• AUSA 2019: DefendTex presents new loitering munition, exploding ‘cephalopod’

    Australian company DefendTex presented a new loitering munition and the prototype of an explosive unmanned underwater vehicle at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2019) conference, held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October. The Drone-40 is a low-cost, programmable 40 mm

  • AUSA 2019: SMDC updating US Army’s space training strategy

    The US Army’s space training strategy is to be updated in the next three to four months, Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), told reporters on 16 October at the annual Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) conference in

  • Russia, Saudi discussions are guarded on S-400 procurement

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed closer defence equipment co-operation with Saudi Arabia on his first visit to the country since 2007, news agency TASS reported on 15 October. In talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh on 14 October, Putin “discussed the possibility

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • India delivers final two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

    India has delivered the final two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. The two Mi-24Vs, which were purchased from

  • ADEX 2019: Airbus pursues A400M opportunity in South Korea

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is positioning its A400M transport aircraft to meet a requirement in the Republic of Korea (RoK) Air Force, the company said in a media briefing on 16 October at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). Johan Pelissier, head of Asia-Pacific in

  • ADEX 2019: Hanwha looks to future consolidation

    Underpinned by a drive to invest more than USD3 billion to support expansion activities, South Korean group Hanwha could look to consolidate its various defence subsidiaries over the coming few years, Jane’s has learnt. The Hanwha group currently operates several defence companies, mainly

  • ADEX 2019: Honeywell targets strong growth in South Korea

    Honeywell is aiming to achieve double-digit growth in South Korea over the next few years through a focus on deepening local industry partnerships, engagement in some key military aerospace programmes, and putting greater emphasis on channelling deals through Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Tim Van

  • Cambodia could buy more L-39s

    The Czech Republic is in discussions to export more Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros basic trainer/light attack jet aircraft to Cambodia, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on 14 October. Speaking in Prague during a visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Babis noted “the possibility of

  • Former PLAN frigates almost ready for handover to Bangladesh Navy

    Two Type 053H3 (Jiangwei II)-class frigates decommissioned by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appear close to being transferred to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), judging from photographs that have appeared in Chinese online forums. The 2,200-ton diesel-powered ships, formerly

  • IAF to upgrade its Su-30MKI fleet and acquire more such fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters by equipping them with advanced avionics, radar, and weapon systems. “We will upgrade the Su-30MKIs with [modern] radar and weapon capabilities and also tackle their obsolescence management and

  • ADEX 2019: KAI debuts Light Armed Helicopter

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has debuted its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). The first public appearance of the Airbus Helicopters H155 (formerly the EC155 B1)-derived assault platform came some three months after the

  • ADEX 2019: MBDA pitches Brimstone and Mistral ATAM missiles for South Korean assault helos

    MBDA is offering its Brimstone air-to-surface missile and Mistral ATAM air-to-air missile to South Korea for integration aboard two of its developmental assault helicopters. Jane’s was told at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October that the offer of the

  • ADEX 2019: Bell sees maritime capabilities as key to AH-1Z Asia-Pacific success

    Bell is confident that the in-built maritime capabilities of its AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter will help it succeed in a number of upcoming competitions across the Asia-Pacific region. Speaking to Jane’s at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October,

  • ADEX 2019: KAI offers upgraded Surion to export market

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is offering an upgraded variant of its Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) to the international export market, with a prototype example being exhibited at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). Speaking to Jane’s on 15 October, a

  • ADEX 2019: KUS-VH in ‘holding pattern’ while RoKA decides way ahead

    The Korean Air Unmanned System – Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH) armed unmanned Little Bird, developed by Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), is currently ‘in a holding pattern’ while the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) weighs its options ahead of potentially issuing a formal

  • ADEX 2019: Raytheon, Korean Air partner on multiple-intelligence aircraft for Republic of Korea Air Force

    Raytheon and Korean Air have announced a partnership to provide the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) with a business jet-based multiple-intelligence (Multi-Int) surveillance aircraft. The two companies announced their decision to compete the RoKAF’s intelligence, surveillance, target

  • UN documents 458 civilian casualties during Afghan presidential election process

    Attacks by militant groups targeting the 2019 presidential election process in Afghanistan caused 458 civilian casualties (85 killed and 373 injured), including 277 civilian casualties (28 killed and 249 injured) on polling day (28 September), according to a 15 October report by the UN Assistance

  • BMT to offer Caimen 90 landing craft for Australian Army’s Project Land 8710

    UK engineering group BMT announced on 10 October that it will offer the Caimen 90 landing craft as its bid vessel for the Australian Army’s Project Land 8710. “We are delighted to be able to offer this vessel to Australia,” BMT Defence and Security managing director Peter Behrendt

  • ADEX 2019: Defence offsets underpin Korean industrial development drive

    South Korea’s Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTaQ) – a body under the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) – has told Jane’s it is ramping up support for local defence companies as part of efforts to stimulate exports and reduce reliance on imports.