• Lockheed Martin expanding Asia-Pacific support with Thai Aviation Services teaming

    Lockheed Martin is teaming with Thai Aviation Services to form a Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of the year, the company announced on 18 April. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary purchased in 2015, has been working with Thai Aviation Services for more than two decades.

  • Reliance and LIG Nex1 partner on bidding for Indian contracts

    India's Reliance Defence Limited (RDL) and South Korean group LIG Nex1 have agreed to form a partnership to pursue opportunities to supply defence equipment to the Indian armed forces. RDL said on 17 April said that its partnership with LIG Nex1, which highlights the rapidly expanding defence

  • Australia signs for enhanced JSM guidance capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an NOK150 million (USD17.4 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence Systems for the integration of an additional terminal guidance capability with the stand-off Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Designed for anti-surface warfare and naval fire support

  • Bidding war brewing for Norsat

    Norsat, a Canadian company which had previously reached agreement on terms for a sale to Hytera, announced that an unsolicited offer for the company had been received on 17 April. The offer, from Privet Fund Management, represented a higher price than had been offered by Hytera. Privet offered

  • Unidentified militants kill intelligence officer in Pakistan's Karachi

    In Manghopir area, Karachi, Sindh, the intelligence police officer was shot dead by unidentified militants in a targeted attack. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • US DoD begins nuclear review with eye on Russia

    The Pentagon has begun its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a host of modernisation programmes are all set to soon begin, and questions about Russian missiles and doctrine loom. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 April "directed the commencement of the

  • Suicide attack kills at least five people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST five people - including at least one civilian and two security forces personnel - were killed and several others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives targeting a police post near the Ministry of Defence in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 12 April, Reuters reported. The

  • Arctic Coast Guard Forum to hold search-and-rescue exercises

    Key Points The multi-nation forum will hold search-and-rescue exercises near Iceland in September 2017 Russia will host an information exchange system similar to the one used by the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum The recently formed Arctic Coast Guard Forum will hold a multi-lateral

  • Arms control 'is at its weakest point in decades', forum concludes

    Compliance across the globe with arms control measures is at its weakest point in decades, although a new forum holds the promise, at least in Europe, of improved transparency and dialogue, according to NATO officials and others. "Arms control efforts across the entire Euro-Atlantic area are

  • China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

    Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS). Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's

  • Chinese companies boost presence at LAAD exhibitions

    Chinese export companies have been increasing their participation in Latin American Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) exhibitions over the past several years: a development that was also noticeable at this year's event, held on 4-7 April in Brazil. In an effort to create a collective, corporate image,

  • DSME employees agree to return wages and to take a cut in pay

    Cash-strapped Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has agreed measures with employees to facilitate the return of wages and a cut in pay as part of a move to achieve ambitious cost savings and avoid bankruptcy. DSME said on 12 April that approximately 98% of its 10,037 employees have

  • Imagery shows North Korean nuclear test facility is 'primed and ready', says 38 North

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility is "primed and ready" to carry out the country's sixth overall nuclear test, according to a report published by the 38 North website. Taken on 12 April the images show "continued

  • India makes historical move to issue ammunition tenders to private sector

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has, for the first time, issued a raft of request for proposal (RFP) documents to the country's private sector to support the procurement of ammunition for the Indian armed forces. The move follows the MoD's decision in late 2016 to allow the private sector to

  • India's Reliance boosts revenues but losses continue

    India's Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has registered an increase in revenues and slightly narrowing losses for fiscal year 2016-17. The company - formerly known as Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering - said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 12 April that its total

  • Indonesia inducts five 28 m patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted five newbuild KAL 28 patrol craft as non-commissioned vessels to bolster the service's constabulary capabilities, a service official told Jane's on 12 April. The vessels, which were manufactured by Indonesian

  • Indonesian Navy receives pitch for Type 214 submarine from Golcük Shipyard

    Key Points Indonesia has added the Type 214 class to a list of submarine platforms it is now considering Talks are in line with the Indonesian Navy's strategy of diversifying the mix of its future submarine fleet The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has

  • International Court of Justice Crimea hearings likely to increase risks of maritime incidents between Russia and Ukraine

    Key Points Isolated armed maritime incidents between Russian and Ukrainian navy forces and coastguards in the northwestern Black Sea are likely to increase, especially during the court hearing. A Russian military invasion of Ukrainian mainland from Crimea is unlikely, as is an open armed

  • Japanese navy to conduct joint drills with US CSG headed to Korean Peninsula, say reports

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will conduct joint naval exercises with the US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) as the latter heads to waters near the Korean Peninsula, according to media reports. "Japan wants to despatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson [CSG]

  • North Korea says it will spend nearly 16% of national budget on defence

    North Korea will allocate nearly 16% of its total national expenditure to defence during 2017, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, a daily of the Workers' Party of Korea, reported on 12 April following the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly. "In order to handle the critical situation