• Philippine commissions first Boracay-class patrol vessels

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned its first and second Boracay- (OCEA FPB 72 Mk II) class patrol vessels. The boats, which have been named BRP Boracay (2401) and BRP Panglao (2402), respectively, were commissioned on 15 October at the National Headquarters Philippine Coast Guard in

  • Rosgvardiya tests new Kalashnikov firearms

    The Rosgvardiya, Russia’s national guard, is testing new small arms designed by Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, a military source has told Jane’s . “The Rosgvardiya has started the operational evaluation and testing of the newest Kalashnikov AK-200 series of assault rifles,

  • ASC reveals job cuts as Air Warfare Destroyer work winds down

    Australian shipbuilder ASC has revealed that it is getting ready to cut further jobs from its workforce as work on the Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is completed. Australian media reported that the company had notified unions that 43 electricians, 11

  • Japan developing vehicle-mounted IED detection system

    Japan is developing a vehicle-mounted system designed to remotely detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along roads in urban and suburban areas. The Ground Systems Research Center (GSRC) of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA)

  • Taliban militants kill a district police chief in Afghanistan's Zabul

    THE chief of police for Mizan district in Afghanistan's Zabul province was killed during armed clashes with Taliban militants in the area on 13 October, Reuters reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Two MAF F-7 fighter aircraft crash, killing pilots and 11-year old girl

    Two Myanmar Air Force (MAF) F-7M Airguard multirole fighters crashed during a training exercise on 16 October, killing the pilots of the single-seat aircraft, as well as an 11-year-old girl, who was struck by debris from one of the platforms. Along with two other F-7Ms, the Chinese-built aircraft

  • German SMArt 155 munition programme to start again

    Due to an additional demand for Sensor-fuzed Munition for Artillery 155 mm (Suchzunder Munition fur die Artillerie im Kaliber 155 mm: SMArt 155) artillery projectiles, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Gesellschaft für Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS) an initial Step 1

  • South Korea’s K9 self-propelled artillery production to roll into 2021

    Production of the South Korean Hanwha Land Systems K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled artillery system and its associated K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle (ARV) has now passed 2,000 units for the home and export markets, and production is expected to continue to at least 2021. The K9

  • Russian MoD details development of military districts

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu detailed the development of the Central Military District (CMD), Southern Military District (SMD), and Eastern Military District (EMD) during a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting on 10 October in Moscow. “Each of the three districts receives up to

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter ready for series production, says report

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter is ready for series production, according to a 13 October report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. Citing HAIG’s parent company, the Aviation

  • Civilian casualties from airstrikes in Afghanistan up 39%, says UN

    The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by airstrikes rose by 39% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2017, according to a 10 October report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The mission documented 649 civilian

  • India re-issues tender for fleet support ships

    The Indian Navy’s fleet support ship (FSS) project is now up for tender once again after talks between Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) fell through. In pursuit of the tender, HSL issued a request for proposal (RFP) in early October 2018

  • Ukraine reveals new combat UGV

    Ukranian firm Global Dynamics showcased a prototype 4×4 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) called Ironclad at the Arms and Security exhibition held in Kiev from 9–12 October. The company first produced a prototype for the Ukranian armed forces in 2014 and has built two additional vehicles

  • Japan to buy nine more E-2D aircraft from the United States

    Japan has decided to buy nine more Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from the United States, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on 12 October. “The E-2C [Hawkeye airborne early warning] aircraft are expected to retire …

  • China’s Norinco launches military cloud manufacturing system

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has introduced a cloud manufacturing system to support its production of military equipment, the state-owned group announced on 10 October. Norinco said the networking initiative enables “upstream and downstream” manufacturing integration

  • Thailand interested in new BTR-4 variant, says Ukrainian agency

    The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) is interested in procuring the latest version of the BTR-4 8×8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) from Ukraine, a state agency in the Eastern European country has announced. The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) said in a

  • French Navy vessel becomes first NATO-flagged naval ship to sail Russia’s Northern Sea Route

    The French Navy’s newly commissioned Loire-class offshore support and assistance vessel (BSAH) Rhône (A 603) has become the first NATO state vessel to navigate Russia’s claimed exclusive Arctic Northern Sea Route (NSR). Rhône departed for the NSR from its port base in Brest,

  • Image shows China’s Z-10 attack helicopter featuring additional armour

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has equipped one of its Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) Z-10 attack helicopter with additional armour. An image released in late September by state broadcaster CCTV shows a PLA Z-10 at a Chinese airfield featuring extra armour panels

  • Pilots warned of jamming threat in Eastern Med

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the possibility that Russian electronic warfare systems in Syria could disrupt commercial flights. The FAA posted a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on 9 October warning them to “be aware of possible loss of GNSS [global navigation satellite

  • US accuses Chinese intelligence officer of attempting to steal trade secrets from aviation companies

    A Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative has been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage and steal trade secrets from multiple US aviation and aerospace companies, according to a 10 October statement by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). The