• Tokyo accuses two Russian Tu-95 bombers of violating Japanese airspace

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter aircraft twice on 20 June to intercept two Russian Aerospace Forces Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bombers it accused of violating Japanese airspace. A Japan Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Jane's that the bombers

  • Indonesian MoD to acquire amphibious aircraft from Viking Air

    Canada-based utility aircraft manufacturer Viking Air announced on 18 June that it has been awarded a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft

  • OPEC Systems to supply new lightweight ensemble as part of CBRN protection contract

    Australian company Oil Pollution and Environmental Control (OPEC) Systems announced on 19 June that it has signed an AUD23 million (USD15.8 million) contract with Leidos Australia to provide a range of equipment, including a newly developed protective ensemble, as part of Project Land 2110 Phase 1B

  • Security alerts 21–28 June

    Americas Dominican Republic WATCH FOR: Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Santo Domingo on 21 June during a vote on Odebrecht investigations Risk analysis: The anti-corruption movement in the Dominican Republic, Green March (Marcha Verde), called for a vigil and protests on 21 June in

  • Austal expands Philippines facility

    Australian shipbuilder Austal has expanded its facilities in the Philippines, more than trebling the capacity of its Cebu-based shipyard, the company has confirmed to Jane’s . An Austal spokesperson said that the company’s investment in the Philippines – worth AUD30 million (USD21

  • Paris Air Show 2019: SAMI expands horizons

    Saudi Arabia defence industrial conglomerate Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed several collaboration agreements at the Paris Air Show, as well as launching a joint venture (JV) with US firm L3 Technologies. In a ceremony on 18 June, L3 Technologies and SAMI representatives

  • Philippine auditor questions viability of national aerospace firm

    The Philippine government’s Commission on Audit (COA) has questioned the sustainability of the state-owned Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC), a company that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military and commercial operators. The COA said in a

  • Russians training Central African Republic’s special forces

    Russian instructors are training special forces personnel of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), according to a report by the UN Secretary-General’s office dated 17 June. It said that an unspecified number of FACA members who are part of an unidentified special forces unit

  • Russia’s Su-25SM3 ‘deep upgrade’ programme gains pace and scope

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 close air support (CAS) aircraft to the Su-25SM3 standard, a Russian military spokesperson told Jane’s on 18 June. “Since 2018, the Aerospace Forces [VKS] have been receiving Su-25SM3s, and a total of 25

  • Philippine Navy commissions two AW159 helicopters, four KAAVs

    The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s, which arrived in the Philippines on 7 May 2019 as part of a PHP5.24

  • US announces more military aid for Ukraine

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 June plans to provide USD250 million in security co-operation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts for the Ukrainian armed forces. The new funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programmes and operational

  • ST Engineering rebrands US operations

    Singaporean aerospace, maritime, and defence company ST Engineering announced on 18 June that its US subsidiary Vision Technologies Systems Inc (VT Systems) will be renamed ST Engineering North America Inc. The company and its subsidiaries, which have capabilities in military maintenance, repair,

  • Philippines seeks new LPDs optimised for assault craft operations

    Key Points The Philippine government is acquiring two more landing platform dock vessels for the country’s navy At least one vessel in this contract must be constructed in-country, in partnership with a local shipyard The Philippine government has issued bidding documents for two new

  • US voices interoperability concerns about Indian S-400 procurement

    The US government has voiced additional concerns about India’s planned procurement of Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Russia. Speaking at a recent US House of Representatives foreign affairs subcommittee, US Principal Deputy Assistant

  • Canada, Japan navies enhance interoperability in South China Sea

    Key Points The navies of Canada and Japan have completed a series of drills in the South China Sea Exercises seek to further deepen interoperability between the two services The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has completed a series of drills in the

  • India’s defence industry boosts ‘IP culture’

    State-owned Indian defence enterprises filed for 730 patents during fiscal year (FY) 2018–19 and are aiming to file 1,000 patents in FY 2019–20, India’s Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar has announced. In a tweet on 18 June Kumar indicated that the growth in patents being

  • Paris Air Show 2019: IAI offering Kfir NG to Colombia, expects to return Sri Lanka and Ecuador jets to service

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering Colombia an upgraded variant of the Kfir combat aircraft it currently flies, dubbed the Kfir Next-Generation (NG). Speaking to Jane’s at the Paris Air Show, Yossi Melamed, head of IAI’s Aviation Group, said that with the Colombian Air Force

  • Russian Udaloy destroyer modernised for land-attack mission

    The Russian Navy will take delivery of its first modernised Project 1155 Udaloy-class destroyer before the end of 2019, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 29 May. Upgrades to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov will convert the ship into a robust land-attack and anti-surface

  • Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta rejoins RAN fleet after AMCAP upgrade

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Anzac (MEKO 200)-class frigate HMAS Arunta (II) has rejoined the fleet after having undergone a 20-month-long Anzac Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia. The RAN

  • IAF to curtail An-32 operations

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to limit the use of its ageing fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft after one of them crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern region on 3 June, killing all 13 service personnel on board. Senior IAF officers said the force