• Malaysia leans on offsets for industrial development

    Malaysia has outlined an intention to ensure offsets play a greater role in supporting defence industrial development. In the country’s new Defence White Paper – published in full on 4 December – it states a requirement to allocate up to 15% of offsets secured through defence

  • India’s Wipro to open cyber centre in Australia

    Indian technology group Wipro is to establish a cyber defence centre in Melbourne, Australia, it was announced on 4 December. The new facility, which is expected to commence operations soon, will be positioned to support sectors including defence, financial services, telecommunications, and energy.

  • Malaysian MoD outlines procurement intentions in first-ever Defence White Paper

    Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces’ capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December. The future force, which will include an amphibious component and unmanned systems, will perform its

  • New US CNO guidance targets readiness

    In his initial guidance released on 4 December, Admiral Mike Gilday, the new US Navy (USN) chief of naval operations (CNO) identified a need for greater readiness. Adm Gilday also focused on the importance of information and electronic warfare, the development of the Columbia-class submarine fleet,

  • Singapore's Special Operations Task Force gets new command centre

    The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF's) Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) on 4 December to enhance its capabilities to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple counter-terrorism and contingency operations. The SOCC, which is networked to

  • India progresses sale of BEML

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is preparing its planned sale of a major stake in public-sector company BEML (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited), Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik has confirmed. The sale – to be progressed as a ‘strategic’ deal to a single

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  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final

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  • Naval Group claims LARS first with MARIN tests

    Naval Group claims that subscale testing has proved the rough seas performance of a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) launch and recovery system (LARS) developed by the company to meet the needs of future offboard system operations. Tank testing undertaken at the Maritime Research Institute

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  • Japan draws up plan to bolster defence supply chains

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) is considering the introduction of a range of measures to provide financial support for defence-sector small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ATLA told Jane’s that the measures are in line with