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  • 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,

  • Indonesia increases defence budget 14%

    Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced a 2015 defence budget of INR95 trillion (USD8.1 billion), a year-on-year increase of 14%. The proportion of GDP that defence has been allocated in 2015 remains relatively low at about 0.8% and the budget increase mainly reflects

  • Fighting between police and rioters in Xinjiang raises risk of retaliatory attacks in other Chinese cities

    EVENT Dozens of people were reported killed in an incident official Chinese state media described as a premeditated and coordinated terrorist attack in Shache (Yarkant), Kashgar prefecture, in the southwest corner of China's Xinjiang region, on 28 July. Details on the incident are scarce. State

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

  • Involvement of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba in attempted attack on Pakistani PM raises terrorism risks in Punjab

    EVENT After an extended gun battle on 18 July, Lahore police arrested two suspects whom they claim were involved in planning a major terrorist attack. The incident took place on the Raiwind Road, just 3 kilometres (km) from the private estate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. At least two police

  • Update: Japan delays C-2 service entry after door issue in testing

    Japan is delaying the introduction into service of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft to investigate why a door broke during pressurisation testing in January. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July that it had decided to postpone the introduction of the Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft

  • Australia outlines plans for F-35 MRO centre

    Australia has become the second Asia-Pacific country after Japan to outline a plan to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility to support Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft operated by regional air forces. In comments to IHS Jane's on 3 July,

  • Taliban on the offensive in Helmand

    Afghan Taliban insurgents have launched repeated attacks on security force checkpoints in northern Helmand after massing in the Sangin area, according to local officials. Large numbers of police officers have been killed and thousands of residents have left their homes as a result of the attacks,

  • India increases its uranium enrichment programme

    Using commercial satellite imagery, IHS Jane’s experts have identified a possible new uranium hexafluoride plant at the Indian Rare Metals Plant (IRMP) near Mysore. This will support new centrifuges that will substantially expand India’s uranium enrichment capacity, most likely to

  • South Korea to resume production of indigenous ASW missile

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 May that it has improved the accuracy of a homegrown ship-launched anti-submarine missile and is on track towards restarting its mass production. The Korean Anti-Submarine Rocket (K-ASROC), or Hongsangeo as it is

  • Italy, Japan sign intel sharing agreement

    Japan and Italy have agreed to sign an Information Security Agreement (ISA) to allow the exchange of military intelligence and information on terrorists. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera reached the accord with his Italian counterpart Roberta Pinotti at a meeting in Rome on 7 May. The

  • Philippines completes procurement pre-negotiations for Israeli radars

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has completed pre-negotiations with Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) to acquire three surveillance radars in a deal worth PHP2.6 billion (USD57 million). "Hopefully within May we can finish formal negotiations because we are really putting

  • UPDATE: Paramount and KADDB establish another defence joint venture

    South African land systems specialist Paramount has signed another agreement to create a joint venture (JV) company in Jordan with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), it was announced on 6 May. The creation of the new company - Arabian Defence Industries - was announced at

  • PLA may finally receive Russian S-400 SAMs

    Key Points Moscow has finally approved the export of the S-400 air defence system to China, according to high-level Russian sources The delivery schedule for the systems could be an issue Officials in the Russian defence industry also remain concerned that China will reverse-engineer the S-400

  • Russia likely to consider trade sanctions or cargo diversion against Latvia

    EVENT Latvian President Andris Berzins and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma issued a joint statement on 26 March condemning political attempts to incite tension between Latvians and the country's ethnic-Russian minority. On 6 March the Latvian government adopted a resolution condemning Russia's

  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

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