• IED attack kills police officer in Afghanistan's Faryab

    A POLICE officer was killed and three other officers and seven civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a bicycle, detonated targeting a police vehicle in the city of Maymana in Afghanistan's Faryab province on 9 May, Afghan Islamic Press reported. Although there

  • Indian Army orders study for 'right-sizing' the force

    India's Army chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, has ordered an internal study to 'right-size' the 1.2 million-strong force by reducing numbers in order to improve its inordinately low 'teeth-to-tail ratio', or T3R, of combat soldiers to support personnel. Official sources said the study, headed by

  • Joint Afghan-US operation frees high-profile Pakistani hostage in Paktika province

    Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and US Special Operations Forces operating under the US counter-terrorism mission 'Freedom's Sentinel' rescued Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a partnered raid in the district of Giyan in the southeastern province

  • Kim Jong-un asserts nuclear ambitions in rare Workers' Party Congress

    Key Points Kim Jong-un has pledged to strengthen North Korea's nuclear arsenal in Congress The North Korean leader stresses he would make only a "defensive" use of atomic weapons North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un asserted his power and affirmed his determination to expand his country's

  • Russia starts naval shipbuilding in Crimea

    Russia has begun building its first naval vessel in Crimea since it occupied the territory from Ukraine. The Project 22800 (Karakurt-class) guided missile corvette was laid down on 10 May by the More Shipyard in Feodosiya. "Today, we are laying the keel of the advanced ship Shtorm ... this

  • Suspected Islamist militants wound six police officers in Russia's Chechnya

    SIX police officers were wounded when suspected Islamist militants attacked their checkpoint near Grozny in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya on 9 May, RFE/RL reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Two Crimean shipyards to operate independently by 2018

    Crimean shipyards More in Feodosiya and Zaliv in Kerch will be able to independently fulfil military orders without strategic partners by 2018, according to Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade. Ministry director of shipbuilding and marine technology Maxim Kochetkov told IHS Jane's on 10 May

  • Two suicide bombers detonate explosives in Cameroon's Extreme-Nord

    TWO female suicide bombers detonated their explosives after being discovered by local vigilantes at the entrance to Kolofata in Cameroon's Extreme-Nord region on 2 May, Cameroon-Info reported. No other casualties were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attempted attack,

  • US reviews Vietnam ties before potentially lifting embargo

    The United States government is reviewing its policies in relation to Vietnam before a potential move to fully lift its long-standing military export embargo on the Southeast Asian country. The review comes before US president Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam, which is scheduled for later this month.

  • Pakistani-US F-16 deal hits another snag

    Key Points The US has dropped the subsidy it had offered for Pakistan's purchase of eight F-16s Islamabad insists the deal must be 'free of any preconditions' The US sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Pakistan may have hit another snag. A senior Pakistani government official said on 7 May

  • Philippine Navy's lead SSV sails towards home

    The first strategic sealift vessel (SSV) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) has departed Surabaya and is now on its way towards Manila, a PT PAL official told IHS Jane's on 9 May. The landing platform dock-like vessel, which will be the future BRP Tarlac (601), was sent off on the previous day

  • AgustaWestland bribery inquiry could further delay Indian modernisation

    Key Points A revival of the AgustaWestland graft inquiry could cause renewed slippage in several Indian procurement programmes The prevailing atmosphere could also further delay the purchase of 36 French Dassault Rafale fighters, officials say India's military modernisation may face further delay

  • ASEAN, regional navies hone counterterrorism capabilities in multilateral maritime exercise

    Key Points Armed forces from ASEAN and the wider Asia-Pacific region are involved in the largest multilateral counterterrorism exercise of its kind to date Exercise aims to boost interoperability and co-ordination among armed forces to address threat of terrorism Against the backdrop of rising

  • China and Russia take aim at THAAD with hypersonic programmes

    South Korea's planned deployment of the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has spurred both China and Russia to accelerate their hypersonic vehicle test programmes. According to US news reporting based on leaks from the Pentagon, China conducted a seventh flight test

  • China warns Philippines it will not be 'blackmailed' in South China Sea dispute

    Key Points Beijing has told Manila it will not tolerate 'blackmail' in any territorial dispute Philippine president-elect Duterte says he is open to talks with China Only weeks before an expected ruling by an international tribunal on the legality of China's territorial claims in the South China

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announces further job cuts

    Beleaguered shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has announced a further round of significant job cuts as part of efforts to rebalance its books. The corporation, one of South Korea's biggest naval shipyards, said on 9 May that it will implement "intense management reform plans"

  • Nigeria gets ex-Sri Lankan inshore patrol craft

    The Sri Lankan Navy reported that it handed over six of its Arrow-class inshore patrol craft and three other inshore patrol craft of an unidentified type to the Nigerian Navy on 6 May. It said the boats were sold to Nigeria for USD4.2 million. Sri Lanka began to build large numbers of small boats

  • SOFEX 2016: KADDB shows mobile 105 mm artillery system

    The latest King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) 105 mm self-propelled artillery (SP) system is being shown for the time at SOFEX 2016. The baseline vehicle - Al-Wahsh - is essentially a Tatra 4x4 cross country vehicle chassis fitted with an armoured body. According to KADDB the

  • Space systems drag down MHI defence income

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has reported marginal growth in sales for its defence unit and the wider group during fiscal year (FY) 2015, the Japanese corporation announced on 9 May. MHI said group sales in the year ending 31 March were JPY4.04 trillion (USD37.3 billion), an increase of 1.4%

  • Suspected insider attack kills two Romanian special forces personnel in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    TWO Romanian special forces personnel were killed and another was wounded in a suspected insider attack by members of a local police unit they were training in the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on 7 May, Reuters reported. An unspecified number of the attackers were killed in