• India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed

  • B-52s to take over Continuous Bomber Presence mission in Pacific

    The United States is rotating its Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) stationed on Guam in support of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), with the arrival of six Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses on the island. The rotation, which was announced by the US Air Force (USAF), saw the B-52s and approximately 300

  • India updates defence procurement processes

    Key Points Government eases requirements on private-sector firms bidding to win defence development programmes The simplified ‘Make-II’ classification seeks to spur entrepreneurship and reduce reliance on imports India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence

  • Luch trials new interceptor with upgraded S-125 Neva/Pechora system

    Ukrainian State Design Bureau ‘Luch’ from Kiev, in collaboration with Radionix, on 15 January conducted a successful test of a new missile interceptor – designated 5V27D-M2 – with a modernised version of the S-125 Neva/Pechora (SA-3a ‘Goa’ Mod 0) surface-to-air

  • Sierra Nevada provides US-unique upgrades for USAF’s light attack experiment

    Key Points SNC provides a number of US-unique capabilities for the light attack experiment These include improved data links, communications systems, and a special sensor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provided several US-unique capabilities to the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano strike turboprop

  • Unidentified militants wound at least five security forces personnel in Pakistan's Balochistan

    AT LEAST five security forces personnel were killed and an unspecified number of others wounded by unidentified militants in an ambush in the town of Turbat in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 15 January, RFE/RL reported. Reports added that one of the security forces' vehicles overturned during

  • Vietnam starts producing Russian anti-matériel rifles

    Vietnam’s military-run Z111 defence factory has started producing the Russian OSV-96 12.7 mm self-loading anti-matériel rifle, according to news reports in the Southeast Asian country. Reports on 16 January said the factory recently demonstrated the rifle to Vietnam’s Vice President

  • Eyeing Russia, US Army kicks off new Stinger missile training in Europe

    The US Army’s 7th Army Training Command, based at Grafenwoehr in Germany, is to soon begin observing, coaching, and training soldiers to operate the FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), according to a 12 January army report. About 50 Observer Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts)

  • TKMS begins work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines

    Key Points Work on Singapore’s third and fourth Type 218SG submarines has commenced The Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to receive the first boat in 2021 German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has begun work on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) third

  • Japan identifies vessel spotted near disputed islands as a PLAN Shang-class submarine

    Japanese defence officials have identified a vessel that was spotted travelling submerged near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on 10-11 January as a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Shang-class (Type 093) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Japanese

  • Japan mulls adding cruise missile interception capability to Aegis Ashore

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering adding a cruise missile interception capability to the two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems the country plans to install to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles. During a 12

  • Russia deploys S-400 to Sevastapol

    The Russian Ministry of Defence published photos on Facebook on 16 January showing S-400 air-defence systems being deployed to a former Ukrainian S-300PM base south of Sevastapol in Crimea. In addition to S-400s entering the base and taking up launch positions, the photos show Pantsyr-S1

  • Japan joins NATO Cyber Centre in Estonia

    Japan is to become a member of the Estonian-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced. The announcement was made during a visit by Abe to Tallinn on 12 January. Merle Maigre, director of the NATO CCDCOE, said: “Japan is one of

  • Afghan forces to intensify operations against militant groups

    The NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission in Afghanistan announced on 14 January that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will intensify military operations in 2018 in a bid to break the stalemate in the 16-year-old conflict. The ANDSF “will be on the offensive

  • Chinese fighter aircraft manufacturer listed on national stock exchange

    Key Points State-owned AVIC lists shares in Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) to boost company’s profile SAC believed to be the most high-profile Chinese military firm listed on domestic exchanges The Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) – one of China’s most important military

  • India and Israel pledge deeper defence industrial ties

    Key Points India and Israel to establish forum to pursue stronger industrial co-operation The move is intended to support India’s drive to boost indigenous manufacturing India and Israel have pledged to deepen defence industrial ties, with a focus on promoting Israeli investment and

  • Hawkei goes on deployed trial

    The Thales Hawkei has been deployed to Iraq as part of the Australian Department of Defence’s LAND 121 project. Two vehicles – one in the two-door configuration and one in the four-door configuration – have been deployed to Iraq’s Taji Military Complex as part of a test to

  • Russia to deploy Su-27SM3s to Kaliningrad to prepare to receive Su-35s

    Russia is reinforcing its forces in Kaliningrad with the recreation of the famous 689th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, named after Soviet ace Alexander Pokryshkin, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 11 January, quoting the Russian Ministry of Defence. The regiment will initially be equipped with

  • Australia confirms interest in acquiring strategic military survey capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is seeking design information from contractors for the construction of a specialised vessel to provide a strategic military survey capability. Sources told Jane’s that the new ship would collect geospatial data in support of amphibious missions and

  • China’s J-20 fighter aircraft takes part in its first combat exercise, says report

    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter has taken part in its first combat drills, according to a 12 January report by the state-owned China Daily newspaper. Citing a PLAAF news release, the paper reported that