• Indonesia appoints new air force chief amid modernisation efforts

    The Indonesian government has appointed Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as the new air force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) chief, replacing Air Chief Marshal Agus Supriatna, who has been at the helm since January 2015. AM Tjahjanto was sworn in by Indonesian president Joko Widodo

  • Sudan's Rapid Response Forces subordinated to military

    The Sudanese parliament passed an act on 16 January transferring responsibility for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) from the National Intelligence and Security Services to the Sudan Armed Forces, the Sudan Tribune reported. The RSF was formed in 2013 from the Janjaweed militias that operated in the

  • Indian Army issues RFIs for software-defined radios

    The Indian Army (IA) has invited responses from overseas manufacturers on the service's planned acquisition of assorted software-defined radios (SDRs) to boost its overall network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) were issued by the IA in early January

  • Malaysia to establish three designated submarine exercise areas in South China Sea

    Key Points Malaysia will establish three permanent submarine exercise areas in the South China Sea The move is being undertaken to enhance submarine operating safety in the region, said the Royal Malaysian Navy The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is in the midst of finalising three permanent submarine

  • McCain proposes large-scale defence build up

    John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has unveiled a proposal that would dramatically increase national defence spending over the next five years. The scheme offers a potential blueprint as the new Congress considers possible increases in defence spending. A

  • ONR invites proposals for swarming unmanned amphibians

    Key Points ONR is co-ordinating a science and technology effort intended to provide the US amphibious community with more small autonomous vehicles Funding of USD41 million is anticipated over five years and the first study contracts will be awarded in September 2017 Amphibious assaults could be

  • THAAD site acquisition may be delayed for administrative reasons, says report

    The South Korean military's acquisition of a site from Lotte Group for the deployment of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system may be delayed for administrative reasons, according to Yonhap news agency. "The administrative process is under way to secure a golf course

  • Tunisia to get new coastal radars

    The United States will provide new radars for 13 Tunisian coastal radar sites, US Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein said during a ceremony to hand over two SAFE Boats International 65 Full Cabin Inboard patrol boats to the Tunisian Navy on 16 January. "Starting this summer, 13 radar stations along

  • Estonian MoD outlines plans for cyber range

    Developing a state-of-the-art cyber range and improving the level of automation in a number of aspects of its functionalities are amongst the Estonian Defence Forces' (EDF's) plans to enhance this capability. Speaking to IHS Jane's, Kusti Salm, National Armaments Director at the Estonian Ministry

  • Thailand aims to operate fleet of three submarines by 2026

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has outlined a requirement to operationalise its planned fleet of three submarines by 2026, and is currently in the process of submitting this proposal to the country's military government. The matter was disclosed by Captain Prawoot Rodmanee, chief of the RTN's submarine

  • Indonesia hints at submarine fleet mix that includes midget boats

    The Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL's) plans to operate a fleet of 12 submarines by 2024 may include a number of midget boats, said Commodore Muhammad Ali, commander of the service's maritime security task force, on 17 January. The commodore was speaking at the

  • Industry seeks power boost for navy lasers

    With US Navy (USN) officials continuing to seek more powerful lasers, industry is looking for ways to provide the power needed to operate such weapons. During the Surface Navy Association symposium in mid-January, navy officials discussed fitting a 150 kw laser at sea in about a year's time, with

  • Kashmir neighbours install new security chiefs

    Key Points A series of incidents in 2015 and 2016 called into question India's ability to defend against militant incursions, although its intelligence capabilities against mobile targets appear to have improved. With India maintaining a clandestine network of agents within Pakistan, Islamabad is

  • Kuwaiti RFI points to wider naval acquisition plan

    A request for information (RFI) released on behalf of the Kuwaiti Navy suggests it is considering acquiring new fast attack craft (FAC) armed with MBDA Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles. Released by the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 January, the RFI said the US Naval Sea Systems

  • Malaysia bolsters submarine rescue capabilities with USN certification

    The privately owned Malaysian submarine rescue ship, MV Mega Bakti, has received certification from the US Navy (USN) as an approved commercial vessel of opportunity (VOO), and can now be deployed to rescue distressed submariners, a senior Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) confirmed on 17 January. The

  • China, Vietnam agree to 'manage differences' on South China Sea

    China and Vietnam have pledged to manage their differences and safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea (SCS), according to a joint communique issued during a four-day visit to China by Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. After a "candid

  • Lockheed Martin to demonstrate M28 for Brazilian Army

    Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky will demonstrate its affiliate PZL Mielec M28 short take-off and landing (STOL) twin-turboprop transport aircraft in Brazil as part of a two-month tour across Caribbean and Latin American countries. A looming Brazilian Army effort to acquire fixed-wing aircraft could have

  • Surface Navy 2017: Autonomy, power, sensors key to unmanned advances

    The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said advances in autonomy, power, and sensors would be key for growing the breadth of naval unmanned technology. "If you look across the USN and the mission areas that the navy needs to do, [unmanned] systems that we are delivering are

  • Surface Navy 2017: Vice Adm Pandolfe warns of conflict's changing dimensions

    Key Points Integrated and layered capabilities pose growing challenges in the normative, physical, virtual, and temporal dimensions of conflict To adapt to these changes the USN will have to expand fleet numbers and invest in advanced warfighting capabilities Major changes in the normative,

  • China, Russia reportedly agree on 'countermeasures' against THAAD

    China and Russia have agreed to adopt "further countermeasures" in response to Washington and Seoul's plans to deploy the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, officials from both countries were quoted by China's state-owned Xinhua news agency as

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