• HHI awarded contract to build final two FFX-II frigates for RoKN

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been awarded a KRW633.5 billion (USD563 million) contract for the construction of the final two Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the company announced on 13 December. Construction of the

  • Japan pursues additional exports to the Philippines

    Japan is engaging with the Philippines over potential opportunities to export additional defence equipment to the Southeast Asian country, the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), has confirmed to Jane’s . The export effort

  • Japan’s ruling coalition approves modification of Izumo-class helicopter carriers for F-35B ops

    Japan’s ruling coalition has approved a new defence policy outline that includes the conversion of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) two Izumo-class helicopter carriers into multirole aircraft carriers from which short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft,

  • Russian Navy to acquire 12 new Lada-class submarines

    The Russian Navy plans to procure 12 more Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). “We will continue to build the Project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class [Improved Kilo-class] SSKs and at least 12 of the newest Lada-class submarines,” the navy’s commander-in-chief,

  • Australian DoD and Naval Group agree on key provisions of Future Submarine Strategic Partnering Agreement

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French ship designer and builder Naval Group have reached an agreement on all key provisions of a Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 13 December. Pyne

  • China’s CASIC points to huge growth in cloud manufacturing activity

    An industrial internet portal set up by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) in June 2015 has now attracted more than two million users from more than 200 countries, CASIC has announced. CASIC – one of China’s most important defence corporations – said in a

  • Russia reinforces Crimea

    Russia has launched a drive to reinforce its air and land forces deployed on the contested Crimea peninsula, according to open source monitoring and satellite imagery. The effort appears be to centred on bolstering forces positioned at Dzhankoi Air Base in northern Crimea, some 25 km south of

  • Cost and scheduling of Australia’s Future Submarine programme prompt calls for alternative

    Four retired Australian naval officers of flag rank, all with substantial submarine experience, have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking an urgent study into the option of a cheaper, more quickly available alternative to the design already selected for

  • Australia selects base for new space agency

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 12 December that the country’s government had selected the city of Adelaide as the headquarters for the recently established Australian Space Agency (ASA). The agency is to be housed at Lot Fourteen in the South Australian city’s

  • Indian Air Force readying second airbase for Rafale fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is upgrading Hasimara Air Force Station (HAFS) to receive its second squadron of 18 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft from 2020. Official sources told Jane’s that the IAF is set to resurface the runway at the airbase, which is located in northeastern India

  • Australia completes deliveries of Silvershield C-IED systems to Afghanistan

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed delivery of Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) systems to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 7 December that more than 15,000 of the vehicle-mounted

  • NHIndustries and NAHEMA agree through-life support for NH90 helo

    NHIndustries and the NATO Helicopter Design and Development, Production and Logistics Management Agency (NAHEMA) have agreed a through-life support (TLS) contract for the NH90 helicopter that will run for at least five years. The manufacturer of the helicopter and the agency that manages the

  • Russian aircraft deployment to Venezuela likely aimed at deterring US following withdrawal from INF treaty

    Event On 10 December 2018, two Russian nuclear-capable strategic Tu-160 bombers and support aircraft landed at Maiquetia airport near Caracas in Venezuela, reportedly to exercise with Venezuelan forces. The aircraft flew over 10,000 km to Venezuela from bases in northwestern Russia. The deployment

  • Suicide attack kills 12 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST eight civilians and four National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting an NDS convoy in the Paghman area in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 11 December, Reuters and Tolo

  • Ashok Leyland and Elbit team up for vehicle exports

    Indian vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland and Israel’s Elbit Systems have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on producing weaponised high-mobility vehicles for export customers, it was announced on 12 December. Ashok Leyland said in a statement that under the memorandum of

  • KAI expands to support major projects

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has confirmed plans to invest in developing new industrial facilities as part of wider expansion efforts. The company said in a stock exchange filing on 11 December that its investment in new facilities will support “large-scale national projects”

  • Agreement close on SPA for Australia’s Future Submarine programme

    Agreement in principle between Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) and French submarine builder Naval Group on a vital Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) for Australia’s Future Submarine programme is anticipated by 21 December, according to sources close to the protracted

  • Russian Helicopters opens Peruvian facility for Mi-17 helicopters

    Russian Helicopters has opened a new maintenance and repair facility in Lima, Peru, to support Mi-type helicopters operated by the Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú: FAP). Helicentro Peru is based within Peruvian Air Force maintenance service (SEMAN) facilities and an official

  • DroneShield partners Thales in Spain

    Australian firm DroneShield has entered a teaming agreement with Thales through which the French group will promote its products in Spain, it was announced on 11 December. DroneShield said in a press release that the arrangement will see Thales’ Spanish subsidiary – Thales Programas de

  • Indonesia looks to widen KFX/IFX involvement despite economic pressure

    Indonesia is looking to involve wider elements of its national defence industry in its joint programme with South Korea to develop and build the next-generation KFX/IFX fighter aircraft, industry officials in Jakarta have said. The plan is being developed despite the Indonesian government’s