• Successful impeachment motion against South Korean president undermines deregulation initiatives, policy delays likely until Q2 2017

    Key Points Park Geun-hye is the first South Korean president to be impeached since 2004, amid the ongoing "Choi-gate" scandal that involved the indictment of her confidante on charges of abuse of power and fraud on 20 November. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will take on Park's duties

  • Ukroboronprom inaugurates new production facility at the Kiev Armoured Plant

    Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial holding group Ukroboronprom has announced that its Kiev Armoured Plant subsidiary has completed the development of a new production centre to permit the construction of bodies for BTR-3 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Ukroboronprom said on 15 December

  • Russia deploys Su-30SM fighters to Kaliningrad

    Russia has boosted the military capabilities located in its Kaliningrad enclave with the arrival on 13 December of the first Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker' combat aircraft to be fielded by the Baltic Fleet. A single Su-30SM, one of the most advanced variants of the Flanker currently to be fielded by the

  • Australia calls on defence attachés to support exports

    Australia's Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has called on the country's network of defence attachés around the world to develop plans to grow military exports to their host nations, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 14 December. A media release by the DoD also

  • Election in Transdniestria likely to provide platform for potential federalisation talks in Moldova

    EVENT On 11 December 2016, Moldova's breakaway region Transdniestria held presidential election, and on the following day the Central Electoral Commission of the entity confirmed that Vadim Crasnoselskii won the Transdniestrian presidential election with 62.3% of the vote. The election was not

  • Korea to develop air-to-surface missiles for KFX aircraft

    South Korea's military procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has launched a programme to develop an indigenous long-range air-to-surface missile to equip its next-generation Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft, a DAPA official confirmed to IHS Jane's.

  • Potential nomination of anti-corruption activist to start first competitive presidential campaign in Russia since 1996

    EVENT On 13 December 2016, Russian anti-corruption activist and opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced the start of his bid for the presidency in 2018. The election should take place no later than March 2018, but there are some indications, such as the allocation of funds for the election in

  • Rheinmetall to develop military vehicle centre in Australia

    Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) has pledged to set up a facility in the country to support the production and support of military vehicles for future Australian and Asia-Pacific requirements. RDA said in a statement on 15 December that it would establish a 'military vehicle centre of

  • Security Alerts 16-23 December

    Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Street blockades in Buenos Aires on 19 and 20 December by "piquetero" protests Risk analysis: Grassroots opposition groups with ties to the previous Kirchner administration, including Quebracho and Túpac Amaru, have announced the reactivation of

  • US approves radar sale to the Philippines

    The US State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of radar systems to the Philippines, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 14 December. The sale features two AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3-D air search radars and related equipment and support, and is

  • Discarded gunpowder linked to explosion at South Korean military base

    Republic of Korea Army investigators looking into an explosion at a military base in the southern South Korean city of Ulsan on 13 December have said that the blast started from piles of gunpowder discarded on the ground, according to Yonhap news agency. The explosion seems to have occurred after

  • Philippines and China set to sign defence trade agreement

    The Philippines and China are preparing a government-to-government deal to support the supply of Chinese materiel to the Southeast Asian country, according to the Philippine government's information bureau. The alliance will be discussed during Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana's visit

  • Saab pledges major investment if Gripen E wins IAF deal

    Saab has pledged to support the development in India of a "future-ready aerospace ecosystem" if its Gripen E multirole combat aircraft is selected to meet an Indian Air Force (IAF) requirement for single-engine fighters. In comments to IHS Jane's on 13 December, Jan Widerström, Saab

  • Thailand looks to China to develop defence production facility

    China and Thailand have progressed plans to establish a joint defence production facility in the Southeast Asian country. The proposal features China's development in Thailand of a facility to manufacture Chinese military equipment and spare parts. The facility would also provide maintenance,

  • Two recently foiled IED attacks in Indonesia indicate Islamist terrorists' improved capacity to stage more destructive attacks

    EVENT Indonesian counter-terrorism police arrested three men and a woman in Bekasi, east of Jakarta, on 10 December, whom they alleged were plotting to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Presidential Palace the following day. The woman was allegedly being prepared to act as

  • Osprey flights suspended in Japan following crash

    The US military has suspended flight operations of its Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotors in Japan after a Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft crashed off the coast of Okinawa on 13 December. The grounding order was reportedly made at the request of the Japanese government following the incident, which

  • Pakistan sets up special maritime force to secure CPEC-linked sea lanes

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has set up a new maritime force known as Task Force-88 (TF-88) to protect sea lanes linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is expected to trigger a surge in maritime activity at the country's Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea. The new task force, which will

  • US admiral announces F-22 deployment to Australia and warns of South China Sea confrontation

    The United States will begin operating Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor multirole fighters from northern Australia in 2017, Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, said in Sydney on 14 December. At the same time, he said that the United States is ready to confront China should it

  • Chinese navy commissions two more Jiangdao-class corvettes

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 28th and 29th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes at a naval port in Lianyungang in eastern Jiangsu Province on 12 December, according to the China Military Online website. Baoding (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512), named

  • Grenade attack wounds nine people in Pakistan's Balochistan

    In Turbat, Balochistan, nine workers of National Party were wounded when militants attacked their office with hand grenade. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.