• Russian army receives first fully upgraded T-80BVM tanks

    The Russian army has received the first batch of upgraded T-80BVM main battle tanks (MBTs) from JSC Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant (Omsktransmash), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Uralvagonzavod corporation, the plant’s spokesperson announced on 31 October, without specifying numbers.

  • Singapore’s final Littoral Mission Vessel arrives at home port

    Key Points The Republic of Singapore Navy has received its final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel Progress of all eight vessels are on schedule, and the class is on track to be operationalised by 2020 The eighth and final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the

  • India, Russia urged to strengthen industry ties

    Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has called on Russian defence companies to strengthen links with Indian counterparts in producing military equipment for both Indian and international markets. In comments on 5 November at the inaugural India–Russia Defence Industry Cooperation

  • Indonesia signals F-16V intention

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) is planning to procure two squadrons of Lockheed Martin's F-16V (Viper) Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft, TNI-AU’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, has said. The

  • South Korea, US to hold another small-scale aerial drill to replace ‘Vigilant Ace’

    For the second consecutive year, South Korea and the United States plan to reduce the scale of their joint aerial drills to ease tensions with North Korea as part of a broader effort to persuade the country to give up its longer-range missile and nuclear programmes. Known as the “Combined

  • RoKA grounds Surion helicopter fleet after ‘preventive landing’

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has suspended flight operations of its Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KUH-1 Surion multirole medium helicopters after one of the rotorcraft was forced to make an unscheduled landing on 4 November. The RoKA was quoted by the Yonhap News Agency as saying in a

  • Australia to begin construction of High Performance Computing Centre

    Construction of a ‘next-generation High Performance Computing Centre (HPCC)’ for the Australian defence establishment will begin in November following the award of an AUD57 million (USD39.4 million) contract by the Australian government to the Hansen Yuncken construction company.

  • AVT Australia to develop system to improve UAV-captured imagery

    The Australian government has awarded an AUD5.2 million (USD3.6 million) Defence Innovation Hub contract to AVT Australia to develop a system capable of improving the quality of images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Under the deal, AVT Australia aims to reduce the size of the

  • DAPA prioritises 2020–21 offset projects

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced a list of ‘offset target projects’ for 2020–21. The list, recently made available on DAPA’s website, is intended to encourage local industry to position itself to bid for offset contracts with

  • India marks milestone in indigenous development of submarine AIP system

    India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country’s defence ministry announced on 30 October. The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s

  • Thailand outlines technology-transfer priority

    Thailand has outlined a commitment to ensure that technology transfers are secured in all major defence procurement programmes. The policy is intended to support the development of local industry in defence and commercial sectors. Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, spokesperson for the Ministry of

  • Beijing warns Washington over increased USCG activity in western Pacific

    Beijing has warned Washington that it will respond with “resolute measures” to the presence of either US Coast Guard (USCG) cutters or US Navy (USN) warships in the western Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. Speaking at a monthly press conference at the Ministry of National Defence (MND)

  • RAAF introduces new technical categories for launch of cyber warfare workforce

    A new cyber warfare (CW) workforce formed by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be specifically selected and trained to protect the service’s information, systems, and capabilities from cyber attacks or exploitation. According to the Department of Defence (DoD), the RAAF introduced

  • Schiebel to supply Camcopter S-100s to Royal Thai Navy

    Austrian company Schiebel has won a contract for the production and supply of an undisclosed number of Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). “Following an extensive competitive tender process, Schiebel was awarded its first contract with

  • Boeing opens technology centre in Seoul

    Boeing inaugurated on 1 November a research and technology centre in South Korea aimed at strengthening alliances with local aerospace and defence companies. According to the company, the new Boeing Korea Engineering and Technology Centre (BKETC) is focused on “accelerating strategic

  • China cuts steel for Pakistan’s third, fourth Type 054A frigates

    Key Points China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy Once inducted, the vessels could significantly enhance the service’s anti-air warfare capabilities China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding held a steel cutting ceremony for the

  • CPE Capital to acquire Levett

    Australian firm Levett Engineering has reached an agreement to be sold to ASDAM, a defence and manufacturing company owned by Australian private equity group CPE Capital. CPE Capital announced the acquisition in a press release published on 4 November. It did not disclose the terms of the

  • Malaysia confirms delay in MD 530G procurement

    The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that its procurement of MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack helicopters has been delayed because of “various technical issues”. The MoD ordered six MD 530G helicopters from US manufacturer MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) in February

  • Malaysia’s littoral combat ship project faces MYR1.4 billion cost overrun, delays

    Key Points The delivery of Malaysia’s first Maharaja Lela-class littoral combat ship has been delayed to 2023 The troubled programme is also facing a cost overrun of about MYR1.4 billion Malaysia’s Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class littoral combat ship (LCS) programme is facing a cost

  • RoKN receives third upgraded Chang Bogo-class submarine

    South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) handed over Chang Bogo (Type 209/1200)-class submarine Lee Eok Gi to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 31 October after completing an upgrade of the 1,200-tonne boat. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul