• Australia to upgrade Garden Island naval facilities

    Australia has launched a joint venture (JV) that will be in charge of providing critical wharf works at the Garden Island Defence Precinct – the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base in Sydney – as part of a project worth AUD213 million (USD158 million), according to a 17 July joint statement

  • Five killed in South Korean helicopter crash

    A Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) MUH-1 helicopter crashed at a military airport in the southeastern South Korean city of Pohang on 11 July, killing five of the six marines aboard and injuring the other, the Yonhap news agency reported that same day. The helicopter was being test flown after

  • BEL and Saab collaborate on radars

    Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Swedish group Saab have signed an agreement to jointly market a co-developed radar system, BEL said on 16 July. The memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed in Bangalore, features collaboration on the RAWL-03 L-band 3D air surveillance radar

  • Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

    Key Points Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Larsen & Toubro teams with BEML to meet Indian requirements

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 16 July by Indian public sector undertaking (PSU) BEML Ltd and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s engineering, technology, and construction company, to explore the requirements of Indian defence markets. The joint effort is aimed at

  • Pindad on track with tank production plan

    Indonesian firm PT Pindad has announced that it expects to start mass-producing the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) it is currently developing in collaboration with Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri in 2019. The tank programme is currently at an advanced stage of development, with

  • Airbus Helicopters appoints new India head

    Airbus has appointed a new head of helicopter operations in India. The group said on 17 July that Ashish Saraf will lead the helicopter division of Airbus India across civil, defence, and paramilitary domains. The appointment of Saraf, who has been vice-president at Airbus India since 2015, is

  • US lifts ban on trade with ZTE

    The US Department of Commerce on 13 July rolled back an order that had prohibited US companies from doing business with Chinese communications supplier Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE). The measure, known as a ‘denial order’, was activated in April after the

  • Cost of India’s domestically produced defence equipment under review

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has appointed a committee to review the price of assorted materiel supplied by the country’s nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) to its military. “We have asked a committee to see how the costing of products manufactured by the DPSUs

  • Turkey confirms sale of 30 T129 attack helicopters to Pakistan

    Ankara has signed an agreement with Islamabad for the sale of 30 T129 ATAK combat helicopters for the Pakistan Army in a move described by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSB) – formerly the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM)

  • Korean ministries collaborate on Industry 4.0 technologies

    South Korean government ministries have agreed to come together to undertake research and development (R&D) in defence technologies, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul has said. Under the new arrangement, agreed on 11 July, the Ministry of Science and Information and

  • Preventative arrests in Sumgait and Ganja mitigate likelihood of repeated violent protests in Azerbaijan

    Event On 15 July 2018, law enforcement authorities carried out an operation in Sumgait, detaining 18 people representing “radical and religious opposition” who allegedly planned to organise violent anti-government protests, according to an unidentified source familiar with the situation

  • Farnborough 2018: Ukraine signs rotorcraft deal with Airbus Helicopters

    The Ukrainian government has ordered 55 new rotorcraft to be used for a range of military and parapublic operations, Airbus Helicopters announced on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow. The country signed a contract for the purchase of 21 repurposed H225s, as well as 10 new H145 and 24 H125

  • Japan, US look to smooth defence trade processes

    Japan and the United States have moved forward in addressing concerns in Tokyo about the costs and timeliness of US Foreign Military Sales (FMS), a spokesperson from the Japanese Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’s on 13

  • OCEA launches third FPB 72 Mk II patrol vessel for the Philippines

    Key Points A third FPB 72 Mk II boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard has been launched The service is expected to operate all four vessels in the class by 2019 French shipbuilder OCEA has launched the third FPB 72 Mk II patrol boat on order for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The

  • Farnborough 2018: GKN wary of industrial espionage as expansion into China continues

    Protecting its military technologies is one of GKN Aerospace’s key concerns as it continues to expand its commercial footprint in China, the company’s CEO told reports ahead of the Farnborough Airshow. Speaking in London a few weeks before the event, the company’s CEO Hans

  • IED attack kills a police officer in Afghanistan's Kandahar

    ONE police officer was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside, detonated targeting their vehicle in the 10th police district in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on 11 July., Pajhwok News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • China’s CETC signs advanced technologies deal with Siemens

    The state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has signed an agreement with German engineering group Siemens to collaborate on advanced technologies to support automation, digitisation, and networking, CETC said in a statement on 11 July. CETC said the agreement is focused on

  • Indonesia enacts law to boost collaboration with South Korea

    Indonesia has passed a law supporting its defence industrial engagement with South Korea. Indonesia’s House of Representatives approved the act on defence co-operation between Indonesia and the Republic of Korea on 10 July. The House of Representatives said the legislation would provide a

  • Indonesian Navy to establish new unmanned aviation squadron

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy is establishing a new unmanned naval aviation squadron Formation will initially operate the ScanEagle system that is being provided under a US assistance package The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is establishing a new