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  • Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype breaks cover

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased a prototype of the next-generation 8×8 Cloud Leopard II armoured vehicle development in public for the first time at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) exhibition held from 15 to 17 August. The M2

  • Austal assesses Asian investment opportunities

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has confirmed that it is assessing opportunities to further expand its profile in the Asia Pacific. The confirmation comes following reports that the company is looking to invest in a shipyard in Subic Bay in the Philippines. Austal said in a recent statement that the

  • Australia’s first Hobart-class destroyer conducts inaugural test of SM-2 missile

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), HMAS Hobart , has conducted the class’ first firing of the SM-2 Standard Missile. The weapon was deployed against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales, the country’s Minister

  • New Kilo-class submarine begins sea trials

    Russia’s latest Project 636.3 Varshavyanka (Improved Kilo-class) conventionally powered submarine (SSK) has begun shipbuilder’s trials in the Baltic Sea, ahead of its delivery to the country’s Pacific Fleet. The sailing of the SSK, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky , from the Admiralty

  • State credit supports Austal export of patrol boats

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has confirmed a deal to supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats to the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The contract – valued at AUD126 million (USD85 million) – is supported through state credit provided by the government of Australia. Austal said the

  • Taiwan readies CM-34 IFV for delivery

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) Materiel Production Center (MPC) is set to deliver the first tranche of 32 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants of the 8x8 Yunpao (Cloud Leopard) armoured vehicle family to the Republic of China Army (RoCA) at the end of 2019, officials told

  • US progresses F-16 sale to Taiwan

    The US government is progressing plans to sell F-16V fighter aircraft to Taiwan to strengthen the island country’s capabilities and deter aggression from China. The deal, which is worth USD8 billion, has been confirmed by US President Donald Trump. A procurement package – framed by the

  • Moldovan action plan addresses future of armed forces

    Moldova is discussing and receiving feedback on a draft government action plan published on 30 July, with public meetings with civic society to discuss and receive feedback regarding its objectives. When it is finalised, the plan will serve as a blueprint for the country’s domestic and foreign

  • US tests ground-launched missile concept previously banned under INF

    No longer bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Washington announced that it is officially flight-testing ground-based cruise missiles that can fly between 500 km and 5,500 km. On San Nicolas Island, California, on 18 August, the Department of Defense (DoD) conducted a

  • India hints at change in nuclear weapons doctrine

    India’s defence minister has suggested that Delhi could change its nuclear no-first-use (NNFU) doctrine for employing its strategic weapons. “India remains firmly committed to the doctrine of NNFU, but what happens in [the] future depends on the circumstances,” Defence Minister

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST rolls out indigenous anti-radiation loitering munition

    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) – the country’s principal defence science research and development agency – showcased the production-ready version of the Chien Hsiang anti-radiation loitering munition and its mobile launcher vehicle

  • Boeing completes RNZAF P-3K2 Orion UWISR upgrade

    Boeing has completed the underwater intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (UWISR) upgrade of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) six-strong P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fleet. Awarded by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late 2016, the NZD36

  • India confirms OFB corporatisation plans

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is considering a move to ‘corporatise’ the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) – a network of defence factories across India – into a public company as part of efforts to strengthen its industrial capabilities. The MoD said in a

  • India to review defence procurement processes

    India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the setting up of a committee that will review the country’s defence procurement processes before a potential procedural update in 2020. “The committee will revise and align the procedures with the aim of ensuring a seamless flow

  • Taiwan's F-16 deal highlights new US military sales strategy, says business advocate

    The proposed US sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan upholds Washington’s independence in decisions regarding military sales to Taipei, a leading advocate of business between the two countries has told Jane’s . Rupert Hammond-Chambers, the president of the US-Taiwan

  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while

  • Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa

    The Australian government has handed over a Guardian-class patrol vessel to Samoa. The boat, which has been named Nafanua II , was handed over to representatives from the Samoan government at Henderson, Western Australia on 16 August.

  • Myanmar military academy comes under rebel attack

    Myanmar’s Defence Services Technological Academy (DSTA), the military’s leading training institute for cyber operations and signals intelligence, has come under insurgent attack for the first time in its 26-year history. Chinese manufactured surface-to-surface rockets fired by rebels

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s MPC readies new low-profile RCWS for Cloud Leopard

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has unveiled a new remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) that has been specifically designed to reduce the target profile of the Republic of China Army (RoCA)’s 8×8 CM-32 Cloud Leopard

  • Taiwan proposes record-high defence budget for 2020

    Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has approved a national defence budget of TWD411.3 billion (USD13.1 billion) for 2020. The new budget – announced amid rising tension with mainland China – represents a 5.2% increase over defence spending in 2019. The Ministry of National Defence (MND) said

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