• Insurrection appeal rejection increases protest risks before Cambodia’s July general election, but without threatening government stability

    Event On 10 May, Cambodia’s Appeal Court upheld the earlier conviction of 11 members and supporters of the now-defunct opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for insurrection. Those convicted were imprisoned for 7–20 years for demonstrating against restrictions on peaceful

  • Opposition parliamentary majority following Timor-Leste elections signals likely coalition stability, increased spending on infrastructure and social welfare

    Event On 12 May, Timor-Leste held its second parliamentary elections within one year following an unscheduled dissolution of parliament in January. On 13 May, the election administration announced that with 99% of votes counted, the opposition Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP) – led by

  • Australian government releases Naval Group submarine industry plan

    Key Points French shipbuilder’s plan proposes a “sovereign and sustainable” industrial base in Australia Plan focuses on technology transfers, job creation, innovation, exports, and education The Australian government has made publicly available the industrial engagement plan

  • UPDATE: Austal excluded from Sea 1180 build team

    Lürssen Australia, the prime contractor for the project to build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has confirmed that Austal will not be participating in the AUD4 billion (USD3 billion) programme. In a statement on 11 May, Lürssen Australia said it has

  • Defence agreement to deepen military ties between Sweden, Finland, US, but NATO membership remains unlikely

    Key Points The trilateral statement of intent between Sweden, Finland, and the United States will serve to further deepen defence co-operation between these countries. Russia is unlikely to retaliate unless the agreement opens the road to NATO membership or to the deployment of US forces on

  • ST Engineering posts quarterly gains

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has posted increases in sales and profits in the first quarter of 2018, the company announced on 11 May. ST Engineering said sales in the quarter ending 31 March increased year-on-year by 9% to SGD1.64 billion (USD1.23 billion) and that pre-tax

  • Australian Army’s SASR gets new headquarters, operations centre

    A new headquarters and operations centre have been opened for the Australian Army’s Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) at Campbell Barracks in Perth. Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in an 11 May statement that the opening of the new facilities marked the completion of the first phase

  • IED attack damages girls' school in Pakistan's North Waziristan

    THE boundary wall of a middle school for girls was damaged when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by militants identified as Ittehadul Mujahideen North Waziristan, detonated in the Hasokhel area of Mirali in North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 9

  • IHI Corporation sees defence sales decline

    IHI Corporation, which builds engines and related systems for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), has posted overall increases in sales and profits but a decline in earnings from the defence sector. The Tokyo-based corporation said on 10 May that group sales for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which ended

  • Opposition victory in Malaysia unlikely to alter pro-foreign investment outlook, transition of premiership key to coalition stability

    Key Points On 10 May, Malaysia concluded its 14th general election, in which the ruling National Front (Barisan Nasional: BN) was voted out of power for the first time in 61 years since independence, enabling the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad-led Hope’s Pact (Pakatan Harapan: PH) opposition

  • PLAAF flies bombers, fighter aircraft around Taiwan

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has once again sent several aircraft on what it referred to as a “patrol and combat exercise” over two strategic waterways near Taiwan. A PLAAF spokesperson said in a statement that the aircraft formation – which

  • Russia completes delivery of first S-400 regimental set to China

    Russia has completed delivery of the first regimental set of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China, according to a 10 May report by the TASS news agency. Following the announcement in early April of the arrival in China of two vessels carrying

  • Taliban attack kills three people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    THREE people were killed and eight others wounded during an attack on a police station by five Taliban militants in the Shahr-e-Naw area in Police District 10 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 9 May, Pajhwok reported. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the station's entrance to allow four

  • Wilayat al-Qawqaz militants destroy Sufi shrine in Russia's Dagestan

    THE Said Afandi Chirkeyskiy Sufi shrine in the village of Chirkey in Buynaksk district in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan was targeted in an attack using explosives on 9 May, BBC Monitoring and TASS reported. No casualties were reported. The Islamic State's Wilayat al-Qawqaz claimed

  • Wilayat Khorasan suicide attack kills four people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    FOUR people - including two police officers - were killed and nine others wounded when two Wilayat Khorasan suicide attackers launched an attack on the in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Police District 13 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 9 May, Pajhwok and Tolo News reported. The Islamic State claimed

  • New Malaysian premier reconsiders naval relations with China

    Key Points Malaysia’s newly elected prime minister may reconsider allowing the presence of Chinese vessels in the country Move could herald a wider shift in defence relations between Putrajaya and Beijing, both of whom are claimants to the South China Sea disputes Hours after securing an

  • Russian Navy deploys Su-30SM fighters to Syria

    A detachment of the Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft has deployed to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria in the first overseas mission for the service’s newest air supremacy fighter. Two of the jets were first photographed during a media visit to the

  • Y-8 transport aircraft spotted on Subi Reef

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 28 April has confirmed the deployment of a military aircraft, a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8 transport, on China’s artificial island at Subi Reef in the contested Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The move, which was noted in a 9

  • PLA airborne troops conduct first exercise with Y-20 transport aircraft

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has conducted its first airdrop and air delivery training exercise using the Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 Kunpeng strategic transport aircraft, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 8 May. The MND, which

  • RoK Air Force prioritises Industry 4.0 technologies

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) announced a plan on 10 May to modernise capabilities through the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies including automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality. RoKAF said in a press release that the ‘smart air power’ plan is