• FNSS readies prototype Pars 4x4 ATV for delivery

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has confirmed that it will hand over the Pars 4×4 anti-tank vehicle (ATV) prototype to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for qualification once company trials have been completed. FNSS was awarded a contract for 260 ATVs in October 2016, with 76 of these vehicles

  • New Delhi approves procurement of six next-generation OPVs for Indian Navy

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of six indigenously designed and built next-generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) for INR49.41 billion (USD706.4 million) to enhance maritime security. The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council

  • Caspian Sea agreement confirms Russian military dominance while increasing likelihood of Azeri-Turkmen gas pipeline project’s delays

    Event On 12 August 2018, the leaders of the five Caspian Sea littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan – met at the Fifth Caspian Summit in the Kazakh seaport of Aktau, where they signed a framework agreement defining the legal status of the Caspian Sea,

  • China closing the satellite imagery capability gap

    A Chinese Earth-observation satellite launched on 31 July from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre may be capable of achieving ground-image resolution of 10 cm or less. If confirmed, this would give China a satellite-imaging capability second only to the United States and possibly comparable to the

  • Indian industry pledges corridor investment

    Indian defence companies have pledged to invest about INR37 billion (USD530 million) in developing a defence-industrial corridor in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, the investment was announced by several state-owned and private-sector

  • India’s CAG criticises IAF airfields upgrade

    The office of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has severely criticised what it described as the “inadequate” upgrade of a large number of Indian Air Force (IAF) airfields across the country. In a report tabled in parliament on 7 August, the CAG highlighted delays as

  • Philippines considers Russian loan to support submarine procurement

    Russia has newly offered the Philippines an economic package to support its potential acquisition of Kilo-class submarines, Arsenio Andolong, the chief of public affairs at the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND), told Jane’s on 14 August. He said the offer was made to the

  • Update: Taliban launches attack on Ghazni City

    Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged attack on the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province on 10 August, killing more than 170 security forces personnel. At the time of this update, however, five days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city

  • US to provide Sri Lanka with USD39 million in military financing

    The US Department of State has announced that it will provide Sri Lanka with about USD39 million in foreign military financing, pending congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our ‘Bay of Bengal

  • First new Australian ATC radar to enter service in November

    The first of nine new air traffic control (ATC) and surveillance radars for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is expected to become operational in November, German manufacturer Hensoldt has disclosed. The company said in a 9 August statement that the first of the Airport Surveillance Radar -

  • Kabul and ‘Resolute Support’ sign to boost telecom services

    The Afghan government and the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission signed on 11 August a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to enhance telecommunication services across Afghanistan. “The Afghan National Defense Security Forces [ANDSF] depend on a more reliable and secure

  • Armed clash kills 19 suspected Taliban militants and four soldiers in Afghanistan's Farah

    NINETEEN suspected Taliban militants and four soldiers were killed, while 32 suspected militants and six soldiers were wounded, when members of the security forces were ambushed at three different checkpoints in the Balabolok district of Afghanistan's Farah province on 6 August, the Afghan Islamic

  • Security forces arrest suspected Islamic State militant in Georgia

    Following the dissemination of a video by the Islamic State claiming the desire to take revenge for the deaths of the group's members during raids in 2017, counter-terrorism officers arrested an alleged member of the militant group - identified only as Malkhaz T - in an unspecified location. During

  • Austal set for Philippine OPV programme

    Australian shipbuilder Austal confirmed on 13 August that it is in position to secure a contract to supply a version of its Cape-class patrol boat to the Philippine Navy (PN). The deal is expected to feature six vessels that will be built in the Philippines by the company’s local subsidiary,

  • Hanwha targets defence expansion

    South Korean conglomerate Hanwha has announced plans to invest KRW4 trillion (USD3.5 billion) in expanding its aerospace and defence business over the next five years. The group said on 12 August that the fiscal outlay is part of a KRW22 trillion investment programme intended to enable Hanwha to

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • China claims successful test of hypersonic waverider

    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of state-owned space and defence technology prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), announced on 3 August that it has successfully developed and tested China’s first experimental

  • Grenade attack targets police post in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    AN UNSPECIFIED number of unidentified militants threw grenades at a police post in the Pulwama district of India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 9 July, the Daily Excelsior reported. No casualties or damages were reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for attack.

  • IED attack wounds two civilians near political party's office in Pakistan's Balochistan

    TWO civilians were wounded during an IED attack followed by gunfire targeting the election office of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in the Balochistan district of Pakistan's Balochistan state on 12 July, Dawn reported. Police stated that militants were attempting to sabotage election activities.

  • Militant group demands INR 50 million from University Vice Chancellor

    IN A STATEMENT released on 12 July, the Chief Minister of Manipur stated that an unidentified militant group had demanded INR50 million (USD728,400) from the Manipur University Vice Chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandley, the Assam Tribute reported. The CM added that the extortion attempt was related to an