• India introduces defence equipment testing reforms

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has introduced guidelines to make it easier for private-sector companies to use state-owned facilities in the testing and trialling of defence equipment. The MoD said the measures – the ‘Guidelines for the use of government test facilities by the

  • India targeting a ‘USD26 billion defence industry’

    The Indian government is working towards supporting the development of a USD26 billion defence industrial base by the mid-2020s, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on 17 September. In comments to an annual meeting of the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers, Singh said the defence sector has

  • Indian firms sign 3D printing accord

    Indian firms BEML (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited) and Wipro have signed an agreement to collaborate on advancing production techniques in the defence sector. BEML said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 17 September that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) supports co-operation on

  • Russian nuclear-powered cruiser to return to fleet in 2022

    Russia plans to return the Kirov-class (Project 1144) nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov to frontline service in 2022 after more than 20 years being laid up at Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. According to Russian deputy defence minister Alexsey Krivoruchko, Admiral Nakhimov

  • Japan selects contenders for Type 96 APC replacement

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Patria, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have been selected to provide wheeled armoured vehicles for a series of trials aimed at finding a replacement for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) Type 96 8×8 armoured personnel carriers

  • South Korea to develop laser-based anti-aircraft weapon

    South Korea will invest KRW88 billion (USD74 million) to develop a laser-based anti-aircraft weapon system, according to a 17 September statement by the country’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA). The system, referred to as Block-I, is expected to be capable of detecting

  • Taiwan highlights support for US Indo-Pacific strategy in National Defense Report

    In its 2019 National Defense Report Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has emphasised its support for the US Indo-Pacific strategy and its security co-operation with Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand amid threats from Beijing that the island

  • Australia calls for submissions for export catalogue

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has invited local defence companies to apply for inclusion in its fourth annual military sales catalogue: a brochure to support international sales of Australian defence equipment and services. The DoD said on 17 September, “Australian businesses

  • Indian UAV crashes during test flight

    An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being developed by India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed on 17 September while on an “experimental” test flight. The UAV crashed in the fields near the Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) in Chitradurga in the

  • India confirms defence metals joint venture

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that defence metals manufacturer Mishra Dhatu Nigam (Midhani) has formed a new joint venture (JV) with the National Aluminum Company Ltd (Nalco) to produce aluminium alloys. The MoD said in a notice published on 13 September that the JV –

  • India, Singapore, Thailand enhance naval interoperability with inaugural maritime drills

    The navies of India, Singapore, and Thailand have commenced shore-based activities under the inaugural trilateral maritime drills between the three countries known as Exercise ‘SITMEX’. These activities, which include exercise planning operations and professional exchanges, are taking

  • Indonesian shipyard completes contract to supply 18 high-speed boats to Bangladesh

    Indonesian shipyard PT Lundin (North Sea Boats) has completed a contract to supply and assist with the construction of 18 high-speed patrol boats for Bangladesh. Delivery of the final vessels, which have been built to the company’s proprietary ‘X12’ design, were completed in the

  • Russia deploys S-400 to Arctic

    Russia has deployed the S-400 air defence system to its Arctic islands for the first time, the press department of the Northern Fleet announced on 16 September. “A Northern Fleet air defence forces surface-to-air missile [SAM] regiment stationed on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago’s Yuzhny

  • Russia trains Serbian S-400 and Pantsir-S1 crews

    Serbian Air Force and Air Defence (RV i PVO) servicemen have been training at the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) anti-aircraft missile forces training centre in Gatchina, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 September. MoD newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star)

  • China likely to display array of new military equipment at National Day Parade

    Photographs circulating on Chinese social media of the second rehearsal for China’s National Day Parade show that a significant number of new platforms and weapons not previously made public are set to be shown at the formal parade on 1 October. Although many of the systems were shrouded

  • India advances development of Light Combat Aircraft for navy

    After a 40-month hiatus India’s state-owned Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) has resumed flight trials of the Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) – LCA Navy – for the Indian Navy (IN). A prototype of the naval LCA successfully carried out its first ‘arrested landing’

  • Rheinmetall and Hanwha shortlisted for Australian IFV requirement

    Rheinmetall Defence’s Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and Hanwha Defense’s AS21 Redback IFV have been selected to compete for the AUD10–15 billion (USD6.9–10.3 billion) project to provide the Australian Army with up to 450 modern IFVs and 17 manoeuvre support

  • Russia faces low training aircraft serviceability levels

    Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) jet training is facing low aircraft serviceability, with only 30% of L-39 trainers sent to repair plants for maintenance returning to their units on time, Izvestia reported on 4 September. The daily learned from Russian Ministry of Defence sources that the

  • Indian Air Force seeks additional funds for new equipment

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is seeking an additional INR400 billion (USD5.6 billion) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to procure additional fighter and transport aircraft as well as to make payments for previously ordered platforms and equipment. Official sources told Jane’s on 16 September

  • Australia’s third Hobart-class destroyer begins sea trials

    Key Points Australia has begun initial sea trials for its third Hobart-class destroyer The vessel is on track to be delivered by end-2019 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) third Hobart-class air warfare destroyer (AWD), which will be in service as HMAS Sydney once commissioned, has