• Australia reviews export controls

    Australia is conducting a review of its defence export controls, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 April. The DoD said the review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 will be led by Dr Vivienne Thom, a former inspector-general of Intelligence and Security and a former

  • Indigenisation of militancy likely to escalate unrest in India’s Kashmir, particularly ahead of upcoming national, state elections

    Key Points On 11 April, Indian security forces conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The government forces reported encountering unexpectedly strong civilian support for the militants during the operation. Since the killing of local militant Burhan Wani in

  • Indonesia, Singapore enhance bilateral naval drills amid increased terrorism threats

    Key Points The navies of Indonesia and Singapore have introduced counter-terrorism serials into an annual bilateral exercise between the two services Drills aim to enhance professionalism and interoperability of naval services in handling maritime security contingencies such as seaborne terrorist

  • Indian shipyards unveil designs for country’s ASW corvette programme

    Two companies shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s 16-ship anti-submarine warfare shallow water craft (ASWSWC) programme have unveiled imagery of their respective proposals at Defexpo India 2018, held in Chennai from 11 to 14 April. The programme calls for a 70 m waterjet-powered corvette that

  • Vietnam upgrades heavy armour fleet

    The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is upgrading its fleet of heavy armoured vehicles, Russian and Vietnamese defence sources have told Jane's . Hanoi is receiving Russian T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs). “Deliveries of the T-90S/SK MBTs to Vietnam have already begun. The contract is to

  • India withdraws from FGFA project, leaving Russia to go it alone

    Key Points India has pulled out of its 11-year collaborative programme with Russia to build a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft The decision has ramifications for both the IAF and the Russian aerospace industry The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shelved its 11-year old collaborative Fifth Generation

  • Collapse of government after no-confidence vote indicates growing power of Kyrgyz President, reducing political instability risks

    Event On 19 April 2018, 101 MPs out of 120 in the Kyrgyz legislature supported a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Sapar Isakov’s government, which has failed to maintain power for even a year. This marks the first time in Kyrgyzstan’s history that the government has been

  • DSA 2018: Gripen in pole position after re-issuance of IAF fighter RFI

    Key Points The Saab JAS 39 Gripen E seems to be leading the IAF's latest fighter contest The requirement stipulating use of GaN-based TRMs in the aircraft's AESA radar seems to be a major discerning factor Despite the decision in February to broaden the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s)

  • DSIL highlights 4x4 Light Bullet Proof Vehicle

    India’s state-linked DCM Shriram Industries Limited (DSIL) has taken the opportunity at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai to showcase its indigenously developed 4x4 Zebu Light Bullet Proof Vehicle (LBPV). The Zebu LPBV is a right-hand drive, all-terrain multirole tactical armoured vehicle that is

  • Protests over PM's election are unlikely to overthrow Armenian government but indicate increased political polarisation

    Key Points The opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan from the Yelq party emerged as leader of the anti-Sargsyan protest movement. The momentum of protests is unlikely to be sustained – they lack wider public support and the authorities have avoided excessive use of force, to minimise the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 20 April 2018

    Americas Brazil – 19 April 2018: In Fonseca, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, criminal gang members shot dead an Uber driver who had inadvertently driven into their neighbourhood. Chile – 18 April 2018: In Collipulli, Araucanía, two wind turbines and a telecoms tower were vandalised

  • Wilayat Khorasan militants kill three police officers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    THREE police officers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles at Nangarhar University in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 15 April, Afghan Islamic Press News Agency reported. The Islamic State's Wilayat Khorasan claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Sri Lanka commissions second Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel

    The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned its second Saryu-class advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) platform. The vessel, which has been named SLNS Sindurala with pennant number P 624, was officially inducted in a commissioning ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo

  • India to stand up high-level Defence Planning Committee

    Key Points India is to stand up a Defence Planning Committee charged with formulating strategy and building defence capability The committee’s formation has had a mixed reception in military and strategic circles India’s federal government has instituted an integrated Defence Planning

  • DSA 2018: JSC NPO Angstrem showcases Ratnik combat radio

    Russian communications firm Joint Stock Company (JSC) NPO Angstrem showcased its new R-187-P1E Azart handheld combat radio at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The radio is a multimode voice and data dual band V/UHF radio operating in the 27-520 MHz frequency band with a frequency hopping speed of a claimed

  • India signs defence agreements with Britain and Sweden

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s European tour has resulted in a number of agreements being made between the premier and his Swedish and British counterparts, signalling that India may be advancing in selections of a number of major defence acquisitions. Modi met with Swedish Prime

  • Defexpo 2018: Kalyani Group showcases Bharat 52 towed gun

    India’s Kalyani Group is highlighting its Bharat 52 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed weapon is manufactured by the company’s Bharat Forge Limited subsidiary and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

  • Defexpo 2018: OFB showcases 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System

    The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has exhibited a new variant of the Mounted Gun System (MGS) armed with the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun at Defexpo 2018, which is being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed MGS is the result of a two-year joint effort between OFB and Bharat Earth Movers

  • DSA 2018: BAE Systems looks to build Malaysian profile

    BAE Systems is moving forward with several sales opportunities in Malaysia, headlined by the company’s continuing engagement in promoting the Eurofighter Typhoon for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). Company officials told Jane’s at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in

  • DSA 2018: Leonardo aims to boost helicopter support in Malaysia

    Leonardo is moving forward with plans to strengthen its engagement with Malaysian industry to enhance its support of military and commercial helicopters operated in the country and the surrounding region. A spokesperson for Leonardo told Jane’s , at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018