• Trilateral military talks positive, but bilateral talks between two Koreas highlight South Korean policy differences with US

    Event On 17 October, the first talks between US, South Korean, and North Korean military representatives were held following summits between their leaders in the first half of 2018. North Korean and South Korean colonels were joined by the secretary of the United Nations Command (UNC) Military

  • BMT to support Thailand’s project to develop midget submarines

    UK engineering group BMT has won a contract from the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) to support its programme to design a midget submarine. BMT said in a press release on 17 October that under the new contract – the value of which was not disclosed – it will provide assistance to the RTN during

  • India and China to resume annual HiH joint military exercise

    The armies of India and China will resume their annual ‘Hand-In-Hand’ (HiH) joint military exercise more than a year after the 2017 iteration was cancelled following a 72 day-long stand-off between the two countries along their disputed borders and those of the neighbouring Himalayan

  • Indian Air Force pilots begin Chinook training

    Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots and an equal number of flight engineers have begun receiving instruction in the United States to operate and maintain Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, 15 of which are set to enter service with the IAF from mid-2019. Officials told Jane's that the

  • Indian Navy concludes trials of new submarine rescue system

    Key Points The Indian Navy has completed maiden trials of a newly acquired submarine rescue system The trials are being done to validate the service’s ability to rescue, and transfer distressed submariners The Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command concluded maiden trials of a newly

  • India’s HAL overruns aircraft building and upgrade deadlines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has expressed “serious concern” over enduring delays by state-owned aeronautics and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in supplying fighters, helicopters, and transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF). A recent internal MoD

  • Japan looks to reduce procurement costs

    Japanese defence minister Takeshi Iwaya has pledged to reduce military acquisition costs in light of the continuing economic constraints facing the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Iwaya said in a press briefing on 16 October that the MoD will put in place “stringent systems”

  • Kandahar police chief reportedly killed in attack

    The head of police in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar has reportedly been killed in a shooting on 18 October following a meeting held at the residence of the provincial governor that was also attended by US Army General Austin Miller, the commander of the NATO-led ‘Resolute

  • Kerch shooting provides Russia with potential pretext for ‘punishing’ Ukraine, including further harassment in Sea of Azov

    Event On 17 October 2018, in Kerch, Crimea, an armed 18-year-old student broke into an industrial college, opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 20, and then committed suicide. Over 50 people were wounded, including 15 in critical condition caused by the shooting and the explosion of a

  • Taliban IED attack kills parliamentary election candidate in Afghanistan's Helmand

    FOUR people, including election candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman, were killed and seven civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced underneath Qahraman's chair by suspected Taliban militants, detonated in his campaign office in Lashkargah in Afghanistan's Helmand

  • Chinese company claims successful flight test of supersonic cruise missile

    China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company claimed on 15 October that it has successfully flight-tested a new supersonic cruise missile intended for export. Known as the HD-1, the weapon, which reportedly uses “advanced solid-fuel ramjet technology”, was tested at an undisclosed

  • New variant of Z-8 helo delivered to PLAN’s Aviation University

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Aviation University has recently taken delivery of a new variant of the Changhe Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) Z-8 multirole medium-lift helicopter, according to Chinese media reports. Photographs show two new platforms, designated as

  • Pakistan Navy commissions fleet tanker PNS Moawin

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new fleet tanker in a ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Karachi. Named PNS Moawin (with pennant number 39), the 158.4 m-long vessel, which displaces about 16,400 tonnes at full load, entered service with the PN on 16 October during an event attended by

  • Philippines concludes fighter studies, points to possible Gripen acquisition

    The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has concluded a study in support of its programme to procure a new fighter jet and confirmed that Saab’s Gripen aircraft is in pole position to win the contract. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in comments published by the Philippine

  • President Xi calls on China to deepen civilian-military integration

    China’s President Xi Jinping has urged for deeper civilian-military integration (CMI) to spur further technical advancement within the country. The call came a week after the United States government identified the CMI strategy as one that is supporting China’s rapidly expanding defence

  • RNZN outlines introduction to service plan for new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel

    The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has released new information on the introduction to service of its new Dive and Hydrographic Vessel (DHV) – the future HMNZS Manawanui – outlining plans for a two-phase modification process ahead of the ship achieving full operational capability in late

  • Lockheed Martin to deliver LRDR software following successful tracking event

    Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) searched, acquired, and tracked satellites during a closed loop satellite track demonstration at the company’s Moorestown, New Jersey facility. Completion of this event on 27 August was an indication of how mature LRDR is, Chandra

  • China puts more Beidou navigation satellites into orbit

    China carried out its 28th successful space launch of 2018 on 15 October by placing two more Beidou-3 navigation satellites into orbit. The satellites were launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre located in the country’s southwestern Sichuan Province. Providing position,

  • Elta Systems awarded contract for ELM-2032 fire-control radars

    Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a USD55 million contract to supply multimode airborne ELM-2032 fire-control radars to be installed on “newly produced advanced combat aircraft” for an undisclosed client.

  • India aims to expand presence at military base in Tajikistan

    India is seeking to expand its presence and activities at a military base in Tajikistan where some 150 Indian Air Force (IAF) and quasi-military Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel have been stationed since 2005. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Ayni Air Base, which is located