• Aselsan sells tank radios to Ukraine

    Turkey’s military electronics company Aselsan has signed an agreement with an unidentified customer based in Ukraine to supply communication systems worth USD43.6 million, according to a company statement sent to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) on 10 October. Deliveries will be made in

  • Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines launch co-ordinated air patrols over tri-border maritime region

    Key Points A co-ordinated air patrol regime involving military assets of three countries has been launched Initiative is established against efforts by Islamic state to form a stronger presence in the Southern Philippines Amid threats posed by returning Islamic State fighters from the Middle East

  • Pakistan, Ukraine seek to deepen collaboration

    Pakistan and Ukraine have agreed to identify new areas of defence industrial collaboration, state-run news in Islamabad reported on 12 October. The agreement was reached during meetings at the Arms and Security defence exhibition in Kiev between Ukraine’s defence minister Stepan Poltorak and

  • Potential resignation of Ukraine's defence minister indicates elevated contract and corruption risks in defence sector

    Event On 12 October 2017 Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak said that he was willing to resign if investigators prove the guilt of his subordinates in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) who have been charged with the large-scale embezzlement of public funds. On 11 October, Deputy Defence

  • PT Pindad to expand munitions capability

    Indonesian land systems specialist PT Pindad has announced new investment to construct a small-calibre munitions factory at its ammunitions production site in Malang, West Java. The company said on 11 October that it has already commenced construction of the factory, which will expand its

  • Thai king’s coronation speech will indicate stability of royal-military alliance and likely commit military to 2018 election

    Event Thailand’s prime minister and military chief announced on 10 October that Thailand would hold national elections in November 2018. The announcement followed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Washington, DC, where US President Donald Trump publicly welcomed

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukroboronservice displays Mobile Mortar Complex

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops. Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar

  • Tengoen’s TB001 armed reconnaissance UAV makes first flight

    China's TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. The 10 m-long platform took to the skies at an airport in southwestern China on 26 September just a few days after being

  • Arms and Security 2017: Arsenal State Enterprise displays new radar for ZSU-23-4 modernisation

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, technicians from the Arsenal State Enterprise discussed a new air defence radar and optical tracking suite that can be used to upgrade any air defence system, displaying the new ZSU-23-4M self-propelled anti-aircraft gun as an example. The system,

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company's new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions. The Varta platform was designed

  • AUSA 2017: Fantom-2 set for desert trials, combat

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport will be sending its new Fantom-2 large multipurpose unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to the Middle East in early November for trials and demonstrations, and expects to field the platform in combat conditions in the next 12 months. The Fantom-2 went on public display

  • Ukroboronprom pursues cooperation with Lithuanian defence industry

    State-owned Ukrainian defence manufacturer Ukroboronprom announced on 11 October that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lithuanian Defence and Security Industry Association (LDSIA) aimed at fostering co-operation between defence companies from the two countries. The move is part

  • Australian Department of Defence downplays importance of cyber leak

    Australian cyber security officials have played down the importance of technical data stolen by hackers in 2016 about a series of military programmes and platforms, including the F-35A Lockheed Martin Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. Cyber security

  • Two IAF commandos killed in gunfight with Kashmiri militants

    Two Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud special forces personnel were killed in a firefight with Islamist militants in the restive northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on 10 October. The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Garuds, who were operating

  • Airbus boosts ownership of Malaysian MRO firm

    Airbus has increased its ownership in the Malaysian maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), the European group announced on 12 October. Airbus has owned a 40% stake in SAE since 2011 but the Kuala Lumpur-based firm now becomes a wholly-owned Airbus

  • China lodges complaint over US FONOP in South China Sea

    China has said that it lodged stern representations with the United States over what it claimed was a recent incursion by a US Navy (USN) destroyer into Chinese territorial waters near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea (SCS). The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing said

  • Indonesia, Russia sign military-technology protocol accord

    Key Points A new agreement has been signed to facilitate technology transfers and joint production Accord is expected to support Indonesia’s planned procurement of Su-35 fighters Indonesia and Russia have signed a military-technical protocol accord to strengthen defence industrial ties

  • North Korean hackers reportedly stole US-South Korean war plans

    North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents in 2016, including the latest South Korean-US wartime operational plan, according to the Yonhap news agency. Citing information from unnamed defence officials, Lee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker

  • QinetiQ Australia inaugurates office in Adelaide

    QinetiQ Australia has inaugurated a new office in Adelaide, South Australia, as part of the company’s continuing expansion in the country. Upon formally opening the office on 11 October, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said the company now employed more than

  • Taiwan plans domestic upgrade programme for its M60A3 MBTs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that it plans to earmark USD6.6 million for research into the development of an upgrade programme for its fleet of M60A3 main battle tanks (MBTs). The ministry has chosen the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST)