HEADLINES

  • DAPA launches R&D testing portal

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has launched an online portal to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gain access to government-run defence testing facilities. DAPA said the portal – launched on 20 September – is intended to better

  • India’s BEL opens product R&D centre

    India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has inaugurated a new facility to lead the company’s efforts to expand through research and development (R&D). BEL said its new Product Development & Innovation Centre (PD&IC) – located in its Bangalore headquarters – will

  • Japan, New Zealand deepen defence ties

    Japan and New Zealand have agreed to deepen defence ties as part of a commitment to boost their bilateral strategic partnership, the two governments said on 19 September. Following talks in Tokyo between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his visiting New Zealand counterpart Jacinda

  • MDL delivers second Scorpène submarine to Indian Navy

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered another licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy. The vessel, which will be in service as INS Khanderi once commissioned, was handed over on 19 September at a delivery ceremony

  • Philippines broadens Tarlac class’ operational capabilities with deck landing trials

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has carried deck landing trials for several helicopter types on its Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel The trials aim to broaden the types of mission sets that can be conducted from the ships In a bid to expand on the range of operations that can be conducted

  • Russia’s Palantin electronic warfare system makes training debut

    The Palantin electronic warfare (EW) system has made its training debut with a Russian battalion tactical group during an exercise near Voronezh, the Western Military District (WMD) press service announced on its website on 17 September. The system was used to “suppress enemy radio

  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was

  • Australian, US universities to collaborate on autonomous vehicles

    The Australian government has provided funding to four local universities to collaborate with counterparts from the United States to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles. The Australian Department of Defence said on 18 September that the project is intended to improve autonomous

  • Boeing begins building first KC-46A for Japan

    Boeing has begun building the first of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft for Japan, the company announced on 17 September. The loading of a 25 m-long wing spar into the company’s 767 production facility at Everett in Washington state marked a major milestone for the

  • Dozens killed in Afghanistan as violence intensifies following collapse of peace talks

    The levels of violence in Afghanistan have escalated since the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban on 7 September. In one of the latest incidents at least 20 people were killed and 95 others injured when a Taliban car bomb was detonated near a hospital in the southern

  • HAL signals near-term growth opportunities

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has said it is in position to achieve strong near-term growth due to its orderbook sales, a commitment to research and development (R&D), and its growing repairs and overhauls business. The company, based in Bangalore, said in a presentation to

  • MBDA and Bharat Dynamics agree to missile assembly in India

    MBDA has signed an agreement with India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to support the production of the European company’s missile systems in India. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the two firms will collaborate on setting up a final assembly, integration and test (FAIT)

  • Saudi Arabia joins maritime security mission

    Saudi Arabia has decided to join the international alliance for the safety and protection of maritime navigation, its Ministry of Defence announced on 18 September. It said the alliance’s aim is to protect merchant ships of participating countries as they pass through maritime corridors

  • Russian Navy to receive 10 nuclear-powered submarines by 2024

    The Russian Navy is set to receive 10 serial Project 955A Borey-A-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) and Project 885M Yasen-M-class nuclear-powered attack (SSN) submarines by 2024 under the State Armament Programme (SAP), according to the country's deputy defence minister

  • UK Chief of Defence Intelligence looks to OSINT

    Publicly available data will be the backbone of the UK military’s situational awareness in future conflicts and crises, according to the country’s Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Lieutenant-General James Hockenhull. Speaking at a briefing at the Defence & Security Equipment

  • USFK says it is committed to returning military bases to South Korea

    US Forces Korea (USFK) has announced that it is committed to returning US military installations to the South Korean government “as expeditiously as possible” amid Seoul’s push for an early return of more than two dozen US bases in the Northeast Asian country. USFK said in a

  • DSEI 2019: Miniature UAS delivers tactical snapshot

    UK-based FlareBright Ltd took the opportunity at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London to showcase its SnapShot miniature battlefield aerial imagery unmanned aircraft system (UAS). FlareBright’s CEO Kelvin Hamilton told Jane’s that the instant aerial camera was originally envisaged for

  • Indonesia accelerates nickel export ban

    The Indonesian government is set to prohibit nickel exports from 1 January 2020, two years earlier than previously planned. The ban applies to exports of all types of nickel, not just nickel ore. The government wants to encourage the development of a domestic smelting and processing industry.

  • Philippines flexes amphibious capabilities at country’s first joint military exercise

    Key Points The Philippines has received all amphibious vehicles it ordered from South Korea, and is now putting the equipment through its paces at a joint exercise These drills will be used to further refine the Philippine Marine Corps’ amphibious assault doctrines and procedures The

  • Boeing starts assembling first KC-46A tanker for JASDF

    Boeing announced on 17 September that it has begun assembling the first of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft on order for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), with deliveries expected to begin in 2021. “This is an exciting day for the programme and we look forward to building and

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