HEADLINES

  • China begins series-producing FTC-2000G aircraft

    China’s Guizhou Aviation Industries Corporation (GAIC) has begun series-producing the locally developed FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft to meet the demand from the international market, according to a 5 September report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The

  • India, China agree to boost interaction between militaries

    India and China have agreed to augment interaction between their respective militaries and have proposed to activate one or more ‘hotlines’ between them to ensure “peace and tranquility” along their disputed 4,057 km-long border. During a meeting on 21 August in New Delhi,

  • Land Forces 2018: Contenders vie for Australia’s IFV requirement

    At the close of the Land Forces 2018 exhibition in Adelaide on 6 September, contenders to supply the Australian Army with up to 450 modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) as part of Project Land 400 Phase 3 had been whittled down to three definites, one possible, one barely possible, and one

  • Pentagon mulls options for space-based missile defence sensors

    The Pentagon is considering adding a significant array of space-based tracking assets to improve missile defence capabilities following a recent wave of congressional support. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system is effective defending against a limited-sized raid of

  • BEL awarded USD1.28 billion order for LRSAM systems for the Indian Navy

    India’s public-sector company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced on 5 September that it has been awarded orders worth INR92 billion (USD1.28 billion) from two Indian shipyards to supply seven Barak-8 (also known as the Barak LR) area-defence missile systems to the Indian Navy (IN).

  • India issues RFI for 75 mini remotely piloted aircraft systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 26 November to a recently issued request for information (RFI) regarding the import of 75 high-altitude mini remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) for the Indian Army (IA). Released on 31 August, the RFI requires that the unmanned

  • Kaplan MT ready for mass production, says report

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) has passed the required qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) and is now ready for mass production, Nail Kurt, the general manager of Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (FNSS), was quoted by

  • Final E-2D for Japan on contract

    Japan has signed for the last of four Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft it is expected to procure, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 5 September. The original equipment manufacturer was awarded USD164.3 million to deliver

  • International condemnation unlikely to challenge Myanmar’s government, but new political party likely to increase military’s political influence

    Event On 3 September, a Myanmarese court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating the Official Secrets Act by publishing a report on violence against the Rohingya community in Rakhine state. US Vice President Mike Pence promptly condemned the conviction on 4

  • Land Forces 2018: Australia’s DST expands defence research partnerships

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – has signed collaborative agreements with US corporation L3 Technologies and Australian firm Daronmont Technologies. DST said on 5 September that

  • Land Forces 2018: Australia’s DST expands defence research partnerships

    The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group – the research and development (R&D) arm of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) – has signed collaborative agreements with US corporation L3 Technologies and Australian firm Daronmont Technologies. DST said on 5 September that

  • Land Forces 2018: Thales, FN Herstal team up for Australian small arms opportunities

    Thales Australia and Belgian company FN Herstal have signed an agreement to co-operate on pursuing small arms opportunities, Thales Australia confirmed to Jane’s on 6 September. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the Land Forces 2018 defence exhibition in

  • Bumerang IFV to finish preliminary trials in 2018

    The K-17 Bumerang infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is being developed by Russia’s Military-Industrial Company (VPK), will finish its preliminary trials before year’s end, a source from VPK told Jane’s . “We will finish the preliminary tests of the Bumerang platform

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian company launches lightweight RWS

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has officially launched an entry-level remote weapon station (RWS), which it says is half the weight of any other RWS mounting a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun. Complete with gun but no ammunition, the R150 RWS weighs 75 kg. It can alternatively mount

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian DoD receives prototype radar for possible use with NASAMS

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has received a prototype vehicle-mounted, active phased-array tactical radar from local company CEA Technologies for potential use in the country’s future ground-based air-defence system. The CEATAC radar, which was displayed mounted on an

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian SHORAD receives Mode 5 IFF certification

    The short-range air defence (SHORAD) system used by the Australian Army has received US certification, meaning that the Saab RBS 70 surface-to-air missile system can be safely deployed on operations with US and coalition forces. The certification by the US Department of Defense’s

  • Pakistan could have up to 250 nuclear warheads by 2025, says report

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal could grow from an estimated 140–150 to between 220 and 250 warheads within the next seven years if the South Asian country continues expanding its nuclear weapon programme and delivery capabilities, according to a report published on 31 August by the Bulletin

  • Russia deploys tanker aircraft to Syria

    Russia has deployed Iluyshin Il-78 ‘Midas’ air-to-air refuelling aircraft to its airbase in Syria to support its ongoing naval exercise in the Mediterranean. At least two – possibly four – Il-78s were seen at Humaymim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province in footage

  • US extends Super Tucano procurement contract for Afghanistan

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has extended the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract it has in place with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to deliver SNC-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop aircraft to Afghanistan. The DoD announced on 4 September that it is

  • US, Ukraine pledge to increase defence ties

    The United States has pledged to offer more support to Ukraine in helping it bolster its defence capability, leading on from a surge in assistance for the Eastern European nation as tensions with Russia continue. US special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker met with President Petro Poroshenko

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