• Two suicide bombers detonate explosives in Cameroon's Extreme-Nord

    TWO female suicide bombers detonated their explosives after being discovered by local vigilantes at the entrance to Kolofata in Cameroon's Extreme-Nord region on 2 May, Cameroon-Info reported. No other casualties were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attempted attack,

  • US reviews Vietnam ties before potentially lifting embargo

    The United States government is reviewing its policies in relation to Vietnam before a potential move to fully lift its long-standing military export embargo on the Southeast Asian country. The review comes before US president Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam, which is scheduled for later this month.

  • Pakistani-US F-16 deal hits another snag

    Key Points The US has dropped the subsidy it had offered for Pakistan's purchase of eight F-16s Islamabad insists the deal must be 'free of any preconditions' The US sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Pakistan may have hit another snag. A senior Pakistani government official said on 7 May

  • Philippine Navy's lead SSV sails towards home

    The first strategic sealift vessel (SSV) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) has departed Surabaya and is now on its way towards Manila, a PT PAL official told IHS Jane's on 9 May. The landing platform dock-like vessel, which will be the future BRP Tarlac (601), was sent off on the previous day

  • AgustaWestland bribery inquiry could further delay Indian modernisation

    Key Points A revival of the AgustaWestland graft inquiry could cause renewed slippage in several Indian procurement programmes The prevailing atmosphere could also further delay the purchase of 36 French Dassault Rafale fighters, officials say India's military modernisation may face further delay

  • ASEAN, regional navies hone counterterrorism capabilities in multilateral maritime exercise

    Key Points Armed forces from ASEAN and the wider Asia-Pacific region are involved in the largest multilateral counterterrorism exercise of its kind to date Exercise aims to boost interoperability and co-ordination among armed forces to address threat of terrorism Against the backdrop of rising

  • China and Russia take aim at THAAD with hypersonic programmes

    South Korea's planned deployment of the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has spurred both China and Russia to accelerate their hypersonic vehicle test programmes. According to US news reporting based on leaks from the Pentagon, China conducted a seventh flight test

  • China warns Philippines it will not be 'blackmailed' in South China Sea dispute

    Key Points Beijing has told Manila it will not tolerate 'blackmail' in any territorial dispute Philippine president-elect Duterte says he is open to talks with China Only weeks before an expected ruling by an international tribunal on the legality of China's territorial claims in the South China

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announces further job cuts

    Beleaguered shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has announced a further round of significant job cuts as part of efforts to rebalance its books. The corporation, one of South Korea's biggest naval shipyards, said on 9 May that it will implement "intense management reform plans"

  • Nigeria gets ex-Sri Lankan inshore patrol craft

    The Sri Lankan Navy reported that it handed over six of its Arrow-class inshore patrol craft and three other inshore patrol craft of an unidentified type to the Nigerian Navy on 6 May. It said the boats were sold to Nigeria for USD4.2 million. Sri Lanka began to build large numbers of small boats

  • SOFEX 2016: KADDB shows mobile 105 mm artillery system

    The latest King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) 105 mm self-propelled artillery (SP) system is being shown for the time at SOFEX 2016. The baseline vehicle - Al-Wahsh - is essentially a Tatra 4x4 cross country vehicle chassis fitted with an armoured body. According to KADDB the

  • Space systems drag down MHI defence income

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has reported marginal growth in sales for its defence unit and the wider group during fiscal year (FY) 2015, the Japanese corporation announced on 9 May. MHI said group sales in the year ending 31 March were JPY4.04 trillion (USD37.3 billion), an increase of 1.4%

  • Suspected insider attack kills two Romanian special forces personnel in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    TWO Romanian special forces personnel were killed and another was wounded in a suspected insider attack by members of a local police unit they were training in the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on 7 May, Reuters reported. An unspecified number of the attackers were killed in

  • TTP militants kill political activist in Pakistan's Karachi

    A political activist - identified as Khurram Zaki - was killed and two other bystanders were wounded in a small-arms attack by unidentified militants targeting them at a restaurant in the north of the city of Karachi in Pakistan's Sindh province on 7 May, Al-Jazeera and the Indian Express reported.

  • US contracts C208B ISR aircraft for FMS customers

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded contracts valued at USD54.1 million for the delivery of Cessna C208B Grand Caravan intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to a number of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The USD39.9 million and USD14.2 million contracts

  • US destroyer sails near disputed Fiery Cross Reef

    Key Points The destroyer USS William P Lawrence has sailed within 12 n miles of a disputed Chinese-controlled reef Beijing has called the action 'illegal' and a threat to China's sovereignty and security The US Navy (USN) launched its third so-called freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in

  • Helicopter crisis in Russia results in production cutback

    Kazan Helicopters (KVZ), a leader of Russia's helicopter industry, is about to switch to the four-day working week, according to Russian Helicopters representative. KVZ is part of Russian Helicopters. The four-day working week is supposed to last only through the summer and to affect 40% of the

  • Indian offset policy having limited financial impact

    New figures published by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) show that the country's defence offset policy, which was introduced in 2005, is having limited positive financial impact. Citing a parliamentary reply by India's Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, the MoD said that 29

  • Sri Lankan Navy wins Nigerian export contract

    The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) has won an export order from Nigeria to supply nine inshore patrol craft (IPC) for USD4.2 million, it was announced on 7 May. In handing over the IPCs, the SLN said in a statement that the contract represents the navy's first international defence sale. It added that IPCs

  • Suspected CPI-M militants raid iron ore minds in India's Chhattisgarh

    MATERIALS were damaged when suspected Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) militants raided the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) iron ore mines in Dantewada district of India's Chhattisgarh state on 4 May, The Hindu reported. Reports contained no details about any casualties.