• India successfully tests Akash SAM with locally developed seeker

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested on 5 December an Akash surface-to-air missile (SAM) fitted with an indigenously designed radio-frequency seeker. Fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur against a ‘Banshee’ aerial target,

  • Japan cool on long-range missile reports

    Japan is conducting studies about the missile capabilities required to boost national security but it has not yet adopted a policy to equip its fighter aircraft with long-range precision air-launched missiles that could strike North Korean missile sites, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori

  • Japan nears end of X-2 fighter trials

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it is nearing the end of the testing phase of its Mitsubishi X-2 ‘Shinshin’ (Spirit) combat technology demonstrator aircraft as part of a wider project to assess capabilities in support

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Pakistan’s KSEW launches 600-tonne patrol vessel for PMSA

    Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Limited (KSEW) has launched a 600-tonne maritime patrol vessel (MPV) on order for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), according to a statement by the state-owned shipyard. The 68.5 m-long multi-mission ship, which was launched on 5 December in

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • South Korea boosts defence spending in response to threats from North

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 6 December that it will receive a 2018 budget of KRW42.25 trillion (USD39.52 billion). The MND said the expenditure – approved by the National Assembly earlier in the day – is a 7% increase over spending in 2016 and

  • Unidentified explosion wounds eight police officers in Nepal's Dang

    EIGHT police officers were wounded in an unidentified explosion that occurred near a Nepali Congress (NC) election rally at Araniko Stadium in Tulsipur in Nepal's Dang districton 28 November, The Himalayan Times reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 6 December 2017

    Americas Colombia – 05 December 2017: ELN rebels and the government said they would discuss an extension of the ongoing ceasefire beyond the current deadline of January 2018. Colombia – 05 December 2017: Presidential candidate Alejandro Ordóñez said that he would terminate

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • KAI to roll out Light Armed Helicopter in late 2018, says report

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is planning to roll out its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) late next year, the Yonhap news agency reported on 5 December. KAI is looking to start the final stage of the LAH’s assembly in May 2018 and roll out the first platforms in November, reported the media

  • Arrest of former Odessa governor likely to trigger potentially violent protests in Ukrainian capital in coming weeks

    Event On 5 December 2017, the Ukrainian security services (Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny, SBU) raided the apartment of the former Georgian president and former Odessa governor, Mikheil Saakashvili in central Kiev. Saakashvili served as the governor of Odessa region from May 2015–November 2016,

  • China seeks to stimulate private-sector involvement in defence

    China’s State Council has issued a policy to stimulate greater private-sector involvement in defence research, development, and production. However, the new policy – published 4 December – falls short of allowing non-state-owned companies to become actively involved in sensitive

  • Court convicts eight LeT militants in India's Rajasthan

    AT A COURT in Jaipur in India's Rajasthan state on 1 December, eight Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) militants - including three Pakistani nationals - were convicted under the Unlawful Activities Act on charges of conspiracy, recruiting persons for terrorist activities, and being members of a terrorist

  • First AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks graduate

    Six Afghan Air Force (AAF) members became the first-ever AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters after graduating from aircraft qualification training on 20 November, according to a 4 December statement by the US Air Force (USAF). "I am happily announcing that today [20 November] a

  • Il-78M-90A rolled out

    On 29 November the prototype of the Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker was rolled out at the Аviastar-SP plant in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Based on the new Il-76MD-90A, the variant will add to, and eventually replace, the fleet of 21 Il-78/Il-78M aircraft operational with the Russian air force

  • Indonesia equips pilots with GECO Air mission planning system

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has issued pilots of its frontline combat and trainer aircraft with Graphical Electronic Cockpit Organiser (GECO) Air mission planning tablet, manufacturer Inzpire announced on 5 December. With a contract having been

  • Poland to provide SAR vessels for Vietnam

    The Polish government signed a framework loan agreement with Vietnam for the construction of six search-and-rescue (SAR) vessels on 28 November. The project, valued at EUR200 million (USD237 million), will be co-ordinated by Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) subsidiary Cenzin. Under the contract terms,

  • Pro-democracy riots increasingly likely in Hong Kong’s Kowloon, New Territories in December until February, commercial disruptions unlikely

    Key Points Pro-democracy protests by up to 4,000 marchers are probable around Christmas and Lunar New Year holidays (late December, mid-February), but these will probably remain peaceful and be controlled by a competent and well-prepared police force that restricts traffic disruption to minor

  • Special forces upgrade cyber-warfare capabilities

    Key Points Initiatives are being examined across the international special operations community to increase defensive and offensive toolsets for tactical cyber-warfare applications. Desired capabilities include pre-strike cyber ‘artillery barrages’, malware insertion to disable enemy