• India, Russia set to finalise terms of helicopter joint venture

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and a partnership between Russian Helicopters and Russian export agency Rosoboronexport expect to finalise the terms of conditions of their joint venture (JV) to build Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian

  • Insider attack wounds a US soldier in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    A UNITED States soldier was wounded in an insider attack in the Achin district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 11 January, VOA News reported. Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that 13 special forces personnel and three United States

  • Australia seeks guidance on quantum technologies

    The Australian Department of Defence’ (DoD’s) Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is seeking proposals from academia, industry, as well as government research agencies to guide future inquiry into defence-relevant development into quantum technologies. Quantum technology has been

  • At least three more Y-20 transports enter PLAAF service

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 9 December 2017 suggests that at least three more Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 Kunpeng transport aircraft have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The image shows five such platforms lined up at Qionglai

  • RoCAF doubles capacity of F-CK-1 fighter to carry Tien Chien II AAMs

    The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has doubled the number of Tien Chien II (Sky Sword 2, TC-2) medium-range, radar-guided air-to-air missiles (AAMs) its Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) F-CK-1 Ching Kuo aircraft can carry as a result of a recently completed upgrade programme

  • British air commander acknowledges agile Russian info ops in Syria

    Russian information operations during its intervention in Syria have often left US-led coalition countries struggling to respond, according to the former commander of UK air operations in the Middle East. Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander for a year up to October

  • India adds MCMV programme to list of abandoned contracts

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has scrapped a number of contracts for military equipment in the past decade, forcing all three services to either continue employing obsolete kit, or simply managing without it. The latest in this list of tender cancellations came in December 2017 and was

  • Suicide attack kills seven people in Pakistan's Balochistan

    SEVEN people, including five police officers, were killed and 23 others - including eight police officers - were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a police truck in the city of Quetta in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 9 January, Dawn and Reuters reported. The

  • Ukraine’s Motor Sich loses control of Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant

    Ukrainian gas turbine aircraft engine manufacturer Motor Sich has revealed that it has lost control over its Snizhnyansky Machine Building Plant in the Donetsk region of the country. A note to investors reported that it lost control of the plant – located in territory” temporarily

  • Indonesia commissions second Martadinata-class frigate

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its second Sigma 10514 frigate Programme to acquire further vessels in the class is now expected to pick-up momentum The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has inducted its second Martadinata (Sigma 10514) class

  • Indonesia in pursuit of exports in emerging markets

    Indonesia is pursuing new defence export opportunities in Senegal and Laos as part of its expanding efforts to penetrate emerging international defence markets. Indonesia’s state-run Antara news agency reported on 10 January that Senegal is looking to procure an additional CN-235 transport

  • Israel’s ARI selects Australian-listed Elsight for UGV communications

    Israeli company Automotive Robotic Industry (ARI) has selected Australian-listed Elsight to supply communications technologies for its armed unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), it was announced on 10 January. ARI said in a press release that Elsight – an Israeli-owned firm listed on the

  • Russian MoD announces procurement of Czech-designed L-410 aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will procure 18 Czech-designed L-410 Turbolet short-range, twin-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) capable transport aircraft for an undisclosed price from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) in Yekaterinburg, where the aircraft are

  • Russia expects to receive BMPTs in March

    Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod is expected to deliver more than 10 new BMPT (Terminator) fire support vehicles based on the T-90A chassis to the Russian military in 2018, the Interfax news agency has reported. The previous Terminator 2 variant used a T-72 chassis. The vehicle has yet to be

  • Chinese authorities to exert greater control over military-related information

    Chinese authorities are embarking on several new initiatives seemingly intended to exert greater control over military-related information published by local media. The state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 6 January that China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) recently issued a new

  • Pyongyang, Seoul agree to hold inter-Korean military talks to ease tensions

    North and South Korea agreed on 9 January to hold bilateral military talks amid heightened regional tensions over Pyongyang’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and joint US-South Korean military exercises. “Both sides recognised the need to resolve

  • China aims to speed up training of carrier pilots

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is exploring ways of streamlining the training and increasing the number of fast jet pilots to keep pace with the country’s growing number of aircraft carriers, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 7 January. Quoting Song

  • Orbital ATK to deliver armed C-208B aircraft to Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to award Orbital ATK a sole-source contract to procure, modify, and deliver seven Cessna C-208B Grand Caravan aircraft to Afghanistan. The notification, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website in late December 2017 and modified on 9

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD133.3 million Foreign Military Sale of four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 9 January statement. Also included in the proposed deal, which still needs to be

  • CASIC secures new finance deal

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has signed a financial agreement with the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) in support of the defence company’s expansion efforts. CASIC said on 9 January that the accord will have emphasis on financial co-operation and the provision