• Moldovan Army receives more HMMWVs

    The Moldovan Army has received a new batch of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) from the United States, the Moldovan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. In total some 34 HMMWVs were delivered to Chisinau by 15 February, out of a total batch of 41 vehicles. The remaining

  • Japan to speed up frigate construction programme, says report

    Japan plans to accelerate a warship construction programme to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, Reuters news agency quoted three people with knowledge of the plan as saying on 17 February. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said that while Japan was

  • US to sell 40 MRAPs to Pakistan

    US manufacturer Navistar Defense has been granted a USD35 million contract to produce 40 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles for Pakistan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a 16 February statement. Awarded under a US Foreign Military Sales contract, the deal

  • IDEX 2017: Hyundai Rotem details new CEV

    Hyundai Rotem has released details of the new combat engineer vehicle (CEV) under development to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Army. The company has already developed and manufactured armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) and armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) to support

  • Finland buys K9 howitzers from South Korea

    Finland will purchase K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers from South Korea, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 February. According to the MoD announcement, Finnish defence minister Jussi Niinistö has approved the purchase of 48 former South Korean Army K9s at a cost

  • IDEX 2017: China develops SR7 rocket launcher

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its family of multiple-rocket launchers (MRLs) with the development of the SR7. The SR7 is a lightweight system that is based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis and is intended to have a high level of mobility; the vehicle features a protected

  • IDEX 2017: Poly reveals Silent Hunter fibre-optic laser system

    China's Poly Technologies defence marketing company has used the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 19-23 February to reveal its Silent Hunter fibre-optic laser air defence system. Poly officials told Jane's that the system was used to help defend the 4-5 September 2016 G-20 Summit in Hangzhou,

  • Indonesia receives Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing UAV

    Indonesia has become the first customer of UMS Skeldar to receive and complete acceptance tests of the company's Skeldar V-200 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Switzerland-based developer of unmanned aircraft systems said in a 16 February press release. The Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Key equipment for Australia's Future Submarine programme to be agreed by early 2018

    Suppliers for the five main sub-components for Australia's Future Submarine requirement are expected to be under contract by early 2018, programme head Rear Admiral Greg Sammut disclosed on 16 February. Speaking at an industry day in Sydney, Rear Adm Sammut listed the top five items as being the

  • Aero India 2017: India rolls out new Advanced Hawk aircraft

    A dual role combat-capable Advanced Hawk jet trainer, developed jointly by the UK's BAE Systems and India's public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was formally unveiled at Aero India on 14 January. The smart weapons-enabled Advanced Hawk prototype, scheduled to undertake its maiden test

  • Boeing Defence Australia appoints new managing director

    Boeing has named Darren Edwards as vice-president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia (BDA). The company said on 20 February that Edwards succeeds Ken Shaw, who has been appointed vice-president of Supply Chain for Boeing Global Services. Edwards rejoins BDA after serving as its

  • China funds new Cambodian military MRO facility

    The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) has opened a new facility - fully funded by China - to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) support for military vehicles. The MRO facility is located in the outskirts of Phnom Penh and was officially inaugurated on 15 February, news reports from

  • IDEX 2017: TL-2 to offer wider range of guidance systems

    Further details have emerged of the capabilities of the TL-2 (Thunder Lightning 2) missile. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017, a representative of the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation said that the missile is now in service with the Chinese military, although he declined

  • Rostec announces merger of radio-electronic companies

    Russian high-tech corporation Rostec is to merge the United Instrument-Building Corporation (OPK) with the Radioelektronika (Rosel) holding, Rostec announced on 16 February. "The combined company will be the largest player in high-technology sectors such as automated control systems,

  • Saab to transfer DAS testing technology to Hindustan Aeronautics

    South African defence electronics manufacturer Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) has been contracted to transfer technology relating to the maintenance of aircraft defensive aid systems (DASs) to India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the company announced on 17 February. The contract, worth ZAR112

  • Suicide attack kills 88 people in Pakistan's Sindh

    AT LEAST 88 people were killed and over 343 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives targeting Sufi Muslim worshippers as they performed a ritual at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the city of Sehwan in Pakistan's Sindh province on 16 February, Al-Jazeera reported. The

  • India's Aequs plans more investment in defence

    Indian defence firm Aequs has announced plans to invest INR5 billion (USD75 million) in developing a new production facility in Goa, western India. The company said at the Aero India 2017 show in Bangalore, which concluded 18 February, that the new facility will be focused on precision engineering

  • Aero India 2017: Alpha Design Technologies signs USD30 million deal with Elbit Systems for MI-17 upgrade

    Indian private company Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL) has announced the signing of a USD30 million deal with Israel's Elbit Systems to jointly upgrade Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Elbit Systems, the prime contractor for the programme, will be responsible for

  • Finland, NATO sign cyber pact

    Finland has signed a cyber-defence agreement with NATO, the country and organisation announced on 16 February. The agreement, a political framework allowing Finland to work more closely with NATO on cyber operations, has been under negotiation since 2011. Few specifics on the agreement were

  • Aero India 2017: Russia completes final qualification trials for 6G27 Balkan AGL

    Russia's State Research and Production Enterprise (GNPP) Pribor, a subsidiary of TekhMash Concern, has completed state qualification trials of the 40 mm 6G27 Balkan, and deliveries are due to begin imminently, according to the company. "The 40 mm 6G27 Balkan automatic grenade launcher (AGL) is