• Japan mulls over requests for defence equipment from Southeast Asia

    Key Points Japan is studying several requests from Southeast Asian governments for donations of defence equipment However, Japanese operational requirements will take precedence over assistance to foreign governments, a top military official has told Jane’s The Japanese Maritime Self

  • Malyshev to deliver modernised T-84 MBTs to Ukrainian Army for trials

    Key Points A batch of newly modernised T-84 MBTs are to be delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces for trials Assuming the tanks will ultimately be put into series production, they will provide the Ukrainian Army with a much-improved armour capability in the eastern Donbass Ukrainian State

  • Ongoing clashes kill one person in Sri Lanka

    ONE person was killed and three police officers were wounded in a grenade attack by unidentified assailants during ongoing clashes between Buddhist Sinhalese and Muslims in an unspecified location in Sri Lanka on 7 March, Reuters reported. No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack was

  • Suicide attack kills a provincial director of religious affairs and his bodyguard in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    A PROVINCIAL director of religious affairs - identified as Abdul Zaher Haqqani - and his body guard were killed and at least 11 people were wounded when a Wilayat Khorasan suicide bomber detonated their explosives near Haqqani's vehicle in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on

  • Suspected NPA militants seize guards' weapons in the Philippines' Negros Occidental

    In Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, suspected New People's Army (NPA) militants disarmed six security guards at Maricalum Mining Corp. and fled with the weapons.

  • Australia, Japan explore defence industrial partnerships

    Japan and Australia are looking to expand defence industrial collaboration through a new forum, which held its first meeting in early March in Tokyo, officials have confirmed to Jane’s . The forum is intended to broaden the scope of defence equipment and related technology co-operation

  • NATO aims to create new Atlantic Command, new European logistics command

    NATO ministers are considering adding two new entities to improve logistics and support capabilities, in addition to a new cyber-operations centre, as part of a wider reform of NATO’s command structure, according to Czech General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Alliance

  • South Korean shipbuilder STX ordered to restructure

    South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, which builds naval vessels for domestic and export markets, has been ordered to prepare an extensive restructuring programme in order to avoid bankruptcy. The company’s main creditor, the state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB), said on

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • Kazakhstan plans to acquire additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft, says report

    Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to procure additional Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, according to a 6 March report by Russian news agency TASS. “Within the framework of the agreement on military-technical co-operation with the Russian

  • Dassault reports strong figures on back of Rafale

    French aerospace group Dassault Aviation has reported significantly improved sales, earnings, and margins for 2017, although the group’s order intake dropped sharply. Dassault reported new orders of EUR3.157 billion (USD3.9 billion) for 2017 covering 41 Falcon business aircraft. This compares

  • PAF launches new JF-17 squadron

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has inaugurated a new squadron equipped with the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder multirole combat aircraft, according to a 28 February report by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). Named No 28 Multirole Squadron and stationed at PAF Base Samungli

  • ‘Flexible’ barter strategy supports China’s export success

    China’s willingness to offer its defence customers flexible repayment terms has been cited as a key factor in Chinese industry’s continuing gains in international defence markets. ChinaMil, the official English language news website of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA),

  • Foreign investment in India’s defence sector pulls in just USD0.18 million in four years

    India’s defence sector received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth just USD0.18 million between April 2014 and December 2017, India’s Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on 7 March. In a parliamentary reply Bhamre gave no additional details, but the time frame is

  • Indonesia confirms A400M acquisition plan

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has confirmed its plans to procure the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M transport aircraft. The service announced on 7 March that it is to acquire two aircraft to support the civil government in transporting supplies

  • Indonesia inaugurates explosives plant

    State-owned Indonesian company PT Dahana – a specialist in military explosives – inaugurated a new production facility in Subang, West Java, on 7 March. In a statement, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the new plant would help reduce the Indonesian Armed Forces’

  • AFRICOM commander concerned by Chinese influence in Djibouti

    The US military’s operations in Africa could be seriously impacted if China gained control over Djibouti’s port, General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of Africa Command (AFRICOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 6 March. Djibouti’s government announced in February that it

  • Pakistan says it downed another Indian surveillance UAV

    The Pakistani military announced on 6 March that its army troops shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that illegally entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LoC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the

  • Putin confirms Russia’s 2017 export results

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the country had delivered USD15 billion in defence equipment exports during 2017. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on 5 March. Putin added that the volume of signed

  • DIA chief concerned about Chinese military’s growing capabilities

    US Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley has expressed concern over the Chinese military’s growing capabilities, especially those extending further into the Pacific Ocean. “Chinese military forces continue to develop capabilities to dissuade, deter, or