• Indian MoD plans to scrap IAF's single-engine fighter project

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to abandon its two-year-old proposal to procure 114 licence-built single-engine fighter aircraft and to broaden its fighter requirement to include twin-engine platforms. Official sources told Jane’s that the MoD

  • Norinco’s HJ-11 ATGW looks to have entered service with PLAGF

    The Red Arrow 11 (Hongjian-11 or HJ-11) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) produced by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) may have entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), images released by the state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV)

  • Bank IED attack in Myanmar’s Shan State indicates increasing risk to commercial assets due to military-militant conflict

    Event At approximately 16:40 local time on 21 February, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at a domestic commercial bank in Lashio city in Myanmar’s Shan State. Images shared on social media showed extensive damage to the Yoma Bank building, some damage to the adjacent Ayeyarwady

  • First phase of upgrades to Australia’s E-7A fleet completed

    The first phase of upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft has been completed, Boeing Defence Australia announced on 21 February. “The on-time completion of the first stage of Phase 5A

  • Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter prototypes touch down in Syria

    Key Points Two Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter prototypes have been deployed to Syria It is unclear what the real benefits of the deployment are The Russian Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily: VKS) have deployed two Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters to Humaymim Air Base in

  • Babcock outlines plans to expand in South Korea

    Babcock International has announced plans to invest in South Korea as part of its bid to support existing contracts and expansion in the northeast Asian country. The UK-headquartered group said on 21 February that it would soon open a facility in the southern city of Busan principally to support

  • Indonesian Navy to receive four ScanEagle UAVs in 2018

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy will receive four ScanEagle UAVs in mid-2018 Equipment is provided under a grant from the US government, which seeks to build maritime surveillance capabilities of Southeast Asian countries The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • Malaysia seeks balance in ‘15-to-5’ concept to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Navy is shifting its force structure focus to address maritime security challenges in its eastern region Multinational co-operation is helping reduce maritime security risks in Malaysia’s eastern and western regions The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking

  • PLA equips special operations branch with QTS-11 integrated combat system, says report

    China’s People's Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has equipped a branch of its special operations forces with the QTS-11 infantry integrated combat system, according to a 22 February report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper. The Sky Wolf Commandos from the PLA’s Western

  • Separatist rhetoric threatens stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Key Points The hardening tone of nationalist rhetoric among senior political figures in Bosnia and Herzegovina increases the risk of an unintended escalation into conflict as a result of a miscalculation around the October elections. It is unlikely that a dispute over electoral law will be

  • Unidentified militants kill four NDS personnel in Afghanistan's Parwan

    FOUR National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, including a senior official, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire targeting their vehicle in Khanqah area in Bagram district in Afghanistan's Parwan province on 21 February, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately

  • USFK launches Gray Eagle UAS unit, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has launched a unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in South Korea as part of efforts to enhance its capabilities in the region, the Yonhap news agency

  • China reviews regulations for civil-military integration

    The Chinese government has launched a campaign to review and update regulations related to civil-military integration (CMI), the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on 22 February. Citing an official government circular, Xinhua said the campaign would “clear up outdated regulations to

  • Senior Philippine Navy official reiterates call to acquire submarines

    A senior Philippine Navy (PN) official has reiterated calls for the country to operate its own fleet of submarines amid mounting security challenges in the region. The service’s flag officer-in-command, Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad, made the call during a hearing with the Philippine senate.

  • New Zealand decommissions diver support ship

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has decommissioned its diver support ship, HMNZS Manawanui . The vessel was officially retired in a decommissioning ceremony held at Devonport Naval Base on the morning of 23 February. Manawanui was built in the United Kingdom in 1979 as a diving support vessel

  • Singapore Technologies Engineering posts gains for 2017

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) posted increases in earnings and profit in fiscal year 2017, the company announced on 23 February. While group revenues in the year stayed relatively flat at SGD6.62 billion (USD5 billion), profit before tax increased year on year by 6% to SGD623

  • IDE delivers iDefender to Indonesian Navy

    Intracom Defense Electronics (IDE) has delivered its iDefender Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) suite-based solution to the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI–AL), the Greece-based company announced in a statement on 20 February. The new system is set

  • India test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi II SRBM

    India successfully conducted a night-time test-launch of its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi II short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) to a range of 350 km off the country’s east coast on 21 February. Official sources told Jane’s that Indian Army (IA) personnel from the

  • Japan suspects North Korean ship of violating UNSC resolutions

    Japan spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker apparently accepting an unknown cargo from a smaller vessel of unknown nationality in the East China Sea on 16 February: a move that raises suspicion that the ships may have been in breach of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. “Judging from the

  • Singapore’s MINDEF strengthens its cyber defences

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has bolstered its cyber defences following the conclusion of a three week-long programme that saw 264 computer security specialists from around the world try to penetrate the ministry’s IT networks and systems. Speaking about the results of the