Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'

by Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez

Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly severe security environment” around Japan.

The party said that it will “drastically reconsider” the country's response to China's growing assertiveness across the Taiwan Strait and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands – which are controlled by Tokyo, but also claimed by Beijing – as well as to the growing nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea.


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Australia launches defence industry agency

by Jon Grevatt

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) launched on 26 November a new agency to support local firms' entrance and expansion in the country's defence market.

The Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) replaces the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), which was established in December 2016.

ODIS advertises itself as a “one-stop shop” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that do business with the DoD.

It said its key services include direct links between SMEs and defence procurement programmes and military end-users; identifying SMEs that can meet Australia's defence requirements; and assisting SMEs to co-operate with end-users.


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Lithuania orders navigation radars for OPVs

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Lithuania's OPV Dzūkas is one of four Lithuanian OPVs that will receive a GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radar from Leonardo. (Lithuanian MND)

Lithuania has ordered GEM Elettronica Columbus Mk2 3D navigation radars from Leonardo for its offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to Janes on 19 November.


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Rheinmetall to buy assets of drone firm EMT

by Marc Selinger

Rheinmetall Group has agreed to acquire the assets of EMT, whose products include the newly developed Luna Next Generation (NG) reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. (EMT)

German conglomerate Rheinmetall Group plans to expand its defence technology offering by acquiring the operating activities, personnel, and real estate of EMT, a financially struggling Bavarian business that makes unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance missions, Rheinmetall announced on 23 November.


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