• TTP attack wounds five police officers in Pakistan's Swat

    FIVE police officers were wounded when their vehicle triggered an explosive device emplaced by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the Mankial area of Swat in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 12 July, RFE/RL reported. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Unidentified gunmen kill two female teachers in the Philippines' Cotabato City

    TWO female teachers were killed and two others were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their motorised tricycle in the Purol Talainged area of Cotabato City in the Philippines on 13 July, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. No group or individual immediately claimed responsibility

  • Farnborough 2016: Armed AVIC Harrier Hawk breaks cover

    An armed variant of AVIC's Harrier Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been displayed by the company at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016. The aircraft features a tricycle undercarriage and is powered by a turboprop engine and three-bladed propeller. AVIC representatives were unable to

  • Argentina seeks counter-piracy solutions

    The Argentine ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence have begun working on a contingency plan for counter-piracy efforts, as local companies exporting to Asia and Africa have increasingly complained about attacks on their shipping vessels. The main threats are located in the South China Sea and

  • China claims right to set up ADIZ over South China Sea 'if threatened'

    A senior Chinese official said on 13 July that Beijing will decide whether to declare an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea (SCS) depending on "the extent of threat". "The ADIZ is not a Chinese invention, but rather that of some big powers. If our

  • China, Taiwan likely to increase South China Sea deployments after dismissing international court ruling

    Key Points Beijing and Taipei are likely to maintain or increase deployments in the South China Sea in wake of ruling by international court of arbitration Possible increase in military activities is likely to complicate and heighten tensions further in the disputed region Operations conducted by

  • Farnborough 2016: Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra expand industrial co-operation ties

    Airbus Helicopters has contracted India's Mahindra group to manufacture parts for the European company's AS565 MBe Panther utility helicopter, it was announced on 12 July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016. Airbus said the arrangement will feature Mahindra's production of airframe parts

  • 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