• Mine attack kills five civilians in Afghanistan's Ghazni

    FIVE civilians were killed and six others were wounded when a mine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the Spin Band area in Ab Band district in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on 15 June, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Mine attack kills four civilians in Afghanistan's Laghman

    FOUR civilians were killed when a mine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the Shakhtari area in Alingar district in Afghanistan's Laghman province on 16 June, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Soft-kill technologies could address gap in low-cost naval countermeasures

    Lack of investment in maritime soft-kill countermeasures from the 1980s has stagnated development of affordable countermeasures for the naval arena, limiting the spectrum of responses, a Chemring Countermeasures official told Jane's at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. Senior business manager

  • South Korea to mass-produce improved Cheongung M-SAM, says report

    South Korea will begin mass-producing an improved variant of its locally developed Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) later this year to better counter North Korea's growing missile threats, the Yonhap news agency reported on 17 June. The

  • SVBIED attack kills six police officers in Afghanistan's Pakitka

    SIX police officers were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) and a small-arms attack outside a police headquarters in Gardez city in Afghanistan's Paktika province on 18 June, Reuters. Two gunmen were also killed in the attack.

  • Wreckage of missing RMAF Hawk Mk 108 aircraft found

    The wreckage of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108 advanced training aircraft that went missing on 15 June has been found in Malaysia's eastern state of Terengganu, according to local media reports. The wreckage was spotted by a RMAF helicopter search-and-rescue team in a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Lockheed Martin announces F-16 partnership with Tata

    Key Points Agreement between Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited could see F-16 aircraft manufactured in India. Further work on supplying the wider supply chain to the F-16 user base would add value to proposal. Lockheed Martin announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that it had

  • Missing sailors on damaged USN destroyer found dead

    The US Navy (USN) has confirmed that all seven missing sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were found dead in berthing compartments that were damaged and flooded when the warship collided with the 222 m-long Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal on 17

  • Japan has ‘no plans’ to hand technology subsidies to foreign firms

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has stated that it has no plans to allow foreign entities to apply for funding through its expanding defence technology funding programme. Reports in Japan have stated recently that the MoD’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) was

  • Singapore details ongoing upgrades to Leopard 2SG MBTs

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is continuing to improve the combat effectiveness of its fleet of ex-Bundeswehr Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) with new capabilities, with the most recent addition revealed to be a commander's panoramic sighting system. At least two upgraded Leopard 2A4 MBTs -

  • Australia to invest in boosting satellite capability

    The Australian government will invest AUD500 million (USD381 million) to enhance space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, it announced on 18 June. Under the first phase of the programme – dubbed ‘Defence Project 799’ – the Department of

  • Paris Air Show 2017: GKN beefs up cyber security to protect military technology during China expansion

    GKN Aerospace has put in place "additional safeguards" to protect its military technologies from industrial espionage as it expands its commercial presence in China, a senior official told reporters ahead of the Paris Air Show. Speaking in London a few weeks before the event, the

  • Germany and Georgia co-operate in Afghanistan

    Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoria visited Berlin on 14 June for discussions with his German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen. The discussions covered the two countries' co-operation in NATO's Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan, as well as security and defence in Europe and the

  • Russian energy and infrastructure sectors targeted by new US sanctions, aimed at expanding their scope and scale

    Key Points If the new sanctions become law, they will increase the scope and scale of the current US sanctions against Russia and make them much harder to be removed or eased. The expanded sanctions are likely to be designed to cause a long-term negative effect on the Russian economy, as they will

  • Australian DoD receives first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has provisionally accepted the first of three Aegis-equipped Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Hobart , which is being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance comprising the

  • China launches fifth LPD for PLAN

    China's fifth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel was launched on 15 June at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai. Fitting out and sea trials of the previous ship took 12 months: an indication that the newest vessel of the class is likely to enter service in about June

  • Russia says US has deployed HIMARS to southeast Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 15 June that the United States had deployed two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from Jordan to Al-Tanf, a flashpoint area in southeast Syria. Close to both the Jordanian and Iraqi borders, Al-Tanf is the location of a remote base

  • Super Tucano in pole position to meet Philippine Air Force requirement

    The Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) longstanding requirement to procure a new close-air support (CAS) aircraft has finally progressed, with the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano having been selected by the Department of National Defense (DND) as the programme’s single lowest bidder.

  • Taiwan advances 3D printing for aerospace

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has signed an agreement with the country’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to collaborate on 3-D printing for aerospace applications. AIDC said that under the Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed on 15

  • Australia's first air warfare destroyer provisionally accepted by Department of Defence

    The first of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was provisionally accepted by the Department of Defence (DoD) on 16 June from the AWD Alliance. The grouping consists of the DoD, government-owned shipbuilder ASC, and contractor Raytheon Australia.