• Unidentified gunmen kill a police officer in Indonesia's Papua

    A POLICE officer was shot dead and another wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire near a copper mine in Indonesia's Papua province on 15 November, Reuters reported. No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack was made, although Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM), or Free Papua Movement has

  • China and Philippines sign defence industrial accord

    China and the Philippines have signed a defence industrial agreement that will pave the way for increased Chinese exports to the Southeast Asian country and associated technology transfers. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defence industry co-operation was signed on 15 November in Manila

  • Indian opposition alleges misconduct in Rafale procurement

    The opposition Indian National Congress (INC) party has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of misconduct in the country’s programme to procure 36 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). A press release by the INC

  • Malaysia’s Boustead posts a fall in profits

    Malaysian group Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC) has posted a decline in profits and flat sales during the third quarter of 2017, it said on 15 November. The company said in a filing to the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange that its revenues in the quarter ending 30 September were MYR64.2

  • Myanmar Army removes Rakhine State commander

    The Myanmar Army has abruptly removed the head of its Western Region Command in Rakhine State amid an escalating crisis triggered by the mass exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. In an apparent reflection of anger at higher levels of command over intelligence failures, Major General

  • Pyongyang unlikely to denuclearise quickly, says South Korean president

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that it will not be easy for North Korea to completely dismantle its nuclear capabilities in a short period of time, given that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are at an advanced stage. “That means North Korea would

  • Antonov test flies new UAS

    The Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov has tested its new AN-BK-1 Horlytsia (Turtledove) multirole tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS), UkrOboronProm announced on 8 November. Horlytsia was first revealed in August 2016. The catapult-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has an

  • Australia’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability gets new members

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has appointed new members to its Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) advisory board. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a DoD press release on 15 November that the two new members are Chris Williams, managing director of

  • China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveils TYW-1 strike-capable UAV

    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled on 13 November its TYW-1 strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and what appeared to be a new version of the BZK-005 multirole medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV at the company’s new factory in the

  • IED attack kills two AR personnel in India's Manipur

    TWO Assam Rifles (AR) personnel were killed and six others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack by unidentified militants in Chandel district in India's Manipur state, near the border with Myanmar, on 13 November, NDTV reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility

  • Japan undecided on F-2 replacement programme

    Key Points Japan says it is keeping ‘options open’ about decisions on the timing and procurement of a next-generation fighter aircraft Local development, international joint development, or domestic licenced production are all on the table, says ATLA Japan is keeping its options open

  • MINUSMA faces new air support issues

    The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is facing a reduction in military air support due to the withdrawal of the Bangladesh Utility Aviation Unit (BANUAU) and the Ghana Aviation Unit (GHAV). The BANUAU was deployed to Kidal with three Bangladesh Air

  • Russian defence chief updates on Russian naval improvements

    The tempo of Russian Federation Navy operations worldwide has significantly increased over the past five years, Russia’s armed forces chief General Valery Gerasimov has said. Briefing a Russian Ministry of Defence board meeting on naval developments covering the 2013-2017 timeframe on 7

  • Russia’s United Engine Corporation reports rising profits

    Russian defence and industrial group Rostec released financial results for its subsidiary United Engine Corporation on 14 November. The company, which focuses on aircraft propulsion in both the civil and military sectors, recorded a profit of RUB1,479.8 billion (USD24.6 million) in the first nine

  • Singapore deploys LMV on inaugural regional mission in show of platform’s wider capabilities

    Key Points Singapore has deployed its Littoral Mission Vessel to a regional activity for the first time Mission provides an opportunity to prove out the platform’s wider capabilities in an extended deployment setting The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has deployed its first-of-class

  • Taliban militants kill at least 22 police officers in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    AT LEAST 22 police officers were killed and 15 others were wounded when Taliban militants assaulted 15 security posts in the districts of Maywand andZhariin Afghanistan's Kandahar province overnight between 13 and 14 November, Associated Press reported. A police spokesman claimed that 45 Taliban

  • TTP militants kill two soldiers in Pakistan's Bajaur

    TWO soldiers were killed and four others were wounded during an attack by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants targeting check posts in Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 13 November, VOA reported. At least eight militants were killed in retaliatory fire.

  • UK rolls out new export initiative in Asia

    The UK government is rolling out a new initiative to boost exports in the Asia-Pacific and other key export markets. The policy is framed around an offer to customers in these regions to support their own export efforts should they integrate more than 30% UK content on their defence and security

  • China, ASEAN announce start of COC negotiations for South China Sea

    China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to start negotiations on a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea (SCS) in an effort to ease regional tensions over territorial disputes in the area. “Following the adoption by the Ministers of ASEAN member states

  • IAF to begin receiving BrahMos-A cruise missiles next January

    The Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is to begin deliveries of the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in January 2018, Russian state-owned TASS news agency reported on 13 November. Deliveries of the BrahMos-A will begin