• Covid-19: Russia sends medical supplies to US, dispatches virologists to Serbia

    Russia sent a transport aircraft with medical supplies to the United States and dispatched a team of military virologists to Serbia to stem the spread of Covid-19, according to the country’s ministry of defence (MoD) and top officials. An Aerospace Forces (VKS) An-124-100 transport delivered

  • Covid-19: KAI’s FA-50 export plans put on hold in Argentina

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has said its plans to re-engage with Argentina over the potential export of FA-50 Fighting Eagle light attack aircraft have been delayed as a result of of Covid-19. A KAI official was quoted by local media news agencies as saying that the coronavirus pandemic has

  • Five Indian Army SF personnel killed by militants in Kashmir

    Five Indian Army (IA) special forces (SF) personnel have been killed in hand-to-hand combat with five suspected militants in a forested and snow-bound area near the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian governments Press Information Bureau (PIB) stated

  • Leidos lines up partners for Australian UAV requirement

    The Australian subsidiary of the US government services group Leidos has teamed with Israeli firm Aeronautics to support a bid to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3. Leidos Australia said on 7 April that the

  • Taliban accuse Washington of violating Doha agreement

    The Taliban has accused the United States of “repeatedly violating” the conditions-based agreement the two sides signed on 29 February, claiming that the US military has been carrying out aerial strikes against civilian settlements, while blaming the US-backed Afghan government for

  • Covid-19: India puts off all exercises with foreign militaries scheduled for 2020

    The Indian military has decided to postpone all the joint exercises it was scheduled to hold with foreign militaries this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Official sources told Jane’s on 6 April that that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, in consultation with the Ministry of

  • Covid-19: USFJ commander declares public health emergency for US military bases in Japan’s Kanto Plain

    The commander of United States Forces Japan (USFJ), Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider, declared a public health emergency for US military bases in Japan’s Kanto Plain – in and around Tokyo – on 6 April amid growing concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the area.

  • Hanoi accuses China Coast Guard vessel of ‘ramming and sinking’ Vietnamese fishing boat near Woody Island

    Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has lodged an official protest with Beijing, accusing the China Coast Guard (CCG) of using one of its vessels to “ram and sink” a Vietnamese fishing boat near one of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea (SCS). In a 3 April

  • South Korea planning to upgrade RoKA’s K1A2 MBTs

    The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) is planning to improve the overall performance of the Republic of Korea Army’s (RoKA’s) K1A2 main battle tanks (MBTs) as part of an upgrade programme. The Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DATQ) announced in March that it will

  • Tokyo looking to increase number of female personnel in JSDF

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo is looking to increase the number of female personnel enrolled in all three services of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) over the coming years. An MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 6 April that the ministry aims to raise the percentage of female

  • Covid-19: BAE Systems outlines supply-chain commitment in Australia

    BAE Systems Australia has outlined a commitment to work with its supply network to help companies overcome challenges related to the impact of Covid-19. The company said in a press release that its supply chain is “critical for the continuation of defence work” in Australia and that it

  • Japan’s Subaru sets up F-X technology unit

    Japan’s Subaru Corporation is to set up a unit to develop technologies in support of the Japanese government’s project to develop and build a next-generation fighter aircraft. The group said in a recent statement that its Subaru Aerospace Company will establish a Technology Development

  • Images emerge of possible ASW-capable variant of China’s Z-20 helicopter

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a second naval variant of the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) Z-20 medium-lift tactical helicopter that has apparently been undergoing flight trials. The photographs show that the apparent anti-submarine-warfare (ASW)-capable variant, which

  • Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225 helicopters

    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has ordered two more H225 helicopters to bolster the service’s search-and-rescue, disaster relief, and law enforcement capabilities. The H225 is an 11-tonne category, twin-engine aircraft from Airbus’ Super Puma family. It can accommodate up to 20 passengers

  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus

    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now “intensively involved in the maintenance of

  • UkrOboronProm presents BM-21UM Berest 122 mm MRL

    Ukraine’s state-owned Shepetivka Repair Plant (ShRP) has completed factory testing of and is ready to accept domestic and foreign orders for its new BM-21UM Berest 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL), the UkrOboronProm defence conglomerate to which ShRP belongs announced on its website on 1

  • Covid-19: Wuhan defence companies ‘making up for lost time’

    The military-industrial complex in Wuhan – the city in China most severely affected by Covid-19 – is “going back to normal and making up for lost time”, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 2 April. For much of January and February, defence companies in the

  • First LRIP Hawkei vehicles delivered to Australian motorised infantry battalion

    An Australian Army motorised infantry battalion has taken delivery of several Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles - Light from what is believed to be the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of the 4×4 vehicles. The 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) based in Townsville,

  • India set to deliver Myanmar’s first submarine

    New Delhi is preparing to deliver a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine that was in service with the Indian Navy as INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. The transfer will also include operational and maintenance training to the Myanmar Navy, which will be operating a submarine for the first time.

  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within range of North Korea’s newly developed