• China continues to invest in carrier support capabilities

    China's investment in its aircraft carrier programme continues with the construction of a second Daguan-class auxiliary ship. The first of class, Xu Xiake (pennant number 88), was introduced into service in 2011 and has accompanied the carrier Liaoning on all of its sea trials. The Daguan-class

  • Afghanistan receives final MD 530F helo

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) received its final MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior ('Jengi' [Warrior]) light attack platforms on 25 August, the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW)/Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air (TAAC-Air) announced. The last four of 27 MD 530Fs arrived at Hamid

  • Attack on American University in Afghanistan's capital likely indicates expansion of insurgent target set to educational institutions

    EVENT Unidentified gunmen carried out an assault on the American University in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 24 August. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device breached the university compound and two gunmen held out against security forces for eight hours until both were killed in the early morning

  • Double IED attack kills one person in Thailand's Pattani

    ONE person was killed and 30 others - including security forces personnel - were wounded when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by suspected southern separatist militants, detonated shortly after one another in the town of Pattani in Thailand's Pattani province on 23 August, Reuters

  • India optimistic over foreign investment in defence

    India remains optimistic that foreign investment in defence will begin to grow rapidly despite continuing high levels of related bureaucracy, India's Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on 24 August. In comments reported by the Press Trust of India, Sitharaman confirmed that just

  • Indian MoD finalises new anti-corruption policy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finalised its policy on policing materiel suppliers for wrongdoing in securing military contracts and forwarded it to the attorney general's office for final approval. Official sources said the policy's primary proposal is to try to eliminate corruption in

  • RADA readies RPS-42 portable radar system for Asian customer

    Israel's RADA Electronic Industries will supply its S-band RPS-42 tactical air surveillance radar system to an unspecified Asian customer for countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company announced on 23 August. RADA stated that it expects a contract, which is of "a significant size

  • Taiwanese president announces 'new military strategy' at 'Han Kuang' drills

    Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen, attended her first 'Han Kuang' live-fire exercise as Commander-in-Chief on 25 August and said her administration will seek to devise a "new military strategy" aimed at "charting a new direction for the armed forces and changing its culture".

  • ASC warns of further job cuts as AWD project winds down

    Australia's state-owned naval shipbuilder ASC has warned its workforce that it will need to reduce the number of trade positions on the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) programme by about 175 by the end of October. In a statement on 24 August, ASC said the cuts are part of

  • EU joins international condemnation of North Korean SLBM launch

    The European Union has said Pyongyang's 24 August launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) represents "yet another serious violation" by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of UN Security Council resolutions. Adding its voice to international condemnations, the

  • Finland and Sweden's proposed military co-operation with US likely to trigger limited Russian military response

    EVENT On 22 August 2016, Finnish defence minister Jussi Niinisto said that Finland was negotiating a defence co-operation agreement with the United States, which it hoped would be signed before the US presidential election in November. On the same day, Swedish defence minister Peter Hulqvist said

  • India investigating Scorpene submarine data leak

    India has ordered an investigation into a leak of sensitive information to an Australian newspaper. The information reportedly details the operational and combat capability of six French Scorpene-class submarines that are being licence-built for the Indian Navy (IN) in Mumbai. "The available

  • Indonesia acquires Chinese-developed CIWS for another Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Type 730 close-in weapon system for a second Kapitan Pattimura corvette Selection is in line with a wider adoption of Chinese-made weapon systems within the Indonesian Armed Forces The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL)

  • Japanese troops to train for new missions

    The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) will undergo new training to enable them to more effectively take part in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said on 24 August, according to Kyodo news agency. The JSDF were restricted in their operational capabilities

  • Leaked sub specs raise questions over security of Australia's Future Submarine programme

    Australian government ministers have dismissed concerns that a massive leak of secret documents suffered by French submarine constructor DCNS could affect the security of Australia's AUD50 billion (USD38 billion) Future Submarine fleet. DCNS was named in April as the preferred international partner

  • Lockheed Martin looks to set up electro-optical sensor partnership in India

    Lockheed Martin is in talks with Indian company Vem Technologies about a partnership to produce sensors, a spokesperson from the US corporation has confirmed to IHS Jane's . The partnership is geared towards producing and integrating electro-optical sensors that could support Indian military

  • New Zealand set to issue international tenders for multi-purpose vessel

    New Zealand is to issue an international tender to support its procurement of a new multi-purpose vessel, the government announced on 24 August. A statement said the government has approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) recommendation to request tenders for a new

  • North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile that flies 500 km

    North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 24 August that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan in what appears to be Pyongyang's most successful SLBM test launch to date. The missile, believed by experts to be a Pukkuksong-1 (also referred to as the Bukgeukseong-1 or

  • RCIED attack kills a security force official in Pakistan's Bajaur Agency

    A SECURITY official was killed and a civilian was wounded in a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) attack by unidentified militants in the Salarzai area of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 19 August, the Daily Times reported. No group

  • Russia mounts export drive for KAMAZ-53949 4x4

    Russia's Rosoboronexport has announced plans to market the KAMAZ-53949 Tayfun-K (Typhoon-K) 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle internationally beginning in 2017. The arms exporter expects potential buyers in North Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the