• Lockheed Martin to upgrade sensors for Japan's Apache helicopter fleet

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide performance-based logistics (PBL) support, the company announced on 27 April.

  • Russian defence minister addresses Ministry Board on future programmes

    On 21 April Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu addressed the board of the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow to give an update on future programmes in accordance with the decrees of President Vladimir Putin. Noting the successful test firing of Kalibr (SS-N-27 'Sizzler') long-range

  • Twin-seat JF-17B/FC-1B fighter makes first flight

    The twin-seat Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17B Thunder/FC-1B Xiaolong combat aircraft has made its maiden flight, according to images posted on Chinese online forums on 27 April. The new variant of the JF-17/FC-1 fighter is believed to have

  • Austal delivers first of two Cape-class patrol boats to RAN

    Austal has delivered the first Cape-class patrol boat to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australia-based shipbuilder announced in a 24 April statement. Cape Fourcroy is one of two offshore patrol vessels of the class being leased to the RAN to meet the service's border protection commitments.

  • De-escalation through diplomatic backchannels remains most likely path for North Korea-US, despite displays of military capacity

    Key Points A major new conflict on the Korean peninsula remains unlikely given US and South Korean concern about the North Korean government's need to reinforce its domestic legitimacy with a pre-emptive attack on the US, South Korea or Japan. The arrival of the USS Michigan submarine in Busan,

  • North Korea remains 'most immediate threat' to US in Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says PACOM chief

    North Korea remains the most immediate threat to the security of the United States and its allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific-region, US Navy (USN) Admiral Harry B Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the US House Armed Services Committee on 26 April as Washington aims to impose

  • Russian intelligence vessel sinks off Turkish coast after collision

    The Russian intelligence vessel Liman collided with a Togo-flagged livestock carrier about 40 km northwest of the Bosphorus Strait on 27 April, with Russian news agency TASS reporting the same day that the vessel had sunk. Turkey's coast guard rescued all 78 personnel on board. Jane's Fighting

  • Australia’s ASC announces further job cuts

    State-owned Australian shipyard ASC Shipbuilding announced on 27 April further job cuts in response to the continuing winding down of its programme to build Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The company, based in Adelaide, said it has notified its

  • Mitsubishi warns of a plunge in earnings

    Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said on 26 April that it expects earnings in fiscal year 2016-17 to plunge by more than 50% due to declines in sales in commercial domains. The group said its net sales in the year, which ended 31 March, are forecast to reach JPY3.9 trillion (USD35

  • Australian LHDs inoperable for more than a month with propulsion issues that have yet to be identified

    Both of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) two largest ships, the 27,500-tonne Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs), have been unavailable for service for more than a month with propulsion problems whose cause has yet to be identified, the Department of Defence (DoD) has confirmed. A DoD

  • DCNS reaches out to Australian industry

    Key Points DCNS is looking to boost local industrial involvement in Australia's future submarine programme The shipbuilder says it wants more domestic companies to come forward to support the AUD50 billion project French shipbuilder DCNS is encouraging Australian industry to engage with it as it

  • Indian Navy considering alternative options for submarine procurement

    Key Points The Indian Navy is considering alternative submarine procurement options to replace its diesel-electric submarines Delays in Strategic Partnership policy are at the heart of delays The Indian Navy (IN) is considering alternative options for acquiring six long-delayed conventional

  • Katibat al-Imam Shamil claims responsibility for Russia's St Petersburg attack

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 25 April, a group calling itself the Katibat al-Imam Shamil claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Russia's St Petersburg on 3 April, which killed 16 people and wounded 45 others, Reuters and BBC reported. The statement added that the attack had been inspired by

  • ST Engineering injects funds into Canadian drive systems business

    Singapore Technologies Kinetics (STK), the land systems arm of ST Engineering, has injected funds into its Canadian drive systems business, it was announced on 26 April. ST Engineering said the capital injection in British Columbia-based Kinetics Drive Solutions (KDS) is worth CAD17.1 million

  • Update: USAF deploys F-35A to Estonia for 'training'

    The US Air Force (USAF) deployed its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Estonia for training purposes, the service confirmed on 25 April. Of the eight aircraft that began arriving at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath in the UK on 15 April for the type's first overseas

  • China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

    China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on 26 April in a ceremony held at the Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) in the country's northeastern Liaoning Province. Known as the Type 001A, the as-yet-unnamed vessel is a follow-on ship to the

  • South Korea to procure additional early-warning radars

    South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced a plan to acquire additional early-warning radar systems in what it said was a response to the growing threat of missile attack from North Korea. DAPA said in a press release issued on 26 April that the decision to

  • JMSDF conducts joint drills with USN CSG headed to Korean Peninsula

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began joint exercises with the US Navy's (USN's) Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) on 23 April as the latter heads to waters near the Korean Peninsula amid heightened tensions in the region. "Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • Australia, China sign cyber security agreement

    Australia and China signed an agreement banning the two countries from stealing intellectual property for competitive advantage, Australia's prime minister’s office announced on 24 April. The agreement also includes plans for a deconfliction mechanism to discuss cyber incidents. Few details