• China lays keel for Thailand’s first S26T submarine

    China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has laid down the keel for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The vessel was laid down on 5 September in Wuhan, China, images of the ceremony recently released on social media has revealed. Steel for

  • India releases draft defence procurement manual

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a draft version of proposed updates to its military acquisition processes. The draft Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) was published on 13 September with a view to replacing the existing DPM, which was issued a decade ago, in the first half of 2020.

  • Indonesia selects surveillance gimbal from Trakka Systems for two Panther helicopters

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has selected the TC-300 multi-sensor surveillance gimbal from Trakka Systems for two of its AS565 MBe Panther helicopters. The stabilised gimbals have been incorporated onto the airframes’ port side, with each

  • DSEI 2019: Barrett PRC-4090 HF software-defined radio breaks cover

    Australia’s Barrett Communications launched its new PRC-4090 tactical high frequency (HF) software-defined radio (SDR) at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) held in London from 10 to 13 September. Leveraging technology developed for Barrett’s

  • DSEI 2019: FFG offers Boxer armoured recovery mission module

    Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has presented an armoured recovery mission module (ARM) for the Boxer at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The kit is designed to be fitted to a Boxer drive module and provide operators

  • New Zealand issues RFI for army’s future networking capabilities

    Government approval for Tranche 2 of New Zealand’s Network Enabled Army (NEA) programme has been swiftly followed by a request for information (RFI) on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to provide the army and special forces with

  • South Korea sanctions K-SAAM mass production

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has sanctioned the mass production of a locally developed next-generation ship-borne guided interceptor. DAPA said in a recent notice that it has approved the production of the Haegung (‘Sea Bow’) surface-to-air

  • Leaked document says Russians are repairing Libyan National Army’s heavy equipment

    Russian technicians are supporting the Libyan National Army (LNA), the powerful faction led by former general Khalifa Haftar, by repairing its Soviet-supplied armoured fighting vehicles and artillery, according to a leaked document released by the Russian investigative news website Proekt on 12

  • Australia’s DMTC wins deal to develop key technologies

    Australian agencies have signed a contract to support the development of key military technologies, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 12 September. It said the contract – worth AUD3.8 million (USD2.6 million) – is between the Defence Innovation Hub, an initiative

  • Indian Air Force receives second indigenous AEW&C system

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the second of three indigenously designed Netra airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 11 September to augment the service’s network centric capabilities.

  • Indian Navy to commission second Scorpène-class submarine in late September

    The Indian Navy (IN) will commission Khanderi, the second of six licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) in a ceremony set to be held at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on 28 September, IN officials told Jane’s . The event is expected to take place in

  • Raytheon, Hanwha Systems partner to supply IFF Mode 5 systems to South Korean military

    Raytheon has signed a technical co-operation agreement with South Korean company Hanwha Systems for the production of IFF Mode 5 systems for the Republic of Korea military. The US-based company, which did not disclose the value of the contract or the amount of systems set to be delivered under the

  • Cyient, QinetiQ collaborate on target systems

    Indian group Cyient has signed an agreement with QinetiQ to supply avionics products for the UK company’s unmanned target systems in India. Cyient said on 10 September that its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with QinetiQ Target Systems allows it to provide “advanced manufacturing and

  • DAPA restructures defence project management

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has consolidated two of its most important business divisions to support improvements in the management of defence procurement projects. DAPA said on 10 September that it will integrate its project management division and

  • Update: Thailand signs for Chinese landing platform dock

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract to procure a Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class landing platform dock (LPD) from China. The deal was signed in Beijing on 9 September and is reportedly worth THB4 billion (USD130 million). Sources in Bangkok confirmed the deal to Jane’s on 11 September,

  • North Korea releases images of 10 September weapon test

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media show that the weapon system the country tested on 10 September was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 24 August. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 11 September that

  • RAAF successfully trials precision air drop systems

    The latest generation of joint precision air drop systems (JPADSs) combining steerable parachutes with GPS guidance has been successfully trialled in Australia using a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J transport aircraft. According to the Department of Defence’s (DoD’s) Defence

  • India to receive first Rafale fighter in France on 8 October

    Senior Indian officials are expected to receive on 8 October the first of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters that New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.71 billion). Official sources said Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to

  • Japanese prime minister appoints Taro Kono as new defence minister

    As part of a cabinet reshuffle Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed Taro Kono as Japan’s new defence minister on 11 September, replacing Takeshi Iwaya. Kono, a long-standing member of Japan’s House of Representatives member for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), had served as

  • Japan, Israel sign defence equipment agreement

    Japan and Israel have signed an agreement to deepen ties in defence equipment and technology, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 10 September and provides protections for any bilateral sharing of confidential information