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Rafael celebrates over 20 years of activity in India and presents ready-to-use systems for the Indian military

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is participating at Aero India 2019 February 20-24, 2019, in Bengaluru, India.

12th Feb 2019 | Read more

Minister to visit Japan, China and Singapore

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will visit Japan, China and Singapore from 22-28 January 2019.

21st Jan 2019 | Read more


he Secretary of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty and the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell visited the People’s Republic of China this week to conduct the Australia-China Defence Strategic Dialogue.

30th Oct 2018 | Read more

ST Engineering Joins Hands with Cisco and IBM to Safeguard Cyber Landscapes

Building a secure cyber infrastructure and developing best-of-breed solutions to secure IT and OT networks

25th Oct 2018 | Read more

French Forces clear MMP 5th generation land combat missile for Desert Operations

From August 25 to September 22 2018 in Djibouti, the French Army Technical Service (STAT), the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), with the support of MBDA, achieved the evaluation campaign

17th Oct 2018 | Read more

Rostec ready to assist India in implementing healthcare reform

Shvabe Holding, part of Russian State Corporation Rostec, is ready to assist its Indian partners in the creation, equipping and reequipping of hospitals and medical centers.

15th Oct 2018 | Read more

Thales Australia and Wedgetail Industries join forces on small arms exports to India

hales Australia has signed an MoU with Wedgetail Industries for the design, development and manufacture of the LA106 Longreach .338” Sniper Rifle chassis to support potential export opportunities to India.

6th Sep 2018 | Read more

A400M delivers humanitarian goods to earthquake victims in Lombok, Indonesia

The Indonesian Government, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre (CDCS) and the Airbus Foundation have delivered 24 tonnes of relief material including galvanized roof sheets, food supplies and ambulances from Jakarta to Lombok in Indonesia to support victims of the recent earthquakes in the area.

29th Aug 2018 | Read more

Rosoboronexport signs contracts worth over 20.3 billion rubles with foreign partners at Army 2018 forum

Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec State Corporation, has signed 15 different contract documents with foreign customers of Russian military equipment and weapons at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Moscow region.

28th Aug 2018 | Read more

GKN Aerospace pursues potential new wiring manufacturing facility in India

GKN Fokker Elmo is discussing plans for a second manufacturing facility for wiring systems in India during a visit to Pune this week.

28th May 2018 | Read more


Around 300 members of the Australian Defence Force have joined a French-led multinational force to participate in valuable disaster response training

15th May 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT to offer Protection in Cyber Space

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, will also be using its expert knowledge in defence and security to protect IT systems.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

U.S. Army Awards Leidos Munitions Services Contract

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology leader, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army to continue to provide logistics services to the 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) in support of U.S. Army Central (ARCENT), the Army component of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

27th Mar 2018 | Read more

Leidos recently transported supplies across 3 continents

Team Leidos worked with the MoD to transport the field hospital from MoD Donnington and MoD Bicester to Kenya, through Uganda and then onto Juba in South Sudan

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

General Services Administration Awards Leidos Contract to Support U.S. Army’s C4ISR Prototyping Operations

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader,announced today it was awarded a follow-on task order by the General Services

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Babcock to develop base in Busan, South Korea

Further strengthening its international reach and its presence in South Korea, Babcock International, the highly- skilled engineering company has announced that it is to open a facility in Busan

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Rosoboronexport: 60th anniversary of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Indonesia

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) notes the high level of military-technical cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia.

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Exercise BOSS LIFT to Malaysia higlights

A group of 18 employers from South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria have returned from Malaysia after experiencing life as a Reservist as part of Exercise Boss Lift.

7th Feb 2018 | Read more

Lockheed Martin x Girls in Tech Announce Singapore STEM Partnership

Leading security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin today announced a year-long partnership with global NPO Girls in Tech to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

3rd Feb 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT Avionics provides Proof of Interoperability with Partners during NATO “Bold Quest” Exercise

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, provided proof of the performance and interoperability of its avionics computer

10th Nov 2017 | Read more


The Australian Defence Force will expand its assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

24th Oct 2017 | Read more


Company to Provide Meeting, Scientific, and Administrative Support Services to the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

1st Sep 2017 | Read more

Saab Renews Strategic Partnerships With Indonesia’s BPPT and UNHAN

Saab has signed further agreements with BPPT and UNHAN, to continue working together on technology development and educational advances.

30th Aug 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems and Leonardo to Collaborate on New Precision-guided Munitions

BAE Systems and Leonardo have announced an initiative to pursue collaborations on new precision-guided solutions

29th Jun 2017 | Read more

DEFENSE & SECURITY 2017, Bangkok, Thailand, online pre-registration is now open!

The show will be held from 6 – 9 November 2017 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $40 Million Contract

( “Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded a contract from the Brazilian Marine Corps (“BMC”) for the supply of advanced C4ISR,

10th May 2017 | Read more

Australia Joins US and the Philippines in Major Exercise

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have deployed to the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan 2017

8th May 2017 | Read more

Rheinmetall to supply Royal Thai Navy with state-of-the-art training facility

The Royal Thai Navy has awarded Rheinmetall another important order in the field of maritime training simulation.

5th Apr 2017 | Read more

Saab Signs Framework Contracts for Static and Mobile Camouflage Systems

Defence and security company Saab has, under a joint procurement process with Denmark and Norway,

4th Apr 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $82 Million Contract

("Elbit Systems"), announced today that it was awarded an approximately $82 million contract to provide an Asia-Pacific country with a comprehensive Electro-optic airborne solution,

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

South Korea, US forces begin joint military drills

South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual, massive military exercises on Wednesday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered his troops to prepare for a “merciless strike” against the enemy forces.

6th Mar 2017 | Read more

Results of LLC RSTradehouse participation in Bangalore airshow

LLC RSTradehouse acting on behalf of a number of Russian companies has taken part in the show “Aero India 2017”.

20th Feb 2017 | Read more

IAI Gains Momentum in the Cyber Arena:

The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the establishment of a Cyber Division at IAI's Subsidiary, ELTA

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Alexander Mikheev assumeS the position of CEO of JSC Rosoboronexport

JSC Rosoboronexport (a unit of the Rostec State Corporation) informs the public and associates about the inauguration of its new CEO Alexander Mikheev.

13th Jan 2017 | Read more

Saab develops new, individualised training app for soldiers

Defense and security company Saab has developed a new app called WE:Go for soldiers using Saab’s GAMER instrumented training system.

15th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market

Germany’s Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company.

3rd Dec 2016 | Read more

IAI Signs a Strategic Cyber Deal in Asia Worth $15 Million

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced this week that it signed a significant contract worth $15 million for a cyber-intelligence system with a customer in Asia.

3rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Saab Awarded Research Contract From DARPA

Defense and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

4th Oct 2016 | Read more

Pakistan, Russia to hold their first-ever joint military exercises

Pakistan and Russia are set to hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year,

13th Sep 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract of over $90 Million to Supply an Asia-Pacific Country with SPECTROTM XR

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at over $90 million from an Asia-Pacific country, for the supply of SPECTROTM XR

11th Sep 2016 | Read more

IAI Signs Significant Cyber Deals in Asia Totaling More Than $40 Million

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced signing significant cyber deals, worth more than $40 million, with customers in Asia.

13th Jul 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space wins three major cryptographic key management system contracts

irbus Defence and Space, a key player in the cyber security market in Europe, has been awarded three contracts from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

Vietnam eyes secondhand Japanese defense gear

Vietnam is looking to beef up its defense capabilities, particularly now that the U.S. has fully lifted its arms embargo against the country.

26th Jun 2016 | Read more

Indian Defence Ministry nod to buy 145 ultra light howitzers

Defence Ministry approved the much delayed purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers, worth about Rs 5,000 crore, from the US

25th Jun 2016 | Read more

ECLIPSE counter-IED system to enter into service within the French forces

The counter-IED system developed by Thales is soon to enter into service within the French armed forces.

17th May 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Qatar and France sign €6.7 billioncontract for 24 Rafale fighter jets

DIMDEX 2016 opened with a €6.7 billion contract signing ceremony between Qatar and Rafale International(Dassault Aviation)

30th Mar 2016 | Read more

China Raises 2016 Defense Spending by 7.6%

China will raise its defense spending by 7.6 percent this year, a budget report to the country’s Communist-controlled parliament showed on Saturday

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

NTU Singapore and BAE Systems to jointly develop next-generation cybersecurity solutions

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and BAE Systems have signed a $2.5 million partnership to jointly develop next-generation cybersecurity solutions in an era of rising cyber attacks.

5th Feb 2016 | Read more

TSG Delivers Unique, Real-Time Maritime Intelligence Solution to Southeast Asian Customer

TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd. – a subsidiary of Ness Group that specializes in Defense, Cyber Security, Telecom and HLS solutions

12th Jan 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems’ Cyber Subsidiary, CYBERBIT, Provides RUAG Defence with an Advanced Cyber Security Simulator

Elbit Systems Ltd announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CYBERBIT Ltd. (“CYBERBIT”), was awarded a contract to provide the Switzerland-based company RUAG Defence

21st Dec 2015 | Read more

India, US will continue to push ties to counter-terrorism, global health, cyber security

US and India have strengthened their ties in defence and counter-terrorism,

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Malaysian-French HADR Exercise

The Malaysian Armed Forces is conducting a five-day HADR exercise with its French counterpart codenamed Eks MalFran this week.

27th Apr 2015 | Read more

Japan's PM showcasing defence alliance, business ties on U.S. tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the U.S. on Sunday for a weeklong visit to showcase the success of the alliance built from Tokyo's defeat in World War II,

27th Apr 2015 | Read more

Sinagpore Armed Forces assist in Nepal earthquake relief efforts

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will deploy a medical team of about 15 medical personnel, as well as personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre

26th Apr 2015 | Read more

Pakistan has confirmed that it is procuring US military equipment to meet its critical defense needs.

At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the proposed military equipment will also help us in the campaign against terrorism.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

U.S. Defense Chief Arrives in South Korea Amid News of North’s Missile Launches

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s welcome present was waiting for him when he touched down here on Thursday

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence partners with Sweden’s SAAB for naval UAVs

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence and Aerospace has tied up with SAAB of Sweden to bid for the ship-borne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme of the Indian Navy, valued at ₹1,000 crore.

22nd Mar 2015 | Read more

Saab Anticipates Positive Response At LIMA'15

Saab International (M) Sdn Bhd, a unit under the Swedish-based defence and security company, Saab, anticipates positive response at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015 (LIMA'15).

12th Mar 2015 | Read more

S. Korea, Colombia agree to boost defense cooperation

The South Korean and Colombian defense chiefs held talks on Wednesday to discuss regional security situations and signed an agreement to deepen bilateral defense ties, Seoul's defense ministry said.

11th Mar 2015 | Read more

UEC gets export independence

United Engine Corporation (UEC) combines over 85% of the engine design bureau and production facilities of Russia.

9th Mar 2015 | Read more

China defence budget 10 pct rise to defy slowing economy

China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday

5th Mar 2015 | Read more

India’s defence spend may hit $620 billion in FY14-22

With half of spend going into capex, India will potentially turn into a supplier of arms to rich nations

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

Rohde & Schwarz to present secure communications and intelligence solutions at IDEX 2015

Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its integrated communications and intelligence systems for all branches of the armed forces at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

Minister of State for Defence in Bahrain for Gulf security talks

Minister of State for Defence Dr Maliki Osman has highlighted the importance of strategic dialogue and practical cooperation amongst militaries, to address challenges posed by transnational security threats, such as terrorism and maritime security threats.

10th Dec 2014 | Read more

Indian media: Modernising the armed forces

The Indian papers focus on the tough challenge facing India's new defence minister

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Thales Introduces New Multirole Surveillance Radar With AESA Technology At Euronaval 2014

Thales is launching the new SEARCHMASTER® multirole surveillance radar

30th Oct 2014 | Read more

Thales inaugurates Innovation Hub in Singapore

Thales, a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security,

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Top DoD official: U.S. will 'respond' if Japan-China dispute escalates

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will respond with military force if allies in the Pacific region are threatened

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Elbit Systems Provides Singaporean ST Electronics (Info-Security) with a Cyber Security Simulator for Civil Applications

Elbit Systems announced today that it provided ST Electronics with a Cyber Security Simulator

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

China's Xi pledges closer defence ties with Sri Lanka

China's President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased defence and maritime security

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

Singapore Defence Chief confirms Ties

Singapore's Chief of Defence Ng Chee Meng has confirmed his country's

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

Historic shift as Japan expands scope of military

Japan on Tuesday loosened the bonds on its powerful military

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

Turkey may scrap Chinese missile deal

Chinese military experts blast Ankara, saying the US$3.4 billion defence contract

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

China General's Ousting Tightens Xi's Grip on Military

BEIJING — The Chinese Communist Party’s dramatic expulsion of a former top general

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

Norway conducts successful Live Fire – NASAMS demonstrates excellence

Kongsberg announced on June 16 that NASAMS again demonstrates its unique capabilities

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Barrett awarded a $6 million contract for a Central Asian Border Protection Agency

Barrett Communications, an international communications company specialising in the design

28th May 2014 | Read more

Vietnam cannot find support in dispute with China

HANOI , Vietnam, May 12 (UPI) --The territorial dispute between China and Vietnam

14th May 2014 | Read more

Chinese Army Delegation to Visit India

An eight-member delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army headed

14th Apr 2014 | Read more

Philippines: Draft of defence pact with US sent to Aquino

Manila: A draft of the proposed enhanced defence cooperation agreed upon by United States

14th Apr 2014 | Read more


DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, will be highlighting Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

4th Apr 2014 | Read more

Singapore: Small state, big weapons buyer

In its quest to remain independent, Singapore has embarked on major arms deals with the US.

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

EU Urges Russian De-escalation on Ukraine, Warns of Further Sanctions

EU leaders meeting here Thursday have called for Russia to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

S Korea to develop Stuxnet-like cyberweapons

South Korea is to develop cyber-attack tools in an attempt to damage North Korean nuclear facilities

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Large Israeli Presence at Defexpo 2014:

SIBAT brings 21 Israeli defense companies to Israel’s national pavilion at Defexpo 2014

7th Feb 2014 | Read more

India, Israel to Build Anti-Missile System

India and Israel will jointly build an integrated anti-missile system to be deployed against Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles.

7th Feb 2014 | Read more

Thales has clear industrial footprint plan for India'

Global technology leader Thales has a clear industrial footprint plan for India that is not a "conceptual idea",

1st Feb 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Scores With Air and Missile Defence in the Middle East

Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control division (MFC) is a major supplier of defence equipment to the Middle East and that business is about to arise to a new level thanks to an anticipated sale of its Terminal High-Altitude Air Defence (THAAD) to Qatar

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition 2013

The last Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition was successfully held with best ever results 314 exhibitors from 31 countries and about 100 thousands of trade visitors.

17th Oct 2013 | Read more


Major Asian Tri-Service exhibition is primed for action in November. ASEAN is now fully embarked on military modernization, making it one of the fastest-growing regions for military spending in the world.

1st Oct 2013 | Read more

The Israeli Defence Industries

The problem faced by Israeli defence industries is simple or complicated, depending on the angle of sight. On one hand the Israeli defence budget limits the purchase of locally made systems and on the other, the export market has become very difficult mainly because of budget constraints.

2nd Aug 2013 | Read more

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.

6th May 2013 | Read more


Military communications have come a long way from heliographs, flags and smoke signals. The past century has witnessed a phenomenal explosion in communication

14th Mar 2013 | Read more

Cobra Gold

In the distance through the tropical haze, large Thai and US naval vessels could be seen in the Gulf of Thailand. Suddenly the morning calm was punctuated by a huge underwater explosion

7th Mar 2013 | Read more


At the 9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation AERO INDIA 2013, to be held in Bangalore from February 6 to 10, a Rosoboronexport delegation is to present the latest export models of Russian aviation and air defense equipment

5th Feb 2013 | Read more

The Push and Pull of Offset in the Development of Malaysia’s Defence and Security Technology Park

Defence offsets have long been practiced by Malaysia as part of its strategic development plans, but the results have been mixed. In an effort to improve the impact of offsets, the government has institutionalised its countertrade and offset policy

28th Jan 2013 | Read more

Indo Defence

Protestors in the Norwegian capital Oslo recently demonstrated against Europe being collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis that the continent is the world’s second largest defence spender, after the United States.

14th Dec 2012 | Read more

Indonesia’s security environment

A good measure of how any Government views its security circumstances is of course its level of spending on the military. Even quite poor countries can devote large percentages of their wealth to supporting their armed forces – North Korea being a classic example.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Vietnam - A delicate balancing act

If any country in the region should have an awareness of its security environment, it should be Vietnam.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more


Asia’s ‘second front’ in the US-led Global War on Terror has not been grabbing news headlines in recent months, especially in light of continued high-profile operations in Afghanistan and Pakistani border areas.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more


The US is a leader in terms of military radio technology, and its Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) was slated to be the crème de la crème with its wide-ranging multipurpose communication capabilities.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

In a major review of the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently announced its revised Defence Offset Guidelines (DOG), which have come into effect from August 01, 2012. The guidelines have included several new provisions besides modifying and clarifying some of the existing ones.

13th Sep 2012 | Read more

Strong growth for Israel in Asia

In recent years the presence of Asian visitors in the facilities of major Israeli defence industries has become almost a daily occurrence. But without any doubt, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is the main beneficiary from the appetite of some Asian countries for very advanced weapon systems. In some cases the development of systems is being partially funded by these customers.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more


Since the dawn of time, commanders have been seeking ways of giving their soldiers an advantage in terms of situational awareness, lethality, mobility, survivability and command and control (C2). The modern infantryman is equipped with all manner of high-tech communications, armour and weapon paraphernalia. However, the soldier can easily be weighed down by such equipment so requirements need to be carefully programmed to keep weight to a minimum, to ensure interoperability, to keep man-machine interfaces simple, and to make it ergonomically comfortable.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation - which constitutes India’s official defence budget - is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

Vectronix Introduces Its All New Medium Range Clip-On Night Sight

Vectronix AG, the Swiss-based global leader in portable optronics solutions, introduces its newest clip-on night sight.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Malaysia Funding problems continue

While all three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) have been hoping to extensively replace some of their aging capital equipment - along with improving and upgrading existing hardware - the existing financial and political realities have stalled many plans. Fiscally the Malaysian Armed Forces struggle with the fact that since the 1980s, it has been subjected to an irregular development pace with a number of programs postponed or abandoned at the Malaysian government’s convenience. This is despite such programs being initially agreed to and budgeted for.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more


China’s military continues to expand in capability, and the country’s level of assertiveness over South China Sea and East China Sea territorial claims is causing alarm in many Asian neighbours.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lakota program remains on budget and schedule as it enters its seventh program year The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract on January 10 to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be produced in the Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Security concerns in Afghanistan.

A few weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Julian Gillard made a surprise visit to Tarin Kowt to meet with the troops stationed there. Then days after that Opposition leader Tony Abbott made a surprise visit to the same place. Earlier in the year US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Kabul. See the pattern? Every single visit by a foreign dignitary is either a surprise, a secret or is unannounced – exactly the same pattern that has prevailed in Iraq since the invasion of 2003.

22nd Nov 2011 | Read more

DSEi: Asian region activities.

The United Kingdom held its Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) defence exhibition at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands in September and it proved another successful event. The show is one of Europe’s largest displays of defence equipment and is unusual in covering land, sea and air aspects. There were more than 1,300 exhibitors and numerous delegations including those from the Pacific Rim.

17th Nov 2011 | Read more

India’s Defence Production Policy

Over recent years India has created a vast defence industrial base which presently consists of 40-odd Ordnance Factories (OFs), nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), 50-odd R&D labs and a small but growing private sector. The industry as a whole is responsible for producing a vast variety of items, ranging from small arms and ammunition all the way through to tanks, fighter aircraft, warships - plus radars and other electronic items. Although long overdue, the Indian Ministry of Defence unveiled in early 2011 the first ever Defence Production Policy (DPrP), intended to give a focussed direction to industry. The policy document, which came into force since 1st January, lists four broad objectives: (1) “to achieve substantive self reliance in the design, development and production of equipment / weapon systems / platforms required for defence in as early a time frame as possible”; (2) “to create conditions conducive for the private industry to take an active role in this endeavour”; (3) “to broaden the defence research and development (R&D) base of the country”; and (4) “to enhance potential of SMEs [Small and Medium Enterprises] in indigenization”. To achieve these objectives the policy document has included various enabling provisions, with the broader aim to create a self-sufficient domestic defence industry that would be able to meet most of armed forces’ hardware requirements.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more


Defence shows can be quite staid affairs, but Taiwan produced the unexpected at the biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) held from 11-14 July 2011. What was startling in the Ministry of National Defence (MND) pavilion was a large backdrop portraying a “new-generation” Taiwanese Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile striking a Soviet-style aircraft carrier. It was no mere coincidence that this exhibit appeared just one day after the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) despatched its ex-Soviet aircraft carrier on her maiden voyage!

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

Kavkaz Center and Civil War in Libya

ntroduction Most Western politicians have supported anti-Qaddafi rebels and wish the end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. Paradoxically enough, at least at first glance, the same desire is shared by North Caucasian jihadists, and this is the reason they provide neutral or even positive images of NATO policy in Libya. At lease this was the case at the beginning of the war. These neutral/positive images of NATO actions against Qaddafi go along with condemnation of NATO actions in Afghanistan, and an overall negative view of the West in general, the USA in particular. Recently Kavkaz Center, the major internet vehicle of North Caucasian jihadists, eulogized Osama Bin Laden as a victim of President Barak Obama, who they claimed was a member of a Satanic cult.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Supply Asian Countries with Electro-Optical Payloads for Maritime Applications Under Contracts Valued at Approximately $20 Million

Elbit announced on August 17 that it was awarded contracts by several customers in Asia to supply many dozens of observation systems for maritime patrol aircraft, vessels and observation towers. The total value of these new contracts is approximately $20 million, to be supplied over three years.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract to Upgrade CF-18 Simulators

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced on September 6 that it has been awarded a foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command’s Training Systems Division to upgrade Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 flight simulators located at Cold Lake, Bagotville and Ottawa. “This upgrade effort will enable Canada to rapidly gain training system concurrency with its CF-18 aircraft while increasing simulation fidelity at the lowest risk and cost,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “By sharing a common F/A-18 training solution with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, our allied forces will be able to leverage future solutions and improvements that seamlessly benefit force readiness in both countries.”

9th Sep 2011 | Read more


The Cold War years pitted submarine forces of the United States and the Soviet Union against one another and spurned the development of sophisticated Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft to counter the undersea threat. Vast expanses of the Indian and Pacific Oceans provided ideal submarine operating grounds and the Asia-Pacific region played an important part in the battle plans of both American and Soviet Navies.

7th Sep 2011 | Read more


With its T-50 Golden Eagle, South Korea joined a select club of nations to have successfully developed a supersonic aircraft. Quite apart from breaking the sound barrier, South Korea is hoping to also break into new export markets with its advanced jet trainer. This article looks at the growing maturity of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) aerospace industry, with a particular emphasis on specific platforms it is pinning its domestic and international hopes on. The remarkable growth of South Korea’s aerospace industry can be observed in the statistic that the 7,800 workers employed in this field in 2007 had burgeoned to 10,000+ just three years later.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Strike Operations over Libya : a true success for France and Britain

By the end of August 2011, following the clear victory of the Libyan Rebellion in driving back pro-Gaddafi forces in the east and west of the country and after six months of a protracted conflict which threatened to stalemate on many occasions, the developments of the Libyan crisis — largely inspired by the revolt of the Warfallah tribe of Benghazi in February — have finally accelerated culminating with the toppling of the Gaddafi regime. Today, the old tricolour flag of Libya is again flying over all the country. What started as a rebellion in February 2011 has become a successful revolution.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Indonesia strengthens links with South Korea

The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has significantly expanded defence cooperation with its Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart. While the two countries have long enjoyed close diplomatic and military ties, the two defence establishments are moving toward much expanded ties. The primary field of interest is in defence industry and import/export of defence systems and equipment.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Israeli defence industry.

Some cynics in Israel say that it's not that the country has defence industries but the other way round. This saying is of course an exaggeration but one fact is solid - Israeli defence industries are big, advanced and versatile. With defence exports of more than US $6 billion a year, Israel has become a member of the " big 5" club of top exporters. All estimates show that the export of defence items from Israel will continue to grow into the foreseeable future.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

India - The Indian Air Force Takes Off

MMRCA competition. The shortlisting of the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition highlights the lofty ambitions of the Indian Air Force, the fourth largest in the world. With the order for 126 aircraft, India will have more than 800 combat aircraft in its 1,700 aircraft inventory. Such purchases are part of the Air Force’s biggest expansion in thirty years and are transforming India into one of the leading air powers in Asia.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

CASSIDIAN to protect Canadian Naval Vessels against laser-based Attacks

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, announced on May 31 that it will develop innovative solutions to protect ships of the Canadian Navy against new types of asymmetric threats. Under the designation LOCATES (= Laser Optical Countermeasures and Surveilllance Against Threat Environment Scenarios), the Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC), Valcartier, Québec, awarded Cassidian a contract to apply new technologies to detect and counter laser-based threats in harbors and littoral waters.

9th Jun 2011 | Read more

Troubled U.S. – Pakistan relations

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have entered a new and unpredictable phase. Washington has recently gone to considerable lengths to tone down initial criticism of Pakistan for sheltering the world’s most wanted man, now saying that there is no evidence that he received high level protection. This is hardly surprising because initial U.S. criticism was rapidly antagonizing the entire country – with potentially dire consequences. Not only does Pakistan have three times the population of Iraq and Afghanistan combined, it now possesses dozens – if not hundreds – of nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them over long distances. The country is self-sufficient in uranium and there have been recent reports that the production of weapons grade material is being increased. The reasons why a relatively poor nation is adding to its already considerable and expensive arsenal remain opaque. A nightmare scenario for the West in general and the U.S. in particular is that some of these might find their way into the hands of terrorists.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more


A guided missile that can be safely launched from dozens of kilometres away, and then skims across the sea surface with unerring accuracy and supersonic speed before striking with deadly effect, is a weapon every navy sailor fears. Within mere seconds of being fired, such a precision weapon can sink a multi-million-dollar warship. This type of deadly asset is known as the anti-ship missile (AShM), a weapon Germany pioneered in 1943. Today’s advanced AShMs are obviously far more lethal than Germany’s primitive designs, and they can be launched from aircraft, surface vessel, submarine or land-based platforms. This weapon class poses a direct and serious threat to ships of all sizes, and Russia is one nation that has developed an array of AShMs. This brief article “skims the surface”, if you will excuse the pun, of Russian systems that are available, plus it looks at their use in the Asian context.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure?

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

5th May 2011 | Read more

Russia & the US – consequences for Central Asia (Part II)

For some members of the elite of the involved countries, including the United States and Russia, the growing instability in the huge area of Central Asia, Afghanistan and beyond, is an incentive to increase cooperation against the common threat, all problems notwithstanding. Following this logic, Obama’s administration made several positive statements, and even more important, positive steps to ensure Moscow that it is seen as an essential Western, especially American, ally, in bringing stability to the region, including to Kyrgyzstan. Robert Blake, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, states the events in Kyrgyzstan push Russia and the U.S. together. James F. Collins, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, noted in Foreign Policy that Moscow always collaborates with the U.S. in fighting terrorism, and did so even “during the dark days after the 2008 Russia-Georgian War.” And, another observer noted, “The Kremlin’s return to Afghanistan comes with the support of the Obama administration….”

4th May 2011 | Read more

Naval Helicopters

iven the helicopter’s versatility, it is not surprising that they form a key component of a number of navies in the region. This is particularly so with the helicopter’s vertical takeoff ability - allowing it to operate from a ship deckpad, in contrast to an aircraft carrier flightdeck or land based runway. These are required by naval fixed wing aircraft - but the helicopter’s hover capabilities allows it conduct at-sea retrieval or ship boarding even where no suitable landing area exists.

3rd May 2011 | Read more

Flexing Its Muscles - Chinese Power Projection Capabilities

A Russian was recently imprisoned for six years in Ukraine after being convicted of spying for China. The target of his nefarious activities was the Land-based Naval Aviation Testing and Training Complex (NITKA) in the Crimea, a facility for training Russian pilots to operate fighters aboard aircraft carriers.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Middle East troubles.

The latest wave of internal unrest in the Middle East – Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya – is an indicator of the threats faced by all totalitarian regimes. Whether regimes survive in the face of popular protests is largely a factor of whether they can retain the loyalty of their security apparatus. When the military switches sides, as they did in Iran in 1979, Romania in 1989 and Egypt in 2011, regimes fall. When they remain loyal to their leaders in cases such as Iraq under Saddam Hussein, North Korea under the Kim Dynasty and – as seems increasingly likely – Libya under the Gaddafi clan, the regime survives.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply NATO with Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities

TRS Prime, a subsidiary of ThalesRaytheonSystems announced on March 4th that it was awarded a contract by the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA) for enhancements to the NATO Air Command and Control System as part of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence programme1 being developed for the protection of deployed troops inside and outside of NATO Territory.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

India's New Defence Procurement Procedure

In January, India’s Ministry of Defence issued the Defence Procurement Procedure 2011 (DPP-2011). The 262-page document, which came into force from the first day of 2011, would guide Defence Ministry’s multi billion dollar capital acquisitions till 2013 when the next DPP is due. The revised document, which is based on “experience of procurement agencies” and feedback from a cross section of industrial stakeholders, has made a number of changes. According to the Defence Minister, AK Antony, the changes in the new DPP are aimed at “ expediting decision making, simplification of connatural and financial provisions and also to establish a level playing field for the Indian defence industry, both public sector and private sector.”

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Headlines, February 2011.

Headlines from Feb, 2011, as reported by Kym Bergmann.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

The U.S - Russia Rapprochement and consequences for Central Asia – Part 1.

Russia and the United States have recently taken important visible steps to resolve many of their long-standing differences in a fundamental realignment of the relationship.

28th Jan 2011 | Read more



17th Dec 2010 | Read more


China Airshow

17th Dec 2010 | Read more

India’s Growing Defence Industry Base

Like many developing countries in the world India has long aspired to be self-sufficient in defence production, for which New Delhi has over the years built a huge industrial empire.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Italian exports

Strong regional growth predicted

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Afghanistan – surge nears its peak

The recent statement of Afghanistan’s President Harmid Karzai that receiving millions of dollars of cash payments from Iran on a regular was completely normal must have caused dismay amongst all ISAF nations.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more


The IX International Investment Forum “Sochi - 2010” took place in the Russian Black Sea region in September, 201

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Sagem’s shipborne Sigma 40 inertial navigation systems exceed 5 million hours of operation

The Sigma 40 inertial navigation system by Sagem has passed the milestone of 5 million hours of operation in service

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Netherlands' Navy orders additional Gatekeeper system

The Dutch Defence Materiel Organization and Thales Nederland announced on October 5 that it has signed a contract for the delivery of one additional Gatekeeper electro-optic surveillance system

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

U-TacS, a Subsidiary of Elbit Systems and Thales, Awarded $70 Million Follow-on Order to Provide ISTAR Capability for UK Armed Forces

The contract will be performed over the next one and a half years.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more



1st Nov 2010 | Read more


Tensions on the Korean Peninsular have increased palpably in recent months, precipitated by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) antics in the Yellow Sea. At 21:20 on 26 March, a North Korean Yono-class mini-submarine launched a CHT-02D heavyweight torpedo at the ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772).

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Rheinmetall books follow-up orders

Multi-million modernization of 65 Fuchs/Fox armoured vehicles

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Sagem and Elbit Systems

Sagem and Elbit Systems to Establish a Joint Venture for Tactical UAS

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Raytheon-Boeing Team Goes 3 for 3 During Government-Funded JAGM Testing

On 23 September Raytheon and Boeing announced that they have completed the final of three government-sponsored firings of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. During the Sept. 3 test, the JAGM used its millimeter wave radar guidance system to hit a moving target at 6 kilometers (3.75 miles).

1st Oct 2010 | Read more


In an age of digital networks and advanced weapon systems, the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft is more important than ever. AEW&C is essentially a powerful radar and other sensors mounted in an aircraft so that, when flying at high altitudes, the airborne system possesses all the benefits of mobility and detection range

1st Jul 2010 | Read more


Clad in a black wetsuit the lead SEAL silently emerged from the ocean waters, his new 5.56mm Night Fighting Weapon (NFW) tucked tightly against his shoulder. Moving silently and cautiously, he worked up the sandy slope of the beach, while another seven men emerged eerily from the tropical waters.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Eurosatory - Bigger than ever.

Despite the global downturn having an effect on many defence budgets, this year’s Eurosatory exhibition – held outside Paris – was around 10% larger in terms of exhibitor numbers than the previous show in 2008.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Further CAE Contracts

Canada’s CAE announced on June 16 it has won several recent military contracts valued at more than C$100 million

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Lightweight transponders from EADS Defence & Security improve protection and flight safety of helicopters

On June 21, EADS launched the newly developed LTR 400 transponder from their Defence & Security (DS) division,

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Russian exports - Secrecy surrounds official figures.

Russia has two things that sell well in the global marketplace: natural resources and weapons.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Shangri La Dialogue

Economics rather than security dominate conference.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Rafael's family of Spike missiles

The Spike NLOS works perfectly in conjunction with different sensors that can provide real time target data. This is especially true when the missile is receiving data from unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Central Asia Disintegrates

Unfortunately many Western policy commentators still seem look at the present problems of Afghanistan in isolation – probably because that is where NATO and allied countries are most heavily engaged.

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

EADS German Contract

EADS Defence & Security has been commissioned by Germany’s Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) to deliver a further 220 units of the Future Soldier System (Infanterist der Zukunft) in its basic version (IdZ BS).

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Malaysia - Budgetary difficulties remain

As a relatively small export-dependant economy, Malaysia has been hit hard by the Global Financial Crisis with the 2009 Defence budget limited to around US $3.3 billion. Even though recovery is now underway the consequences are still being felt in areas of military expenditure.

26th May 2010 | Read more

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