• China regroups PLA ground forces into 13 corps

    China's Central Military Commission (CMC) has taken another step towards streamlining and modernising the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by deciding to regroup the PLA ground forces into 13 corps from the previous 18, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 27 April. The new

  • China’s NORINCO and Royal Thai Army expand collaboration

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) and the Royal Thai Army (RTA) have signed an agreement to support defence trade and related support, the Chinese group has announced. In a press release on 27 April NORINCO said that the agreement, which was signed in China, is aimed at “deepening

  • Communist attacks on factories in Philippine president's home town increase risk of more fighting against government forces

    EVENT About 80 communist New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas on 29 April carried out attacks on a food-packing plant, a plastic factory, and a ranch belonging to the Lapanday Foods Corporation (LFC) around the city of Davao, Mindanao. At least two NPA militants were killed in the attacks during

  • IED attack wounds 15 civilians in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    FIFTEEN civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a bicycle detonated in the main market in Hafiz Slaour Lari area in Batikot district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 27 April, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Marines return to Helmand as Pentagon relooks Afghan war plans

    US marines have returned to Afghanistan's Helmand Province, and the Pentagon is mulling potentially thousands of additional troops for the 16-year-long stalemated war, as Afghan forces are reportedly suffering considerable casualty rates. The US Marine Corps (USMC) sent 20,000 marines to Helmand

  • South Korea’s DAPA introduces guidelines to regulate procurement agents

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has introduced guidelines to regulate the use of procurement agents. DAPA said on 2 May that the new measures, which are intended to improve transparency, will commit suppliers to identify all “agents, advisers, lobbyists,

  • Syria blames Israel for Damascus strike

    The government of Syria has blamed Israel for an explosion near Damascus International Airport early on 27 April. The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited a military source as saying Israel fired several missiles from occupied territory, a reference to the Golan Heights, which hit a

  • UK discusses defence industrial co-operation with Ukraine

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is in discussion with Ukroboronprom over potential co-operation on aerospace manufacturing, according to a 27 April release by the Ukrainian state-owned defence contractor. The company reported that its General Director Roman Romanov met with UK MoD officials in

  • US approves potential Poseidon sale to New Zealand

    The US State department has approved the potential sale to New Zealand of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), valued at USD1.46 billion. The approval, which was announced by the Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 April, covers four aircraft equipped with the

  • HHIC lays keel for South Korea's second helicopter carrier

    South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has begun assembly work on the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH) on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement on 28

  • MMEA rebrands service as 'Malaysia Coast Guard'

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is now formally known as the Malaysia Coast Guard, a senior service official has confirmed during his presentation at the Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference in Jakarta. The rebranding exercise is being done against the backdrop of

  • Hanwha Techwin set for restructuring

    South Korean company Hanwha Techwin announced plans on 27 April to spin off some of its business activities into separate subsidiaries to promote the group’s competitiveness in domestic and international markets. In a filing to the Korean Exchange (KRX), Hanwha Techwin – part of the

  • Indonesia to receive three new 120 m LSTs by 2018

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama has received a contract to construct three 120 m landing ship tank (LST) platforms for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), an official from the company confirmed with Jane's on 27 April. The vessels, which will be used

  • Kawasaki posts decline in sales and earnings

    Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has attributed declines in sales and earnings in fiscal year (FY) 2016/17 to the appreciation of the yen and a decline in profits in the shipbuilding and aerospace domains. KHI said in statements published on 27 April that its total annual sales declined year on year

  • Malaysia conducts trials of 30 mm naval gun from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted test firings of a 30 mm Turkish-made naval gun system from a newly inducted platform Tests brings the first-of-class New Generation Patrol Craft closer towards full operational capability with the service The Malaysian Coast Guard has conducted

  • Trump wants South Korea to pay for THAAD system

    US president Donald Trump has said that he wants South Korea to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that is being deployed to the country to defend against potential missile attacks by North Korea. The president told the Reuters news agency on 27 April that the advanced

  • Trump warns of 'possible major conflict' with North Korea

    US president Donald Trump has warned that a "major conflict" with North Korea is possible over the northeast Asian country's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Speaking to the Reuters news agency on 27 April, Trump said that he wanted to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula

  • Zenit shipyard launches fourth Project 250-class patrol ship for Kazakh navy

    Kazakhstan's Zenit shipyard has launched the fourth Kazakhstan (Project 250)-class patrol ship on order for the country's navy, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Astana. Named Mangystau , the 42.2 m-long vessel, which is also locally referred to as a 'rocket artillery ship', was

  • South Korea’s DSME and HHI register quarterly gains

    South Korea’s biggest naval shipyards – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) – have posted strong quarterly gains on the back of expansive cost-cutting, the companies announced on 27 April. In separate filings to the Korean

  • Islamic State recruiting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, says head of Russian military intelligence

    The Islamic State militant group has managed to recruit members of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Igor Korobov, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate within the Russian Armed Forces' General Staff, was quoted by TASS News Agency as saying on 26 April. "The