• China holds first joint exercise with Myanmar Navy

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first exercise with the Myanmar Navy (MN): an important milestone in the projection of Chinese naval power into the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The exercise, which involved PLAN guided-missile destroyer Changchun ,

  • IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI goes missing, presumed crashed

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter with two pilots on board went missing in northeastern India close to the border with China on 23 May while on a routine training flight. IAF officials said the twin-engine fighter took off around 1030 h local time from Tezpur Air Force

  • Kaiman recon vehicle enters Belarusian service

    The Kaiman (Cayman) armoured reconnaissance vehicle has entered service with Belarusian armed forces, a source in the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 defence show, held in Minsk from 20-22 May. "The Kaiman is a new vehicle. It has successfully passed state trials and the military has

  • Hungary decides to overhaul its Mi-24 fleet

    The Hungarian government has decided to repair the Hungarian Air Force's obsolete Mi-24 attack helicopter fleet instead of buying new or second-hand aircraft as originally planned, Jane's has learned. The Mi-24s, which have been grounded for some time, are likely to be overhauled in Russia.

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops upgrade package for T-72 MBT

    Belarus has unveiled a set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank (MBT), with the improved vehicle designated the T-72BME. Showcased at the MILEX 2017 exhibition being held in Minsk from 20-22 May, the upgrade is marketed by Belarusian defence export agency BelTechExport with the 140 Repair

  • MILEX 2017: Details emerge on Belarusian anti-tank UGV, navigation system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has displayed its new tracked unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for the anti-tank role at the MILEX 2017 exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. Known as the Bogomol self-propelled robotised anti-tank system, the UGV is armed with four laser-guided

  • Philippine president's order to rename Benham Rise indicates interstate war risks remain elevated following China-Philippines summit

    EVENT A series of events indicate that the China-Philippines bilateral negotiations occurring on the week of 15 May have failed to ease tensions between the respective claimants in the South China Sea. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on 19 May claimed that Chinese president Xi Jinping had

  • Australian Border Force makes inaugural deployment to Sri Lanka, India

    The Australian Border Force (ABF) has dispatched the largest ship in its fleet to Sri Lanka and India in a bid to enhance co-operation and improve capabilities of maritime security agencies in the region. The vessel, Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Ocean Shield , made the visit to both

  • China to deploy first peacekeeping helicopter unit to Sudan

    China will soon deploy its first peacekeeping helicopter unit to the Darfur region of Sudan. The unit, which is part of the 81st Group Army of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), held a departure ceremony in Beijing on 19 May. The unit, which consists of four Mi-171 multirole medium helicopters and

  • Denmark's OMT and Indonesian Navy to collaborate on warship designs

    Danish company Odense Maritime Technology (OMT) has signed an agreement with the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) to collaborate on designs for naval vessels, the embassy of Denmark in Jakarta has announced. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 19 May and facilitates naval ship design

  • Future Russian carrier on rocks as defence cuts bite

    Russia's ambitions to field a new aircraft carrier to replace its sole operating carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , look to be sinking fast following comments by senior officials that indicate declining interest in such a programme. A series of meetings were held on 16-19 May in Sochi, chaired by

  • HAL's second prototype trainer makes maiden flight

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully conducted the maiden test flight of its second prototype Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft in Bangalore on 20 May. The hour-long flight of the indigenously developed aircraft, which is powered by a Honeywell

  • MILEX 2017: Belarus develops light armoured vehicle variants

    Belorussia's Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant (MZKT, also known as Volat) has revealed new variants of its new 4x4 light armoured vehicle at the MILEX 2017 defence exhibition held in Minsk from 20-22 May. First displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016, a prototype baseline vehicle passed

  • North Korea declares Pukkuksong-2 MRBM ready for operational deployment

    North Korea has confirmed that it successfully test-fired a Pukkuksong-2 (also spelled Pukguksong-2) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on 21 May, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declaring the weapon system ready for operational deployment and mass production. The missile was fired in an

  • Problems with azimuth propulsion pods keep RAN LHDs unavailable for service

    More than a month after propulsion problems were first experienced with the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two 27,500-tonne Canberra-class landing helicopter docks (LHDs), both ships remain unavailable for service as tests continue on irregularities within their external azimuth pods. Chief of

  • Singapore announces change in RSN leadership

    The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 22 May that current Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) chief, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, will step down on 16 June 2017 as part of the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) leadership renewal process. Rear Admiral Lai has been at the service's helm

  • Vietnam receives six Metal Shark patrol boats from the US

    The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) has received six 45 ft (13 m)-long Metal Shark patrol boats from the United States: a further indication of the growing security co-operation between the two countries. The boats were handed over on 22 May in a ceremony presided over by US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted

  • Australia to set up new panel to support procurement

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is planning to establish a team of experts to provide expanded specialist services in support of acquisition and sustainment projects. A DoD spokesperson told Jane's on 22 May that the proposed Defence Support Services (DSS) Panel would widen the list of

  • Fincantieri reaches terms on majority stake in STX France

    Fincantieri has signed a deal to buy two thirds of the shares of shipbuilder STX France, the company announced on 19 May. Fincantieri will pay EUR79.5 million (USD89.1 million) for the shares, while the French state will retain the residual third of the company’s ownership. The deal had

  • India signs additional contract with IAI for LR-SAM systems

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured an additional contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi for the supply of air- and missile-defence systems to the Indian Navy (IN), the company announced in a 21 May statement. The USD630 million contract, which will be carried out for