• Iran, Pakistan to set up joint border security force

    Iran and Pakistan have agreed to increase bilateral security co-operation and establish a joint rapid-reaction force on the countries’ shared border tasked with “fighting terrorism”, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on 22 April during a televised news conference in Tehran with

  • New Delhi grants military more procurement powers

    India’s federal government has recently granted ‘emergency powers’ to its three services to acquire assorted defence equipment from a single vendor to augment their operational preparedness along the country’s border with Pakistan. Official sources told Jane’s that the

  • Indian Army looks to Russia for assorted weapons and ammunition

    The Indian Army (IA) is in advanced negotiations with Russia to acquire assorted weapons and ammunition to overcome enduring shortfalls and ensure operational preparedness along India’s restive border with Pakistan. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA is seeking launchers and

  • India’s HJT-36 Sitara conducts successful test flight after three-year hiatus

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has restarted flight testing of its Hindustan Jet Trainer-36 (HJT-36) Sitara Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT), more than three years after abandoning the programme following technical problems with the platform. The state-owned company announced on 18

  • Indonesia signs USD82 million LOI for Pandur II IFVs

    Key Points Indonesia has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Pandur II infantry fighting vehicles A contract to deliver between 20 and 22 units is expected to materialise within the next two years Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad has

  • New Chinese combat aircraft engine designed and tested in 18 months

    China’s Gas Turbine Research Institute (GTRI) has within 18 months designed and tested a prototype of a new turbofan engine for fighter aircraft, according to a 17 April report published in the state-owned Global Times newspaper. This suggests that China may have finally resolved the

  • Presidential election results likely to intensify policy gridlock in Ukraine and delay key IMF-mandated reforms

    On 21 April 2019, Ukraine held the second round of its presidential election; comedian/TV actor, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, won 73.23% of the vote. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, who was elected in May 2014, received only 24.26%. Zelenskyi is a political newcomer, who registered his Servant of the

  • Sri Lanka bombings point to likely involvement of Islamic State and an established jihadist network, increasing threat

    At least 310 people were killed and 500 wounded in co-ordinated suicide bombings against churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa during Easter Sunday services on 21 April. In addition, an improvised explosive device (IED) was defused at Bandaranaike International Airport. Sri Lankan

  • United Wa State Army military parade showcases ongoing modernisation

    Myanmar’s largest ethnic armed force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has underscored an ongoing process of modernisation, based largely on Chinese equipment, in a large parade to mark the 30th anniversary of its founding. Overseen by UWSA commander-in-chief Bao Youxiang, the march-past,

  • US, Japan agree to boost space, cyber-security co-operation

    The defence and foreign ministers of the US and Japan have agreed to boost co-operation in the fields of cyber security and outer space. The ministers agreed for the first time that a concerted cyber attack against Japan could be considered an armed attack, as stipulated in the US-Japan Security

  • Adani finalises acquisition of Alpha Design

    Indian company Adani Defence Systems and Technologies, a subsidiary of the Adani Group, has concluded the acquisition of Bangalore-based Alpha Design Technologies Limited (ADTL). In a filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 20 April, Adani said the acquisition will provide it with “strong

  • Malaysia confirms countertrade talks with suppliers

    The Malaysian government is in discussion with countries including Russia, China, and Pakistan over deals to procure defence equipment in exchange for palm oil, Malaysian Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has stated. In comments reported by local news agencies on 19 April, Mohamad Sabu said the move

  • India launches third Project 15B destroyer

    Key Points India has launched its third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer The warship will improve the Indian Navy’s ability to conduct task-group-based operations once it is in service India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has launched the country’s third Project

  • Indonesia signs LOI with PT Pindad for Kaplan medium tanks

    Indonesia has reaffirmed its interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) developed by Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and Indonesian land systems company PT Pindad. On 12 April the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Pindad

  • IAF inaugurates repair and overhaul facility for Mi-17-V5 helos

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated a repair and overhaul facility for its fleet of Russian-made Mil Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters on 17 April at Chandigarh, some 250 km north of New Delhi. India had acquired 151 twin-engine Mi-17-V5s between 2008 and 2016 for USD2.87

  • Ukraine develops new command vehicle

    Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial holding group Ukroboronprom announced on 15 April that its Kiev Armoured Plant subsidiary has completed the development of new command vehicle BTR-3KS. The vehicle features an automated battle management system that provides operators with automated

  • North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’

    North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. The test,

  • Malaysia looks to exchange palm oil for materiel

    Malaysia will look to leverage its expansive palm oil resources to support military procurement, a senior government official has stated. Teresa Kok, Malaysia’s minister for primary industries, said the countertrade of palm oil in exchange for materiel would save local jobs, preserve state

  • ST Engineering finalises MRAS acquisition

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has concluded its acquisition of US aerospace firm MRA Systems (MRAS) from GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric. ST Engineering said on 18 April that the acquisition – channelled through its US subsidiary, Vision Technologies

  • Japan, Philippines commit to further defence co-operation

    Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana agreed on 17 April to broaden defence co-operation between their two countries, especially in the area of defence equipment. Japan has already donated defence equipment to the Philippines, including thousands of