• Mattis upbeat on NATO adding troops to Afghanistan

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appears optimistic that NATO allies and partner nations will add troops in Afghanistan to help train and assist local forces. "Right now, I'd say there's somewhere approximately two-dozen NATO allies and partner countries that are leaning towards raising the

  • Russia completes deliveries of BTR-80 APCs to Bangladesh, says report

    Bangladesh has received the final batch of BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) destined for use in UN peacekeeping operations, Russian manufacturer Military Industrial Company told the Sputnik news agency on 6 November. Although it is unclear how many vehicles were handed over, it is likely

  • Ukraine wins first foreign investment in aerospace sector

    Ukraine has announced a USD150 million investment from US private equity fund Oriole Capital Group to fund the Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Enterprise. Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm made the announcement on 13 November, as part of the company’s presence at the Dubai Airshow in the

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Japan looks to Gulf for C-2 export sales

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has displayed the newly designed and produced Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, and hopes to export the aircraft to the Gulf region. On 14 November, Colonel Tokukazu Omine, the C-2 programme manager for the MoD, told Jane’s that Japan

  • Growing frequency of protests in Russia prior to presidential election likely to trigger forceful response from police

    Event On 7 November 2017 the Centre for Economic and Political Reforms (CEPR), an independent Russian think-tank, published a report on civil unrest in the country. According to CEPR’s monitoring, the number of protests in Russia increased from 284 in the first quarter of 2017 to 378 in the

  • Australia prepares defence industrial development plan

    Australia is on track to publish its Defence Industrial Capability Plan (DICP) in early 2018 to support indigenous development and the country’s programme to modernise the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the next decade and beyond. Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher

  • Police kill two suspected Islamist militants in Indonesia's West Sumatra

    TWO suspected Islamist militants were shot dead by police in retaliatory fire after they attacked officers with bows and arrows after setting fire to a police headquarters in Dharmasraya regency in Indonesia's West Sumatra province on 12 November, Reuters reported. Reports did not contain details of

  • Russian defence chief announces improvements in Russian armed forces

    The build-up and development of the Russian armed forces over the past five years has been aimed primarily at increasing the combat capabilities of the army and navy, the Russian chief of defence staff and first deputy defence minister has said. Army General Valery Gerasimov told an open meeting of

  • SVBIED attack kills one soldier in Afghanistan's Helmand

    ONE soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a security outpost in Sharsharak area in Afghanistan's Helmand province on 11 November, Afghan Islamic Press reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the

  • Taliban suicide attack kills one police officer in Afghanistan's Helmand

    ONE police officer was killed and five others were wounded when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police outpost in the Bolan area of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's Helmand province on 10 November, Khaama Press reported.

  • DSME to sell off Romanian shipbuilder to Damen

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has agreed to sell its Romanian subsidiary, Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI), to Dutch shipbuilder Damen as part of efforts to improve its fiscal standing. DSME said on 12 November that the proposed sale to Damen

  • Singapore commissions two Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has inducted two more Independence-class vessels Service is making good progress towards operating a class of eight Littoral Mission Vessels by 2020 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more locally built Littoral Mission Vessels.

  • Singapore strengthens Maritime Security Task Force with two more Littoral Mission Vessels

    Key Points Singapore has commissioned two additional Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels Platform is expected to be deployed primarily for maritime security operations in the Singapore Strait The operational component of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) has been

  • US defence policy bill would allow path to cancel MOX plutonium de-weaponision project

    Congress’ fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill for the first time appears to allow a path for terminating a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium. The US Department of Energy (DoE) in FY 2018 once again requested that Congress terminate the Mixed

  • Rostec confirms Kalashnikov share sale proceeding

    Rostec Chief Executive Officer Sergei Chemezov confirmed on 13 November that the company was continuing to sell off a further stake in weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov. “We have just finalized the decision to sell a stake of 26% minus one share in Kalashnikov Group. The decision is being

  • Growing Indian commercial interests in Afghanistan face increasing risk of complex VBIED attacks over the next year

    Key Points The development of Iran’s Chabahar port as a new strategic trade route between Afghanistan and India reached a major milestone in November, with the port handling Indian cargo bound for Afghanistan for the first time. India’s role in Afghanistan is opposed by Pakistan, but

  • Russian Aerospace Forces to receive more Mi-28N attack helicopters

    Another consignment of Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopters will be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) for the beginning of the training year under the State Defence Order, the Ministry of Defence announced on 7 November. Nearly 100 Mi-28Ns have entered service with the

  • Ukraine confirms Aselsan radio buy, will be locally assembled

    The Ukrainian military announced on 10 November that it expects to have all combat military units equipped with Aselsan VHF radios between 2018 and 2020. Chief of the Ukrainian Signal Corps, Major General Volodymyr Rapko made the announcement at a press conference, adding that forces would also be

  • US conducts three-carrier strike force exercises with South Korea, Japan

    Key Points The US is flexing its ability to operate multiple carrier strike groups with partners in the Asia-Pacific region Exercises have been conducted in the aftermath of recent missile provocations and hostile rhetoric from North Korea Following recent missile tests in North Korea, a US Navy

  • Navistar pursues Vietnam opportunities

    US military and industrial truck manufacturer Navistar has signed an agreement with its Vietnamese distributor Hoang Huy to support exports to Vietnam, the company said on 12 November. Navistar said the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is primarily geared to sales of commercial trucks, will