• US forces expand air campaign to northern Afghanistan

    The US military announced on 6 February that they launched a series of precision strikes in northern Afghanistan in an effort to destroy insurgent revenue sources, training facilities, and support networks. “Over the past 96 hours, US forces conducted air operations to strike Taliban training

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Leonardo touts ATR 72MP’s regional network as advantage in Malaysian MPA contest

    Key Points Leonardo is positioning its ATR 72MP as a platform with an established regional logistics support network Malaysia has shortlisted the aircraft type for its four-unit maritime patrol aircraft acquisition programme Leonardo is highlighting the network of commercial ATR 72 operators in

  • Tanzania opens Chinese-built military training centre

    Tanzania’s President John Magufuli officially opened a new Chinese-funded Comprehensive Training Centre (CTC) on 6 February in a ceremony attended by Chinese ambassador Wang Ke. Magufuli’s office released a statement saying the CTC was constructed in the Mapinga area of Bagamoya

  • India reveals Make in India statistics

    Since the introduction of the Make in India campaign in 2016, a total of 79 contracts have been signed under the initiative, 46 of which are being led by Indian prime contractors, according to figures released on 5 February. The 79 capital contracts amounted to INR1.28 trillion (USD19.9 billion)

  • India successfully test-fires Agni I ballistic missile in operational mode

    India successfully test-fired its locally developed nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni I short-range ballistic missile in its operational configuration to a range of around 900 km off the country’s east coast on 6 February. Officials told Jane’s that the tri-service Strategic

  • Kazakhstan exports night vision equipment to Uzbekistan

    Kazakh authorities confirmed on 5 February that the country had successfully exported an initial batch of night vision equipment to Uzbekistan in late 2017, as the two countries met to increase defence and space sector co-operation. Kazakh authorities revealed at a meeting between the Minister of

  • L3 Technologies added to BAE Systems Sea 5000 bid team

    L3 Technologies (L3) announced on 4 February that it had been selected by BAE Systems to support the company’s bid for the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea 5000 Future Frigate programme. L3 will work with BAE Systems’ Power and Propulsion team by providing the Integrated Platform

  • Myanmar military holds first tri-service exercise in decades

    The Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) have completed their first major land-sea-air exercise in more than 20 years to improve inter-service co-ordination and combined war-fighting capabilities. Designated ‘Sinbyushin’, the three-day war manoeuvres were held from 2-4 February, east of

  • Pakistan sets up instrumented weapon test range at Sonmiani

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has set up an instrumented weapon test range (WTR) at the Sonmiani firing range in Balochistan Province designed to “track the complete trajectory of aircraft and launched missiles”, according to a 2 February report by the state-owned Associated Press of

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: China closes in on Asian military aircraft opportunities

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is looking to secure a number of military export orders from countries in the Asia-Pacific region spurred by several recent major orders, a senior official from the state-owned group’s export arm, the China National Aero-Technology Import &

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Israel’s Rafael invests in artificial intelligence to boost market share

    Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is putting greater emphasis on developing 4th industrial revolution (IR) technologies as part of efforts to expand capability and secure stronger market share in key markets such as the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Ran Gozali, Rafael executive

  • India’s HAL test-flies Hawk-i trainer fitted with indigenous RTOS

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Hawk-i advanced jet trainer fitted with an indigenously developed real-time operating system (RTOS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced on 7 February. “It is the first indigenous RTOS

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Australia supports boosted export drive in Asia Pacific

    Australian defence companies are in record number at the Singapore Airshow 2018, enthused by the country’s new defence export strategy, an official from the government’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) told Jane’s on 6 February. Sam Peel, manager of exports and

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Leonardo targets major Asian expansion

    Italian group Leonardo plans a significant expansion in the Asia-Pacific region as part of its newly announced 2018-2022 Industrial Plan that aims to boost global exports, an executive from the company told Jane’s on 7 February. Speaking at the Singapore Airshow, Marco Buratti,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils speciality 40 mm ammunition

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), is expanding its portfolio of 40 mm ammunition with the counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) and the door-breaching grenades. According to company specifications, the C-UAS grenade

  • Dagestan regional government’s resignation indicates Kremlin’s growing direct control of Russian regions

    Event On 5 February, Vladimir Vasilyev, the acting head of Dagestan republic in southern Russia, dismissed the regional government following the arrests of Dagestan’s Prime Minister Abdusamad Gamidov and two of his deputies the previous day. These individuals and their accomplices were

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Indonesia studies options for four AEW&C aircraft

    Key Points Indonesia has begun studying available options for the air force’s AEW&C requirements The formal acquisition programme is expected to materialise in the 2020–2024 timeframe The Indonesia Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is drawing up

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Nepal begins negotiations for second CN-235 with PT Dirgantara

    The Nepalese government has begun negotiations with Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) for another CN-235-220M multipurpose platform, an official from the company confirmed with Jane’s at the 2018 iteration of the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft is being

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Thailand enters ‘pre-contract’ negotiations for three MPA

    Key Points Thailand and Indonesia are in advanced negotiations over the acquisition of three maritime patrol aircraft Platforms will improve Thailand’s maritime surveillance capabilities in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Indonesian state-owned

  • Mattis wants SLCM for INF negotiation leverage with Russia

    Key Points The Pentagon views its request for a new SLCM as INF negotiating leverage with Russia Mattis said Russia is unlikely to make a concession if it does not get one in return The Pentagon wants a new nuclear sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) to help leverage Russia back into compliance