• China's Liaoning carrier departs Qingdao on training mission

    China's first in-service aircraft carrier, Liaoning , sailed from its naval base south of Qingdao on 25 June for a further round of training and exercises, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier was accompanied by Luyang III-class (Type 052D)

  • Aerial confrontation increases over the Baltic Sea

    The Estonian and Lithuanian authorities have reported that in the seven days ending 20 June NATO jets have scrambled 32 times from their air bases at Ämari in Estonia and Siauliai in Lithuania to identify and escort incoming Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. This

  • Another Jiangkai II-class frigate enters service with the Chinese navy

    The 24th Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate to be commissioned by China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entered service with the South Sea Fleet on 23 June at a ceremony held at the Zhanjiang naval base. Named Xuchang (pennant number 536), the 134 m-long ship was built at the Huangpu

  • South Korea boosts local support of FA-50 light fighters

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has completed a project to fully indigenise the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) FA-50 Golden Eagle light strike fighters, produced by Korea Aerospace Industries

  • UAC on course to complete MiG-35 trials in late 2017/early 2018

    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is on course to complete flight trials of its latest MiG-35 'Fulcrum-F' combat aircraft at the turn of the new year, ahead of the launch of serial production in 2018, a senior company representative told Jane's on 24 June. Speaking during the Paris Air

  • Martin-Baker Australia and Pilatus sign MRO deal

    Martin-Baker Australia, a subsidiary of the UK ejection seat specialist, has teamed with Pilatus Aircraft to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) on-order Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft. The letter of intent (LOI) was signed

  • RAN frigate deploys on operation 'Manitou' with ScanEagle UAS

    Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Newcastle has become the first of its class to deploy on operations with a Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS). The Adelaide-class vessel has been deployed to Operation 'Manitou' - the

  • Solar-electric Cai Hong UAV conducts stratospheric flight

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) completed a 15 hour, nea-space flight mission on 24 May with a solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype, achieving an operating altitude of 20,000 m (65,616 ft), state media reported in mid-June. The indigenously developed

  • South Korean president says 'original' THAAD agreement was for one launcher to be deployed in 2017

    South Korean president Moon Jae-in has said that only one of the six launchers for the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea was originally scheduled to be deployed in the country by the end of 2017, with the remaining five to be deployed in 2018. "But for

  • Tensions increase in Syria after Su-22 shoot-down

    Russia announced for a second time that it had suspended an agreement aimed at preventing accidents in Syrian airspace after the US-led coalition shot down a Syrian Su-22 jet on 18 June: a development that reflected a growing confrontation as pro-government forces attempt to contain coalition-backed

  • US approves sale of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs to India

    The United States has approved a USD3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Indian Navy (IN), Indian industry officials told Jane's on 23 June. Speaking on condition of anonymity the

  • US military deploys JASSMs to South Korea, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has deployed the air-launched Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to South Korea for use by US Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighters operating from Kunsan Air Base, according to a Yonhap news agency report. "USFK has more than 10 long-range,

  • Indian Air Force trainers still lack maintenance supplier

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has yet to sign a service and maintenance contract with Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus for the 75 PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft (BTA) it acquired in May 2012 at a cost of around USD1 billion. Industry and diplomatic sources said the extended warranty for the

  • SAES to signs underwater systems deal with Kazakhstan

    Spanish underwater warfare specialist SAES (Sociedad Anonima Electronica Submarina) has won a new contract to supply an underwater detection sonar to Kazakhstan that for the first time will be assembled in-country. In addition, SAES announced on 22 June that it has also signed an agreement that

  • Australian AP-3C Orions to support Philippine forces in fight against militants

    Australia has agreed to despatch two of its Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft to support the Philippine military's fight against militant groups. The government in Manila accepted the offer of the two aircraft to provide reconnaissance support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

  • North Korea conducts another possible ICBM rocket engine test, says report

    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The US assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine

  • Paris Air Show 2017: MiG-35 dubbed 'transitional link' between fourth- and fifth-gen fighters

    Russia is touting its MiG-35 'Fulcum-F' as a transitional platform between the fourth- and fifth-generation of combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, Deputy General Director of RSK-MiG, Viktor Chernov, described the latest iteration of the MiG-29 as a 'bridging'

  • Royal Thai Navy lays keel for second OPV

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has laid down the keel for its second 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), which it is building in collaboration with BAE Systems. The keel laying ceremony was held on 23 June at the RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip, Chonburi, a facility managed by

  • SM-3 Block IIA intercept test ends in failure

    The Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor failed to engage its target in the latest test carried out by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense off the coast of Hawaii. "At approximately 7:20 pm Hawaii Standard Time, June 21

  • Armed clashes kill six police officers in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    In Achabal, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, six police personnel were killed and two civilians were wounded in an attack by militants who also snatched five AK-series assault rifles and ammunition from the police officers. Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) claimed responsibility for the attack.