• Pakistan signs for T129 attack helos

    Pakistan has formally signed for 30 TAI T129 attack helicopters from Turkey, it was disclosed on 24 May. The confirmation of the anticipated sale to Pakistan was made in the political manifesto that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) has released ahead of the general

  • Indonesia’s new anti-terrorism law broadens scope for pre-emptive action against militants; early disruption of terrorist cells likely

    Event On 25 May 2018, the Indonesian parliament’s lower house amended the 2003 anti-terrorism law, now enabling security forces to take pre-emptive action against suspected militants. New measures include a legal basis to charge Islamic State-affiliated returnees from Iraq and Syria and an

  • Iran likely to increasingly rely on China as major trading partner to withstand strengthening US sanctions

    Key Points Pompeo’s speech makes clear that the US seeks a fundamental change in Iran’s behaviour, emphasising that Iran’s failure to do so has the potential for internal collapse, not least given widespread public dissatisfaction with the Islamic Republic’s economic

  • Japan’s mission to NATO agreed

    The North Atlantic Council agreed on 24 May to accept Japan’s request to designate its embassy to Belgium as its mission to NATO, the military alliance announced in a statement, adding that Japan’s ambassador to Belgium will thus be the head of the mission. The announcement comes after

  • KADEX 2018: Kazakhstan orders additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft from Russia

    Kazakhstan has ordered another batch of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters from Russia. A contract for the additional aircraft was signed by the Kazakh Ministry of Defence’s Kazspetsexport agency and Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation on 24 May during the KADEX 2018 defence

  • Presidents’ meeting highlights declining Western influence and potential for Russian-backed government authority in CAR

    Event President Faustin Taoudéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on 23 May, during which Putin called for strengthening of bilateral relations. The meeting, on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum,

  • Raytheon secures US Army contract to build Patriots for Romania

    Raytheon has secured a US Army contract award worth nearly USD400 million to build Romania’s new Patriot missile defence system. Romania will join five other European NATO countries (Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain) that are also Patriot users. NATO partner country Sweden has

  • Russian SSBN Yuri Dolgoruky successfully fires four Bulavas

    Russia’s Borei-class (Project 955) ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Yuri Dolgoruky successfully test fired a volley of four Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) from the White Sea to hit designated targets at the Kura test range, situated 5,000 miles away on the Kamchatka

  • Update: North Korea destroys tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site

    North Korea destroyed several tunnels and other facilities at its only known nuclear test site on 24 May in a move described by the government in Pyongyang as an “important process” towards achieving global nuclear disarmament. The dismantling of the northeastern Punggye-ri test ground,

  • ASC launches ‘digital transformation’ initiative

    Australia’s state-owned naval shipbuilder ASC has entered an agreement with US consultancy company Accenture to support its implementation of advanced manufacturing techniques, ASC announced on 25 May. ASC said the agreement is part of its “digital transformation programme”

  • Australian government warned over planned spending on naval shipbuilding

    The Australian government has been warned that its naval shipbuilding programme (NSP) could consume so much of the country’s defence procurement budget that it might put at risk the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to emerging priorities. The Australian Strategic

  • Australian Army to roll out Black Hornet micro UAVs

    The Australian Army (AA) will soon roll out the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) across one of its brigades in Brisbane, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 24 May statement. The rollout and sustainment of the micro unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is

  • Japan takes delivery of four more Bushmaster vehicles

    Japan has taken delivery of a second batch of four Bushmaster 4x4 protected mobility vehicles for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), manufacturer Thales Australia confirmed on 24 May. The company built and supplied four Bushmasters to the JGSDF in 2014 at a cost of about AUD3.6 million

  • KADEX 2018: Kazakhstan orders more Arlan armoured vehicles

    Kazakhstan has placed a “new and substantial order” for Arlan mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, manufacturer Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) announced during the 23-26 May Kazakhstan Defence Expo 2018 (KADEX 2018) exhibition in Astana. The announcement comes after

  • KADEX 2018: Russian Helicopters unveils Mi-38T utility rotorcraft

    Russian Helicopters holding, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has presented the Mi-38T utility rotor at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23-26 May. The Mi-38T can be supplied in the baseline transport, search-and-rescue (SAR) or medical evacuation

  • KADEX 2018: TAI, KAI sign MoU on Anka UAVs and Hurkus jet trainers

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Kazakhstan Aviation Industry (KAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 24 May at the KADEX 2018 exhibition to co-operate on the joint development and procurement of the Turkish company’s Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Hurkus advanced

  • MT30 selected for new JMSDF frigate programme

    Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply its MT30 marine gas turbine to power the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force’s (JMSDF’s) new 30FFM frigate. Working with its local partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Rolls-Royce will supply an initial two engines for the first two 30FFM ships. The

  • SOFIC 2018: US Theater Special Operations Commands seek AI, decoy tech

    US Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) leaders from around the world have said that they want autonomous, machine learning, decoy, and counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) equipment for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and partner nation forces. Many of these capabilities are now

  • Update: US disinvites China from 2018 ‘RIMPAC’ naval exercise

    The United States has disinvited China from participating in this year’s multinational ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) maritime exercise due to what Washington described as Beijing’s “continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18