• Infocom develops new armed UGV

    Kiev-based Infocom has revealed to Jane’s details of Laska, its new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Developed through a company-funded project, the system is designed to support tactical level operations on the battlefield. Sergey Rumyantsev, project manager and UGV team lead at Infocom, told

  • India issues RfI for six conventionally powered submarines

    The Indian Navy (IN) has sent a request for information (RfI) to selected overseas manufacturers asking for details about locally building six diesel-electric submarines under the long-delayed Project 75 India (P-75I) programme, which is worth over INR500billion (USD7.8 billion). Official sources

  • Russia looks to give Kazakhstan MiG-35 workshare

    Russia’s MiG has signed an agreement with Kazakh firm Kazakhstan Engineering to help promote the MiG-35 ‘Fulcrum-F’ to the Kazakh government, alongside a number of potential workshare and offset agreements. The agreements were signed at the 2017 MAKS Air Show in Russia on 19 July

  • South Korea urges Pyongyang to respond to military dialogue proposal

    South Korea has urged the government in Pyongyang to promptly respond to its offer of inter-Korean military talks, emphasising that they are key to easing regional tensions. “Relieving military tensions between the two Koreas and restoring dialogue channels in the military are very urgent

  • China commissions sixth Type 052D-class destroyer into East Sea fleet

    Key Points China has commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer, according an official statement Platform will bolster Beijing’s anti-access capabilities in the East China Sea China commissioned its sixth Type 052D destroyer on 17 July, according to a statement posted on the Xiamen

  • Japan planning to equip F-2 fighters with supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Tokyo plans to start equipping Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter aircraft with a new supersonic air-to-ship missile from the next fiscal year, according to a 19 July report by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The paper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Japanese government will

  • KAI chief executive steps down

    Ha Sung-Yong, the chief executive officer of Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), has stepped down amid corruption allegations facing the company. KAI said on 20 July that it plans to hold an extraordinary shareholders' meeting as soon as possible to select Ha’s successor. Vice-president Jang

  • China launches R&D restructuring programme

    Chinese President Xi Jinping formally inaugurated a restructure of the country’s military research and development (R&D) institutes on 19 July, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Xi said the reorganisation would support the Chinese government’s efforts at building a stronger

  • Kronshtadt, Rosboronexport partner for Orion-Eh UAV

    Further details of Russia’s Orion-Eh unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) have emerged as its manufacturer the Kronshtadt Group signed an agreement with Rosboronexport for the latter to market the system internationally. The Orion-Eh was unveiled by the Kronshtadt Group at the MAKS 2017 airshow in

  • Rheinmetall Air Defence preps GDF-009 AAG for production

    Rheinmetall Air Defence has released details of its latest Oerlikon GDF-009 twin 35 mm towed anti-aircraft gun (AAG). The GDF-009 model is based on a four-wheeled carriage, and is raised off the ground by three stabilisers when deployed in the firing position. It also features an automatic

  • China conducts live-fire drill in Tibet amid border dispute with India

    China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently carried out a live-fire exercise on the Tibetan Plateau as the country remains locked in a stand-off with India over a border dispute in the region. Intended to improve the military’s combat capability in high-altitude locations, the

  • DAPA moves to ease burden on naval shipbuilders

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has temporarily eased the banking guarantee requirements placed on domestic naval shipbuilders in view of the economic constraints that many of these companies are facing. Under the new arrangement, naval shipbuilders will be

  • Indian association urges MoD to ease bank guarantee requirements on shipyards

    The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has called on the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to relax the bank guarantee requirements currently placed on private-sector shipyards. The industry body said on 19 July that these shipbuilders are currently required to furnish

  • South Korean defence minister vows to strengthen alliance with US

    South Korea’s new defence minister, Song Young-moo, has vowed to continue working towards strengthening and developing his country’s military alliance with the United States amid growing concerns over North Korea’s weapon development programmes. Speaking to General Vincent K

  • Unidentified gunmen kill at least four Shia Hazara Muslims in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST four Shia Hazara Muslims, including a woman, were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Mastung area in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 19 July, Dawn reported. No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack was made.

  • Australia expects to introduce defence exports strategy by year end

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is on track to publish a defence export strategy by the end of this year, a spokesperson for defence industry minister Christopher Pyne confirmed to Jane’s on 20 July. The strategy will support Pyne’s intention to significantly boost Australian

  • Russian Helicopters unveils Mi-171Sh-VN gunship

    The Russian Helicopters holding, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has unveiled a new variant of the Mi-171Sh (Hip-H) utility helicopter reconfigured for special operations. Designated Mi-171Sh-VN, the helicopter was unveiled at the MAKS 2017 airshow at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. The

  • Singapore Armed Forces offer assistance to Philippines

    Singapore’s defence minister, Ng Eng Hen, has offered Manila support in its campaign against insurgent groups as the Philippine military seeks to end the ongoing clashes with Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine city of Marawi. The proposed assistance includes the use of

  • Ukraine to acquire T-72 tanks

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced on 14 July that Ukraine is to procure 72 new 'modernised' T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) from the Lviv armoured vehicle plant. Speaking to the staff at the state-owned Ukroboronprom facility in Lviv, Poroshenko announced that the deal would also include

  • China, Russia to hold first joint naval drills in Baltic Sea

    China and Russia are set to conduct their first-ever joint naval drills in the Baltic Sea, as part of this year's 'Joint Sea' exercise. A People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) flotilla consisting of a Type 052D destroyer, a Type 054A frigate, and a Type 903A replenishment ship is expected to enter