• China, Myanmar hold talks on maintaining peace in border area

    China and Myanmar have agreed to 'maintain peace and stability' in the border areas between the two countries after fighting between Myanmar government forces and an alliance of four insurgent factions escalated in the country's north in late 2016. During the China-Myanmar 2+2 High-level

  • Fincantieri looks to boost Australian industrial engagement

    Fincantieri is undertaking a comprehensive 'procurement supply chain roadshow' across Australia in February in support of its bid to meet the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) SEA 5000 project to acquire nine new frigates for an estimated AUD35 billion (USD27 million). Dario Deste - the chairman of

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries swings into profit

    South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has posted a fall in annual sales but a return to profit in fiscal year 2016, the company announced on 9 February. HHI said in a filing to the Korean Exchange that sales in the year fell 15% to KRW39.3 trillion (USD1.2 billion). It added that it also

  • IAI pitches MTCR-compliant Heron TP to India

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a new export-version of its long-range Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 9 February, saying it will be displayed at the Aero India 2017 show taking place from 14-18 February in Bengaluru. The Heron TP XP is identical to the Heron TP except that it

  • Indonesia mulls Turkish, South Korean, Russian options for marines APC requirement

    Key Points Indonesia is currently considering options in the acquisition of 50 APCs for its Marines Corps Contract to include an in-country licensed production component for latter units The Indonesian Ministry of Defence is currently evaluating proposals from Russia, Turkey, and South Korea in a

  • North Korea capable of producing up to 60 nuclear warheads, says report

    North Korea is believed to have enough highly enriched uranium and plutonium to produce up to 60 nuclear warheads, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on 9 February, citing a 'secret report by intelligence and military authorities'. Based on 2016 figures, Pyongyang has 758 kg of highly enriched

  • Protesters attack police and army in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    CLASHES erupted after protesters attacked local police and soldiers with stones following a cordon and search operation on 3 February in Pulwama district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, the Daily Excelsior reported. Police fired teargas to disperse the demonstrators. No casualties were reported.

  • US commander wants more trainers for 'stalemate' in Afghanistan

    The top US commander in Afghanistan told Congress he needs "a few thousand" more trainers to help Afghan defence and security forces, which have struggled to maintain security against insurgents. "I believe we're in a stalemate," General John Nicholson, commander of Resolute

  • South Korea moves forward hovercraft programme to boost industry

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) plans to fast-forward a programme to construct hovercraft for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) in a bid to support local industry. DAPA said in a statement on 9 February that the project to build two additional high-speed hovercraft

  • Ukraine's Donbas conflict escalating into 'second Debaltseve'

    An escalation in fighting in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region is being referred to in Kiev as becoming a 'second Debaltseve' after the battle of January 2015 that was the scene of hundreds of casualties on the Ukrainian side, many due to saturation bombardments by Russian-backed rebels using Grad

  • Breakdown in Philippine peace negotiations likely to increase fighting between government forces and communist rebels

    EVENT Since the New People's Army (NPA) announced an end to a five-month unilateral ceasefire on 1 February, relations between the NPA and the Philippines government have deteriorated quickly, risking re-escalation into a major conflict that places the longer-term peace process at risk. The NPA

  • Fiji buys 10 Australian Bushmasters for UN peacekeeping missions

    Fiji has bought 10 refurbished Thales Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles from Australia to support it's United Nations peacekeeping missions at the Golan Heights and in Syria, Australian defence minister Marise Payne announced on 9 February. "Fiji will use the vehicles to form part of

  • Fuji Heavy registers double-digit fall in earnings

    Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) - one of Japan's 'big three' defence corporations - has posted a double-digit decline in earnings during the first nine months of fiscal year 2016, the group announced on 8 February. The fall replicates the declines experienced by Japan's two other defence primes,

  • Japan looks to secure additional F-35 cost reductions

    Japan is looking to secure additional reductions in the cost of its programme to procure Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft from the United States, a spokesperson from the Japan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has told Jane's . The Japan MoD ordered the first four of a projected 42 F-35s

  • Seoul signals investment in 'defence big data' analysis

    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said it plans to make further investments in developing structures to analyse 'big data' as a way to enhance the capabilities of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. In a statement published on 7 February the MND said its continuing "defence

  • Suicide attack kills 20 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST 20 people were killed and 41 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives targeting court employees exiting through a side door at the Supreme Court in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 7 February, Al-Jazeera reported. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the

  • Airbus Helicopters to open new MRO plant in India

    Airbus Helicopters is looking to open a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for H225M helicopters in Goa, Jane's has been told. The helicopter has been selected for the Indian Coast Guard's requirement for 14 Twin Engine Heavy Helicopters that would undertake search-and-rescue (SAR)

  • India-US technology initiative moving slowly

    The India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) to jointly develop and manufacture US military equipment in India has registered incremental progress since its initiation in 2012. Aimed at furthering defence co-operation between two strategic allies, shorn of bureaucratic delays from

  • Indonesian defence firms secure export support

    The Indonesian Export Financing Agency (IEFA) - also known as the Indonesia Eximbank - has said it will support the country's biggest state-owned defence manufacturers' efforts to expand in international markets. In an investor conference in Jakarta on 7 February, Susiwijono Moegiarso, IEFA's

  • Korean-Indonesian fighter project hits licensing delays

    The partnership between South Korea and Indonesia to jointly develop the Korean Fighter Xperiment/Indonesia Fighter Xperiment (KFX/IFX) fighter aircraft has run into problems over licensing approvals. Indonesia's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, said in comments