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  • Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

    Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports. The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence

  • Russia's state defence order to increase by 25% in 2014

    Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov announced on 20 November that the state defence order for 2014 will be 25% greater than 2013. This will increase military procurement from USD42 billion to approximately USD53 billion next year. He addressed a news media roundtable together with

  • Security forces detain seven suspected RKK militants in Thailand's Narathiwat

    SEVEN suspected Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) militants were detained by security forces during a counter-terrorism raid on a private residence in the Sawor area of Rueso district in Thailand's Narathiwat province on 21 November, the Bangkok Post reported. The RKK are village-level commando cells

  • JTIC Brief: Changing times - Pakistani Taliban selects new leader

    Key Points Pakistani militant Islamist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on 7 November that Maulana Qazi Fazlullah had become the group's new leader. Fazlullah replaced Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a suspected United States unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missile strike in North

  • Rheinmetall confirms Indonesian Leopard 2 contract

    Indonesia has acquired 103 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs), 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles, and 11 armoured recovery and engineering vehicles from surplus German Army stocks, Rheinmetall Defence confirmed in a 13 November statement. The statement said that Rheinmetall would

  • CAD images suggest 'strike' version of Shenyang J-31

    Key Points CAD images that have appeared on Chinese websites suggest a strike version of Shenyang's J-31 stealth fighter The CAD images cannot be verified but would make sense given the PLAAF's lack of interest in the existing J-31 programme Computer-aided design (CAD) images that have appeared on

  • Further delays for modernisation of Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers

    The modernisation of 16 Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bombers, which according to the long range plans of the Russian Air Force (VVS) should have been completed in 2017, may be delayed to 2019 or beyond, IHS Jane's has been told by some of the specialists assigned to the project. At present

  • Protracted coalition building likely to follow Nepalese election

    Key Points Nepal is due to hold long-delayed elections to form a new Constituent Assembly on 19 November. With a highly diverse society, comprising 125 ethnic groups and 127 languages, the fundamental issues dividing the main parties relate to proposals for federalism and state-restructuring under

  • Lynx eyes precision marksmanship

    Russia's JSC Tochpribor has developed a precision engagement system for rifles, which automatically provides a firing solution for the shooter. The system is designated Lynx and is housed in a self-contained sighting unit that is mounted atop of the rifle in the position of a standard optical

  • Indonesia inducts new maritime patrol craft

    Indonesia launched two 48 m offshore patrol vessels, KN Bintang Laut (Pennant number 4801) and KN Singha Laut (4802) in early June. Both patrol boats, built by Batam-based shipyards, are expected to enter operational service in July, according to a press release by the country's Central Committee

  • Long wait for new Pipavav CEO ends

    Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering has appointed Rajiv Sarman Shukla as its chief executive officer (CEO), filling a position that has been vacant for two years. Announcing the appointment to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 7 June, Pipavav said that

  • NATO approves ConOps for post-ISAF Afghanistan mission

    Allied defence ministers approved a concept of operations (ConOps) for NATO's post-2014 training mission in Afghanistan on 5 June, although the mission's size and security arrangements for its force protection are yet to be finalised. "We have just

  • With three nuclear-powered submarines returning to service, Russia seeks to maintain fleet numbers

    Three Russian nuclear-powered submarines will return to operations in 2013 following periods of maintenance, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Following post-maintenance sea trials to test "technical readiness", the Oscar II-class

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