• UNAMA reports rise in civilian casualties caused by IEDs

    The United Nations has documented a sharp increase in the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan caused by the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-government forces. In a special report released on 7 October the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated that IEDs

  • Australia, Singapore conduct inaugural MUM-T collaboration at bilateral naval drills

    Key Points The navies of Australia and Singapore have successfully conducted their first-ever combined manned-unmanned teaming operation involving a helicopter and a UAV The operation underscores the strong level of interoperability and commonality between both services In a sign of growing

  • Nexter looks to build its profile in Vietnam

    Nexter is stepping up efforts to secure industrial partnerships in Vietnam as part of the French defence group’s wider efforts to expand its profile in Southeast Asia. A spokesperson for the company said on 9 October that its attendance at the recent Homeland Security Expo in Hanoi, which

  • Taliban militants kill 10 soldiers in Afghanistan's Jowzjan

    TEN soldiers were killed during a Taliban attack on security posts in Qoshtepa district in Afghanistan's Jowzjan province on 8 October, Afghan Islamic Press reported. Reports added that the militants captured three security posts during the attack, and seized all the weapons and equipment present.

  • AUSA 2018: Israel’s Smart Shooter offering rifle-mounted C-UAS fire-control system

    Israel’s Smart Shooter is expanding its line of SMASH rifle fire-control systems and has demonstrated the devices for US military personnel, company officials said at the annual Association of the United States Army conference, held from 8 to 10 October in Washington, DC. SMASH uses image

  • AUSA 2018: US Army seeks to address Assured PNT for mounted platforms

    The US Army has nearly finalised a plan to develop Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) for vehicles, and is also drafting a plan for dismounted APNT. Willie Nelson, director of the US Army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Cross-Functional Team, noted that the service

  • AUSA 2018: US Army working to field new Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicles

    The US Army is testing a new Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle (EWTV) platform to provide brigade combat teams with the ability to detect threats on the electromagnetic spectrum. The vehicles are based on a MaxxPro Dash mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) truck, and they integrate a variant of

  • China, Pakistan to jointly produce Wing Loong II UAVs, says report

    Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) will reportedly jointly produce 48 Wing Loong II strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The announcement, which was made on 6 October via the Facebook page of the Pakistan Air

  • Pakistan receives decommissioned MCMV from Belgium

    Shipping company Peters & May Ltd has transported a decommissioned mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) from Belgium to Pakistan. The UK-based company announced on its website that the 540-tonne ship, along with three 40 ft containers containing additional parts, had been delivered to the South

  • IED attack kills police officer in Afghanistan's Kapisa

    ONE police officer was killed and one other officer wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a police vehicle in Tagab district in Afghanistan's Kapisa province on 23 September, The New York Times reported. No group

  • IED attack kills soldier in Afghanistan's Herat

    ONE soldier was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a military vehicle in Obe district in Afghanistan's Herat province on 24 September, The New York Times reported. No group immediately

  • Indra to supply Australia with mobile forensic lab for IED analysis

    Spain’s Indra has been awarded an AUD36 million (USD25.4 million) contract by the Australian government to design and manufacture a deployable forensic laboratory that will facilitate the rapid collection, analysis, and documentation of evidence from any incident involving an improvised

  • Ingushetia land transfer protests indicate growing risks of violent protests and road blockades in Russia’s North Caucasus

    Event On 4 October 2018, in Magas, Ingushetia, up to 40,000 people reportedly rallied for a protest against the proposed land transfer to the nearby Chechnya republic. On 26 September, the heads of Chechnya and Ingushetia signed an agreement on the administrative border changes, according to which

  • Norinco points to further expansion

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) – China’s largest manufacturer of military vehicles and artillery systems – has said it is on target to post record annual turnover and profit. The state-owned group said in a recent press release that its sales revenues in the

  • SOMO IR highlights ‘fusion’ camera systems, eyes international armoured vehicle programmes

    South Korea’s SOMO IR, the thermal camera and precision optical glass moulding business unit of Seoul-based energy, logistics, and manufacturing company SOMO Group, has developed a family of indigenous “fusion” camera systems aimed at existing armoured combat vehicles as well as

  • Japan commits to local involvement in fighter programme

    Japan’s newly appointed defence minister, Takeshi Iwaya, has outlined a commitment to involve local industry in the programme to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft. However, speaking during a press conference on 5 October, Iwaya also rejected

  • Japan, Philippine navies flex new amphibious capabilities at drills with US

    Key Points Armed forces of Japan, the Philippines, and the United States have demonstrated their joint amphibious assault capabilities at a military exercise Drills have been designed to further enhance amphibious interoperability between the three countries Japan and the Philippines have each

  • Jain Technology unveils acoustic shot detection system

    South Korea’s Jain Technology, a Seoul-based company specialising in ultrasonic liquid and gas flowmeters for commercial and scientific applications, has leveraged its research and development (R&D) experience in high-precision acoustic measurement devices to produce an indigenous acoustic

  • Progress expected following resumption of tough Future Submarine negotiations

    Negotiations resumed in Canberra on 8 October between the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and French shipbuilder Naval Group with hopes of an early break in the impasse over a strategic partnering agreement (SPA) for Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD36 billion) Future Submarine programme.

  • Report envisages lengthy build-up to Australia’s Future Submarine fleet

    Australia could only achieve its intended fleet of 12 next-generation submarines before about 2054 by compressing the proposed two-year delivery drumbeat, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) think tank released on 9 October. Examining issues involved in the