• Indonesia approves acquisition of five Airbus A400Ms for USD2 billion

    Key Points The Indonesian government has approved the acquisition of five new Airbus A400M multirole aircraft The acquisition is a significant step in the Indonesian Air Force's modernisation efforts Indonesia has approved a sum of USD2 billion for the acquisition of five Airbus A400M Atlas

  • Botswana, South Korea sign defence co-operation MOU

    The defence ministers of Botswana and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to "establish on an institutional basis further development of defence co-operation between the two countries", the South Korean Ministry of National Defense announced on 18 January. It provided

  • China's CETC registers double-digit growth in 2016

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has continued its rapid expansion, registering double-digit growth for fiscal year 2016, the group announced on 16 January. CETC, which produces a wide range of defence electronics for both domestic and export markets, posted revenues of

  • Army forces launch air strikes against KIA militants in Myanmar's Kachin

    AN UNSPECIFIED number of airstrikes were conducted by security forces against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) militant camps in Myanmar's Kachin state on 23 September, BNI Online reported. Reports did not contain details of casualties.

  • DRS gears up for electric, hybrid drive potential

    Concerns over security and long-term energy costs will still drive the equipment market despite recent dips in fuel prices that have somewhat dampened interest in developing hybrid and electric drive propulsion plants for naval ships, predicted Greg Reed, a senior business development director for

  • India's ABG Shipyard in talks with investors

    Indian naval shipbuilder ABG Shipyard has stated that it is in talks with potential investors. The company, which faces mounting debt, said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 17 January that it is in "discussion with various parties, which may be prospective investors".

  • Indian Army issues RFIs for software-defined radios

    The Indian Army (IA) has invited responses from overseas manufacturers on the service's planned acquisition of assorted software-defined radios (SDRs) to boost its overall network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) were issued by the IA in early January

  • Japan to boost defence sales in Asia-Pacific region as part of diplomacy strategy

    Tokyo plans to boost exports of materiel into Asia to grow a network of "like-minded countries" friendly towards its goals in the region, a senior Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) official said on 18 January. Speaking at a conference in Singapore under the Chatham House Rule, the official

  • Malaysia to establish three designated submarine exercise areas in South China Sea

    Key Points Malaysia will establish three permanent submarine exercise areas in the South China Sea The move is being undertaken to enhance submarine operating safety in the region, said the Royal Malaysian Navy The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is in the midst of finalising three permanent submarine

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Russia clarifies military imports ban to exclude EEU partners

    Russia has clarified national defence procurement rules that prohibit the import of foreign materiel in all but exceptional circumstances by exempting products from four other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The prohibition therefore does not apply to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,

  • South Korea announces helicopter acquisitions and upgrades

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to bolster the rotary-wing capabilities of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. In a notice published on 17 January DAPA said it is procuring additional platforms under the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Maritime

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, it was confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 January. Lockheed Martin said that work to upgrade the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) F-16A/Bs had begun with the

  • THAAD site acquisition may be delayed for administrative reasons, says report

    The South Korean military's acquisition of a site from Lotte Group for the deployment of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system may be delayed for administrative reasons, according to Yonhap news agency. "The administrative process is under way to secure a golf course

  • Thai Navy to retire Ratcharit-, Prabparapak-class missile boats over next 10 years

    Key Points The Royal Thai Navy will retire its entire fleet of missile-capable patrol boats by 2026 Service is eyeing larger platforms such as LPDs and frigates in the coming years As part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service

  • Australia's Future Submarine selection criticised by former ASC head

    The concept behind the Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A submarine selected to replace Australia's Collins-class fleet has been criticised by the person who was responsible for the construction of the Collins-class boats. Should the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) hold firm to the concept offered by French

  • Islamic State reverses in Middle East likely to increase threat to minorities and foreigners in Pakistan

    EVENT Unidentified Pakistani intelligence officials have warned of a growing militant threat to Punjab, posed by Islamic State fighters returning to the province from the Middle East through Afghanistan, according to a report by news outlet Dawn on 14 January. The report reflects increasing

  • Thailand aims to operate fleet of three submarines by 2026

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has outlined a requirement to operationalise its planned fleet of three submarines by 2026, and is currently in the process of submitting this proposal to the country's military government. The matter was disclosed by Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN's submarine

  • China likely to increase non-tariff barriers against South Korean companies in run-up to THAAD anti-missile deployment

    EVENT The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) reported on 12 January that China's commerce ministry had extended anti-dumping duties imposed on South Korean-made optical fibres for five more years from 1 January 2017. This followed the exclusion of various models of electrical vehicles

  • China's Kuang-Chi invests in UK technology firm

    The Kuang-Chi Group, a Chinese technology developer, has announced that it is investing USD30 million in Gilo Industries, a UK-based firm involved in aerospace and engineering activities. Kuang-Chi, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, said in a press release on 16 January that the