• LIMA 2017: Malaysia's MMEA takes delivery of second Ojika-class vessel from Japan

    The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) held a naming ceremony for the second ex-Ojika-class ship donated from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) at LIMA 2017. On the occasion, the ex-JCG vessel Okii , now known as KM Pekan (with pennant number 9203) was formally handed over to the MMEA on 21

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysian offset priorities highlighted by A400M programme, say officials

    Malaysia's Technology Depositary Agency (TDA), which oversees the country's Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), has pointed to the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) programme to procure four Airbus A400M military transport aircraft as a leading example of how it wants to pursue local

  • LIMA 2017: MMEA unveils design of new helicopter-capable OPV platform

    Key Points Malaysia has unveiled the design of a new 83 m OPV platform it is expecting from a local shipbuilding joint venture Vessels will be among the largest to be operated by the MMEA, and will significantly enhance the service's operational reach The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

  • LIMA 2017: Rivals for Malaysia's fighter programme outline export credit opportunities

    Saab and BAE Systems have outlined their intention to support their respective bids to secure a long-delayed fighter aircraft programme in Malaysia by offering export credit to the Southeast Asian country. Speaking at separate media briefings on 22 March at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi,

  • North Korea ground-tests new 'high-thrust' rocket engine

    North Korea has carried out a ground test of a "Korean-style, high-thrust engine" developed by the country's Academy of the National Defence Science, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 19 March. "The test was conducted to confirm the overall technical indices

  • Russia still mulling carrier refit

    Uncertainty persists over when the long-anticipated major repair and modernisation of Admiral Kuznetsov , the Russian Navy's only aircraft carrier, will begin and how much it will cost. Citing a Russian defence industry source, the TASS news agency reported on 3 March that the work will begin

  • Singapore signs contract for next-generation armoured fighting vehicle

    The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has awarded a contract to Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) for the production and supply of a new armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), the ministry announced in a 22 March statement. "The Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle

  • South Korean defence ministry says hacking threats growing

    Hacking attempts on the South Korean military's computer networks have increased in the month of March amid strained ties between Seoul and Beijing and continued belligerence by North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on 22 March. The media outlet quoted Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesperson for the

  • SVBIED attack kills at least eight soldiers in Afghanistan's Helmand

    AT LEAST eight soldiers were killed and 14 others were wounded in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack targeting a Special Forces centre in Duraha area of Gerishk district in Afghanistan's Helmand province late on 20 March, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No immediate

  • Taiwan launches indigenous submarine programme

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 21 March signed an agreement with the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) and naval shipbuilder CSBC Corporation, Taiwan, for the design and construction of an indigenous submarine fleet. The contract was signed at Zuoying

  • US, South Korea detect 'failed' North Korean missile launch

    A North Korean missile fired on 22 March appears to have exploded only seconds after being launched, according to US and South Korean officials. US Pacific Command said in a statement that it detected what it assessed as being "a failed North Korean missile launch" in the vicinity of

  • India signs step-change contracts with Russian OEMs

    India has signed a number of step-change aircraft maintenance and support contracts with Russian companies; agreements that were made possible by recent changes to Russian defence materiel export regulations. Two contracts were signed relating to the long-term maintenance and support of India's

  • Israel shoots down Syrian SAM with Arrow 2 interceptor

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) used an Arrow 2 interceptor to shoot down a Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) that was heading into Israeli territory on 17 March. This was the first time the Arrow 2 has been used operationally. It was also the first time a SAM has been shot down by another SAM,

  • Russia expands project 22800 missile corvette production

    A second Russian Project 22800 (Karakurt-class) missile corvette, named Okhotsk , was laid down at More Shipyard in Feodosiya, Crimea, on 17 March. At present, one more ship of the class ( Shtorm ) is also being built at the shipyard having been laid down in May 2016. In total 18 Project 22800

  • Vietnam asks South Korea for support with South China Sea issue

    Vietnam's prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked South Korea to support his country's stance on "the South China Sea issue", the Vietnamese government said in a 20 March statement. "The prime minister proposed that South Korea continue to support the position of Vietnam and ASEAN

  • China urges Japan 'not to stir up trouble' in South China Sea

    Amid reports that Japan plans to despatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, Beijing has urged Tokyo to "refrain from causing trouble in the region". "Since last year ... the situation in the South China Sea has been getting better. Relevant

  • LIMA 2017: Airod advances RMAF upgrade programmes through ties with foreign companies

    Malaysian aerospace firm Airod is advancing several major upgrade programmes for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), consolidating its position as the Southeast Asian country's leading provider of military maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Speaking at the 2017 Langkawi

  • LIMA 2017: Malaysian Navy chief outlines requirement for enhanced domestic shipbuilding capability

    Admiral Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), has outlined the significance of boosting naval shipbuilding capability in the country in light of domestic economic constraints and the RMN's plans to modernise over the coming decade and beyond. Speaking to Jane's at

  • LIMA 2017: Ukraine looks to boost presence in Thailand and Malaysian

    Ukraine's state-owned defence holding company Ukroboronprom is looking to boost its presence in the Malaysian and Thai defence markets through government-level commitments to support the growth of the two Southeast Asian country's respective defence industries. Ukraine and Malaysia proposed a joint

  • Taiwan admits its missiles can strike China

    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said for the first time publicly that the island's armed forces are capable of striking targets in China with missiles. The statement came as the MND released its 2017 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Lieutenant General Chiang Chen-chung told