• LIMA 2017: Airbus to boost Malaysian aerospace outsourcing by 25%

    The Airbus group aims to boost the value of aerospace production and support services in Malaysia in line with its view of the country as an increasingly important aircraft market, company officials told Jane's at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. An Airbus spokesman said the company is

  • LIMA 2017: BAE Systems lays claim to Typhoon downselect for Malaysian MRCA contest

    Senior BAE Systems officials at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition in Malaysia believe that the Eurofighter Typhoon has now emerged as one of two front-runners to secure a contract to supply multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

  • LIMA 2017: Myanmar is the latest Yak-130 export customer, confirm Russian officials

    Myanmar has taken delivery of an initial batch of three Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' advanced jet trainer/light-attack aircraft from Russia, senior Russian defence industry officials told Jane's at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. Officials would not confirm how many Yak-130 aircraft have been

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia announces agreements to support series of new contracts

    A series of agreements were announced on the third day of the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi supporting Malaysia's programmes to build Chinese naval vessels, upgrade its BAE Systems Hawk aircraft, and supply missiles and ammunition to its Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters. LIMA officials said that the

  • Armed clashes wound police officer in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    In Harichand area, Charsadda, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, a police officer and a suspected militant were wounded in an exchange of fire during the attack on census team. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Enhanced capability for WMA029 mortar system

    China North Industries Corporation's (NORINCO's) WMA029 6x6 self-propelled howitzer-mortar (SPHM) has been qualified to operate with at least two 120 mm guided mortar bombs: the GP120 and GP120A. The use of the guided munitions is intended to provide the 120 mm rifled main gun with an enhanced

  • LIMA 2017: Japan looking to expand scope of defence co-operation with Indonesia

    Japan is reportedly at an advanced discussion stage with Indonesia to promote further defence co-operation between the two countries. Speaking with Jane's at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) on 21 March 2017, the deputy director of Japan's Acquisition, Technology

  • LIMA 2017: Thales makes inroad into Malaysian market with Air Force helicopter flight simulator delivery

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has received and operationalised a helicopter flight simulator from Thales, the company announced on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition. The simulator, which is currently being used to train RMAF pilots for the H120

  • Wärtsilä Malaysia hopes to expand its presence in local defence market

    Key Points Wärtsilä local branch outlines defence sector expansion plans in Malaysia Industry sources suggest that a deal for the MRSS may be signed shortly Wärtsilä Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the local branch of the Finnish propulsion systems manufacturer, has outlined the company's

  • Anti-corruption protests in Russia likely to be large and potentially violent but unlikely to threaten government stability

    EVENT On 22 March 2017, Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny declined Moscow city authorities' proposal to hold an anti-corruption rally on 26 March in Lyublino or Sokolniki districts of the Russian capital, instead calling for his protesters to hold the rally on Tverskaya Street in the

  • China to boycott UN summit on nuclear-weapon ban

    China has said that it will not participate in a UN conference aimed at negotiating a ban on nuclear weapons. "After careful consideration, China has decided not to participate in the new round of negotiations," said Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Hua Chunying on

  • CIVMEC and ASC announce SEA 1180 partnership

    Australian engineering firm CIVMEC announced on 20 March that its subsidiary Forgacs Marine and Defence has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with state-owned shipbuilder ASC Shipbuilding for the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) SEA 1180 offshore patrol vessel procurement. Under the terms

  • DCNS Australia CEO resigns

    Less than a year after French shipbuilder DCNS was selected to deliver 12 next-generation submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), in a programme expected to cost AUD50 billion (USD38 billion), the chief executive of the company's wholly-owned Australian subsidiary has resigned. Confirming

  • Islamic State returnees pose threat to Europe

    Key Points As the Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, and its foreign fighters return home, the threat of terrorist attacks in European cities - albeit most likely at a relatively low level - will increase markedly. While intelligence agencies will focus on these returnees, an

  • JMSDF commissions first Awaji-class minesweeper

    The first of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) has entered service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo published on its website photographs of the commissioning ceremony of JS Awaji (pennant number 304) in Yokohama,

  • LIMA 2017: Airbus hands over fourth A400M airlifter to Malaysia

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has formally handed over the last of four A400M Atlas military transport aircraft on order for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). A ceremony to mark the official handover was held on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition.

  • LIMA 2017: China Shipbuilding considers move to expand in Malaysia to support LMS contract

    China Shipbuilding and Offshore International - the international trading arm of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) - is contemplating setting up an office in Malaysia to support the country's programme to build littoral mission ships (LMS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy

  • LIMA 2017: Honeywell to supply engines for PTDI's NC212i aircraft

    State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed a contract with US company Honeywell for the supply of 34 TPE331 turboprop engines for its NC212i aircraft over the next four years. Honeywell said in a press statement that the contract, signed on 21 March at the Langkawi

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia selects Turkish 30 mm naval gun system for new OPVs

    The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system from Turkish defence company Aselsan for the three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) it is acquiring from local shipbuilding joint venture THHE Destini. Speaking to Jane's at

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysia's Global Turbine Asia expands presence in local MRO programmes

    Global Turbine Asia (GTA), a Malaysian provider of aerospace engine support services that is partly owned by French group Safran, has announced a series of developments at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. These include investment in a new manufacturing facility, a programme to support the