• Limpid’s LPMK ‘see-through’ armour system delivered to Ukrainian Army

    Ukraine’s Limpid Armor has delivered the first set of its Land Platform Modernisation Kit (LPMK) to the Ukrainian Army for an initial series of product trials, according to company CEO Mykhailo Grechukhin. The LPMK is a ‘see-through’ armour system – using cameras to see

  • HHIC awarded contract to supply four more LSF-II hovercraft to RoKN

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 10 December that it has awarded local shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) a KRW316 billion (USD264.5 million) contract to build four additional Solgae (LSF-II)-class high-speed hovercraft for

  • South Korea approves USD42 billion defence budget for 2020

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced a defence budget of KRW50.15 trillion (USD42 billion) for 2020. The MND said on 11 December that the expenditure, proposed earlier this year, has now been approved by the National Assembly. The new budget is a 7.4% increase over

  • USFK returns four military sites to South Korea

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) announced on 11 December the return of four US military sites to the South Korean government along with plans to initiate the return of 13 additional ones. In a statement the force said that USFK Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Kenneth S Wilsbach and Director

  • First S-300 deployment to new Russian Arctic base

    Russia has deployed S-300PS surface-to-air missiles near the coastal town of Tiksi as part of a build-up of air defence capability in the country’s Arctic north. The first images of two S-300PS launcher vehicles emerged in local media reports of a visit to the new air defence base by the head

  • Vietnam outlines 10-year modernisation targets

    Vietnam’s Defence White Paper (DWP), the English version of which was published 10 December, has outlined a target to achieve major progress in modernising its armed forces and national defence industrial base over the coming decade and beyond. The new policy continues some of the themes that

  • China’s Norinco producing synthetic diamonds for potential use in laser-based weapons

    The synthetic diamonds exhibited by a subsidiary of the China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco), one of the country’s principal arms manufacturers, at the 2019 China International Jewellery Fair in Beijing may also be intended for use in laser-based weapons, according to a 4

  • Australian think-tank suggests retaining Tiger helicopters to make funds available for innovation

    The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a leading Australian defence think-tank, has recommended retaining the Australian Army’s fleet of Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters (ARHs) in service until at least 2030 and using AUD3 billion (USD2 billion) of savings to promote

  • Boeing sign new support contract for renamed Australian Vigilare air-defence system

    Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has signed an AUD170 million (USD116 million) contract to continue its support of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Vigilare air-defence command-and-control system, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price on 10 December. The minister said the

  • North Korea tested rocket engine at Tongchang-ri, says South Korean defence minister

    South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said on 10 December that the test conducted by North Korea three days earlier at its Sohae Satellite Launch Station (also known as the Tongchang-ri or Dongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility) was of a rocket engine: the first official

  • Indonesia outlines 2020–24 military procurement priorities

    Key Points The final phase of the TNI’s Minimum Essential Force (MEF) programme focuses on air force and navy modernisation Funding remains a major challenge as foreign loans are required to support major acquisitions The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has outlined the military

  • Thales Australia extends partnership with NZDF

    Thales Australia’s Australian Munitions (AM) business has entered an agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to continue to supply ammunition and ordnance until 2037. Thales Australia said on 10 December that the accord, which expands existing contractual arrangements, features

  • Russian Navy to receive 480 weapon systems in 2019

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a series of meetings on 2-5 December on the development of the navy (VMF). “Under this year’s Gosoboronzakaz [State Defence Order], the navy is set to receive more than 480 weapon systems, including two submarines, 23 surface combatants and auxiliary

  • China mass producing Y-9 surveillance aircraft

    China is mass producing Shaanxi Aircraft Industry Group Corporation (SAIC) Y-9 special mission aircraft, according to a report published by the state-owned Global Times newspaper on 8 December. The article, which is based on a TV programme broadcast the previous day by CCTV-7, claims that the Y-9

  • RUAG MRO International completes inspection of a Bangladeshi Navy Dornier 228-212 special mission aircraft

    RUAG MRO International announced on 9 December that one of the Bangladeshi Navy’s (BN’s) two Dornier 228-212 special mission aircraft has resumed regular operations after the company completed a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) inspection of the platform following 72 months of

  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either

  • North Korea says it conducted ‘very important test’ at missile engine test facility after announcing that denuclearisation is ‘off the table’

    North Korea announced on 8 December that it has conducted a “very important test” at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, which serves both as the country’s main satellite launch facility, as well as a missile engine test site. In a short statement carried by the state-run Korean

  • Philippines in talks with India to procure BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    The Philippines is seeking to acquire the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system from India. Official sources told Jane’s on 9 December that officials from New Delhi and Manila are in advanced negotiations about the number of missiles to be procured and the overall contract value, adding

  • India initiates USD500 million credit line for Bangladesh

    The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has made available to Bangladesh USD500 million in credit to procure defence equipment, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has confirmed. The RBI said on 5 December that the funds are available through an agreement signed with the Armed Forces Division of

  • US, Singapore sign MOU on RSAF fighter training detachment on Guam

    The United States and Singapore signed on 7 December a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fighter training detachment at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) on the US island territory of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean. The agreement,