• KTRV modifies Kh-38ME missile for improved PAK 50 fit

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has modified its Kh-38ME direct attack air-to-surface guided missile to enable improved integration with the internal weapons bay of the Sukhoi PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Kh-38-family of air-launched short-range modular guided

  • Russian retaliation against new US sanctions to potentially include operational disruption to US firms in Russia

    EVENT On 21 July, leaders from the US House of Representatives and the Senate announced that they had agreed on a finalised bill that would place new sanctions on Russia. The legislation has been held up for a month for a variety of reasons, including White House opposition and lobbying by

  • SVBIED attack kills at least 36 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST 36 people were killed and at least 42 others were wounded in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a bus carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in a predominantly Shia district in the west of Afghanistan's capital Kabul early on 24

  • Taliban militants claim to conduct suicide attack in Afghanistan's Helmand

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 22 July, a Taliban spokesperson - identified as Qari Mohammed Yusuf Ahmadi - claimed that Hafiz Abdul Rahman Khalid, son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, had been killed when he detonated his explosives vest during a suicide attack targeting police

  • China orders four more Mi-171E helicopters

    China has ordered four additional Mi-171E multirole medium helicopters from Russia, according to a 21 July statement issued by Russia’s arms export agency Rosoboronexport. "We signed a contract for the supply of an additional batch of Mi-171E transport helicopters and their assets to

  • India progresses sale of BEML

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a plan to divest a 26% stake in state-owned defence company BEML, formerly known as Bharat Earth Movers Limited. In a press release published on 21 July, the MoD said the government has given its in-principal approval for the “strategic

  • India reports sharp increase in ceasefire violations along LoC

    India has registered a sharp increase in the number of ceasefire violations carried out by neighbouring Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir over the past six-and-a-half months, according to a 21 July statement issued by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB).

  • Indian Army critically short of ammunition, says CAG

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) ammunition stocks are barely enough to enable the service to fight a 10-day war, the country’s Comptroller and Auditors General (CAG) said in a report tabled in the Indian parliament on 21 July. The CAG revealed that 121 of 152 types of ammunition –

  • Indian Navy lacks safety structures, says India's CAG

    India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in a report that the absence of a central structure in the Indian Navy (IN) to deal with safety issues resulted in 38 accidents between 2007 and 2016 in which 33 naval personnel, including officers, died. Tabled in the Indian Parliament on 21

  • Japan and Germany to jointly develop military technologies

    Key Points New accord will facilitate two countries’ first modern-era collaboration on military technologies Agreement expected to support Tokyo’s efforts to develop engines for military vehicles Japan and Germany have signed an inter-government agreement to co-operate on military

  • JTIC Brief: Ongoing Marawi siege indicates growing presence and influence of the Islamic State in the Philippines

    Key Points Islamic State-loyalist militants have held control of areas of the Philippine city of Marawi since 23 May, despite concerted ongoing counter-terrorism efforts. The militants have displayed an above-expected level of tactical and operational sophistication in holding off the security

  • MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

    JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

  • North Korea capable of launching ‘limited missile attack’, says top US general

    The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), General Joe Dunford, has publicly acknowledged that North Korea is capable of launching what he called “a limited missile attack”. “Kim Jong-un’s regime is tied to [the country's] nuclear programme, and what I can tell the

  • Radar MMS details VTOL UAV effort

    Russia-based Radar MMS released further details of its BPV-500 vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Radar MMS representative Sergey Prokofiev told Jane’s that the BPV-500 is designed to operate from land and

  • Risk of mass shootings and suicide attacks remains high in Bangladesh during next 12 months despite declining incidents

    Key Points Militant attacks have declined since the July 2016 bakery attack due to intensified security forces operations against Islamist militants. However, strong Islamist anti-government sentiments, readily available weapons, and the politicisation of the Islamic State threat facing Bangladesh

  • South Korea pushing to revise missile guidelines, says report

    The government in Seoul is pushing to revise the missile guidelines developed with Washington to double the maximum weight of warheads mounted on South Korean ballistic missiles from the current 500 kg, the Yonhap news agency reported on 24 July citing unnamed sources. The South Korean government

  • Sri Lanka Navy receives largest warship to date

    India's state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited has delivered the first of two 105.7 m-long advanced offshore patrol vessels (AOPVs) to the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN). The ship, which will be known as SLNS Sayurala (with pennant number P623) once it enters service, was handed over to the service during a 22

  • Vietnam confirms order of Russian T-90 tanks

    Vietnam has ordered 64 T-90S/SK main battle tanks (MBTs) from Russia, state-run news agencies in Hanoi confirmed on 21 July. The reports, which cited comments from Russian defence officials who were speaking at a press conference at the MAKS-2017 aerospace exhibition in Moscow, said that the

  • Indian auditor general criticises management of defence projects

    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has criticised local industry’s management and production of Project 28 Kamorta-class corvettes and BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In reports recently tabled in the Indian parliament and published on its website, the CAG

  • Baltic leaders call for permanent surface-to-air missile deployment

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite on 20 July backed calls for the permanent deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air, air defence, and anti-missile systems to the Baltic states, local media have reported. “The speed of response to an airborne threat may be crucial. Therefore, it