• Vietnam outlines defence industrial ambitions

    The government of Vietnam has outlined a requirement for its defence industrial base to become more competitive in domestic and international defence markets. At a government meeting on 20 September to shape the development of the defence industry over the coming decade, Vietnam’s Prime

  • Japan to fund USN contract for construction of USMC headquarters on Guam

    The Japanese government is to fund a USD17.9-million contract awarded to Virginia-based firm Contrack Watts for the construction of a waterfront headquarters building at US Naval Base Guam, as part of an agreement between Tokyo and Washington to relocate Okinawa-based US Marine Corps (USMC)

  • Philippines to receive six ScanEagle UASs

    The Philippines is to receive six Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under a USD9.97 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 September. The contract covers the six UASs – one UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated

  • Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise transferred to Russian government

    The Russian government has formally transferred the Crimea-based Sevastopol Aviation Enterprise (SAE) to the control of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. SAE undertakes a range of maintenance and support work on helicopters including the Mil Mi-8, Mi-17, Ka-25, and Ka-27. The company was owned

  • Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • US to deploy over 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, says Mattis

    The United States will send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16 year-old conflict in the Central Asian country, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters on 19 September. “It's exactly over 3,000 somewhat.

  • Russian defence budget expected to be cut by 5% in 2018

    The Russian defence budget is expected to be cut by approximately 5.0% to RUB2.73 trillion (USD47.13 billion) in 2018, according to budgetary guidance published by the Ministry of Finance. The reduction in spending is in line with plans laid out under the previous 2017–19 budget. According to

  • Japan aims to integrate locally produced parts into F-35s from 2018

    Japan is aiming to integrate locally produced parts into Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft from 2018, the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) disclosed to Jane’s on 20 September. A spokesperson

  • Singapore Technologies invests in US cyber firm

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has secured a minority stake in a US cyber security firm, Janus Technologies, it was announced on 19 September. ST Engineering said the investment is worth USD5.79 million and is being made through the group’s newly-established subsidiary ST

  • Suicide attack kills one person in Pakistan's Balochistan

    ONE person was killed and 22 others were wounded in a suicide attack targeting a security forces vehicle near the Bab-i-Dosti border gate in Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province, near the border with Afghanistan, on 18 September, Geo News reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility

  • Tongan king dissolves parliament and orders new elections, indicating likely withdrawal from the PACER Plus trade agreement

    Event Candidate registration will be held from 27–28 September for Tonga's 16 November general election, following King Tupou VI's dissolution of parliament effective from 24 August. According to national media, Tupou's decision followed a meeting with parliamentary speaker Lord Tu'ivakano,

  • China’s CASC plans to divest stakes in subsidiaries

    The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has become the latest defence industrial group in the country to pledge to divest stakes in its subsidiaries. In comments published by the state-run China Daily newspaper on 19 September, Wang Zhanyu, CASC’s deputy director of

  • Chinese company Tengoen unveils several armed UAVs

    Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs. One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese

  • Russia steps up electronic warfare campaign in eastern Ukraine

    Ukrainian soldiers have been banned from using GSM cellphones in frontline positions in the Donbas region because of their vulnerability to detection and attack from Russian army electronic warfare units. According to a senior Ukrainian officer who recently served in the Donbas region, Russian

  • Safran secures first order for Paseo NS surveillance and fire-control system

    French defence company Safran has received a first ever order for its Paseo NS (naval system) shipborne multifunction EO surveillance and fire-control system. The system will be supplied for the new frigates of an undisclosed Asian navy, the company said in a media release issued on its website.

  • Ukrainian/Chinese joint venture invests in aero-engine facility in China

    A joint venture (JV) between Ukrainian aero-engine manufacturer Motor Sich and Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment Co Ltd - China’s only private-sector aero-engine firm – is aiming to expand its profile in China through investment in an industrial facility in Chongqing, in the

  • Vietnam’s third Gepard frigate departs Russia on voyage home

    Key Points The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy is on track to receive its third Gepard 3.9-class frigate in 2017 Platform will significantly improve the service’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities A Russian-built Modified Gepard 3.9 (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate

  • Japan deploys PAC-3 interceptors near flight path of previous North Korean IRBMs

    The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) have moved the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence system deployed on the country’s northern island of Hokkaido to an area located closer to the flight path taken by North Korea’s latest two Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17)

  • BAE Systems to upgrade KF-16 radar warning receivers

    BAE Systems has been contracted to upgrade the radar warning receiver (RWR) units of South Korea’s fleet of Lockheed Martin KF-16 fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The USD49.6 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 September,

  • Russian opposition candidate's campaign likely to increase frequency of political protests ahead of March 2018 presidential election

    Event On 17 September 2017, the campaign headquarters of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny announced plans for up to 50 rallies in Russian cities before the end of December 2017, supporting Navalny's candidacy for the 18 March 2018 presidential election. Navalny announced his intention