• Russia nominates bank for defence order

    In an attempt to further protect itself from the effects of planned sanctions from the US government against defence contractors, Russia is establishing a new bank that will lend and support Moscow’s major defence sales. It will be based on the private-banking company Promsvyazbank, but will

  • Subaru expands helicopter MRO capacity

    Japanese group Subaru, formerly Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), has expanded its aerospace facilities in the Tochigi prefecture to include a centre to support the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of helicopters for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). Subaru said in a press release that the

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • At least 18 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

    At least 18 people were killed and 12 others injured when gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on 20 January, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban, began when at least five gunmen wearing army uniforms and

  • China launches sixth Type 071 LPD

    China’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard has launched the sixth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The platform entered the water on 21 January, according to reputable online Chinese sources, corroborated with a

  • China’s growing importance as aid donor and development partner to enable Cambodia to pursue new authoritarian politics

    Key Points China is growing its role as Cambodia’s development partner and foreign aid donor while Western donors are cutting aid and threatening sanctions in response to the country’s ongoing political crackdown. Increasing Chinese investment and support will diminish Western

  • Double IED attack damages military school in the Philippines' Maguindanao

    AN INFANTRY Division training school was damaged when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated along a highway in the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat in the Philippines' Maguindanao province on 19 January, the Sun Star reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Unidentified gunmen kill two women in Pakistan's Balochistan

    TWO women working on a polio eradication campaign were shot dead by two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle in the city of Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 18 January, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • India joins the Australia Group export control regime

    Key Points India becomes 43rd member of the Australia Group controls intended to inhibit CBW exports Membership further strengthens New Delhi’s efforts to expand international defence sales India has joined the Australia Group (AG), the multilateral export control initiative, as part of New

  • India launches new ‘cell’ to boost defence investment

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a unit to support investment in the country’s defence industry. The ‘Defence Investor Cell’ – announced by India’s Minister of Defence on 18 January at a defence industry forum in Chennai – has been set up under

  • Tillerson outlines open-ended US military presence in Syria

    The US military will remain in Syria for as long as the Islamic State remains a threat, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “Let us be clear: the United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring that ISIS [the Islamic State] cannot re-emerge,” he

  • Japan completes development of ASM-3 supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Japan has completed development of its first domestically designed supersonic air-to-ship missile, according to a 7 January report by The Mainichi newspaper. Known as the ASM-3, the radar-guided missile is set to enter series production in Fiscal Year 2019, said the report, adding that development

  • UkrOboronProm resurrects aircraft factory

    Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm has trumpeted the successful revival of the Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Enterprise in a statement issued on 16 January. UkrOboronProm, the parent company of Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Enterprise, said capital investment in the company had restored

  • RoKN’s seventh KSS-2 submarine to start operations in May

    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) seventh air-independent propulsion (AIP)-capable KSS-2 (Type 214) diesel-electric attack submarine will be operationally deployed from May this year, according to statement issued by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on

  • Australia confirms additional Bushmaster sales to Japan

    Australia and Japan have outlined an intention to expand defence equipment collaboration, building on Canberra’s newly confirmed deal to sell additional Bushmaster multirole protected vehicles to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The pledge to increase bilateral co-operation in

  • New leadership, training of Philippines’ Islamic State-linked militants unlikely to allow expansion beyond western Mindanao in coming months

    Event On 16 and 18 January 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte issued two rare security warnings that terrorists were planning imminent attacks against (unspecified) airports, ports, and other public places in the Philippines. At a 17 January 2018 Supreme Court hearing of why martial law had been

  • India issues RFI for six Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels

    India’s Ministry of Defence is acquiring a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to improve the navy’s maritime surveillance and interdiction capabilities, and has issued a request for information (RFI) to finalise specifications of the programme. The platform, which will be known

  • Expected legalisation of private military companies would formalise and facilitate their contribution to Russia’s hybrid warfare capabilities

    Event On 17 January 2018, a senior Fair Russia party member of parliament in the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, said that his committee would introduce a bill that would legalise the activities of private military companies (PMCs) within one month. PMC is a term applied

  • India successfully test-fires Agni V ballistic missile in operational configuration

    India has test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni V ballistic missile in its operational configuration to a range of around 5,000 km. “We [India] have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni V today,” Indian Defence Minister

  • New Zealand accepts Supacat special operations vehicles

    UK vehicle manufacturer Supacat has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) ordered by New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016 has been accepted. The company said in a statement on 16 January that the fleet would enter service