• Analysis: Five Key Global Defence Budget Trends for 2015

    The annual IHS Jane's Defence Budgets End Of Year Report has revealed five key trends that will shape global defence spending in 2015: 1. The recovery in global defence expenditure will stall – temporarily With further cuts required to government spending in the West and declining oil

  • India's first SSBN embarks on sea trials

    India's indigenously designed 6,000-ton nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) began sea acceptance trials off the country's east coast on 15 December, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said. Parrikar presided over the start of Arihant 's classified trials from the jetty of the Ship

  • Joint force raids AMEF hideout in India's Meghalaya

    A HIDEOUT belonging to suspected Achik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF) militants was raided by a joint army-police force during a counter-terrorism operation in East Garo Hills district in India's Meghalaya state on 7 December, The Shillong Times reported. No arrests were reported.

  • Russia activates new Arctic Joint Strategic Command

    Russia's new Arctic Joint Strategic Command became operational on 1 December, Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolev has announced. The new command, based on the Northern Fleet and headquartered at Severomorsk, will acquire military, naval surface and strategic nuclear subsurface, air

  • Suspected militants wound Ministry of Home Affairs official in India's Manipur

    AN OFFICIAL from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs - identified as Manoranjan Singh - was shot and wounded by unidentified militants at his residence in the village of Langol Games in Imphal West district in India's Manipur state on 27 November, The Times of India reported. No group immediately

  • Australia's Johnston says he wouldn't trust ASC 'to build a canoe'

    Key Points Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has told the Senate that he wouldn't trust state shipbuilder ASC 'to build a canoe' Johnston made the comments after being asked about the status of the AWD programme, which sources have said is up to AUD800 million over budget and rising

  • Unidentified militants kidnap six school teachers in Afghanistan's Badghis

    SIX school teachers were kidnapped by unidentified militants in Qads district in Afghanistan's Badghis province on 18 November, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Images suggest China developing J-15 for CATOBAR-equipped carrier

    China is developing a new variant of the J-15 carrier-based fighter modified for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) operations, according to images posted on the Xinhua website. China's only operational carrier, Liaoning (CV-16), has a short take-off but arrested recovery

  • Airshow China 2014: AVIC unveils FC-31 export fighter concept

    State-owned aircraft research and development firm Shenyang Aviation Company (SAC) showcased its FC-31 twin-engined, medium multirole stealth fighter design at Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. SAC, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), calls the FC-31 a "4th-Generation

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco debuts Battle Robot UGV

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) unveiled a new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for operations in confined environments at AirshowChina 2014 in Zhuhai (11-16 November). Called the Battle Robot, the UGV is a tracked mini tactical operations platform intended for surveillance and

  • Canberra confirms Russian ships transiting north of Australia ahead of G20 summit

    Australian ships and aircraft are tracking four Russian naval vessels that are transiting north of Australia in an apparent show of strength prior to the opening of the G20 summit in Brisbane on 14 November. Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) said in a statement on 12 November that the

  • Airshow China 2014: Norinco unveils CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman system

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) showcased a new indigenously developed shipboard counter-measures system for defeating hostile frogman activities at Airshow China 2014, which is being held in Zhuhai 11-16 November. Designated the CS/AR-1 55 mm anti-frogman rocket launcher, the weapon

  • China slams sale of six MCMVs to Taiwan

    Key Points China has protested at the inclusion of foreign components and systems in six MCMVs to be built for RoCN The MCMVs will likely form a key component of Taiwan's defence against China's possible use of increasingly sophisticated naval mines, including the EM-53 'smart mine' The Chinese

  • Ceasefire looks increasingly shaky as alleged Ukrainian missile damages Donetsk chemical factory

    EVENT An explosion damaged the Donetsk State Chemical Products Factory about three kilometres southwest of Donetsk International Airport on 20 October. Russian media outlet RT reports that a local militia claims the explosion was due to a Ukrainian military Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab). This

  • Bharat Forge-Safran in licence production arrangement

    India's Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) and French group Safran have formed a partnership to produce in India aerospace components for commercial and military applications. In a statement on 13 October, BFL said it had secured a purchase order from Safran to build components for the company's commercial

  • HAI signs deal with Tata

    Greece's Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. (HAI) signed a production deal with India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), HAI announced 15 September. The deal is HAI's first foray in the promising Indian aerospace market. HAI will design the tooling and produce, at its Aerostructure Unit, a

  • Taliban SVBIED attack kills three ISAF personnel in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel - of undisclosed nationality - were killed and five others were wounded when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonated targeting an ISAF convoy near the US Embassy and the Supreme Court in

  • Australia leaning towards buying Soryu-class subs

    Key Points Australian officials are leaning towards replacing the Collins-class submarine fleet with Soryu-class boats bought from Japan The purchase would end submarine construction in Australia and the opposition Labor Party has said it would cancel the deal if it won the 2016 general election

  • Army air strikes reportedly kill 35 suspected pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan

    ARMY forces carried out air strikes targeting three militant hideouts in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), near the border with Afghanistan, on 10 September, Associated Press reported. The military claimed that 35 suspected

  • Opening of second front as peace talks flounder indicates a military stalemate is developing in eastern Ukraine

    Key Points Peace talks were held between Russia and Ukraine in Minsk on 26 August, although little progress was made in finding a solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as separatist fighters apparently launched a new offensive towards the city of Mariupol. The poor organisation, logistics,