• HAL and Safran move forward on helicopter engine JV plan

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and France's Safran Helicopter Engines have agreed to set up a joint venture (JV) in India to provide helicopter engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, it was announced on 12 July. The two companies said in a statement that the new joint

  • US force posture in Afghanistan split among advisors, commandos, enablers

    US forces in Afghanistan are drawing down to about 8,400 personnel and those will include a mix of troops dedicated to counter-terrorism or to advising local units, as well as a pool of support 'enablers'. The United States is to have about 2,150 troops "focused on our counter-terrorism

  • Indonesia's military sealift command announces plans for new transport, amphibious ships

    Key Points Indonesia plans to acquire more amphibious ships, including an additional LPD The platforms will be built indigenously, as part of Indonesia's bid to foster local shipbuilding expertise The head of the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) Military

  • Russia confirms helicopter shot down in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that it lost a helicopter on 8 July in an incident east of the ancient ruins of Palmyra that was claimed by the Islamic State militant group. The Islamic State's initial claim that it had shot down a Russian helicopter was denied by the MoD.

  • Guizhou unveils box-wing UAV concept

    A new prop-driven, box-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept has been unveiled by China's Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIC) at the 7th Vanguard Wings UAV show in Beijing, one of China's major exhibitions for the rapidly growing sector. Information on posters at the company's stand, which

  • China's Norinco develops new Type 96 MBT variant

    One of China's biggest military manufacturers, China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), has developed a new variant of its Type 96 (ZTZ-96) main battle tank (MBT) in time to participate in the 30 July to 16 August International Army Games organised by the Russian Ministry of Defence. At least

  • 'High level of activity' at North Korean nuclear test site, says report

    Satellite imagery indicates a "high level of activity" at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, specifically at the North Portal area where the communist country conducted its 2013 and 2016 nuclear tests, according to a report published by the 38 North website of the US-Korea

  • China's claim to most of South China Sea has 'no legal basis', says international tribunal

    An international tribunal ruled on 12 July that China's claim to historic rights within most of the South China Sea (SCS) has no legal basis; a decision that has angered China and sparked fears Beijing may accelerate its effort to establish de facto control over the disputed area through land

  • Harris aims to boost Australian presence

    The Harris Corporation aims to leverage its 2015 acquisition of Exelis to support its expansion in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region, Alan Callaghan, the president and managing director of Harris's new Australian subsidiary has told IHS Jane's . Harris Defence Australia was established in

  • Pyongyang cuts sole communication line with US over human rights sanctions

    North Korea has severed its only line of communication with the United States in response to Washington imposing sanctions against Kim Jong-un for Pyongyang's human rights abuses, North Korean media reported on 11 July. The two governments now have no diplomatic relations as the sole channel for

  • Tata companies look to join forces on aerospace manufacturing

    Three companies from the Indian-based Tata group have announced a plan to collaborate on aerospace manufacturing in a bid to build on the corporation's involvement in international subcontracting chains. Tata Technologies, Tata Advanced Materials, and TAL Manufacturing Solutions said at the

  • Thailand's first M58 patrol boat undergoes final fit-out ahead of delivery

    Thailand's first M58 patrol boat is currently undergoing its final fit-out ahead of its scheduled delivery to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for the latter part of the year, a Marsun official told IHS Jane's on 12 July. The vessel, Laemsing (561), is currently being targeted for delivery in September

  • Arianespace targets further military satellite launch opportunities in the Asia Pacific

    Launch service provider Arianespace is eyeing further opportunities in the Asia Pacific on the back of the successful launch of Flight VA230, lofting the Echostar 18 and BRISAT satellites with its Ariane 5 ECA (Cryogenic Evolution type A) heavy-lift launch vehicle, from the Guiana Space Centre in

  • Farnborough 2016: An-178 makes Farnborough debut

    The Antonov An-178 has made its first appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016, as efforts by the manufacturer increase to broaden the aircraft's international market appeal. The aircraft made its first debut at a Western airshow at the 2015 Paris Air Show, and was also displayed at

  • Boeing and Mahindra open C-17 training centre in India

    Boeing and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS), a division of the Mahindra group, have inaugurated a training centre to support the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) operation of its Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. The centre officially opened on 8 July and, once fully operational, will conduct

  • Deadlock over India's Rafale purchase continues

    India has failed to meet Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's June deadline to close a deal with France for 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Negotiations remain stalemated over cost, offsets and legal issues, with industry sources telling IHS Jane's that no talks have

  • India and South Africa to pursue defence trade opportunities

    India and South Africa have agreed to pursue opportunities to expand defence trade and related industrial collaboration, it was announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Pretoria on 8 July. Modi said in a press statement following meetings with his South African counterpart

  • Indian Air Force gets first C-17 simulator

    India's first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft simulation centre was inaugurated in the outskirts of New Delhi on 8 July. Developed in collaboration with Mahindra Defence Systems, the centre in Gurgaon is set to provide Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 pilots and loadmasters instruction

  • Indian army renews quest for assault rifle

    In order to plug a longstanding operational gap the Indian Army has re-launched its quest for an imported assault rifle after recently rejecting the locally designed option. Military sources told IHS Jane's that the army is readying a global request for information (RFI) for 7.62x51 mm assault

  • Indonesian Army begins probe into helicopter crash that killed three

    The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat, or TNI-AD) has begun investigations into the crash of a Bell 205A-1 helicopter that killed two service members and a civilian. The aircraft, with serial number HA5073, crashed into a house in Sleman, Yogyakarta, about ten minutes