• Two US Navy destroyers sail through Taiwan Strait

    Two US Navy (USN) destroyers have sailed through the 180 km (110 m)-wide Taiwan Strait for the first time in about a year. The move, which comes as China steps up naval and air exercises around the island of Taiwan, took place on 7 July and involved the Japan-based Arleigh Burke-class

  • UkrOboronProm seeking aircraft production partner

    Ukrainian industrial group UkrOboronProm (UOP) is calling for a partner to team with aircraft manufacturer Kharkov State Aircraft Manufacturing Company (KSAMC) to help fund production of the Antonov An-74 transport. Under the terms of the proposed teaming, KSAMC will produce the aircraft in return

  • US secretary of state’s visit to North Korea ends without substantive progress, highlighting contradictory definitions of “denuclearisation”

    Event North Korean media agency KCNA released a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) statement on 8 July after two days of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following on from the 12 June summit between North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. The statement

  • Pakistan launches experimental, remote sensing satellites

    Pakistan launched two satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China on 9 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad announced in a statement issued the same day. The 1,200 kg Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), which is set

  • RAN grants operational licence for JFD-developed submarine rescue system

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian government have granted an operational licence for a new AUD19.7 million (USD14.7 million) submarine rescue system developed by JFD, the Australian subsidiary of the UK-based company announced in a 3 July statement. The move means that for the

  • Armed clashes kill a military officer, Bangladeshi national and two unidentified militants in Saudi Arabia's Al-Qassim

    A MILITARY officer, a Bangladeshi national, and two unidentified militants were killed and a militant was wounded during armed clashes in Buraidah in Saudi Arabia's Al-Qassim Region on 8 July, Al-Arabiya reported. Reports added that the clashes broke out when militants in a vehicle opened fire

  • Australia looks to retain sovereign share in ASC Shipbuilding

    The Australian government will retain a sovereign stake in state-owned ASC Shipbuilding during its programme with BAE Systems to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Jane’s understands that the partnership could also include BAE Systems investing

  • Indonesia commissions seventh PC-40-class patrol vessel

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its seventh PC-40-class patrol boat The vessel will bolster security in the Gulf of Youtefa, and along Indonesia’s maritime border with Papua New Guinea The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned

  • Japan advances radar development project

    Japan is developing next-generation radar technologies to support its naval vessels, defence minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed, although he denied reports that the country has agreed to undertake the programme in collaboration with the United States. According to media reports in Japan, the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 10 July 2018

    Americas Bolivia - 9 July 2018: Bolivia’s interior minister said that a joint operation by Bolivian, Brazilian, and Peruvian police conducted in Peru’s Puerto Maldonado municipality had led to the arrest of the gang that attacked a Bolivian military post in Pando in June, stealing

  • Australia appoints new navy chief amid continued modernisation efforts

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has appointed Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan as its new chief. He takes over from Vice Adm Tim Barrett, who has led the service since July 2014. Vice Adm Noonan’s most recent appointment before assuming leadership of the RAN was as its deputy chief. In his

  • China’s Yaoying II MALE UAV conducts maiden flight

    China’s Yaoying II (‘Sparrowhawk II’) medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has conducted its maiden flight, the Xinhua news agency quoted its developer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), as saying on 5 July. Described as a

  • New Russian long-range AAM integration to expand to four fighter models

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since

  • Plans for India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier continue to stall

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) longstanding plan to build and commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) into service by 2030–32 has been further postponed due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all, enduring delays by the Ministry of Defence

  • RSAF's SPYDER air defence system attains full operational capability

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) SPYDER ground-based air defence system has achieved full operational capability (FOC), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced in a 4 July statement. The SPYDER is part of Singapore’s enhanced Island Air Defence system, which is a

  • Australia appoints new ADF chief

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a new chief after Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin handed over command to General Angus Campbell at a ceremony held on 6 July in Canberra. The newly promoted Gen Campbell, who had been appointed chief of the Australian Army in May 2015, thanked ACM Binskin for

  • Larsen & Toubro expands BrahMos production

    Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has inaugurated a new production line to support the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile, the company announced on 7 July. The facility, which is based in Vadodara in the western state of state of Gujarat, manufactures two different types of

  • New Zealand announces Poseidon procurement

    New Zealand has announced a plan to procure four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from the United States. New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark said on 9 July that the aircraft, including simulator training systems and infrastructure, will cost NZD2.346 billion (USD1.6 billion),

  • Six vendors bid to supply 110 fighters to India

    Six combat aircraft manufacturers have responded to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 6 April request for information (RFI) for the proposed acquisition of 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told Jane’s that on 6 July four of the

  • BMT acquires Australian submarine engineering firm

    UK consulting firm BMT Group has acquired South Australian company Effectiva, a submarine design, engineering, and assurance company. Announcing the deal on 4 July, BMT said the acquisition is a statement of confidence by the group in the “continued development of Australia’s sovereign