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  • MHI welcomes changes to Japanese export law

    Japan's biggest defence company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has welcomed Tokyo's decision to ease the country's long-standing ban on exports of locally made military equipment. MHI said in a statement on 2 April that the new guidelines, called the 'three principles on arms transfers',

  • Putin outlines future military developments in Crimea and Arctic

    Russian President Vladimir Putin set out development plans for the country's armed forces this year during a multi-service senior promotion ceremony on 28 March. Putin also stated that there is a pressing need to modernise military infrastructures in Crimea and to form new Interior Ministry and

  • ST Engineering invests in aerospace

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has injected funding into its aerospace business unit to support its planned expansion, the group announced on 28 March. ST Engineering said it would inject new equity of SGD216 million (USD171 million) into the capital of ST Aerospace, bringing

  • Russian commits to 18% budget rise

    Russian government data has confirmed that the defence budget will increase by 18.4% in 2014 in line with previously announced plans. The increase means that military expenditure has now increased by 92.3% since 2010 in nominal terms. Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury on 25 March

  • Decline in political stability expected following Afghan presidential contest as unifying victor unlikely

    Key Points Presidential elections will be held in Afghanistan on 5 April. President Hamid Karzai's term bar means that there will be a new president for the first time since the United States-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, who will oversee the end of the international mission in the country.

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Chinese marines get first taste of cold weather training

    About 3,000 troops belonging to the People's Liberation Army Navy Marines (PLANM) were deployed together with their heavy equipment and vehicles to a training base in Inner Mongolia for winter warfare training, state media reported in late February. It was the first time a PLANM brigade had been

  • Singapore commits to 'steady' defence investment to 2030

    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has outlined a commitment to continue the country's "steady" investment in defence as part of its bid to achieve by 2030 a "highly connected" military force. In February Singapore announced a 2014 defence budget of SGD12.56 billion

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Risk of violence in Ukraine will rise substantially around Crimean referendum

    EVENT The local parliament in the Ukrainian region of Crimea today (6 March) voted to schedule a previously proposed referendum on 16 March to decide whether the autonomous republic should be integrated into the Russian Federation. The peninsula's residents will be asked whether they favour

  • Ukraine vs Russian land forces

    Russia's military capabilities, as illustrated by this comparison of respective land forces, are significantly larger and more capable than Ukraine's.

  • Ukraine amends defence procurement policy

    Ukraine's state-owned military industries are to be exempted from the need to competitively tender for government work following a change to the country's procurement law, approved by the Ukrainian government on 12 February. In a statement issued on 14 February Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned

  • Singapore Airshow 2014: AgustaWestland secures another Philippine AW109 contract

    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has secured an order from the Philippine Navy (PN) for two more AW109 maritime helicopters, continuing the company's recent success in the market. Announced at the Singapore Airshow on 12 February, the contract brings the PN's AW109 orders up to five aircraft

  • Detica to rebrand as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    BAE Systems is preparing to rebrand its Detica as BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, a move that comes six years after the USD1 billion acquisition of the cyber security operation. BAE Systems revealed the rebranding plan in a staff newsletter, saying that it would take effect from 31 January.

  • IED attack kills at least eight people and wound 67 others in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    EIGHT people were killed and 67 were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated inside an Islamic preaching centre in the Charsadda road in Peshawar city of Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 16 January, Pajhwok, Khaama Press, and Al-Jazeera

  • Bangladesh reported to have signed submarine deal with China

    Bangladesh has concluded an agreement with China to purchase two Type 035G Ming-class diesel-electric submarines, a Dhaka-based news agency reported on 21 December. The deal, said the New Age newspaper, is valued at BTD16 billion (USD206 million) and will call for the submarines to be delivered to

  • FPI militants attack a church in Indonesia's North Sumatra

    FRONT Pembela Islam (FPI) militants attacked members of a local church in the city of Binjai in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on 1 December, causing no casualties, Khabar South Asia reported. The FPI claimed responsibility for the attack, stating they had attacked the church because it should

  • Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

    Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports. The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence

  • Russia's state defence order to increase by 25% in 2014

    Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Yury Borisov announced on 20 November that the state defence order for 2014 will be 25% greater than 2013. This will increase military procurement from USD42 billion to approximately USD53 billion next year. He addressed a news media roundtable together with

  • Security forces detain seven suspected RKK militants in Thailand's Narathiwat

    SEVEN suspected Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) militants were detained by security forces during a counter-terrorism raid on a private residence in the Sawor area of Rueso district in Thailand's Narathiwat province on 21 November, the Bangkok Post reported. The RKK are village-level commando cells

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