• Cabinet reshuffle in Belarus likely to lead to more pro-business economic policies aimed at attracting investment

    Event On 18 August 2018, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka dismissed Prime Minister Andrei Kabiakou and reshuffled the cabinet. The president appointed Siarhei Rumas, a 48-year-old career banker, as the new prime minister. Lukashenka also appointed four new deputy prime ministers and four

  • Pentagon notes Chinese naval global expansion and regional control

    The Pentagon’s recent annual report on the Chinese military spotlights growing Chinese naval capability, underscoring the narrowing gap between the Asian power’s maritime forces and those of the US Navy (USN), as well as drawing attention to China’s increasing dominance in the

  • Singapore confirms delivery of first Airbus A330 MRTT

    Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has confirmed with Jane’s that the first Airbus A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has arrived in the country. The aircraft arrived on 14 August, and will make its first

  • Australian Army acquires DJI Phantom 4 UAVs

    The Australian Army (AA) has acquired the DJI Phantom 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as the service seeks to broaden its reconnaissance and situational awareness capabilities. The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a statement that Sydney-based personnel of the 17th Combat

  • India's DRDO tests indigenous precision-guided munition, airborne ATGM

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and Helina helicopter-launched anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at separate firing ranges in the country’s northwestern state of Rajasthan. The

  • Mitsubishi targets Japanese aerospace efficiencies

    Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is aiming to leverage the production of its regional jet airliner, known as the MRJ, to promote enhanced industrial efficiencies across the country’s aerospace sector with spin-off benefits also expected to benefit military programmes. The MRJ

  • RoKN considering F-35Bs for carrier operations

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has issued a tender for a research project to explore the possibility of operating the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from its recently launched Dokdo-class landing platform

  • Russian increases naval presence in Med

    Russia significantly increased its naval presence in the Mediterranean in mid-August with the arrival of a cruiser and destroyer from the Northern Fleet and another missile corvette from the Black Sea Fleet. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 August that the Slava (Project

  • Singapore launches seventh Littoral Mission Vessel

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy’s third helicopter-capable Littoral Mission Vessel has been launched The warship, which is the seventh in class overall, is on track to achieve operational status by 2020 ST Engineering Marine has launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV)

  • Boeing completes autonomous testing in Australia

    Boeing announced on 17 August that it had completed the first series of test flights under a partnership between the company and the Australian state of Queensland to develop autonomous technologies. In partnership with the Queensland government under Boeing’s Advance Queensland Autonomous

  • South Korean ministries expand defence collaboration

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) and Ministry of Science and ICT (information and communications technology) have outlined plans to expand collaboration under an existing defence agreement. The MND said in a statement on 16 August that their expanding collaborative arrangement

  • US expects China’s marine corps to grow to more than 30,000 personnel

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) expects the size of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) to grow to more than 30,000 personnel by 2020, the DoD said in its 2018 China Military Power Report to the US Congress. Released on 16 August, the 130 page-long report

  • Australia receives P-8A Poseidon simulator and training systems

    Flight simulator and training systems have been officially handed over to Australia and will form part of a facility to train the pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft. “This AUD470 million [USD341 million]

  • Central African military receives new equipment

    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA) has received over 120 assorted vehicles donated by the United States and China. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra received more than 70 vehicles with a value of over USD15 million from the Chinese company Poly Technologies on 8 August. The vehicles

  • Australia orders 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles

    Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion). The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia

  • China’s overwater bomber capabilities aimed at US, says DoD

    Over the past three years China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2018

  • UK RAF Sentinels watch Crimea

    Key Points RAF Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft have been flying patrols around the Crimean peninsula since 13 July The aircraft’s radars can provide coverage of major Russian ports, airbases, missile sites, and troop positions UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft

  • China prepares for blockchain boom

    Key Points China announces establishment of ‘key laboratory’ dedicated to developing blockchain technologies Move part of China’s increasing efforts to create a blockchain ecosystem to support sectors including defence China’s Ministry of Industry and Information

  • China criticises US NDAA for FY 2019

    Beijing has heavily criticised the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for containing what it referred to as “negative content related to China” along with plans to strengthen Taiwan’s force readiness and military capabilities. Referring to

  • Russia updates troop and vehicle parachute systems

    The Russian military will receive its first D-14 parachutes for the Ratnik soldier ensemble in late 2019, according to Technodinamika, a subsidiary of state-owned military export firm Rostec Corporation. “The first serial [D-14] parachutes will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence