• New Delhi approves USD2.6 billion import of 24 MH-60R helicopters for Indian Navy

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the USD2.6 billion import of 24 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R multirole naval helicopters – along with related equipment, spares and services – for the Indian Navy (IN). Official sources told Jane's that the CCS, which is

  • Thailand sets out aircraft procurement plans

    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out medium- and longer-term procurement plans that include the purchase of new combat, transport, VVIP/VIP, trainer and unmanned aircraft types, as well as new helicopters. In the RTAF White Paper 2020, released on 20 February, the service outlined a number

  • US Army increasing troop presence in Indo-Pacific region

    The US Army is exploring ways to gain a better foothold in the Indo-Pacific region and looking at new and longer soldier deployments there as one avenue for achieving this goal. On 19 February, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General James McConville hosted a media roundtable to

  • Pakistan test-launches longer-range variant of Ra’ad II ALCM

    Pakistan announced on 18 February that it has test-launched a new variant of its Ra’ad II nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 600 km. In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, said that the 600 km range of

  • Australia to contract second MQ-4C Triton UAV

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 February that it is to issue Northrop Grumman with a sole-source contract to supply Australia with an additional MQ-4C Triton high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The notification posted on the US government’s

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Malaysia reveals future plans for A400M airlifters

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has laid out plans to further unlock the tactical capabilities of its A400M heavy airlifters, including equipping the aircraft with full paradropping capabilities. The plans were revealed by Major Lo Chee Sing, an RMAF A400M pilot from the service’s 22

  • Indonesian Air Force’s upgraded F-16 makes first flight

    A recently upgraded Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) F-16 A/B fighter aircraft has conducted its first flight. The aircraft, with serial number TS-1610, conducted the flight on 18 February from the Iswahyudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java. The

  • New Zealand progresses hydrographic vessel towards operational readiness

    The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) new hydrographic survey and diving support vessel, HMNZS Manawanui , has sailed out to sea for the first time since it was commissioned, the service announced on 17 February. The operation is being done as part of the vessel’s Sea Acceptance

  • GRSE delivers India’s fourth Kamorta-class ASW corvette

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has delivered the Indian Navy's fourth Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette. The vessel, which will be in service as INS Kavaratti (P 31) once it is commissioned, was handed over on 18 February. It was launched in May 2015.

  • Images show PLAAF J-16 armed with YJ-83K anti-ship missile

    For the first time images have emerged showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-16 multirole fighter armed with the radar-guided, 180 km-range YJ-83K anti-ship missile: an indication that China has enhanced the capabilities of this aircraft. The images, which were part of a 16

  • UVZ demonstrates ability of AU-220M to fire on the move

    Russia’s UralVagonZavod (UVZ) released footage in early February via its Youtube account of its AU-220M combat module, which is armed with the 57 mm cannon, conducting an on-the-move engagement. This is understood to be the first time this capability has been publicly demonstrated and may

  • China testing hypersonic weapon with intercontinental range, says USNORTHCOM commander

    China is testing an intercontinental-range hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), according to written testimony submitted to the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 13 February 2020 by US Air Force General Terrence J O’Shaughnessy, commander of US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and of North

  • Images show Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter fitted with new engine exhaust outlets

    Chinese state-owned media have released images of a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Zhishengji-10 (Z-10) attack helicopter fitted with new engine exhaust outlets pointing upwards – instead of the previous outward/sideways configuration – in an apparent effort to reduce the

  • Indian MoD concludes price negotiations with HAL for 83 LCA Mk 1A combat aircraft

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded negotiations with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to acquire 83 indigenously developed Tejas Light combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1A for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for INR390 billion (USD5.45 billion). Official sources told

  • Malaysia to send its F/A-18D Hornets to Australia for maintenance work

    The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will send its eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornet multirole fighters to Australia where they will undergo depot-level maintenance work aimed at allowing the aircraft to operate until 2035. The maintenance work will be conducted on two aircraft at a time at the Royal

  • Details emerge of KPE’s Ansar combat module

    Details of the Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) Ansar combat module emerged in a report published by Kazakh media outlet informburo.kz on 16 February. The report states that the unmanned combat module, which is armed with a 30 mm 2A72 cannon from Russian company Tulamashzavod, was mounted

  • Australia, France reaffirm commitment on Attack-class submarine project

    Australia and France have reaffirmed their “full commitment” to the AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) project to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The joint declaration – announced 15 February – follows comments attributed to John Davis,

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesia designates final Panther helicopter for anti-submarine operations

    The final AS 565MBe Panther helicopter on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is one of two aircraft that has been designated as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) airframe, an industry source close to the matter has confirmed with Jane’s .

  • North Korea ‘may be prepared’ to test-fire more advanced ICBM, says USNORTHCOM commander

    Recent engine tests conducted by North Korea suggest that it “may be prepared” to test launch an “even more capable” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could enhance Pyongyang’s ability to “threaten” the United States during a crisis or conflict,

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: ST Engineering pushes updated Adder Micro RWS for UGV integration

    Singapore-based defence prime ST Engineering unveiled its updated Adder Micro remote weapon station (RWS), which has been optimised for unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications, at the Singapore Airshow 2020 exhibition held from 11–16 February. According to company specifications, the Adder