• DSME formulates plan to spin off defence business

    Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has confirmed plans to spin off its naval shipbuilding business. The company, which is under substantial financial pressure, said in a statement on 1 September that it is conducting a feasibility study and expects to finalise its divestiture plans

  • Hyundai wins USD337 million frigate contract from Philippine Navy

    Key Points Hyundai Heavy Industries has been selected to supply the Philippine Navy with two newbuilding frigates Programme will provide the Philippine Navy with its most modern surface combatant to date South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has formally received a notice of

  • India planning to buy Russian Kalibr cruise missiles, says report

    India intends to buy the export version of Russia's Kalibr land-attack cruise missile equipped with the latest high-precision guidance system, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on 1 September citing a diplomatic source. While the paper said the system would be essentially the same as the one used

  • North Korea expanding and upgrading Munch'on Naval Base, says report

    Commercial satellite imagery suggests North Korea has been expanding and enhancing its facilities at the Munch'on Naval Base located north of the eastern port city of Wonsan, according to a report published on 1 September by the 38 North website of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins

  • Security Alerts 2-9 September

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Traffic congestion in Buenos Aires city centre during dairy farmer protest at Plaza de Mayo, 7 September Risk analysis: The Dairy Farmers' Association (Asociación de Lecheros) is planning a protest on 7 September in Buenos Aires at the Plaza de Mayo, the main

  • Ukroboronprom 'ready to produce new unmanned systems from next year'

    Ukroboronprom is ready to produce its new AN-BK-1 Horlytsia (Turtledove) multirole tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and Phantom multi-purpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for the Ukrainian armed forces from next year, director general of Ukroboronprom Roman Romanov announced on the country's

  • UPDATE: Boeing commits to supporting Apache sales to Korea

    Boeing has further expanded its presence in South Korea through the delivery of a training system to support on-order AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. According to Boeing, the Apache Longbow Crew Trainer uses the helicopter's flight software and flight and avionics simulation models to

  • US Navy details damage to USS Coronado, delays deployment to Singapore

    The US Navy (USN) will proceed with the deployment of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4) to Singapore upon completion of unscheduled repair works at Pearl Harbor, a service spokesperson confirmed with IHS Jane's on 2 September 2016. Coronado was scheduled to arrive in the republic in

  • Al Qaeda uses regional languages for recruitment in India

    ACCORDING to intelligence reports on 27 August, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) - an affiliate of Al-Qaeda- had formed a new branch GIMF Sub-continent to publish and translate the group's messages, videos and magazines in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Tamil, particularly in the south of India,

  • Australian military to gain new powers to target Islamic State

    Australian laws are to be overhauled to allow broader targeting of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria by the Australian military, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 1 September. In a national security statement to parliament, Turnbull said the government would change restrictive

  • Chinese embassy attack indicates rising terrorism risks in Kyrgyzstan possibly related to increased activity by Uyghur militants

    EVENT On 30 August 2016, a van rammed through the gates of the Embassy of China in Bishkek and exploded inside, killing the driver and slightly injuring two Kyrgyz nationals. No Chinese diplomatic personnel were hurt. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs categorised this incident as a terrorist

  • Former LTTE militant escapes from a prison hospital in Sri Lanka's Northern

    A FORMER Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant, who was undergoing treatment while on remand at the Jaffna prison, escaped from the prison Hospital in Jaffna in Sri Lanka's Northern Province on 24 August, Daily Mirror reported.

  • GRSE delivers second improved variant of Car-Nicobar-class fast attack craft

    Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has delivered the second improved variant of the Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel on order for the Indian Navy. Dubbed as the 'follow on waterjet fast attack craft' (FOWJFAC) in India, the vessel was handed over on 30 August in a

  • Japan's defence ministry seeks record USD50 billion budget to counter Chinese, North Korean threats

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) filed a request on 31 August for a budget of JPY5.17 trillion (USD49.87 billion) for the fiscal year beginning in April 2017: a record figure and up 2.3% from this year's defence budget, according to documents posted on the ministry's website. Tensions between

  • Lockheed Martin and Raytheon team with Tata Power on Javelin missile

    Lockheed Martin and Raytheon's Javelin Joint Venture (JJV) partnership has signed an agreement with Indian firm Tata Power's Strategic Engineering Division (SED) to explore potential co-development and production of the FGM-148E Javelin anti-armour weapon system. Under the terms of a letter of

  • Mitsubishi and unidentified US firm discuss armoured vehicle partnership

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is in talks with a US company to co-develop and produce an armoured vehicle for international markets, the Japanese corporation confirmed to IHS Jane's on 1 September. An MHI spokesman also confirmed that the corporation is liaising with the Japanese government on

  • New Zealand issues RfI for fixed-wing transport capability

    The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the New Zealand Defence Force have released a request for information (RfI) for potential fixed-wing aircraft to replace the country's two Boeing 757-200 and five Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft in the first half of the next decade.

  • Russia to establish 'full-cycle' shipbuilding chain in Sevastopol

    Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) plans to establish a full-cycle shipbuilding chain, ranging from design to construction of ships and vessels, in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, vice-president of USC Dmitry Kolodyazhni said during a visit to the Centre for Marine Research and

  • South Korea mulls purchase of four Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft, says report

    The South Korean military may buy four Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft in the wake of the successful test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) by North Korea on 24 August, the Korea JoongAng Ilbo newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying on 1

  • Taiwan suspends CM11 live-fire operations following gun barrel failure

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) suspended live-fire operations on its M48H CM11 main battle tanks (MBTs) on 31 August after a gun barrel broke off a vehicle during an exercise at the Hukou Army Base in Hsinchu County. Defence officials said the 105 mm gun barrel snapped in an area