• China commissions another Type 056A corvette

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056A) corvette on 28 November, according to a report published on the service’s navy81.cn website. Named Suining (with pennant number 551), the 89 m-long vessel entered service at a ceremony

  • Hensoldt to support South Korean military’s adoption of Mode 5 IFF systems

    German defence electronics supplier Hensoldt has signed a co-operation agreement with South Korean defence group Huneed Technologies to support the adoption of Mode 5 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems by the South Korean military. “We are committed to bringing the latest technology

  • Pakistan reaffirms interest in acquiring T129 ATAK combat helos

    Pakistan's Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain, has reaffirmed his country’s plans to acquire 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)/AgustaWestland (AW) T129 ATAK combat helicopters, according to the Ankara-based Anadolu Agency. During a visit to Turkey the minister told the

  • Three Chinese VTOL UAVs complete high-altitude testing

    Three Chinese vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have successfully conducted high-altitude tests on the Tibetan Plateau (also known as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau), according to a 24 November report by the state-owned China Daily newspaper. The paper quoted the

  • Pakistan and Poland pursue aerospace co-operation

    Pakistani and Polish industry are furthering their industrial defence ties, having conducted the second meeting within a week to discuss potential ways in which the two nations can collaborate on a number of technology areas. On 24 November, commander of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), ACM Sohail

  • Suicide attack kills a senior police officer and his bodyguard in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    A SENIOR police officer - identified as Inspector General Ashraf Noor - and his bodyguard were killed and three people were wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives targeting their vehicle in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 24 November,

  • Air-launched BrahMos NG missile likely to be ready by 2019, says report

    Following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) first successful test launch of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter, India is seeking to finalise development of the lighter BrahMos NG variant by 2019, according to a 26 November report by the

  • Australia’s Buccaneer cube satellite launched

    Australia has announced the successful launch of its Buccaneer cube satellite, which will be used to help calibrate the country’s over-the-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). Developed by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and the University of New South Wales, the

  • IAF Kiran HJT-16 Mk1A trainer crashes shortly after take-off

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Kiran HJT-16 Mk1A trainer crashed on 24 November about 56.3 km (35 miles) northeast of Air Force Station Hakimpet in the Indian state of Telangana. The Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the incident took place at around 14.15

  • Japan, UK advance missile development project

    Japan and the United Kingdom have progressed their joint programme to undertake research and development (R&D) of a new air-to-air missile, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed. In comments reported by the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 24 November Onodera said the

  • Lürssen lines up Australian partnerships

    Lürssen has outlined a commitment to expand the scope of its Australian partnerships following the announcement on 24 November that the German shipbuilder has been selected as preferred tenderer in the AUD4 billion (USD3 billion) programme to design and build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs)

  • Rostec reveals plan to support defence-related civilian technologies

    Russian defence and industrial group Rostec announced a strategy to improve the technological capabilities of civilian industries associated with the country’s defence industry on 21 November. The state-owned company, together with Russia’s Commissioner for Protection of

  • Suicide attack kills at least eight people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    AT LEAST eight people were killed and 15 others were wounded in a suicide attack targeting a gathering of supporters of a dismissed police commander in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 23 November, Reuters reported. The Islamic State's Wilayat Khorasan claimed

  • Violent protests in Pakistan undermine ruling pro-business party’s re-election prospects, indicating military support for Islamist parties

    Event The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government today (27 November) accepted the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid – a key demand of Islamist protesters encamped at Faizabad interchange connecting Islamabad and Rawalpindi – following a weekend of violent

  • Fincantieri awards civil work in Australia to build capabilities

    Italian naval shipbuilder Fincantieri is seeking to expand its presence in Australia by extending its commercial vessel supply chain to manufacturers in the country to better position itself to compete for the SEA 5000 Future Frigates programme, local press reports have indicated. Fincantieri,

  • Australia selects Lürssen OPV 80 for its offshore patrol vessel requirement

    German shipbuilder Lürssen has been selected as the preferred tenderer for a programme worth up to AUD4 billion (USD3.04 billion) to design and build 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 24 November. Being acquired

  • Dissolution of Cambodian main opposition party indicates start of a new era of authoritarianism

    Key Points The ruling culminates a government crackdown on the opposition, independent media, and non-governmental organisations during the past five months, indicating a return to authoritarianism in Cambodia. The dissolution of the CNRP removes the only significant electoral challenge to the

  • Explosives attack targets UCPN-M leader in Nepal's Rapti

    UNIDENTIFIED militants threw two unspecified explosive devices - only one of which detonated - at a vehicle carrying Unified Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (UCPN-M) leader and political candidate Janardan Sharma in Chaujahari municipality in Rukum district in Nepal's Rapti zone on 10 November,

  • Unidentified militants kill two civilians in Pakistan's Punjab

    TWO employees of the Turkish waste management company Albayrak were killed and one other was wounded by unidentified militants on a motorcycle opened fire at them in Rawalpindi in Pakistan's Punjab province on 11 November, the Daily Times reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Japan’s Mitsubishi Materials admits to false claims on defence products

    Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC) – part of the Mitsubishi Group conglomerate – said on 23 November that three of its subsidiaries had falsified specification data for products, some of which had been delivered to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD). It is the second instance