbuilder said on 15 May that its net profits in the first quarter of 2018 were KRW226.3 billion (USD210 million), while its total

  • Fighting near Chinese border in Myanmar’s Shan State indicates growing risk to ground cargo in one-year outlook

    Event On 12 May, between 50 and 100 Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) militants attacked police and local pro-government militia assets, including an informal casino, in Namkham Village and Muse Township in Myanmar’s northeastern Shan State. The attacks caused the temporary

  • Singapore Navy opts for partial helicopter capability across Independence class

    Key Points Only four of the eight littoral mission vessels to be operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy are helicopter capable Service will likely validate the utility of helicopter operations on the vessel type before expanding on this capability across the class A series of observations and

  • Thailand set to move forward on MRO project

    Thailand is moving closer to establishing a regional aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) centre in the east of the country aimed at attracting domestic and foreign investment in military and commercial domains. A Thai government official confirmed to Jane’s on 17 May that a plan

  • Pyongyang threatens to cancel US-North Korean summit

    Pyongyang has suspended high-level talks with Seoul over ongoing US-South Korean military exercises, and threatened to cancel a highly anticipated summit between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump scheduled to take place on 12 June in Singapore. On 16 May

  • Indian MoD issues RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the joint venture (JV) formed between Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian Air