• Texmaco sells off stake in defence firm

    Indian firm Texmaco Rail and Engineering has announced the sale of a stake in its affiliated defence company, although the name of buyer has not been disclosed. The group said in a stock exchange filing on 1 April that it has divested a 10% stake in Texmaco Defence Systems and that the defence firm

  • Covid-19: Malaysia enlists UASs to enforce countermeasures

    The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) have deployed micro and small-class unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to support enforcement of the government-mandated Movement Control Order (MCO) aimed at addressing the coronavirus outbreak in the country. A joint media event with

  • Covid-19: Myanmar military rejects calls for a Covid-19-related ceasefire

    Myanmar’s armed forces (Tadmadaw) have officially rejected calls from foreign governments and local ethnic rebels for a ceasefire to facilitate a response to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson for the True

  • Russia offers Indian Navy new submarine deal

    The Indian Navy (IN) is believed to be examining a proposal by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to offer the service three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs). Official sources told Jane’s on 2

  • Covid-19: India’s Naval Dockyard designs low-cost temperature sensor

    India’s state-owned Naval Dockyard in Mumbai has developed a handheld infrared (IR)-based temperature sensor to screen the more than 20,000 people entering it every day in a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19. According to the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB), the

  • Covid-19: Lockdowns hit Asia-Pacific defence industrial bases

    The effect of Covid-19 on defence industrial bases in the Asia-Pacific region has been largely mixed to date, although temporary lockdowns across the region could have major adverse repercussions for local companies and their contract partners. As of early April, the impact of the virus has forced

  • India’s BEL posts turnover growth

    Indian company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) said on 1 April that its turnover in fiscal year (FY) 2019–20 climbed 6% year on year to INR125 billion (USD1.64 billion). The company, based in Bangalore, said its orderbook for the year closed at INR518 billion, with INR130 billion acquired in

  • Indonesia approves USD280 million request for follow-on BT-3F order

    The Indonesian government has approved an IDR4633 trillion (USD280 million) request to procure a further batch of BT-3F amphibious vehicles for the country’s Marines Corps (Korps Marinir: KORMAR). The request has been approved by an Indonesian inter-ministry committee known as the House of

  • Update: Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign manufacturers, including the one

  • Indonesia re-thinks USD900 million submarine contract with South Korea

    Key Points Indonesia is re-considering its options with regards to the contract for a second batch of three Type 209/1400 submarines. Defence policy makers are keen to explore other alternatives amid expectations of reduced defence expenditure allocation in the coming years Indonesia’s

  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station will be able to monitor airspace over all European

  • Bangladesh receives final surplus UK C-130J airlifter

    Bangladesh has received the last of five UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft it ordered, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s on 1 April. Aircraft ZH 887, a short-bodied C-130J (designated C5 in Royal Air Force [RAF] service), was transferred to the

  • South Korea adopts new locally developed port surveillance system

    South Korea has begun adopting a new locally developed port surveillance system that can “more effectively” detect, identify, and respond to low-noise underwater objects, including divers and increasingly quiet submarines, approaching its ports, the country’s Defense Acquisition

  • Thousands of South Korean USFK employees furloughed amid stalled US-South Korean talks on defence cost-sharing

    About half of the 9,000 South Korean nationals working for US Forces Korea (USFK) have been furloughed amid a deadlock in negotiations between Seoul and Washington about a new Special Measures Agreement (SMA) delineating how much each country will contribute to the upkeep of about 28,500 US troops

  • Covid-19: Australian DoD announces launch of Operation ‘Covid-19 Assist’

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 1 April the launch of Operation ‘Covid-19 Assist’ as it expands its support to the national effort to protect civilians and stem the spread of the coronavirus in Australia. Led by Major General Paul Kenny, who previously served as

  • Covid-19: Russian military prepares for virus

    The Russian armed forces have begun implementing steps to prepare for, and tackle, the spread of Covid-19. On 25 March, following an order from President Vladimir Putin, the military began a three-day readiness exercise at seven military training grounds and five airfields throughout the Central and

  • General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Australian Army sets up office to bolster adoption of disruptive technologies

    The Australian Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and autonomous systems. Created in March 2020, the Robotic and Autonomous Systems

  • Covid-19: Australia rolls out industry mitigation measures

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said in late March that it will accelerate contracted payments – worth more than AUD500 million (USD307 million) – to local defence companies to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The DoD said that the move will result in the DoD

  • Covid-19: Chile reports first military personnel infected with coronavirus

    Chile reported the first cases of military servicemen infected with the coronavirus on 31 March. The infected servicemen are six Chilean Navy personnel who arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, in early January. After being locally tested and proving positive for Covid-19, they are set to remain in