• 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.

  • MAST Asia 2017: Mitsui showcases new LHD design in anticipation of further JMSDF requirements

    Key Points Mitsui has revealed a new LHD design that it is positioning for possible future JMSDF requirements Industry sources believe Japan will significantly improve its amphibious capabilities in the coming years Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding has revealed a landing

  • Russia and China aim to sign AHL helo contract by end of year

    Russia and China expect to agree terms on a joint heavy-lift helicopter project before the end of the year. Rostec, which announced the expected agreement on 16 June, says it hopes to sign a contract with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL)

  • Russia to resume construction of Zubr hovercraft

    Russia is to resume construction of the Project 12322 Zubr (Bison) large beach-assault hovercraft. Tenders have been sent to yards that have previously built or serviced the vessels, including Almaz in St Petersburg, Kherson in Khabarovsk, Theodosia in Crimea, and Yantar in Kaliningrad. They are

  • US Air Force's Space Fence enters hardware installation phase

    Key Points The US Air Force entered hardware installation, a key phase, in its Space Fence programme The programme will allow the USAF to eventually track space objects the size of a marble The US Air Force (USAF) expects to complete hardware installation for its Space Fence space situational

  • India scraps planned acquisition of S-70B Seahawk helos

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has terminated the long-planned procurement of 16 Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk multirole helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN) amid differences over the price of the platforms. The MoD took this decision following recommendations from its Contract Negotiation Committee

  • Japanese drills seek to enhance response to potential ballistic missile attack

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be conducting rapid deployment exercises of its Patriot PAC-3 missile systems to enhance the service's response capability against ballistic missiles amid growing military threats from North

  • Rostec shakes up Techmash ammo maker in drive for diversification

    Russian munitions maker Techmash is to be reorganised, with a number of enterprises taken out of the business and put into a new company aimed at diversifying into civil production, with new management, parent holding Rostec Corporation said on 14 June. Techmash, which was set up in 2011 and

  • South Korean navy practices defending disputed islets

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has begun a two-day exercise designed to practice defending the disputed Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), which are known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese and are claimed by Seoul, Tokyo, and Pyongyang, the Yonhap News Agency reported on

  • Thailand confirms order of VN-1 APCs from China

    The Thai government has confirmed that it will spend THB2.3 billion (USD68 million) on procuring an initial batch of 34 8x8 VN-1 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from China. The vehicles – produced by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) – will be supplied to the Royal Thai

  • Trump gives Mattis authority to set US troop levels in Afghanistan

    US president Donald Trump has delegated authority to his defence secretary, Jim Mattis, to manage the number of US troops sent to Afghanistan amid warnings by US commanders that the conflict there has become a "stalemate" between the NATO- and US-backed Afghan government, and the Taliban

  • Dassault and Reliance prepare for India's 'largest ever' offset programme

    Dassault Aviation and its joint venture partner (JV) India Reliance Defence have hosted a defence industry conference in New Delhi aimed at supporting what has been described as India's "largest ever offset contract". A statement by the Dassault-Reliance JV said the event was held on 14

  • SVBIED attack kills nine people in Afghanistan's Helmand

    NINE people, including a local commander - identified as Abdol Haq - were killed and six others were wounded when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was detonated near a Taliban splinter group - led by Mullah Rasoul - military camp in Saminar Dasht area in Greshk district

  • Taiwan’s AIDC to boost capital through share sale

    Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) is planning a share sale to raise more than USD11 million to boost the company’s operating capital. In a press release published on 14 June following the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting, AIDC said the share

  • Images show Myanmar Air Force JF-17/FC-1 conducting flight tests in China

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be one of the first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder/FC-1 Xiaolong multirole combat aircraft on order for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) conducting test flights in China.

  • India successfully test-fires Nag anti-tank guided missile

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM was test-fired on 13 June in the desert ranges of the northern state of

  • Russia to supply five more Mi-171Sh helos to Bangladesh

    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract, the value of which is unknown, was signed on 12 June at the BAF's headquarters in Dhaka in a ceremony

  • Russian navy to receive 40 Project 12700 minesweepers

    Russia's Ministry of Defence announced on 9 June the start of construction of 40 Project 12700 glass fibre-hull mine-sweeping vessels, with delivery of the first two scheduled for 2018. Navy Deputy Commander Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk said Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard in St Petersburg would build two

  • DSME aims to raise USD700 million through share sale

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has said it will issue another batch of shares to support financial and corporate restructuring. DSME said in a filing to the Korean Exchange on 13 June that it plans to sell new stocks worth KRW792.8 billion (USD703

  • Thailand announces USD6.5 billion defence budget

    Key Points Thailand's military government proposes 5% increase in defence expenditure Procurements, as well as operations, driving rise Thailand’s military government has proposed a defence budget of THB222.4 billion (USD6.5 billion) for 2018, representing a year-on-year increase of about