• Covid-19: Malaysian military patrolling streets amid coronavirus pandemic

    Malaysia’s military is conducting patrols on the streets and transporting much needed medical supplies as part of its response to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. The military has been deployed since 21 March to help enforce a ‘restricted

  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US

    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The first batch of platforms and equipment

  • Covid-19: India involves DRDO and OFB in fight against the coronavirus pandemic

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has pressed the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into making assorted medical supplies and equipment to battle the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. Officials told

  • South Korea to transfer two decommissioned patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard

    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) is working towards the transfer of two recently decommissioned 300-tonne patrol vessels to Ecuador. The vessels – with pennant numbers 302 and 303 – have a length of 53.7 m, a beam of 7.4 m, and a draught of 2.5 m. Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), they

  • Taliban “insider” attack demonstrates group’s strength and commitment to continue operations targeting Afghan government forces

    Key Points Taliban militants killed at least 27 security forces personnel during an assault on a military base in Zabul province on 19 March. The attack was the latest Taliban ‘insider’ attack, demonstrating the continuing vulnerability of the security forces to militant infiltration.

  • Japan deploys SAM, ASM batteries to Miyakojima Island

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 26 March that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missile batteries along with about 340 troops to Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture to bolster the country’s defence capabilities amid

  • Russia upgrades facilities to produce Sarmat ICBM

    Key Points Russia has upgraded production facilities to manufacture the new Sarmat ICBM Modern equipment is to account for more than 87% of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces Russia has upgraded facilities for the production of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defence

  • China lays keel for Pakistan Navy’s second Type 054A-class frigate

    China held a keel-laying ceremony on 23 March at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai for the second of four Type 054A-class frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy (PN). The contract for the first two of these frigates is believed to have been signed in 2017 and a further contract for two more

  • Russian Navy to receive new and overhauled submarines

    The Russian Navy is set to receive new and overhauled strategic and conventional submarines, the military service’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ( Red Star ) on 18 March. Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of United

  • Covid-19: Czech Republic and Slovakia mobilise SALIS to deliver emergency equipment

    The Czech Republic and Slovakia are both using the NATO Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme to airlift in emergency equipment from China during the coronavirus crisis, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has announced. The first SALIS flight using an Antonov

  • Covid-19: NATO co-ordinates assistance to Spain, Ukraine

    Spain and Ukraine have sent requests to NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), the alliance has announced. "On 23 March the EADRCC received a request for international assistance from the armed Forces of Spain in their response to the global pandemic of the

  • Indian defence public sector units facing order shortages

    Several of India’s nine Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs) have warned the federal government in New Delhi about a lack of confirmed equipment orders and the under-utilisation of their costly production facilities. Official sources told Jane’ s that these DPSUs, including three

  • Indian MH-60R helos to be Saudi-standard, plus national mods

    The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters ordered by India will be built to the latest Saudi Arabian configuration, with some additional national-specific modifications. The new initial Indian baseline standard was disclosed on the US government’s beta.sam.gov website on 24 March, in

  • Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions to produce ammunition for US F-35 programme

    A joint venture (JV) between Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Australian munition and weapon systems specialist NIOA announced on 25 March that it is set to produce and supply medium-calibre ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. Called Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions

  • Belarus hosts joint exercise with UK Royal Marines

    Belarus hosted Exercise ‘Winter Partisan’ on the Losvido training area in the northeast of the country close to Vitebsk on 1–14 March along with the UK Royal Marines’ 42 Commando and the UN peacekeeping brigade of the Belarusian 103rd Guards Airborne Division, the Belarusian

  • Indonesia’s tactical lift aircraft sustains gunfire damage in mission over Papua

    An Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) C295 tactical military transport aircraft has sustained damage from suspected hostile gunfire while it was on a mission in the country’s restive Papua province. These damages were noticed across the

  • Update: ‘No reduction in enemy attacks,’ says Afghanistan’s acting defence minister

    Prospects of a peace settlement in Afghanistan remain elusive as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Kabul announced on 19 March that Afghan security forces have switched back to an ‘active defence’ posture against the Taliban as the militant group continues to target government forces

  • Covid-19: NATO pauses personnel rotation to Afghanistan amid coronavirus concerns

    The NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission announced on 19 March its decision to temporarily pause the rotation of troops and personnel to Afghanistan amid concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. US Army General Scott Miller, the commander of ‘Resolute Support’

  • Norinco’s VP22 armoured transport vehicle possibly in PLA service

    Chinese state-owned media have released images showing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VP22 armoured transport vehicle being used in what appear to be training exercises with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), suggesting that the 6×6 vehicle is either being trialled by

  • Russia integrates Orlan-10 into 2S5 formations for increased lethality

    Russia has introduced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) assisted targeting into its Eastern Military District (EMD) units equipped with the Soviet-era 2S5 Giatsint (Hyacinth) 152 mm self-propelled howitzer to increase their long-range accuracy, the EMD press service announced on the Russian Ministry of