• Indonesia increases 2020 defence budget to nearly USD10 billion

    The Indonesian government has approved an increase in the proposed defence budget for 2020, taking the allocation to IDR131.2 trillion (USD9.6 billion). The new figure amounts to a year-on-year increase of 20% and a rise of IDR3.8 trillion over the originally proposed 2020 defence allocation of

  • Indonesian Navy requests anti-submarine, surface kits for five more Panthers

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has submitted requests to equip five more Panther helicopters with anti-submarine, surface warfare capabilities The service has thus far received 10 of the 11 helicopters it ordered in 2014 The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI-AL) has submitted a

  • China’s Norinco registers ‘steady growth’ in 2019

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), China’s most important military vehicle manufacturer, said on 14 January that it had achieved its “steady growth target” for fiscal year 2019. The state-owned group said its revenues in 2019 reached CNY212.5 billion (USD31 billion), a

  • Indonesia to convert H225M helicopter for VIP transport

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) will re-configure one of its Airbus Helicopters H225M airframe for VIP transport purposes. The aircraft will be converted at the request of the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, the TNI-AU’s office of public

  • First ‘stretched’ Type 052D destroyer enters service with PLA Navy

    The first of the ‘stretched’ 7,500 tonne Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyers for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entered service with the East Sea Fleet on 12 January, the same day that the first of the 12,000-tonne Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyers was

  • South Korean coastguard task force receives new interceptors to combat illegal fishing

    The Korea Coast Guard’s (KCG’s) Five West Sea Islands Guard Unit has boosted its interdiction capabilities with two new fast interceptor craft. The new vessels, with pennant numbers SM-01 and SM-02, were commissioned in late December 2019 and have been operationally deployed to the

  • Expansion of RAN’s Training Systems Centre at Randwick complete, says Australian DoD

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has announced that the AUD24-million (USD16.5-million) extension of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Training Systems Centre at Randwick Barracks by St Hilliers, Sydney, was completed on 13 January: in time for the first navy training course

  • Indian Navy to adopt new fuel type to improve performance and reduce pollution

    The Indian Navy (IN) announced on 13 January its decision to adopt a better quality of fuel for use by its surface and underwater platforms to enhance their performance and lower carbon emissions. Developed in collaboration with India’s public sector Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), the

  • Malaysian Army issues tenders for special forces vehicles

    The Malaysian Army has issued requests for bids from locally registered companies for the supply of vehicles for its special forces regiment. The two tenders, which were issued on 9 January, are for 16 special operations vehicles (SOVs) and four rapid intervention vehicles (RIVs) for the

  • More Type 056A corvettes join China’s South Sea Fleet

    A further two anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Named Ganzhou (pennant number 620) and Panzhihua (621) the ships were commissioned on 10 January, bringing the total number of

  • New contracts awarded to support Australian CBRN training capabilities

    Contracts worth AUD24.4 million (USD17 million) have been awarded to two Australian companies to supply equipment as part of a major chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced

  • Australia sees surge in defence exports permits

    The value of permits issued to Australian defence exporters reached a record of nearly AUD5 billion (USD3.5 billion) in fiscal year (FY) 2018/19, figures published by Australia’s Defence Export Controls (DEC) – a branch under the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra – show. The

  • China’s AVIC posts record revenues for 2019

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) posted record revenues and profit during 2019 on the back of enhanced efficiencies and continued restructuring, the state-owned group has announced. AVIC said on 13 January that revenues in 2019 reached CNY458 billion (USD66.4 billion) and net

  • US Army examines basing Multi-Domain Task Force troops on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

    The US Army is investigating plans to field a Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) in the Indo-Pacific region next year and looking at options to base some of the soldiers and their weapons on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy spoke with reporters on 10 January about standing up the

  • JMSDF despatches two P-3C MPAs to Middle East on intelligence-gathering mission

    Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Tokyo despatched two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the Middle East on 11 January to carry out intelligence-gathering operations in the region aimed at helping ensure the safety of vessels conducting commercial operations with Japan. The

  • Russia to spend RUB1.5 trillion on State Defence Order in 2020

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to spend about RUB1.5 trillion (USD24.54 billion) on the implementation of the State Defence Order (Gosoboronzakaz-2020) this year, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a teleconference on 10 January. Almost 68% of this – RUB1.02 billion – is to

  • South Korean coastguard receives additional Tae Geuk-class patrol boats

    The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) has taken delivery of at least six of eight 500-tonne Tae Geuk-class patrol vessels it ordered from Busan-based shipbuilders Kangnam Corporation and Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation in late 2016. The patrol boats will supplement the KCG’s existing fleet of 15

  • IRGC admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner

    A series of mistakes resulted in Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) being shot down on 8 January, killing all 176 on board, according to Brigadier General Amir Hajizadeh, the commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, which includes an

  • Chinese navy’s first Type 055-class destroyer enters service

    China’s first Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyer entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 12 January: an occasion marked by a long-anticipated commissioning ceremony held at the Xiaokouzi naval base south of Qingdao. The significance of the event was reflected by

  • Indian Navy’s Light Combat Aircraft prototype makes first carrier landing

    A prototype of India’s indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) (LCA (N)) Mk 1 successfully carried out its first ‘arrested landing’ on 11 January on the deck of INS Vikramaditya (ex- Admiral Gorshkov ), the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) sole aircraft carrier, during