HEADLINES

  • Mine attack wounds police district head in Afghanistan's Kabul

    THE police head of district No 5 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul was wounded when a mine, attached to his vehicle by unidentified militants, detonated in district No 5 on 15 July, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant, says report

    The United States has offered to sell India the weaponised version of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were originally authorised for sale as unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN), the Reuters news agency quoted an

  • Australia calls for greater powers to control defence exports

    Key Points Australia's Department of Defence has said expanded export controls are required in the face of the country’s changing security landscape A DoD submission to a review of the 2012 DCT Act calls for the introduction of a ‘risk-targeted approach’ to allow the government

  • Farnborough 2018: Singapore expands digital technology partnerships

    Rolls-Royce and Airbus have announced collaborative projects with Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), with both programmes looking to optimise digital technologies in enhancing the maintenance of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft. On 18 July at the 2018

  • PLAN possibly equipping marine corps with new lightweight battle tank

    An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may be equipping its marine corps with a locally developed lightweight battle tank that has commonly been referred to as the ZTQ-15. Published in mid-July on the fyjs.cn website, the

  • Indian Army shelves plans for new fighting corps

    The Indian Army (IA) has shelved plans to raise a new 90,270-strong Mountain Strike Corps (MSC) that was set to be deployed along India’s disputed border with China. Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 18 July that the establishment of the proposed ‘17 Mountain Strike Corps’,

  • Laos receives four repaired Mi-17 helicopters

    Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of four repaired Mi-17 helicopters to the Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF), the company announced in a 12 July statement. The transfer of the platforms, which took place during a ceremony held at an air base

  • Pakistan Navy receives first of two ATR-72 MPAs

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) received the first of two ATR-72 twin-engine turboprops converted into maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) in the second quarter of 2018, Aerodata, a company involved in the process, announced in a 2 July statement. The delivery “represents a major milestone for Rheinland

  • US strengthens diplomatic support for peace talks with Taliban, increasing likelihood of formal negotiations in Afghanistan

    Event On 16 July 2018, General John Nicholson, Commander of the US Forces in Afghanistan, announced that the US was ready to facilitate negotiations with the Taliban. Separately, according to media reports, Afghan officials are considering a second ceasefire with the Taliban over the Eid al-Adha

  • Military forces kill at least 14 militants in Afghanistan's Balkh

    In Balkh province, military officials stated that counter-terrorism operations had ended after successful raids against the unidentified militants over the preceding three days. The staement added that at least 14 militants had been during the operation.

  • Russia to test Sprut-SDM1 SPATG at end of 2018

    Russia plans to test the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable amphibious self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) at the end of 2018, an industry source has told Jane's. “State trials of the Sprut-SDM1 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Prototypes of the system are ready for trials, and

  • Unidentified militants kill three people in Afghanistan's Baghlan

    THREE people - including two employees of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) - were killed and two other people were wounded during an attack by unidentified militants in Shar Shar in Borka district in Afghanistan's Baghlan province on 3 July, Afghan Islamic Press reported. Reports

  • China’s CETC to set up CMI fund

    The China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC) is to set up a fund to support civil-military integration (CMI) and the development of military science and technologies, the state-owned company has said. In a statement, CETC said the fund was proposed in mid-July and is intended to support research

  • Pakistan Senate calls for defence industry reforms

    The Pakistan Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence Production has called for a raft of reforms to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic defence industry. Following a hearing on 16 July, the committee said in a statement that while the country’s Ministry of Defence Production

  • Thales Australia looks to develop sonar testing facility

    Thales Australia has signed an agreement to explore the potential setting up of a sonar testing facility in Tasmania, it was announced on 18 July. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania,

  • India tests BrahMos cruise missile under ‘extreme weather conditions’

    India successfully test-fired the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile on 16 July to validate its “life-extension” capabilities and confirm the operational efficacy of the weapon system under “extreme weather conditions”, according to a statement by the

  • Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

    The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned. IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over

  • Japan, France sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

    Paris and Tokyo signed a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on 13 July aimed at strengthening co-operation between the French Armed Forces and the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The agreement is aimed at “strengthening interoperability, reducing the cost of mutual

  • Taiwan commissions first Apache attack helicopter brigade

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) commissioned its first air brigade equipped with Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters on 17 July. The 29 Apache helicopters will be operated by Republic of China Army’s (RoCA’s) 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which operates under

  • US-Russian summit likely to modestly increase odds of changing sanctions policy and third-party candidate in 2020

    Event On 16 July 2018, US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a summit in Helsinki, Finland. At the summit’s press conference, Trump blamed poor bilateral relations on past US administrations and Putin offered the US co-operation between the security

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