• Meggitt wins KFX component contract

    UK firm Meggitt announced on 18 April that it had been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the KFX multirole fighter aircraft. In a release to the London Stock Exchange, the company said it had been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from KAI to supply nose and main

  • Update: DSA 2018: Airbus looks to leverage industry ties in Malaysian MPA bid

    Airbus is looking to leverage its growing industrial ties in Malaysia to help secure a contract to supply a maritime patrol version of its C295 twin turboprop light tactical transport aircraft to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The service’s requirement for maritime patrol aircraft

  • Austal to build two additional vessels under Pacific Patrol Boat programme

    Key Points The Australian government has exercised a contract option for two more vessels under the Pacific Patrol Boat programme Additional vessels will be donated to Timor-Leste as part of Canberra’s effort to bolster maritime security capabilities of the Pacific Island states Western

  • Philippine Navy receives donation of 41 inflatable boats from US

    The Philippine Navy has received a donation of 41 inflatable rubber boats from the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG). These boats, which have been supplied by military equipment manufacturer Zodiac Milpro, were handed over on 13 April in a consignment that includes a 30 hp outboard motor

  • DSA 2018: Aselsan to develop Korkut-based C-RAM system

    Turkish company Aselsan has revealed that it is developing a counter-rocket artillery and mortar (C-RAM) system. Mustafa Kaval, the head of defence system technology for the company, told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur that the C-RAM

  • DSA 2018: China's Norinco reveals Fire Dragon 280A tactical missile

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has revealed the development of the Fire Dragon 280A Tactical Missile for use by its AR3 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). This 750 mm-diameter missile is not only larger than the previous largest munition available to the AR3 – the 370 mm

  • DSA 2018: Chinese LHD design contends for RMN’s MRSS programme

    A Chinese landing helicopter dock (LHD) with amphibious capabilities is one of the designs being considered for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) multirole support ship (MRSS) programme, officials told Jane’s at the 16-19 Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala

  • First five Indian M777 howitzers to enter service in September

    The first five of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers that India ordered in November 2016 for USD737 million will be inducted into the Indian Army (IA) in September. Three guns will join two others that arrived in India in May 2017 to undertake field firing trials at

  • Indian MoD plans to licence-build upgraded AK-103 assault rifles

    Key Points India's MoD plans to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles The Indian armed forces have a longstanding requirement for more than 768,000 rifles India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for the

  • DSA 2018: TAI offers Anka MALE UAV to Southeast Asian countries

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is offering its Anka medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia. “Market analysis is showing that there is a huge potential for MALE-class UAVs in Southeast Asia,

  • DSA 2018: Taiwan’s MPC unveils new Cloud Leopard variant

    Taiwan’s state-owned Materiel Production Center (MPC) and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur a model of a new variant of its indigenously developed Cloud Leopard (Yunpao)

  • DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

    Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter. The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility

  • Pakistan test-fires enhanced version of Babur cruise missile

    Pakistan successfully test-fired what it described as an enhanced-range version of its indigenously developed Babur cruise missile on 14 April, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR): the media wing of the Pakistani military. Called the Babur Weapon System-1 (B), or

  • Russian MoD adopts BMPT Terminator

    The Russia Ministry of Defence (MoD) has adopted the BMPT Terminator fire support vehicle, a source from UralVagonZavod (UVZ), its manufacturer, has told Jane's. “The 'tank support' vehicle known as Terminator has entered service, and deliveries to the Russian military have already started.

  • US denies export rights to ZTE

    The US government has denied Chinese company ZTE export rights for seven years following accusations that it had illegally traded with Iran and North Korea, as well as further misleading the Department of Commerce throughout an ongoing investigation into these activities. Imposed by the US

  • DSA 2018: Aselsan commits to Malaysian expansion

    Turkish company Aselsan is expanding its presence in Malaysia through a new local subsidiary and teaming arrangements with several domestic enterprises. A company official, who did not want to be identified, told Jane’s at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur that

  • DSA 2018: Damen positions Enforcer 10000 LDP for Malaysian multirole ship requirement

    Netherlands shipbuilder Damen is positioning its Enforcer 10000 landing platform dock (LPD) to meet an anticipated requirement in the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) for multirole support ships (MRSS). Gysbert Boersma, Damen’s sales director for Malaysia and Indonesia, told Jane’s that the

  • DSA 2018: Indonesia considers pulling out of KFX/IFX project

    Key Points Indonesia is considering withdrawing from the KFX/IFX development programme with South Korea. The reasons for the potential withdrawal include financing, technology sharing, and geopolitical factors. The Indonesian government is contemplating withdrawing from the programme with South

  • DSA 2018: Korean Air and Deftech look to co-produce unmanned systems

    The Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) – the aerospace and defence arm of South Korea’s national airline – has entered a collaborative partnership with Malaysian company DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech) to market and manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the

  • Japan, China resume military exchange after six years as relations improve

    A delegation from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) met Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in Tokyo on 17 April, which was the first such visit in six years amid rapidly improving ties. “We sincerely welcome the resumption of the military exchange,” Onodera said at the