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  • Indian and US firms inaugurate joint UAV development facility

    Indian company Dynamatic Technologies and AeroVironment, a US developer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), officially inaugurated on 17 February a facility to support the Indian-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). The facility - at Dynamatic's aeronautic manufacturing facilities in

  • Irkut aims to complete Su-30MKI deliveries to India in 2015

    The Irkut Corporation has stated that it will complete deliveries in 2015 of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter kits to India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of the Russian group's technology transfer obligations. HAL has been licence building the Su-30MKI aircraft for the

  • Images show North Korean vessel firing new SSM

    North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun released images on 7 February showing a new type of surface-to-surface missile (SSM) being fired from a surface-effects ship (SES) from the Korean People's Navy (KPN) Eastern Fleet. The images, which showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in attendance,

  • Mitsubishi posts strong Q3 defence sales, but orders fall

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) - Japan's biggest defence manufacturer - has posted strong increases in defence sales and income up to the third quarter of 2014-15 despite a fall in new orders, it announced on 4 February. MHI said its Integrated Defense & Space Systems (IDSS) division posted

  • China's CETC posts strong 2014 growth

    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) - one of China's largest state-run defence manufacturers - achieved double-digit financial growth in 2014 on the back of continued industrial reform, said China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense

  • China, France sign technology co-operation agreements

    China and France have signed agreements to foster collaboration across a range of hi-tech sectors with many linked to defence. According to official statements on 30 January, the two countries will pursue co-operation programmes in sectors including commercial aerospace, nuclear technologies and

  • India, US extend strategic partnership, agree on joint development of four defence systems

    India and the US extended bilateral defence co-operation for another decade and agreed to jointly develop and build four defence systems during President Barack Obama's three-day New Delhi visit that ends on 27 January. "We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement and decided to take our

  • TTP militants kill three Shia Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab

    THREE Shia Muslims, including a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activist, were shot dead by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants while they were returning home after a religious gathering in Rawalpindi district of Pakistan's Punjab province on 16 January, the Express Tribune reported. TTP

  • Indonesia stresses territorial integrity in new foreign policy

    Key Points Indonesia is taking a firm stance on incursions into its maritime territory, the foreign minister has said Retno Marsudi wants a strong navy as part of the country's 'maritime nation' plans Indonesia's foreign policy priorities over the next five years will include an emphasis on

  • 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

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