• 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

  • Maritime security coalition stands up HQ in Bahrain

    Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the multinational maritime security mission for the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, announced on 7 November that it has opened its headquarters (HQ) in Bahrain. The HQ has been stood up at the United States’ Naval Support Activity base under the

  • Royal Australian Navy ranks grow by 1,000 personnel in less than two years

    The number of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel has increased by more than 1,000 in less than two years, according to the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. This represents an 8% increase since January 2018, said Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds in an 8 November statement, pointing out

  • South Korea launches Philippine Navy’s second José Rizal-class frigate

    Key Points South Korea has launched a second José Rizal-class frigate on order for the Philippine Navy The vessel is on track for delivery in 2021 South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched the second José Rizal-class frigate on order for the Philippine Navy.

  • Esper calls on US private sector, academia to help in the AI race against China

    US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has called on private companies and academia to help the US military in the race against China for dominance in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). “We need the full force of American intellect and ingenuity working in harmony across the public and

  • J-11B images fuel speculation about AESA radar upgrade

    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11B multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radomes instead of the usual black ones, prompting speculation that some of the fighters may have

  • Pakistan Navy commissions 3,000-ton survey ship Behr Masah

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) has commissioned a new 3,000-ton survey ship named PNS Behr Masah . The 80.8 m-long vessel, which was built in China by Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry, entered service in a ceremony held on 4 November at the Karachi Naval Dockyard, which was also attended by Chief of the Naval

  • India, Russia agree to further expand bilateral defence co-operation

    New Delhi and Moscow have agreed to imminently upgrade after-sales service facilities for Russian materiel in service with the Indian military and advance an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on reciprocal logistics support between the two countries’ militaries. During a 6 November meeting of

  • Malaysia ramps up anti-corruption effort

    The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said it is implementing new policies to ensure that defence procurement is free of corruption. It said in a statement on 4 November that its anti-corruption focus is in line with the government’s objective to enhance the integrity and transparency

  • Pakistan Navy tests Zarb coastal defence system

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 5 November that it conducted a test-firing of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) during a training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately

  • Subaru boosts aerospace sales

    The Subaru Corporation has announced strong gains in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2019–20, partly supported through growth in its aerospace sector. The Japanese company said on 6 November that its revenue in the period increased 7.7% year-on-year (y/y) to JPY1.6 trillion (USD14.7

  • Syria reportedly recovered David’s Sling missile

    The Syrian military recovered a Stunner missile launched by Israel’s David’s Sling air-defence system, China’s Sina website reported on 2 November. It said the missile was one of two fired at a Syrian OTR-21 Tochka (SS-21) ballistic missile launched after Israel shot down a Syrian

  • Australian Army enlists SitaWare HQ for Track Management Capability

    The Australian Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) software to enhance its deployable command-and-control (C2) capabilities, the company announced on 7 November. The software will be used by the service as its interim Track Management Capability (TMC), which aims to

  • Australian summit aims to boost industry skills

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is seeking to drive a growth in defence industry skills through a new forum inaugurated in Perth on 6 November. The DoD said the National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit will support efforts to ensure Australia has the skills required to

  • Japan to launch Future Fighter Development Office

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed plans to establish in the next few months a dedication division to support the development of a next-generation fighter aircraft. A spokesperson from ATLA – an agency under the Ministry of Defense (MoD) –