• Aero India 2019: ADA unveils Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter

    India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) revealed a model of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) at Aero India 2019. The Tejas AF Mk 2 MWF, which was displayed on 20 February, is being pitched to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to fit into its

  • IDEX 2019: ALIT displays small MANPADS for UAVs

    China Aerospace Long-March International (ALIT) displayed what was labelled as the FN-M Multi-role Missile System at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. An ALIT official said it is primarily designed for shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), making it a manportable

  • IDEX 2019: Jadara developing new sight for Terminator missile

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems is developing a new sight for the Terminator man-portable guided missile system, a company official told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 17–21 February. Unveiled at the SOFEX show held in Jordan in March 2018, the

  • JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2B fighter aircraft operating from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture crashed into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) near Yamaguchi Prefecture on 20 February. The two crew members, who managed to eject, were rescued via helicopter and

  • Russia wraps up trials of Poliment-Redut SAM system on Project 22350 frigates

    The Russian Navy (VMF) has completed trials of the Poliment-Redut shipborne surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for Project 22350 frigates, navy commander-in-chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov told Russian media on 11 February. The system comprises the Poliment phased array radar and Redut vertical

  • Taiwan to upgrade Hsiung Feng II Block II anti-ship missile

    Taiwan has decided to upgrade its Hsiung Feng II Block II (also referred to as Hsiung Feng IIB or HF-IIB) anti-ship missile and complete mass production of the improved weapon system by 2023, defence officials told Jane’s on 18 February The upgrade is being carried out by Taiwan’s

  • China’s Norinco posts record revenues

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), one of China’s largest defence firms, posted record revenues in 2018 based on expanding exports and a focus on innovation, the state-owned enterprise has announced. Norinco reported revenues for the year of CNY207 billion (USD31 billion). This was

  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,

  • South Korea confirms potential aircraft swap deal with Spain

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has confirmed a potential plan to swap military aircraft with Spain. DAPA confirmed in a recent media notice that it has received a proposal from Spain outlining the potential transfer of South Korean-produced aircraft in

  • Singapore discloses further details of Invincible-class submarines

    Key Points Singapore has given further details on the capabilities of its new Type 218SG submarines The vessels will be equipped with indigenously developed data analytics as well as sense-making systems Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has disclosed further details of its new Type

  • Indonesia proposes naval reorganisation to improve decision-making efficiencies

    Key Points The Indonesian Armed Forces has submitted a request to further reorganise its navy Request seeks to reduce operational and leadership silos within the service The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has submitted a request to carry out a series of reorganisation efforts for its navy (Tentara

  • Russia completes testing of ‘Poseidon’ thermonuclear torpedo

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at the beginning of February the successful completion of underwater tests of its ‘Poseidon’ unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Factory trials are expected to begin in the summer of 2019. First revealed in late 2015, the since named

  • Aero India 2019: Tejas Mk 1 aircraft receives final operational clearance

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over a final operational capability (FOC) certification to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Mk 1 variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). IAF Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • LM offers enhanced F-16 to India, redesignated F-21

    Lockheed Martin is offering a new and enhanced variant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to India, which it has designated the F-21. Launched at the Aero India exhibition on 20 February, the F-21 is a national-specific version of the latest F-16V Block 70 aircraft that features a

  • IDEX 2019: Tawazun launches defence and security development fund, makes first investment

    The Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) announced the first investment of its newly established Defence and Security Development Fund (DSDF) on 18 February, with the organisation taking a 36% equity stake in Russian automotive brand Aurus. TEC invested AED460 million (USD125 million) in Aurus, which

  • Canada receives first surplus Hornets from Australia

    Canada has received the first of 18 surplus Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornet combat aircraft from Australia, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 17 February. The pair of single-seat F/A-18As arrived at Cold Lake in Alberta on the same day as the announcement, for use by the Royal Canadian

  • Australia outlines support for defence trade law update

    The Australian government has outlined its support for a series of proposals to update the country’s defence trade legislation, which regulates the supply of military and dual-use technology overseas. The Department of Defence (DoD) said on 14 February that it supported all nine

  • Australia auctions surplus Kiowa helicopters

    Australia is auctioning off 22 Bell OH-58 Kiowa training and light utility helicopters it recently retired from service. The military derivatives of the single-engined Bell 206B JetRanger have been offered for sale in an unreserved auction, with bids accepted from 22 February to 4 March. As noted

  • Australia receives all MRH-90 Taipan helos

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) recently confirmed to Jane’s the receipt of all 47 NHIndustries NH90 helicopters (known locally as the MRH-90 Taipan). The Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) programme was designed with a plan to rationalise the number of helicopter types in Australian