• Covid-19: The biggest threat the world is facing

    Here at Jane’s, we are used to monitoring the threats that the world is facing in the defence and national security landscape. That is why – as soon as we had taken care of our people – we turned our attention to analysing the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Jane’s continues to

  • Covid-19: Thailand considers postponing military acquisitions

    The Thai government is considering potentially postponing military procurements in response to the expected economic impact of Covid-19, Lieutenant General Kongcheep Tantravanich, the spokesperson for the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD), said on 8 April. Lt Gen Kongcheep also said that any potential

  • Abu Dhabi government launches local content programme

    The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s (ADDED’s) Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) announced on 8 April that it was launching a new programme to encourage investment in the Emirate’s local industry. Called the Abu Dhabi Local Content (ADLC) programme, companies will

  • Australia lays keel for second Arafura-class OPV

    Key Points Australia has laid down the keel for its second Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel The vessel is expected to enter service with the Royal Australian Navy in 2023 The keel for Australia’s second Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) has been laid down at Osborne Naval

  • Boeing Australia advances Loyal Wingman development

    Boeing Australia’s first Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft prototype has stood on its own wheels and powered up its electrical system for the first time, the company announced on 8 April. The latest development milestones follow the assembly of the first aircraft’s fuselage structure in

  • China’s Y-20 aircraft capable of transporting two Type 15 lightweight tanks, claims state media

    Chinese state-owned media has claimed that the Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) Y-20A Kunpeng strategic transport aircraft is capable of transporting up to two Type 15 (also commonly referred to as ZTQ-15) lightweight battle tanks. In a 7 April report about military science and technology China

  • Covid-19: Bolivian MOD installs first border camp for returning citizens

    The Bolivian government is ramping up its efforts to prevent and contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic within its territory, with measures including building quarantine camps for retuning citizens. Bolivia is now entering its third week of a total quarantine that was established

  • Covid-19: India cuts back on MoD spending due to Covid-19-related economic slowdown

    India’s federal Ministry of Finance (MoF) has tightened all expenditure, including that of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), for the first three months of Fiscal Year 2020/21 (FY 20/21) as a result of the financial and economic impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In an 8 April

  • Japan’s first Soryu-class submarine equipped with lithium-ion batteries arrives at home base

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) first Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) equipped with lithium-ion batteries, arrived at its home base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, on 7 April. The service announced that same day that the JS Oryu (also spelled Ouryu),

  • Number of Chinese military aircraft approaching Japanese airspace rose by nearly 6% in FY 2019

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 675 times in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) in response to Chinese military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: a 5.8% increase compared with the same period in FY 2018. The figure, which is the

  • Portugal seeks JLTVs

    The Portuguese Army is seeking to acquire 4x4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme starting in 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Manuel dos Santos Camilo, head of the capabilities branch of the army general staff's force planning division, told

  • Research papers point to PLAN’s next-generation submarine technologies

    Two Chinese research papers that emerged in early April through social media provide further evidence of significant technological developments that may be incorporated in the design of the next generation of nuclear submarines for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first

  • Russia activates air defence missile system at new Arctic base

    S-300PS air-defence missile batteries have become operational at Russia’s newest military base in Tiksi, on the coast of the Laptev Sea, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 April. The base consists of an 11-unit complex that accommodates 100 personnel. The role of the

  • Ukrainian MiG-29MU2 flies with Kh-29T air-to-surface missile

    A photo of a Ukrainian Air Force (UAF) MiG-29 fighter flying with a Kh-29T TV-guided air-to-surface missile under its port wing began circulating in the local defence media on 30 March. This confirms reports that Ukraine is flight testing the MiG-29MU2 upgrade of the nation’s already

  • Unprecedented designation of Russian white supremacist group by US government unlikely to affect its operations

    Key Points On 6 April, the US State Department listed the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), an ultranationalist group based in the Russian Federation, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organisation, and designated three individuals identified as its leaders. The designation represents the

  • Covid-19: Australia expands industry-support measures

    Australia has introduced an expanded range of measures to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the national defence industrial base, a media release by the state government of Queensland revealed on 8 April. These measures include the potential moving forward of defence procurement programmes, the

  • Covid-19: Thales cancels dividend, Saab cuts working hours

    Thales has cancelled its dividend and secured an additional EUR2 billion (USD2.2 billion) line of credit as part of an effort to boost its financial “resilience” amid the Covid-19 outbreak, the French aerospace and defence company announced. Thales said on 7 April that not paying its

  • Leidos awards sub-contract to EPE for Australian CBRN protection project

    Leidos Australia has announced an AUD10 million (USD6.2 million) sub-contract with Australian defence company EPE for the supply of detection and confirmatory systems as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

  • Lockheed Martin receives LRASM Lot 3 production contract

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a USD 167.47 million contract for fiscal year (FY) 2019 procurement of the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy (USN). The contract, awarded on 7 April by the Air Force Life Cycle

  • Leonardo completes Kopter acquisition

    Italy’s Leonardo announced on 8 April that it has finished buying Switzerland-based Kopter Group, which builds the new SH09 single-engine helicopter. Leonardo is paying USD185 million, plus a future milestone-based amount, to acquire Kopter from Swiss private equity firm Lynwood. Leonardo