• US State Department approves potential USD1.5 billion FMS to support RAN’s Hobart-class destroyers and Hunter-class frigates

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD1.5 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of long-lead items, engineering development activities and other defence services to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Surface Combatant Program, the US Defense Security

  • RMN’s first Littoral Mission Ship arrives in Malaysia

    The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) first warship made in China has arrived in Malaysia. KD Keris (with pennant number 111), the service’s first of four Littoral Mission Ships (LMSs), was officially welcomed at the Sepanggar naval base at Kota Kinabalu – located in the state

  • Seoul expands loan support for SMEs

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has outlined a new funding programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence sector. DAPA said on 17 January that through its ‘defence industry preservation loan project’ it would make available

  • New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials

    Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service. The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s trials in the Baltic Sea in December 2019,

  • Beijing accuses Taiwan’s ruling party of ‘provoking’ growing sentiment in China to reunify the island ‘by force’

    Following the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) re-election in the 11 January Taiwanese presidential poll, the Chinese State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office has accused the DPP and what it referred to as “Taiwanese separatist forces” of “provoking” a

  • L&T delivers over half of K9 Vajra-T SPHs to Indian Army ahead of schedule

    India’s private-sector defence contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has delivered ahead of schedule more than half of the 100 K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 cal tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) ordered by the Indian Army (IA). The company handed over the 51st Vajra-T, which is a variant of

  • Russia to trial Drozd-2 active protection system on T-72BK

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has contracted the KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Shipunov) to integrate the TKB-0252 Drozd-2 hard kill active protection system (APS) onto a T-72BK for trials, according to a contract (number 52/23/19) published on the Russian Unified Procurement Information System

  • SimCentric develops new range-planning software

    Training with live ammunition is a critical element of ground forces training, but live-fire training has an inescapable risk factor and there is a small but steady worldwide casualty rate from live-fire training accidents. The risks can be mitigated by careful planning of danger areas and

  • Apache and Chinook helicopters to participate in India’s annual Republic Day parade

    The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) newly inducted ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian attack helicopters and Chinook CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters will participate in a fly-past at India’s annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi on 26 January. Officials said the two twin-engined

  • RAAF transfers F-35 training to Australia

    Australia has transferred pilot and maintainer training for Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft from the United States to home territory. The move, which took place in December 2019 and was announced by the US Air Force (USAF) on 15 January, saw the Royal

  • ReCAAP reports uptick in Asian piracy cases as concerns emerge over Singapore Strait

    The Asian region saw a slight increase in piracy cases throughout 2019, but the number of incidences in the Singapore Strait increased significantly compared with 2018. According to figures released by the intergovernmental body, Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery

  • Damen to develop shipbuilding facility in Bangladesh

    Dutch shipbuilder Damen and Australian services company Gentium Solutions have signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries to develop shipbuilding capability in the South Asian country. In a statement, Damen said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 14 January

  • India, Finland sign defence industry accord

    India and Finland have signed an agreement to support collaboration on defence research, development, and production. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in New Delhi on 15 January by India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Finnish Permanent Defence Secretary Jukka Juusti. In a

  • Uzbekistan receives Mi-35M helo

    Uzbekistan has received into service at least one of a batch of Mil Mi-35M ‘Hind-E’ assault helicopters that were ordered from Russia in early 2018. Footage aired on the national O’Zbekiston24 news channel on 14 January showed the two helicopters at Karshi Khanabad airbase in the south of the

  • Tokyo calls on Beijing to rein in military activities in East China Sea

    Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has called on China to rein in its military activities in the East China Sea ahead of President Xi Jinping’s planned spring visit to Japan. In a speech given on 14 January at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, Kono

  • China Coast Guard ship makes first-ever official visit to Philippines

    A China Coast Guard (CCG) ship has paid an official visit to Philippines for the first time ever and taken part in exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in an effort to improve bilateral ties amid tensions between Beijing and Manila over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The

  • Indian Navy pruning procurements due to budget cuts

    Faced with a continuing financial resource crunch, the Indian Navy (IN) is cutting back on some of its procurement plans: a move that, according to senior officers, will adversely affect the service’s long-delayed modernisation and operational efficiency. Official sources told Jane’s on

  • India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approves weapon and sensor package for four destroyers

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved an INR61.50 billion (USD867.5 million) weapon and sensor package for four 7,300-tonne guided-missile destroyers that are currently being built for the Indian Navy (IN) by the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

  • Malaysia looking into joint production of defence equipment with Turkey

    Turkey has officially offered Malaysia the opportunity to collaborate in the development and production of both a next-generation fighter and an advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft following Ankara’s removal from the US-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. The proposals are related

  • Tensions and delays in Australia’s Future Submarine programme disclosed in official audit report

    Australia’s AUD80 billion (USD55.15 billion) Future Submarine programme, the country’s largest-ever defence procurement, is running nine months late and has missed two key contractual milestones, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reported on 14 January. The ANAO also revealed