• Unidentified militants kidnap and wound man in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    ONE man was kidnapped by unidentified militants from the village of Moolu Pinjora in Shopian district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 15 April, the Daily Excelsior reported. The militants shot the man in the leg, wounding him, but released him later that day. No group immediately claimed

  • Indonesian Navy receives two 28 m patrol vessels

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has received two more KAL 28 patrol vessels Boats will bolster security around the service’s naval bases and maritime infrastructures The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has received two 28 m patrol vessel from

  • Indian Army reduces ammunition purchases as cost-saving measure

    Faced with a severe financial crunch the Indian Army (IA) has shortlisted assorted ammunition and spares that will be affected by cost-cutting measures, despite existing stocks falling short of the approved levels required for 10 days of ‘intense warfighting’. Official sources said at

  • Belarus gifts Serbia four MiG-29s

    Belarus has agreed to donate four MiG-29 fighters to Serbia, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told the Politika daily on 21 April. They "will be overhauled and modernised under the same model as the six aircraft received from the Russian Federation", Vulin said. In October 2017 Russia

  • India continues to consider Russian equipment

    The head of the Indian Ministry of Defence’s acquisition division has travelled to Russia to discuss defence industrial co-operation between the two nations, a notable move following New Delhi’s 20 April confirmation that it has withdrawn from an 11-year collaborative fighter aircraft

  • L3 TRL updates Broadshield C-RCIED system

    L3 TRL Technology has revealed a new version of its Broadshield counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device (C-RCIED) system at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The new Broadshield High-Power Compact System (HCS) combines the manpack capability of the

  • Liaoning carrier group conducts first ‘combat exercise’ in Western Pacific

    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier group carried out its first ever “combat exercises” in the Western Pacific on 20-21 April, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 22 April. The exercise, which took place in an area east of the Bashi Channel, involved a

  • North Korea to halt nuclear, missile tests, says Kim Jong-un

    North Korea will immediately halt its missile and nuclear tests and dismantle its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced on 21 April ahead of summits set to take place with South Korea and the United States. The state-run media outlet quoted

  • PLA Rocket Force sets up new brigade

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) has set up a new brigade deploying what is thought to be the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), according to an 18 April report by the China Daily newspaper. The paper quoted a statement issued by the

  • Warrior IFV trialled with Soucy Defense CRT

    A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned. The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the

  • Australia releases new defence industrial plan

    The Australian government released a new Defence Industrial Capability Plan on 23 April, with a focus on developing sovereign capabilities that aims to bolster the nation’s domestic industry over the next 10 years. The government said the plan brings together the different elements available

  • Canada, Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

    Tokyo and Ottawa signed a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on 21 April aimed at strengthening co-operation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The Canadian government announced in a statement that the deal, which was signed

  • Saab to provide Situational Awareness System for RAN’s new OPVs

    Saab has received a contract to supply its Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) set to be constructed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Awarded by German shipbuilder Lürssen, the contract is expected to run over the 12- year-long shipbuilding programme,

  • North Korea’s announced discontinuation of nuclear weapons testing and upcoming inter-Korean summit mitigate risk of conflict

    Event North Korean official media announced on 20 April that the country would “discontinue” nuclear testing and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). North Korea’s statement claimed that North Korea would instead concentrate on building its economy, supporting

  • South Korea confirms potential Indonesian withdrawal from fighter programme

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed that Indonesia – its partner in a project to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft – is reassessing its continued involvement in the programme. DAPA said in a statement on 20 April that the

  • Australia reviews export controls

    Australia is conducting a review of its defence export controls, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 April. The DoD said the review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 will be led by Dr Vivienne Thom, a former inspector-general of Intelligence and Security and a former

  • Indigenisation of militancy likely to escalate unrest in India’s Kashmir, particularly ahead of upcoming national, state elections

    Key Points On 11 April, Indian security forces conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The government forces reported encountering unexpectedly strong civilian support for the militants during the operation. Since the killing of local militant Burhan Wani in

  • Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats

    Key Points The navies of Indonesia and Singapore have introduced counter-terrorism serials into an annual bilateral exercise between the two services Drills aim to enhance professionalism and interoperability of naval services in handling maritime security contingencies such as seaborne terrorist

  • Indian shipyards unveil designs for country’s ASW corvette programme

    Two companies shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s 16-ship anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) programme have unveiled imagery of their respective proposals at Defexpo India 2018, held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April. The programme calls for a 70 m waterjet-powered corvette that

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to