• IDEX 2017: MBDA receives UAE contract for additional Marte Mk 2/N missiles

    Key Points The UAE placed its original contract for Marte Mk 2/N in 2009 Marte Mk 2/N revealed sold to Turkmenistan European missile company MBDA has secured a follow-on order from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of additional Marte Mk 2/N anti-ship missiles to the UAE Naval Forces.

  • Uptick in jihadi attacks in Pakistan indicates militant efforts to reorganise and increase frequency of mass casualty attacks

    Key Points Attacks in Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the last week suggest that militant groups targeting Pakistan are seeking to reorganise and co-ordinate attacks. Security forces, religious minorities (Shias, Christians, and Hindus), the judiciary, civil society activists, and Sufis

  • IDEX 2017: Belarus, UAE sign defence industrial co-operation accord

    Belarus and the United Arab Emirates signed a defence technology transfer agreement on 21 February at the IDEX 2017 trade show. The military-technical co-operation agreement was signed between representatives of Belarus' State Military-Industrial Committee and the UAE's Tawazun Economic Council -

  • IDEX 2017: Burevestnik develops vehicle-borne 2B24 mortar system

    Burevestnik Joint Stock Company Research Institute part of the UralVagonZavod concern has developed a mobile version of its 82 mm 2B24 mortar system. The system is integrated on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and has been developed using internal research-and-development funding; it is aimed at the

  • IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

    Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun.

  • IDEX 2017: GIDS moves to enhance Shahpar, develop MALE

    Pakistan's Global Industry and Defence Solutions (GIDS) is in the process of enhancing the capabilities of its Shahpar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and working to develop a larger system. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Asad Kamal, GIDS' director of sales and marketing, said that

  • IN signs contract for surface surveillance radars

    The Indian Navy (IN) has signed a contract with Nova Integrated Systems for the procurement of surface surveillance radars (SSRs), India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 17 February statement. The company, a subsidiary of Tata Advanced Systems, would indigenously manufacture the radars in

  • India and Russia sign contract for additional A-50EI AEW&C aircraft, says report

    Russia has signed a contract for the delivery of additional Beriev (Ilyushin) A-50EI airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to India, TASS news agency reported Yuri Slyusar, the president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, as saying on 14 February. "So far, we have a

  • Kelvin Hughes to provide SharpEye radars for Pakistan's Khalid-class submarines

    Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by the Pakistan Navy (PN) to supply the company's I-Band SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system as part of a mid-life upgrade programme for the PN's Khalid-class (Agosta 90B) submarines, the UK-based manufacturer of maritime navigation, surveillance, and security

  • Pakistan orders further AW139 helicopters from Leonardo

    Pakistan has ordered an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 multirole twin-engine helicopters, Italian defence group Leonardo announced on 20 February. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the country, the company said, adding that

  • Australia plans AUD100 million investment in shipbuilding facilities

    The Australian government has said it will spend AUD100 million (USD77 million) in enhancing the naval shipbuilding capability in Western Australia between 2017 and 2020. According to a statement by the office of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on 20 February, the money will be spent on improving

  • China reducing coal imports likely to substantially reduce North Korea's income, undermining economic and political stability

    EVENT China's Ministry of Commerce announced on 18 February that it would suspend all coal imports from North Korea effective from 19 February until 31 December 2017. The ministry stated that the suspension was aimed at greater enforcement of UN Security Council resolution 2270 from March 2016,

  • IDEX 2017: Indonesia's PT Pindad signs co-operation deals with UAE counterparts

    Indonesian company PT Pindad has signed agreements with counterparts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to collaborate on pursuing defence sales to the Middle East, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 20 February. The MoD said that state-owned PT Pindad has signed a memorandum of

  • IDEX 2017: Iraq takes delivery of Textron Commandos

    The Iraqi Federal Police is currently in the process of receiving the Textron Commando Select armoured vehicles that were ordered last year, Jonathan Dalrymple, vice president for business development at Textron's Marine and Land Systems division, told Jane's at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. "We

  • IDEX 2017: Taiwan works to expand AAW capability

    Key Points Future Tuo Jiang corvettes will be modified to integrate the new Sea TC-2N Missile System and Sea Oryx SAM Work is progressing to also introduce a new, larger, more AAW-capable ship in the future The Taiwanese navy is looking to expand the anti-air warfare (AAW) capability of its next

  • Modest increase for Singapore's 2017 defence budget

    Singapore has announced a 2017 defence budget of SGD14.2 billion (USD10 billion), a modest increase over spending the previous year. Announced by the government on 20 February, the allocations represents a 1.6% increase against the initial 2016 defence budget of SGD13.97 billion, which was

  • South Korean military on high alert following Kim Jong-nam's death

    South Korea's military has remained on high alert to counter any provocations by North Korea following Pyongyang's 12 February missile test launch and the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the following day, Yonhap news agency quoted the defence ministry in

  • Recognition of documents issued by east Ukraine separatists indicates that Russia regards Minsk peace process as obsolete

    EVENT On 18 February 2017, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognising within Russia identity and other documents (including school diplomas and university decrees) issued by the authorities of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR). As a

  • Japan extends logistics contract with Airbus Helicopters for H225 helos

    Airbus Helicopters has secured a contract extension with Japan's Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) over the next five years for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces' (JGSDF's) fleet of H225 helicopters, the company said in a 20 February

  • IDEX 2017: Chinese Navy to acquire new trimaran hull frigate

    The China Shipbuilding Trading Corporation (CSSC) has revealed a new trimaran-hulled frigate concept at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, telling Jane's that a version was being built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The specifications provided by CSSC for the trimaran vessel state