• Kurganmashzavod faces uncertain future as state orders stall

    The Russian manufacturer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Kurganmashzavod (KMZ), faces an uncertain future owing to a slowdown in state orders and because of increasing obsolescence within its manufacturing plants. This was revealed in a December 2019 interview between the company’s

  • PTDI receives two Bell 412EPI helicopters for Indonesian Army

    Two of the nine Bell 412EPI helicopters ordered in January 2019 by the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat or TNI-AD) have been handed over to PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for customisation work. Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, announced in a 4 December statement that the

  • Russia’s Kuznetsov carrier catches fire

    A fire broke out on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, state news agency TASS reported on 12 December, citing a source in the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural

  • India’s HAL settles wage dispute with workers

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has settled a long-standing wage dispute with employees in a bid to avert future additional work strikes. State-owned HAL said on 11 December that the company’s management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with trade unions

  • Japan reconsiders decision to discontinue local assembly of F-35s

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has indicated a possible U-turn on its decision earlier this year to discontinue local assembly of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft and instead focus on providing localised maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability. The MoD’s

  • Mitsubishi reportedly considers shipbuilding sale

    Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is reportedly considering the sale of its major shipbuilding facility in Nagasaki. In comments to Jane’s on 13 December, the corporation did not deny the development. Japanese news reports said MHI had entered talks to sell its Koyagi Plant