• MMEA conducts trials of Fulmar UAV from first-of-class NGPC

    Key Points The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency has successfully completed first at-sea trials of the Fulmar UAV system The service is on track to operationalise its first UAV-capable patrol vessel in 2017 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has conducted at-sea trials of the

  • RAAF receives first 3 of 100 new-generation refuelling vehicles

    The first 3 of 100 new aviation refuelling vehicles have been delivered to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley. Australian minister for defence industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 13 April that the vehicles were provided by Refuel International, the company that was awarded

  • US mulls relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

    US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said his country is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a bid to pressure Pyongyang to re-engage with Washington and ultimately give up its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. Asked by reporters about the issue on

  • Damen completes sea trials of Australian naval aviation training vessel

    Damen Shipyards Group announced on 20 April that it has completed sea trials of a multirole aviation training vessel (MATV) on order for Australia. The civilian registered vessel, MV Sycamore , will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a platform to conduct helicopter-related aviation

  • Indonesia retires stricken Cold War-era corvette, KRI Pati Unus

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has decommissioned the Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvette, KRI Pati Unus (384). The 75.2 m vessel was retired from the TNI-AL's Western Fleet (KOARMABAR) on 19 April in a decommissioning ceremony held in the port

  • Chinese military re-organises 84 corps-level units

    China has taken another step towards modernising its People's Liberation Army (PLA) by "newly adjusting or establishing" 84 corps-level units, Chinese state media reported on 19 April. The move, which was hailed by Chinese president Xi Jinping as "another major step in strengthening

  • India, UK to expand defence industrial ties

    India and the United Kingdom have vowed to expand industrial ties in a bid to meet military requirements in domestic and international defence markets. The move to expand the two countries' existing defence industrial partnership was agreed during UK secretary of state for defence Michael Fallon's

  • Malaysian MoD and armed forces pledge to tackle corruption

    The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) have signed a joint pledge to tackle corruption in defence contracting and related activities. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), a government agency that facilitated the MoD-MAF accord, said on 17 April that

  • Singapore secures Sri Lankan cyber defence deal

    The electronics division of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has secured a contract from Sri Lanka to support the development of that country's first national cyber security operations centre. ST Electronics said on 18 April that under the terms of the recently signed contract it

  • South Korea 'in final phase' of developing Cheongung M-SAM

    South Korea is in the final phase of developing its Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) to better counter North Korea's growing missile threats, a military official was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying on 16 April. "All

  • AIDC posts small increases in revenue and profit

    Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has posted small increases in revenue and profit for fiscal year 2016, the company has announced. In figures published on 14 April AIDC said its annual revenue in 2016 was TWD27.32 billion (USD899 million) and net profit was TWD2.08

  • Authorities report on possible terrorism involvement in knife attack in Australia's Canberra

    AUTHORITIES reported on 7 April that a 16-year-old male - arrested along with a 15-year-old on 6 April on suspicion of involvement in a knife attack that killed a petrol station worker in the town of Queanbeyan near Australia's capital Canberra earlier that day - was being investigated for links to

  • China, Nepal begin first-ever joint military exercise

    China and Nepal have begun their first-ever joint military exercise, an indication of strengthening ties between the two countries. Named 'Sagarmatha Friendship-2017', the 10-day-long drill, which started on 16 April in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, is focused on counter-insurgency and

  • Philippines introduces directive to improve defence procurement

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has introduced a new directive to support efforts to streamline and improve the country's defence procurement system. Executive Order No. 18 (EO 18), which became effective on 7 April, empowers defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana to "identify and

  • Russia's Northern Fleet first to receive newest EW systems

    Russia's Northern Fleet (Severnyy Flot: SF) is the first to receive the new 'Svet' and 'Samarkand' electronic warfare (EW) systems, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 April. SF EW Chief of Staff Captain Valery Lukoyanov revealed that the systems already entered service early in 2017 and

  • Security forces detain three suspected Islamist militants in Russia's St Petersburg

    THREE suspected Islamist militants were arrested by security forces during a counter-terrorism operation in the city of St Petersburg in Russia on 6 April, the Associated Press reported. The suspects were arrested as part of an investigation suspected suicide attack on public transport in the city

  • Stops pulled out for NATO's first Baltic exercise post-EFP

    From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres. The drills - entitled Exercise 'Summer

  • China to fund private-sector research and development projects

    The Chinese government has announced a programme to fund private-sector research and development (R&D) projects in military and related activities. It is thought to be the first time that Beijing has supported private-sector defence R&D through state funds. The state-run Chinese newspaper

  • First of 1,250 US marines arrive in Australia for training

    Advance elements of a 1,250-strong US Marine Corps battalion landing team have arrived in Darwin to commence a six-month training rotation in the north of Australia, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 18 April. Training undertaken during the rotation will include bilateral and

  • Hughes Defense modernises Predator B for UK Protector programme

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has partnered with Hughes Defense to introduce the HM 200 series modem, which has specialised waveforms intended to modernise and enhance security of satellite communications (SATCOM) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for