HEADLINES

  • DSME posts quarterly losses

    South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has reported falling sales and net losses in the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019, the company said in a stock exchange filing on 14 November. DSME, which is amid a takeover bid from rival shipyard Hyundai Heavy

  • India launches 11th Sankalp-class vessel

    India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched another 105 m improved Sankalp-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The vessel was launched on 14 November at GSL’s facilities in Goa. It will be the 11th vessel in the Sankalp class, which is

  • Korea looks to expand exports to Poland

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 14 November that it has agreed with defence representatives from Poland to explore opportunities to expand defence sales to the European country. DAPA said in a statement that the two countries will look to facilitate

  • Oman munitions manufacturer to receive South Korean technology

    South Korean ammunition manufacturer CNO Tech on 14 November signed a technology transfer agreement with the Public Authority for Privatisation and Partnership (PAPP), which manages offset programmes in Oman. Under the agreement, CNO Tech will transfer production-line technologies to the Oman

  • Belarus receives first pair of Su-30SM aircraft

    Belarus received on 13 November the first two of 12 Su-30SM combat aircraft it ordered in 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website. The second pair is expected to be delivered next week. Belarus and Russia initially signed a contract in 2017 for the manufacture of the aircraft

  • More details emerge about PLA’s new assault rifle

    More details have emerged about the new assault rifle for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was displayed during the 1 October parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The design of the new rifle seen being carried by

  • Pentagon seeking whole-of-government response in strategic competition with China

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is “keenly focused on China and its growing projection of power” as Beijing seeks to assume a global leadership role in the coming decades based on its “authoritative socialist model”, Chad Sbragia, the US deputy assistant secretary of

  • Philippines approves 2020 defence budget of USD3.7 billion

    The Philippines’ Senate has approved a 2020 defence budget of PHP191.3 billion (USD3.7 billion), it announced on 13 November. The approved expenditure, which represents a year-on-year increase of about 4%, is a slight increase over the PHP188.6 billion that was proposed for the appropriation

  • Philippines reveal multirole fighter options

    The Philippines is looking to acquire one of four multirole fighter types to enhance the air defence and border protection capabilities of the country’s air force. Speaking on 14 November, a senior Philippine Air Force (PAF) official presented a briefing slide showing the Eurofighter Typhoon,

  • Thailand to modernise ageing F-5 and Alpha Jet fleets

    The Royal Thai Air Force is to upgrade its fleets of Northrop F-5 and Dornier Alpha Jet aircraft under plans announced by an official on 14 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said that the F-5s that were first received in 1980 will be modernised with updated avionics and

  • HAL gains on the back of production streamlining

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has registered strong growth in the second quarter of 2019 thanks to a focus on streamlining production activities, the company said on 13 November. In a statement, HAL said its revenues from operations increased 32% year on year to INR34.51 billion

  • Hanwha Systems listed on Korean exchange

    South Korean company Hanwha Systems was listed on the Korean Stock Exchange on 13 November as part of an effort to expand in domestic and international defence markets. Following the listing, Hanwha Systems had a market capitalisation of about KRW1.3 trillion (USD1.1 billion). On its initial

  • Japan to outfit Kawasaki P-1 MPAs with AI technology

    Japan plans to equip an undisclosed number of its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to boost the platform’s intelligence gathering capabilities, an official at the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told

  • USAF maintained high-intensity air campaign in Afghanistan in October

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in October than in the same month in previous years since 2010, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data shows that USAF manned and unmanned aircraft released 777 munitions over the Central Asian

  • Japanese naval shipbuilders linked with partnership move

    Japan’s Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding company (Mitsui E&S) is reportedly looking to form a business partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in a move to amalgamate two of the country’s biggest naval shipyards. The Nikkei business newspaper reported on 12 November

  • Vietnam outlines military R&D development plan

    Key Points Defence ministry in Hanoi says it is aiming to strengthen Vietnam’s military R&D capability by 2025 The move is likely linked to the ministry’s anticipated release of Vietnam’s new defence White Paper Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has outlined

  • Patria demos Nemo 120 mm mortar in United States

    Finland’s Patria said its120 mm Nemo (New Mortar) turret, integrated onto its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8×8, has conducted a firepower demonstration in the United States. These trials were done at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and included indirect and

  • Philippine Air Force acquires fourth C295M tactical transport

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has acquired its fourth Airbus Defence and Space C295M tactical transport aircraft. The platform was accepted, turned over to the PAF, and blessed in a ceremony held on 11 November at the Haribon Hangar at Clark Air Base in the Philippine province of Pampanga that was

  • Russian VKS to receive its first Su-57 in late 2019

    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are set to receive their first Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft before the end of the year, Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko announced during a visit to Far Eastern enterprises on 7–8 November. “The first serial Su-57

  • Australia declares final operational capability for Canberra class

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of two Canberra-class amphibious assault ships has achieved final operational capability. In a 12 November statement announcing the milestone, Australia’s Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds described the class as one that is now ready to

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