• India's nuclear-powered submarine damaged in accident, says report

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) has been damaged in an accident and could require “substantial repair work” to render it operational again, The Print news website reported on 3 October. The outlet quoted unnamed sources as saying the

  • Russia upgrades BMP-2 and BMD-2 IFVs

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a 10-year contract with Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons holding, for the delivery of 540 upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and BMD-2 airborne IFVs, according to Deputy

  • ASC, Babcock extend partnership on RAN submarines

    Australian naval shipbuilder ASC has signed an agreement with Babcock International to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Collins-class submarines, it was announced on 4 October. Under the goods and services agreement (GSA), ASC said it will collaborate with Babcock to supply

  • Australia issues open call for force design ideas

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) is hosting a conference on 10–11 October, requesting for ideas to help determine the future of Australia’s armed forces, the department announced on 3 October. The DoD is issuing an open call seeking outside experts to help draft a force

  • Bangladesh to acquire 155 mm howitzers

    Bangladesh’s military procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchases (DGDP), has issued a notice to foreign vendors to submit bids in support of a programme to procure artillery for the Bangladesh Army. The notice was issued by the DGDP in late September and outlines a

  • Crackdown on opposition reduces risk of large-scale anti-government protests ahead of Cambodia’s 2018 election

    Event On 3 October, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Deputy President Mu Sochua became the latest senior opposition official to flee the country, with nearly half of CNRP lawmakers reportedly overseas. Sochua’s departure comes after an alleged warning by a senior government official

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • Leonardo opens facility in Western Australia

    Leonardo has opened a new industrial facility in Western Australia through its in-country subsidiary Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd, it was announced on 3 October. The group said the new facility – located in Rockingham, South of Perth – will be focused on providing engineering,

  • MBDA builds on Australian MMP partnerships

    MBDA announced the signings of a further five Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Australian companies as part of its bid for the Missile Moyen Portee (MMP) system anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) component of the Australian Army’s LAND 400 Ph 2 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) programme.

  • RCIED attack kills one man in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    ONE man was killed and another two were wounded when a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) was detonated targeting the vehicle of Ahmed Zeb - a local anti-Taliban leader - near the town of Malam Jabba in the Swat Valley in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 2 October, Al Jazeera

  • Pacific 2017: Australia begins deployment of ViDAR-equipped ScanEagles in operational roles

    Key Points Australia has begun operational deployments of ScanEagle units equipped with ViDAR System has enhanced the service's maritime surveillance capabilities while reducing operator workload The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun deploying units of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system

  • Pacific 2017: Australia deploys S-100 rotary-winged UAS in evaluation roles

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy will deploy its Schiebel S-100 Camcopters for trials and evaluations within a test unit The system will fill the service’s knowledge gap between fixed-wing and rotary-winged UAVs The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will deploy its fleet of two Schiebel S-100

  • Pacific 2017: Naval Group downplays reports of ‘capability gap’ in Australia’s submarine programme

    Australia’s SEA 1000 programme is on track and progressing well, and the country will not be faced with a submarine ‘capability gap’, said French shipbuilder Naval Group on 4 October. The company was responding to questions over an independent report led by former head of the

  • Pacific 2017: Ultra Electronics introduces sonobuoy mission pod concept to Asia-Pacific region

    Key Points Ultra Electronics is showcasing a mission pod concept that allows fixed- and rotary-winged UAVs to deploy sonobuoys Concept is expected to gain traction given the rapid proliferation of unmanned aerial systems, said the company Ultra Electronics is showcasing the company’s

  • Singapore retires three Fearless-class patrol vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned three more 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessels. The locally built platforms, which were formerly in service as RSS Sovereignty , RSS Unity , and RSS Justice , were retired in a ceremony officiated by RSN Chief Rear Admiral Lew Chuen Hong at

  • Pacific 2017: Lacroix strengthens presence in Southeast Asian region with new office

    French defence company Lacroix has opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur to strengthen its presence in the Southeast Asian region, the company announced at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney. The office is operational from October 2017, and represents the company’s strategy to get closer to

  • Australia selects Aegis combat management system for its Future Frigates

    The nine Future Frigates to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will be equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat management system (CMS), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on 3 October. Opening the Pacific 2017 maritime exposition and conference in Sydney, Turnbull said

  • Chinese rescue submersible attaches to foreign submarine during exercise

    The second phase of the ‘Joint Sea 2017’ Sino-Russian exercise conducted the first underwater mating of a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) rescue vehicle with a submarine from a foreign navy. During the exercise, which took place from 18 to 22 September in the Sea of Okhotsk

  • Pakistan offers to train Afghan security forces

    Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that his country is willing to help train the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). During a 1 October visit to Kabul, Gen Bajwa offered “Pakistan’s complete support in achieving shared

  • Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise

    Sri Lanka is hosting its first Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October, according to a statement by the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet. Called ‘CARAT Sri