• PAE Government Services awarded USD142 million contract to train Afghan forces

    PAE Government Services has been awarded a USD142 million Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Army to provide logistics support, training, and mentoring to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of

  • Russia adds to presence on Kuril Islands

    Russian units stationed on the contested Kuril Island group close to northern Japan are to receive additional weapons, local media reported on 23 May, quoting the Eastern Military District (EMD) press service. The recently reformed, resident 18th Machine Gun and Artillery Division on the islands is

  • Thai hospital attack indicates expansion of anti-government militant target set to include military assets and personnel

    EVENT An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok's Ratchathewi district on 22 May, injuring at least 24 people. Military and police officials have subsequently said that the IED components used in the hospital attack matched those used in two previous

  • Russia looks at range extension for Iskander-Ms

    Russian defence industry officials have discussed extending the range of the Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile system with senior officers of Russia's rocket and artillery forces, TASS announced on 19 May, citing Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources. A military delegation led by Lieutenant

  • Indonesia to question TNI-AL chief in Philippine Navy contract investigations

    The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi : KPK) has named Admiral Ade Supandi, chief of the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), as a possible witness in ongoing investigations over suspected procurement irregularities. The

  • South Korea fires at unidentified flying object at border with North

    South Korean troops fired warning shots at an "unidentified object" flying from the heavily fortified border with North Korea on 23 May, the Yonhap news agency reported . Citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the media outlet reported that the military detected the object traversing the

  • IED attack wounds 24 people in Thailand's Bangkok

    TWENTY-FOUR people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated by unidentified militants inside the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Thailand's capital Bangkok on 22 May, Reuters reported. While no immediate claim of responsibility was made, authorities suspected that the attack

  • Malaysia investigates breakdown that saw RHIB adrift in South China Sea

    Key Points The Malaysian navy chief has called for investigations into why a RHIB was lost at sea for more than 48 hours Radio equipment failure has been identified as a possible cause that may have led to the incident The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will begin investigations into possible

  • Philippine Navy commissions three MPAC vessels into Littoral Combat Force

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has commissioned three MPAC vessels that will be equipped with Spike ER missiles Vessels will bolster the service's anti-surface capabilities within 20 n miles from shore The Philippine Navy (PN) has inducted three 17 m multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) vessels into

  • Philippines and Ukraine discuss defence trade opportunities

    The Philippines and Ukraine are looking to expand defence trade and related industrial collaboration, according to Ukrainian defence export agency SpetsTe?hnoExport. The state-run agency said on 24 May that it has recently held a “number of negotiations” with senior Philippine

  • RCIED attack kills five people in Pakistan's Khyber

    FIVE people - including a paramilitary member and three peace committee members - were killed in a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) attack targeting their vehicle in Akakhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 22 May,

  • Russia re-establishes special forces reconnaissance units for ballistic missile target designation

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has re-established special-purpose reconnaissance units (RRSpN) to designate targets deep behind enemy lines so they can be engaged by Iskander ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), state-owned media announced on 22 May. The new

  • Russian internet regulator's proposed access to personal data likely aimed at mitigating size and frequency of protests

    EVENT On 22 May 2017, the Russian Ministry of Communications published a proposed government bylaw that would give Roskomnadzor, the Russian internet regulator, the legal right to access the personal data of individuals stored in Russia from 1 January 2018. In July 2014 Russia adopted a law that

  • South Korea teams with Elta Systems for KFX radar

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed an agreement with Israeli company ELTA Systems to support the development of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be fitted onto the Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft. DAPA said in a

  • MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils new airborne active jamming system

    Belarus' Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) has developed an active jamming pod for use on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system - which was displayed at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk - is claimed to be capable of creating false targets, delaying detection, disrupting radar lock-on, and

  • MILEX 2017: Russian Helicopters signs MRO agreement

    Russian Helicopters has signed an agreement with Belarus’ 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, covering the support and overhaul of Mil Mi-8 and Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ helicopters. The agreement, signed on 20 May, will see Russian Helicopters provide engineering and technical support for the

  • NCSIST showcases new vehicle surveillance system

    The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) of Taiwan has unveiled its indigenously developed Panoramic Vehicular Sighting System (PaVIS). The system has been designed for installation on tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) to provide 360° coverage

  • Pentagon budget 2018: OCO to decline slightly, assuming no troop increases or budget gimmicks

    The Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 budget request calls for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding to fall from USD69.7 billion in 2017 to USD65 billion as part of the 2018 budget request, working with the assumption that US levels remain unchanged in the fight against the Islamic State group

  • China holds first joint exercise with Myanmar Navy

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first exercise with the Myanmar Navy (MN): an important milestone in the projection of Chinese naval power into the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The exercise, which involved PLAN guided-missile destroyer Changchun ,

  • IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI goes missing, presumed crashed

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter with two pilots on board went missing in northeastern India close to the border with China on 23 May while on a routine training flight. IAF officials said the twin-engine fighter took off around 1030 h local time from Tezpur Air Force