• South Korea resumes operations on AW159 naval helicopters

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has resumed operations on seven of its eight AW159 naval helicopters. The entire fleet of anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable aircraft was grounded in November 2019 as a precautionary measure after abnormal vibrations were detected in one of the helicopters during

  • China restructures shipbuilding shareholdings

    The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has announced a series of shareholding restructurings in support of the merger between China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The CSRC said on 10 January that stakes in CSSC shipbuilding

  • India commissions second, third Priyadarshini-class fast patrol vessels

    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has commissioned two more Priyadarshini-class fast patrol vessels (FPVs). The boats, which have been named ICGS Amrit Kaur (225) and ICGS Annie Besant (223) respectively, were commissioned on 12 January in Kolkata. The vessels are part of a five-boat contract signed

  • India conducts first take-off, landing of light combat aircraft from INS Vikramaditya

    India has conducted the first successful ski jump take-off, and arrested landing of a demonstrator Light Combat Aircraft (Navy) from its Russian-built aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya . These milestones were recorded on 12 January, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced in a media release on

  • India lays down keel for first dive support vessel

    An Indian shipyard has laid down the first of two dive support vessels (DSVs) on order for the Indian Navy. Keel for the vessel was laid down on 28 December 2019 at Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). First steel for the vessel was cut in May 2019. The DSV is part of an INR20.19 billion (USD282

  • Seoul passes law to support ‘export-oriented defence industry’

    South Korea’s National Assembly has approved legislation to strengthen the global competitiveness of the national defence industry. The ‘Act on the Development and Support of Defense Industry’ replaces the Defense Business Act that was enacted in 2006 alongside the establishment of

  • Russian Airborne Troops to receive new C4 system in 2021

    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are completing development of a new command, control, communications and computer (C4) system in 2021 for their BTR-MDM, BMD-4M, and KamAZ-63968 armoured fighting vehicles, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website on 4 January. The system will

  • Russian Ground Forces to receive upgraded BMPs and BMPTs in 2020

    The Russian Ground Forces will receive BMP-2 and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) upgraded with the unmanned Epokha and Berezhok combat modules, respectively, as well as BMPT Terminator fire support vehicles later this year, the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) TV Zvezda reported on 5

  • Upgraded Ka-27Ms set to become operational in Baltic Fleet

    Russia’s Baltic Fleet will declare its upgraded Kamov Ka-27M (‘Helix’) anti-submarine helicopters operational later this year. The fleet’s 396th Separate Naval Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron, based at Donskoye air base in the Kaliningrad enclave, received its first

  • Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV SPH completes preliminary trials

    The first batch of Russia’s 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has completed its preliminary company trials ahead of factory tests and official trials with the Russian Ground Forces, the Ministry of Defence’s TV Zvezda reported on 31 December. The report states that

  • Russia unveils scale models of new SSBN, upgraded corvettes, and combat icebreakers

    Scale models of the next-generation Project 585 (Laika-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) under development for the Russian Navy and several updated surface combatants were unveiled during a recent Ministry of Defence board meeting in Moscow. Footage of the scale models was

  • Singapore cleared to acquire up to 12 F-35B STOVL JSFs

    The US State Department has approved a potential USD2.75 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) as well as associated spare parts, logistics, and training support to Singapore. The US Defense Security

  • Australia prepares industry involvement in Land 400 project

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is to initiate efforts to involve local industry in the Land 400 Phase 3 project to replace the Australian Army’s M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles.

  • Indonesia sends more warships, submarine to Natuna as China backs down

    Key Points Indonesia has sent more warships and a submarine to the Natuna Islands, even as China appears to have backed down from a stand-off near the area The movements mark Indonesia’s largest military deployment into the South China Sea The Indonesian Navy has deployed more vessels to

  • Chinese cities enhancing civil air-defence capabilities

    China’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 3 January that nine Chinese cities in the Pearl River delta have signed an agreement on the co-ordinated development of civil air defences. The rationale for this move is that the character of modern warfare may result in simultaneous

  • Number of Chinese vessels entering contiguous zone of disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands reached record level in 2019

    The number of Chinese government vessels entering the contiguous zone of the Japanese-controlled but Chinese-claimed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands reached a record level in 2019, according to Japan Coast Guard (JCG) data that was recently published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Tokyo.

  • Philippines prepares to deploy 84 m OPV to Middle East for possible evacuations

    Key Points The Philippines is preparing a newly received OPV for its first rescue mission The country’s armed forces have also been instructed to prepare its landing platform docks, and two battalions of troops to assist in possible evacuations The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is preparing

  • US official outlines Indian CAATSA risks

    The United States retains concerns that India’s procurement of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from Russia could jeopardise US military technologies and potentially India’s access to US sustainment capability. Speaking in a background

  • China, Pakistan deploy warships to the Middle East for security operations

    Amid ongoing tensions between Tehran and Washington, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the Pakistan Navy have deployed warships to undertake maritime security operations in the Middle East. An official from Pakistan’s inter-services public relations office confirmed

  • Pakistan defence committee outlines PAC efficiency requirements

    Pakistan’s Standing Committee on Defence Production has outlined requirements for the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) to become more efficient and pursue exports. The priorities were laid out in a statement by the Senate committee on 7 January. The statement said that the development of