• India, US to conduct first joint multi-service exercise on India's east coast

    India and the United States will hold their first joint multi-service exercise on India’s eastern seaboard from 13 to 21 November to enhance interoperability when carrying out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. In a 12 November statement the Indian Navy (IN) said

  • RAN’s two LHDs achieve final operational capability

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels have achieved final operational capability. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said in a 12 November statement that the 27,500- tonne amphibious assault ships, which are home-ported at

  • India’s DRDO grants free patent access to local industry to boost indigenous production

    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to grant local materiel manufacturers free access to technology for many of its patents in a bid to boost New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. In an internal communication issued in

  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces’ (JASDFs’) growing fleet of

  • Final Hobart-class destroyer to be delivered to RAN in February 2020

    The third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is set to be handed over to the service in February 2020 after recently completing sea trials. Ahead of the warship’s provisional acceptance into service, final production work, including

  • Pentagon official accuses China of failing to enforce UNSC resolutions on North Korea

    Randall Schriver, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, has accused China of failing to enforce UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposed on North Korea. Speaking on 7 November in Washington, DC, at the Defense One-sponsored panel ‘The China Gap: To

  • Vietnam modernising its AK-47 assault rifles

    Vietnam’s Z111 factory has launched a modernisation of the armed forces’ inventory of AK-47 assault rifles in a move aimed at making the weapons more accurate and user friendly, according to a 5 November report published by the Vietnamese Soha news website. The upgrade includes the

  • Indian MoD awards OFB USD2.8 billion contract to licence-build 464 additional T-90S MBTs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a INR200 billion (USD2.8 billion) contract with the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to licence-build 464 additional T-90S main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army (IA). OFB spokesperson Uddipan Mukherjee told Jane’s on 11

  • Singapore air force concludes KC-135R operations

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) ceased operating its four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft in June, with the new A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) taking over its roles in providing air-to-air refuelling (AAR), airlift support, and aeromedical evacuation for the Singapore Armed

  • Australia’s third air warfare destroyer completes sea trials

    Key Points Australia’s third air warfare destroyer has concluded its sea trials The vessel will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy in February 2020 The third Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its sea trials, the

  • GRSE lays keel for Indian Navy’s first 110 m survey vessel

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has laid down the first of four survey vessels on order for the Indian Navy. Keel for the vessel was laid down on 8 November at GRSE’s facilities known as the main works shipyard in Kolkata, West Bengal. The ship is part of an INR24.35 billion

  • HHI launches Daegu-class frigate for RoK Navy

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the third of eight Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). Named Seoul (with pennant number 821), the 122.1 m-long warship entered the water at HHI’s facilities in the

  • Japan looks to boost exports of defence components

    Japan is focusing on building its defence export profile through transfers of components and subsystems while continuing efforts to secure an initial sale of a major platform, the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has told Jane’s . Japan lifted a long-standing and

  • Quickstep, Radius collaborate on F-35 composites

    Australia firm Quickstep Holdings Limited has entered an agreement with US-based Radius Engineering to collaborate on setting up a facility in Australia to support the production of composite housings for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter countermeasure flares. The arrangement

  • Ukraine to revive BTR-4 contract

    The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has instructed the Ukrainian cabinet of ministers to consider an extension to the BTR-4E armoured vehicle contract with Ukroboronprom. The deal was cancelled in August 2019, according to a 7 November Ukroboronprom press release. Zelensky spoke after a

  • Australia hands over Guardian-class patrol boat to Solomon Islands

    Australia handed over a Guardian-class patrol boat to the government of the Solomon Islands in a ceremony held on 8 November at the facilities of shipbuilder Austal in Henderson, Western Australia. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class

  • HHI launches second and final José Rizal-class frigate for Philippine Navy

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the second and final José Rizal-class multirole frigate on order for the Philippine Navy (PN). The 107.5 m-long warship, which will be known as BPR Antonio Luna (pennant number 151) once commissioned, entered the water at

  • Northrop Grumman to deliver tactical data link systems to ADF

    Northrop Grumman announced on 6 November that has been awarded a three-year contract by the Australian Defence Force Tactical Data Link Authority (ADFTA) to deliver an undisclosed number of tactical data link (TDL) systems and training as part of the development of the ADF’s Joint Data

  • Ukraine to spend 3% of GDP on defence in 2020

    Ukraine will spend 3% of GDP on defence in 2020, totalling UAH136 billion (USD5.539 billion), Defence Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said during the second reading of Ukraine’s draft state budget during the country’s cabinet of ministers on 5 November. The spending is part of a wider

  • Hyundai, Philippines to co-operate on navy projects

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) have signed an agreement to expand collaboration on meeting the future requirements of the Philippine Navy (PN). The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 8 November at the