HEADLINES

  • Russian MiG-31 crashes, crew ejects

    A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) MiG-31 ?Foxhound' interceptor crashed in the central Nizhny Novgorod region of the country on 19 September, state media reported. The twin-seat combat aircraft came down not long after take-off, with the RT news agency saying that flames were reported

  • Australia approves USD800 million defence fuel programme

    The Australian government has approved an AUD1.1 billion (USD800 million) ‘Defence Fuel Transformation Programme’ aimed at delivering “a safer, simpler and a more assured defence fuel network in partnership with industry” over the coming 30 years, Minister for Defence

  • Australian entities renew submarine support arrangement

    Australian shipbuilder ASC and the government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group have signed an agreement to facilitate continued collaboration on supporting Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarines. State-owned ASC said in a press release on 18 September that the agreement will be

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • France and Vietnam deepen defence engagement

    France and Vietnam have signed an agreement to frame expanded defence collaboration over the coming decade. The joint vision statement on defence co-operation 2018–2028 was signed on 18 September during Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich’s visit to Paris. The new agreement,

  • Kazakhstan announces defence areas for R&D investment

    The Kazakhstan Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industries (MoDAI) announced on 18 September the outcomes of a recent meeting of the country’s National Scientific Council on the target areas of development for its defence-industrial base. At the meeting, held on 14 September, it was decided

  • Serbia reportedly agrees UCAV deal with China

    Serbia has reportedly agreed to procure unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) from China in a package that also includes technology transfers and localised production. Serbian news agencies on 18 September quoted the country’s deputy defence minister, Nenad Miloradovic – who is

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

    Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air

  • Russian surveillance aircraft mistakenly shot down by Syrian ally

    An Ilyushin Il-20 ‘Coot’ surveillance aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force (VKS) was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces defending against an Israeli air raid on 17 September. The four-engined turboprop with 15 personnel onboard disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea at the same

  • IDF says Syrian military entirely responsible for downing Russian Il-20

    In response to Moscow’s allegation that Israeli jets used the Il-20 that was shot down on 17 September as cover for an airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has blamed indiscriminate fire by Syrian air defence units for the loss of the Russian electronic intelligence aircraft. In a rare

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Rare earths escape US tariffs on China

    The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its finalised list of Chinese imports that are to be subject to tariffs from 24 September, however rare earths have escaped the imposition of duties. The list released by the USTR contains 5,745 full or partial lines of proposed goods of the

  • Taliban militants kills 10 police officers in Afghanistan's Farah

    TEN police officers were killed when Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints in Pusht Rod district in Afghanistan's Farah province on 16 September, Al Jazeera reported. Reports did not include details of Taliban casualties. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Second-round gubernatorial elections likely to trigger localised protests in Russia's Khakassia, Khabarovsk, and Vladimir regions

    Event On 17 September 2018, in Vladivostok, about 1,500 residents joined a protest rally against alleged voting falsifications during the second round of gubernatorial elections on 16 September; the police detained three protesters. The Primorye region, of which Vladivostok is a regional centre,

  • Exports climb for China’s AVIC

    The Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) secured record exports of CNY96.7 billion (USD14.1 billion) in 2017, equal to 24% of its total revenues during the year, the state-owned corporation has revealed. AVIC said in a statement on 17 September that its export success is closely linked to its

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils electromagnetic launch system development

    South Korea defence prime Hanwha Corporation has unveiled plans to develop an electromagnetic launch system (EMLS) for surface-to-air missiles (SAM) at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition in Goyang City. According to company officials, the EMLS programme is an internally funded

  • JMSDF submarine takes part in South China Sea exercise

    A Japanese Oyashio-class submarine has recently taken part in a naval exercise held in the disputed South China Sea. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo said on 17 September said that the anti-submarine warfare exercise held by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 13 September

  • South Korea launches first KSS-III submarine

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched the first KSS-III (also called KSS-3) diesel-electric submarine on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 14 September, the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) announced in a

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