HEADLINES

  • Indian MoD clears procurements worth USD81 million

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved procurements worth INR55 billion (USD81 million) for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) under its ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by

  • Armed clash kills three LeJ militants and one army colonel in Pakistan's Balochistan

    THREE Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants - including a provincial chief identified as Salman Badeni - and an officer - identified as Colonel Sohail Abid - were killed and four soldiers were wounded in armed clashes during a security forces counter-terrorism operation in the Killi Almas area of Quetta

  • Explosives attack kills at least two people in Afghanistan's Baghlan

    AT LEAST two people - including the head of a voter registration centre - were killed and two others wounded during when an unspecified explosive device detonated on the outskirts of Pul-e Khumri city in Afghanistan's Baghlan province on 6 June, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Explosives attack wounds two civilian in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    TWO civilians were wounded during an attack involving an unspecified explosive device conducted by unidentified militants near Pincho Mandi Chatabal area in Srinagar district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 16 May, Daily Excelsior reported. The militants also threw a grenade at the team of

  • Philippines seeks additional FA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea

    The Philippines is looking to acquire a further 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat and trainer aircraft to add to 12 already received, national media reported on 8 June. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted as saying that the country’s President

  • Police arrest 74 suspected militants across Indonesia

    MEDIA reports on 1 June stated that within one week of the 13 and 14 May Islamist militant suicide attacks in Surabaya in Indonesia's East Java, security forces had arrested 74 suspected militants in the capital Jakarta, Sumatra, Riau, and other unspecified locations throughout Indonesia, Republika

  • Police chief reports arrest of 41 people suspected of militant links in Indonesia's East Java

    IN A STATEMENT released on 1 June, chief of police Tito Karnavian stated that 41 people had been arrested in Indonesia's East Java province on unspecified dates in alleged connection to the Islamist militant suicide attacks conducted in Surabaya in East Java on 13 and 14 May, BBC Monitoring

  • Thailand sets USD7 billion defence budget for 2019

    Thailand’s military government has set a defence budget of THB227.67 billion (USD7.1 billion) for fiscal year 2019. Documents published by the government’s Bureau of the Budget show that the new expenditure is an increase of THB9.16 billion – or 4.2% - over actual defence spending

  • Unidentified militants kill at least six army personnel in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency

    AT LEAST six army personnel - including a junior commissioned officer - were killed and one other was wounded when unidentified militants from Afghanistan's Paktika province launched a cross-border attack in the Shawal Valley area in North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered

  • Unidentified militants kill SPO in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    A SPECIAL Police Officer (SPO) was killed and a Head Constable - identified as Abdul Rashid - was wounded when unidentified militants opened fire on a police vehicle in Padshahibag in the Bijbehara area in Anantnag district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 15 May, Daily Excelsior reported. No

  • India approves acquisition of hovercraft for coastguard, army

    Key Points India has approved plans to acquire hovercraft for the country’s coastguard, army Vehicles will improve the respective service’s operational capabilities in shallow waters and riverine environments New Delhi has approved acquisition requests for ‘air cushion

  • TRU seeks to continue USAF simulation work

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to award two significant training system contracts in 2018, one for B-1B Lancer bomber and the other for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft training systems. The B-1B Request for Proposal (RFP), which was not made publicly available, was released to industry

  • Afghan government announces temporary ceasefire with the Taliban

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban militant group that coincides with the holiday marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. In a series of posts on Twitter on 7 June Ghani said that the ceasefire would begin on the 27th of Ramadan (12 June) and

  • Russia pressures Ukraine with naval build-up in Sea of Azov

    Russia is increasing pressure on Ukraine by transferring naval vessels from its Caspian Flotilla to the Sea of Azov, Russian military media has reported. The pretext for this step is to strengthen the security of the newly-constructed Kerch bridge, linking occupied Crimea with southern Russia,

  • Vietnam begins work on first submarine rescue vessel

    Vietnam’s state-owned Z189 shipyard has begun assembly work on the first submarine rescue vessel for the People's Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN). A keel-laying ceremony for the ship, known as MSSARS 9316 (multipurpose submarine search-and-rescue ship 9316), was held on 24 May at Z189’s

  • Image emerges of China’s stealthy Dark Sword UCAV

    An image of what appears to be a full-scale model or technology demonstrator of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)’s An Jian (Dark Sword) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) emerged on Chinese online news portals and social media on 5 June – nearly 12 years after a

  • Landmine attack kills at least three civilians in Afghanistan's Paktika

    MEDIA reports on 6 June stated that at least three civilians had been killed and four others wounded when a landmine, emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle in the city of Sharana in Afghanistan's Paktika province on an earlier unspecified date, Khaama

  • Russia builds new weapons storage facilities

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) will commission a new arsenal in late 2018, according to Deputy Defence Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov. After inspecting the construction of the facility at Toropets in the Tver region on 2 June, Gen Bulgakov told Russian media it will be complete in

  • Security forces discover 54 IEDs during raid in Indonesia

    SECURITY forces discovered 54 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - described in reports as pipe bombs - during a raid on the residence of a militant in an unspecified location in Indonesia on 15 May, The Jakarta Post reported. Reports added that the militant was identified as Tri Murtiono, who led

  • Taiwan welcomes potential US policy shift in military sales

    Taiwan has welcomed a potential shift in policy by the United States government to facilitate military sales to the country on a case-by-case basis as opposed to the current approach of ‘bundling’ several defence deals together. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Taipei said in

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