• China developing new 8x8 self-propelled howitzer

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be a new large-calibre 8x8 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) under development by the China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). Citing an article published by Chinese magazine Modern Weapons , the Weixin website reported on 27

  • China develops large transonic wind tunnel

    China has developed a large-scale transonic wind tunnel that will be one of the most advanced in the world, according to information released on 25 September by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The continuous-loop wind tunnel will feature a test chamber capable of

  • Denel’s Miniaturised Guidance System moves towards tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics’ Miniaturised Guidance System (MGS), formerly called AcuFuze, is being internally developed to boost artillery accuracy for 155 mm artillery projectiles and unguided surface-to-surface rockets. The first application is expected to be for 155 mm artillery

  • Australia begins work on satellite ground station as Airbus supports space aims

    The building of a new satellite ground station to support a wideband satellite communications network for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has begun at Kapooka in New South Wales, Australia. Expected to be completed in 2021, the new site is being supported by Northrop Grumman and Viasat under an

  • Second Admiral Gorshkov frigate nears completion

    Construction of the Russian Navy’s second Project 22350 frigate is almost complete, with the ship poised to begin factory trials in November, Severnaya Verf shipyard’s director general has told Jane’s . “The second Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov , is now 99%

  • Seoul, Pyongyang begin demining parts of DMZ

    North and South Korea have begun removing landmines from parts of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as part of an agreement reached between the neighbouring countries aimed at easing tensions and preventing accidental clashes. Seoul and Pyongyang launched on 1 October the demining operation in

  • Australia consolidates Wedgetail contracts

    The Australian government and Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) announced on 28 September the signing of an agreement to consolidate support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The new agreement,

  • IED attack targets school in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    AN IMPROVISED explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a high school in Arabano square in Jalalabad city in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 29 September, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports did

  • IED attack wounds a HIG bodyguard in Afghanistan's Khost

    A BODYGUARD was wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on the motorcycle of parliamentary candidate of the Hizb-i-Islami - Gulbuddin (HIG) - identified as Abdul Wali Ekhlas - by unidentified militants, detonated in the city of Khost in Afghanistan's Khost province on 29

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Philippine Navy’s fourth batch of MPACs to inherit Mk III design

    A fourth batch of multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) will largely inherit the design of the Mk III vessels that were commissioned in 2017, an industry official has told Jane’s . The official, who spoke at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

  • PT PAL closes in on Philippine Navy opportunities

    Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL is stepping up engagement with the Philippine Navy (PN) in efforts to fulfil the service’s capability requirements for sealift, surface combatants, and submarines, an industry official from PT PAL has confirmed to Jane’s . The official, speaking at the

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: CSBC reveals further details of LPD on order for Taiwan

    Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has given further details of the landing platform dock (LPD) vessel that it will build for the Republic of China Navy (RoCN). CSBC received a contract for the vessel, which has been ordered to fulfil the RoCN’s amphibious assault requirements, in April

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, CSBC Corporation unveil frigate concept for export market

    Key Points A Taiwan defence research institute has teamed up with a private shipbuilder on a light frigate concept Project reflects the country’s ambition to capture international demand for similar surface combatants Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: NCSIST, Lung Teh team up on stealthy assault craft concept

    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has teamed up with local shipbuilder Lung Teh to produce a 25 m assault craft concept with low-observability features. The concept, which was on display at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence

  • Uralvagonzavod to upgrade 2S7M SPG

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) will upgrade 2S7M Malka 203 mm self-propelled guns (SPGs) to a 2S7SM configuration for the Russian armed forces, a UVZ source told Jane's . “UVZ’s JSC Ural Transport Machine-Building Plant [Uraltransmash] has already started work on the modernisation

  • A dozen civilians killed in Afghan airstrike, says UN

    Preliminary findings by the United Nations indicate that 12 civilians have been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s central Maidan Wardak Province during operations conducted by pro-government forces in the area. “All of the victims were women and children from the same family whose

  • Philippine Air Force prioritises fighter aircraft procurement

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has budgeted PHP61 billion (USD1.1 billion) to procure a multirole combat aircraft over the next five years, a senior PAF official told Jane’s at the Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) 2018 exhibition in Manila. He said the procurement – the Multi-Role

  • Beijing criticises USAF B-52 flights over South China Sea

    China has criticised two recent flights conducted by US Air Force (USAF) B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft over parts of the disputed South China Sea as “provocative”; a move that comes amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington. Asked by reporters about the USAF mission,

  • China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G makes maiden flight

    China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft conducted its maiden flight on 28 September in China’s southern Guizhou Province. The aircraft, which was designed and built by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC), took off at Anshun

  • Kaohsiung Maritime 2018: Taiwan begins work on next-generation Hsiung Feng missile

    Key Points Taiwan is developing a next-generation version of the Hsiung Feng III missile Developments aim to improve weapon’s survivability, range, and payload capacity Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is currently working on an improved