• India’s defence minister plans ‘shake up’ of the MoD

    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has outlined her plans to “shake up” the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to accelerate procurements and stimulate efforts to boost self-sufficiency. Sitharaman, who took office in September, told a conference in New Delhi on 14 December held

  • Martin-Baker to supply ejection seats for Taiwan’s new jet trainers

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with UK ejection-seat specialist Martin-Baker to support Taiwan’s programme to develop and build advanced jet trainers (AJTs). AIDC said in a statement that under the agreement, which was signed in

  • US and Russian warplanes ‘engage’ over Syria

    Russian and United States combat aircraft were involved in a potentially serious engagement in the skies over Syria on 13 December, the defence ministries of both countries confirmed. While the US Department of Defence (DoD) and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation differ on the

  • AVIC subsidiary launches IPO

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) listed the assets of one of its many businesses on 13 December as part of its continuing efforts to stimulate inward investment in the group. AVIC said that Shennan Circuits, which is an affiliate of its CATIC Shenzhen Holdings subsidiary, launched

  • Beijing continues construction work on disputed South China Sea islands, says report

    While tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea (SCS) may have eased in recent months, Beijing has continued to carry out substantial construction activities on its dual-use facilities in the Spratly and Paracel Islands, according to a 14 December report by the Asia Maritime

  • China displays new armed unmanned surface vehicle

    China unveiled what it claims to be the world’s fastest armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) held between 5 and 8 December in Shanghai. Citing the Science and Technology Daily , Chinese news website ecns.cn reported on

  • Indonesia outlines aviation plans

    Indonesia has set out its future defence aviation operating and procurement plans, with an article posted on the air force’s website on 15 December. The plans, which have been drawn up by the service chief under the concept of ‘No area left without air cover’, would see a

  • IntelWatch – November/December 2017

    Flynn admits lying to the FBI as Mueller probe draws closer to White House On 1 December, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relating to his contacts with then Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn

  • Japan, UK agree to strengthen bilateral defence ties

    The governments of Japan and the United Kingdom agreed to deepen bilateral defence ties during their third foreign and defence ministerial meeting, which was held at Greenwich Naval College in London on 14 December. The two countries agreed on a 3-year defence co-operation plan, which will

  • Security alerts 15–22 December

    Americas Bolivia WATCH FOR: Violent protest and traffic disruption during an anti-government march in La Paz on 15 December Risk analysis: On 11 December, opposition groups announced a large march in La Paz on 15 December to protest against a court ruling allowing President Evo Morales to run

  • Subsurface overhaul: India’s submarine modernisation inches forward

    Against a challenging backdrop, the Indian Navy is in the process of reshaping its depleted submarine fleet into a larger, more modern, and more capable force. Alex Pape reports on progress to date On 14 December 2017, the Indian Navy (IN) commissioned into service the first of its new Scorpene

  • PLAAF sends fighters, bombers on ‘regular patrol exercise’ around Taiwan

    China’s People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on 11 December sent several aircraft on what it referred to as a “regular patrol exercise” over two strategic waterways near Taiwan. PLAAF spokesperson Senior Colonel Shen Jinke was quoted by Chinese media as saying that the

  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • Indian Navy commissions first licence-built Scorpène-class submarine

    The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned INS Kalvari , the first of six licence-built Scorpène-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs), on 14 December during a ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who presided over the event, said that the 67.6 m-long

  • Raytheon ready to deliver CEC system for RAN’s AWDs

    Raytheon Company announced on 13 December that it has completed design, development, and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will be fitted onto the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs). The CEC, which was described

  • Bulgaria turns to Russia for MiG-29 logistics

    On 7 December the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia invited Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to provide the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) with integrated logistical support for its 15 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ twin-engine jet fighters for 48 months. The single-source tender is aimed at

  • Development of PAK-DP could begin in 2018

    Tiago Machado Russian news sources reported that the development of the PAK-DP ‘sixth-generation’ long-range interceptor may begin as soon as 2018, depending on the release of the Russian State Armament Programme document. In an interview between United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)

  • Indonesia looks to expand collaboration with Boeing on helicopter programmes

    Boeing has offered to expand industrial co-operation with Indonesia in support of the country’s programme to supply AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and CH-47F Chinook heavylift transport helicopters. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta said on 13 December that Defence Minister Ryamizard

  • North Korean test complex for canister-launched missiles spotted near Kusong

    Recently analysed DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows that North Korea completed construction in early 2017 of a test complex for canister-launched missiles at its Riku-dong tracked vehicle test facility near the city of Kusong. Located in the country’s North Pyongan Province, the Riku-dong

  • Philippines’ Congress approves one-year martial law extension in Mindanao, frequent low-intensity skirmishes between army and insurgents likely

    Event On 13 December 2017, the Philippine Congress voted 240-27 in favour of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. In a letter to the Congress on 8 December 2017, Duterte explained that an extension was necessary to combat Islamist