• Covid-19: India extends procurement deadlines

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended deadlines for tenders supporting military procurements in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent MoD statement - posted in a tweet by India’s defence secretary Ajay Kumar - said that in view of “extraordinary circumstances” it

  • Covid-19: Japan implements rationalisation efforts to improve procurement spending power

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has implemented a range of “rationalisation” initiatives supporting procurement savings worth more than JPY430 billion (USD4 billion), it said in an annual budgetary report published on 30 March. The move comes as Japan is looking to introduce

  • Czech Republic to begin work on 23 Pandur II IFVs for Indonesian Army

    Czech companies Excalibur Army and Tatra Defence Vehicles, both of which are members of the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), are set to begin work on 23 8×8 Pandur II amphibious infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD). The

  • India’s HAL posts record turnover amid growing pressures

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced a record turnover for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 of more than INR211 billion (USD2.8 billion). The company said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 31 March that the figure represents the second year in succession that it has

  • Saab markets new ARTHUR Mod D radar, showcases Boxer-mounted concept

    Saab has completed the development and is now awaiting contracts for its latest generation ARTHUR (ARTillery HUnting Radar) Mod D weapon locating radar (WLR), which the company established using internal funding. In a statement, Saab said ARTHUR Mod D was its “answer to the requirements for a

  • China’s Norinco announces first export of HJ-12E ATGW system

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) announced on 25 March that it has completed deliveries of its Red Arrow 12E (‘Hongjian-12E’, or HJ-12E) man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system to a foreign customer. The company said via its WeChat account that the move marked

  • Number of PLAN vessels to increase by almost 20% over coming decade, according to US ONI estimates

    China will have a naval fleet of 425 ‘battleforce’ ships and submarines by 2030 – an increase of almost 20% over the next 10 years – according to a US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) report. The ONI forecast was cited in a recently updated Congressional Research Service

  • JMSDF destroyer collides with Chinese fishing boat in East China Sea, two injured

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Hatakaze-class guided missile destroyer JS Shimakaze (pennant number 172) collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on 30 March, injuring two people aboard the fishing boat. A spokesperson at the Ministry of Defense

  • RoKAF to upgrade KF-16s with new IFF, datalink

    South Korea is to integrate advanced identification friend or foe (IFF) and datalink systems onto its Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider upgrade of the type. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 March that the State Department had

  • Ukrainians wrap up Ugandan aircraft upgrade

    A team of 14 Ukrainian pilots, engineers, and designers from the Odessa Aviation Plant (OAP) have returned home from Uganda after repairing and upgraded six training and combat aircraft, Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm announced on 28 March. It said the team was put

  • Boeing awarded USD1.5 billion P-8A production contract

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing USD1.5 billion to build P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission mission aircraft (MMA) for the US Navy (USN), South Korea and New Zealand. The award, announced on 30 March, covers 18 Lot 11 P-8A MMAs, comprising eight for the USN, four for the Royal

  • Covid-19: Russian MoD builds 16 anti-infection centres

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is building 16 new anti-infection centres to fight Covid-19, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Russian government on 26 March. "The first eight centres will be built in Odintsovo, Podolsk [both in the Moscow Region], Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd,

  • North Korea continues testing its new SRBM systems

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media show that Pyongyang continues testing the short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems it unveiled last year, with the country launching on 29 March two SRBMs from what appeared to be the same large-calibre multiple-launch guided rocket system

  • Covid-19: ADF personnel supporting police in enforcing quarantine measures

    Uniformed Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel are being deployed to support civilian police enforcing mandatory quarantine and isolation measures in several Australian airports and a number of hotels in Sydney, the Department of Defence (DoD) has disclosed. According to a DoD website providing

  • Covid-19: Canberra cancels US Marines’ annual training deployment to northern Australia amid coronavirus concerns

    The government in Canberra has cancelled this year’s annual deployment of a US Marine Corps rotational training force to northern Australia because of restrictions designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 30 March.

  • Covid-19: Airbus establishes coronavirus airbridge from China to Europe

    Airbus has used one of its A300-200 aircraft to fly personal protection equipment from China to Europe, the company announced. The airlift, which took place over three days between 26 and 28 March, saw an A330 that is currently being converted into a multirole tanker transport (MRTT) platform for

  • Covid-19: Tokyo despatches military personnel to airports to help stem the spread of coronavirus

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Tokyo has despatched Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) personnel to airports in an effort to strengthen border measures against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus into the country. Specifically, the MoD ordered SDF troops to be sent to Narita International

  • Australia to supply additional Silvershield C-IED systems for ANDSF

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 29 March that more than 15,000 additional units of the Silvershield counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system will be delivered to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) this year. Minister for Defence Industry Linda

  • Australian DoD issues tender for ADF deployable infrastructure modernisation

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has released a Request for Tender (RFT) for the first tranche of assets to be acquired under an AUD500 million (USD340 million) deployable force infrastructure project for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) that was launched in February. Defence Minister

  • Royal Navy shadows Russian warships in English Channel

    The Royal Navy (RN) reported on its website on 26 March that nine of its vessels had completed a “concentrated operation” shadowing seven Russian warships in the English Channel and North Sea. The development came as RN specialists and planners and other UK armed services were preparing