• India approves guidelines for strategic partner policy

    India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has approved the implementation of guidelines in support of the country’s Strategic Partner (SP) policy to boost defence industrial capabilities. The SP policy was published in May 2017

  • Indonesia restores damaged sonar on Diponegoro-class corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has restored the hull-mounted sonar system of its Diponegoro (Sigma)-class corvette that ran aground in January 2015. The vessel, KRI Frans Kaisiepo (368), ran aground while navigating the Surabaya Western Shipping Route (Alur

  • China prepares to test S-400 SAM system

    China plans to test for the first time the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system it recently received from Russia, according to a 27 July report by the TASS news agency. “It is planned that in late July/early August the unit of the Chinese

  • Lockheed Martin to provide radar for Japan’s Aegis Ashore BMD systems

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install. The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3

  • Russia aims to increase collaboration with Africa

    The Russian government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will facilitate the development of military technologies between the two parties. The MOU was signed during the BRICS Africa summit held in Johannesburg from 25-27 July,

  • Russian shipyard chief details Admiral Kuznetsov repairs

    The focus of repairs to Admiral Kuznetsov , the Russian Navy’s only aircraft carrier, will be on its engines, propulsion system, and electronics, according to Sergei Marichev, general director of Zvezdochka Ship Repair Centre. Speaking to TASS news agency on 25 July, Marichev said the repair

  • Indian MoD approves import of NASAMS air-defence system

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the USD1 billion acquisition of an upgraded version of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace/Raytheon National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) – commonly referred to as NASAMS II – for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to

  • Japan launches first Improved Atago-class destroyer

    Japan launched on 30 July the first of two Improved Atago-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Named Maya (pennant number 179), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water at the Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation’s facility in Yokohama and is

  • Airbus Helicopters discussing H145M/C-17 combo with undisclosed prospective customer, likely Australia

    Airbus Helicopters is discussing with a potential customer a requirement to airlift some of the company’s H145M battlefield support helicopters aboard a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft for rapid forward deployment. Speaking to reporters ahead of a live-fire

  • Austal closes in on Cape-class export deal

    Australian shipbuilder Austal is close to signing a contract with Trinidad and Tobago to build and supply two 58 m Cape-class patrol boats, the company announced on 30 July. The patrol boats will be operated by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, which in 2008 also ordered six 30 m fast patrol

  • Taiwan proposes 5.6% defence budget increase

    The government of Taiwan has proposed a 2019 defence budget of TWD346 billion (USD11.3 billion), the Premier William Lai stated on 27 July. In comments reported by the state-run Central News Agency, Lai confirmed that 2019 military expenditure would increase by TWD18.3 billion – or 5.6%

  • Australia’s second AWD accepted by Department of Defence

    The second of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWDs) was officially handed over to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) on 27 July. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, who attended the acceptance ceremony of NUSHIP Brisbane

  • India’s ocean surveillance ship starts harbour trials

    India’s indigenously designed classified missile tracking and ocean surveillance ship (OSS) is undergoing harbour trials at Vishakhapatnam on the country’s east coast, ahead of starting sea trials by the end of the year, security sources told Jane’s. Thereafter, the 15,000-tonne

  • China’s AVIC reveals solar-electric UAV development

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is pursuing a solar-electric, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development programme called Qi Mingxing (Venus), Chinese aviation news portal CAN News reported in late July. According to the report, AVIC’s First Aircraft Institute

  • China’s CASIC secures finance deal

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has signed an agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB) to support a range of initiatives related to industrial modernisation and defence research and development. In a press release on 24 July CASIC said that its financial

  • Indonesia reveals details of Chinese sensors installed onboard KCR-60M vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has installed Chinese-made fire-control, search radars on two of its KCR-60M fast attack craft Equipment provides vessels with a more potent defence against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions In line with the installation of Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system

  • Marsun launches five M21 boats for Royal Thai Navy

    Key Points Marsun has launched another five M21-class patrol boats for the Royal Thai Navy The service is now anticipating delivery of 10 vessels in the class Thai shipbuilder Marsun Company Limited has launched another five M21-class patrol boats for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). The vessels,

  • PTI-led government in Pakistan likely to be stable; infrastructure projects, energy contracts likely to be reviewed

    Key Points IHS Markit expects a smooth transition of power to the PTI and its eventual coalition, with a federal cabinet being formed in August 2018. A PTI-led government’s policy platform is likely to centre on governance reforms, countering corruption (particularly at the local level), and

  • India increases industry licence approvals

    India has increased the number of domestic companies obtaining licences to undertake defence industrial activities. Citing a parliamentary reply by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, the government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said on 25 July that the Department of Industrial

  • India aims to help Bangladesh design warships

    Indian state-owned naval shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard Limited (KSY) in designing and building warships, Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told parliament on 25