New Delhi has accused Islamabad of committing 513 ceasefire violations over the past six weeks along the disputed Line of Control (LoC) that divides the northern region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
“Pakistan used heavy weaponry [artillery and mortars] during these ceasefire
The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated a virtual reality centre (VRC) to augment its domestic warship design capabilities and boost the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is aimed at achieving greater self-reliance.
Unveiled on 12 April by IN Chief of Staff Admiral Sunil
Colombia - 15 Apr 2019: The head of the National Mining Agency, Silvana Habib, said that the government target was for Colombia to receive USD1.5 billion annually in mining-related investment.
Cuba - 13 Apr 2019: The National Assembly will vote to implement 22 actions intended to make
Chile - 15 Apr 2019: In Santiago, the Students’ Confederation, Confech, announced that its first protest march in 2019 would be held on 25 April to oppose the government’s education policies.
Colombia - 12 Apr 2019: In Barbacoas, Nariño, militants from an unspecified
In a statement released on 22 February, eco-nihilist group Individualidades Tendiendo a lo Salvaje (ITS) reiterated its operational activity in South America and Europe, and encouraged further action.
The group has purported cells in six countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile,
The first of three Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft leased by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has arrived in Canberra, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced in a statement on 16 April.
The new aircraft are expected to replace the RAAF’s fleet of three Bombardier CL-604
India and the UK aim to ‘redouble efforts’ to pursue opportunities related to defence equipment and defence industrial collaboration
BAE Systems confirms it has started talks with India about possible collaboration on Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier
India and the UK
Indonesia has acquired another Super Puma helicopter from PT Dirgantara Indonesia
The airframe is expected to be deployed primarily for search-and-rescue duties
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed an IDR237 trillion (USD16.8 million) contract with state-owned aerospace
The United Kingdom has deployed AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache AH1 and AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat AH1 helicopters to Estonia in support of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).
Five British Army Air Corps (AAC) Apaches from 663 Squadron departed their home base at Wattisham in
The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has revealed it has been operating Oshkosh M-ATV light armoured vehicles in Yemen.
The BDF, which was not previously known to operate the M-ATV, released a promotional English-language video on 14 April that highlighted its achievements, including its contribution to
Taiwan has outlined an intention to increase national spending on defence to more than TWD400 billion (USD13 billion) by 2027. Spending in 2019, by comparison, is about TWD346 billion.
Chen Chung-chi, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND), said in comments to the state-run Central
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in support of its proposed acquisition of US aerospace company MRA Systems (MRAS).
ST Engineering said on 14 April that it has now “obtained all
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter team is planning to expand the aircraft’s flight envelope after the upcoming third flight test slated for next week, according to a company official.
Bill Fell, Defiant test pilot, told reporters on 15 April that the aircraft,
The first Littoral Mission Ship on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy has been launched
Service is on track to receive the first-of-class by end-2019
China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has launched the first Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
The US Army is looking to use virtual reality to faster develop helicopter pilots
The US Air Force is also working on a similar effort
The US Army is taking a page from the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) pilot training playbook by infusing virtual reality (VR) into its helicopter
Changes continue within the top ranks of Uruguay’s military. José Bayardi is the new defence minister while General Claudio Feola has been named the army’s new commander. Both men assumed their new posts on 8 April. This marks the latest chapter in civil-military tensions in the
If the US Navy (USN) receives an additional USD80 million above its budget request for the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) initiative, the service would be able to accelerate development plans, according to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John
Four British Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2 helicopters have arrived in Estonia as reinforcements for the NATO Battle Group, Estonia's Defence Headquarters announced on 14 April.
“The main task of the helicopters is to support the combat group of allies serving in the military
The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a new, locally developed phased-array radar designed to help aircraft land safely in adverse conditions, including bad weather or when dealing with faulty instrumentation.
The Precision Approach Radar (PAR), which was successfully developed in
The new head of Aero Vodochody, Dieter John, has revealed a strategy to improve financial stability, as well as facilitate the certification of the new L-39NG aircraft and subsequently secure new contracts for the upgraded trainer.
John took over from Giuseppe Giordo as president and CEO in March
Boeing has been awarded USD14.3 billion to support and upgrade the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1B Lancer bombers over the next decade.
Announced on 12 April, the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract “provides for the upcoming modernisation and sustainment efforts to increase
The Athens Court of Appeal has rejected a Greek government petition against an arbitration award granted in 2017 to Privinvest Group relating to its Hellenic Shipyards subsidiary, maintaining that Greece still owes EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billion) for defaulting on its contracted obligations.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence announced on 13 April that it has received 35 Humvee vehicles gifted by the United States, saying 20 will be used by combat units, and 15 for medical purposes.
“Recently, the level of military-technical assistance has increased significantly. This applies
The Pentagon has confirmed the deployment of prototype passive sensor systems for long-range surveillance against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), and cruise missile (CM) threats.
The US Army has fielded the Army Long-Range Persistent Surveillance (ALPS) passive
Defence and security company Saab delivered three sets of radar equipment to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan (Chaklala) on 9 April, according to the information provided by the Pakistan Import Export Trade Database.
Although not specified by the website, it is possible that the Swedish
The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that it has signed up to take part in the European Defence Agency’s (EDA’s) Hybrid Drive Trains (HybriDT) for military purposes research programme.
The programme, part of the EDA’s CapTech Ground Systems (Land) research work, will
Raytheon has developed a land-based JPALS variant that it believes can apply to non-fixed wing aircraft on undeveloped airfields
This could help rotary-wing aircraft land in challenging environments
Raytheon earlier this year demonstrated a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint
On 12 April, the Taliban announced its 2019 offensive, designated Al-Fath (‘Victory’) Operations. The annual offensive has historically marked the start of the insurgent group’s ‘fighting season’ following the melting of winter snows, triggering an increase in sustained
The US Navy has completed developmental testing of the AN/AQS-20C mine-hunting towed sonar, bringing the system closer to being inducted into the fleet.
“AN/AQS-20C is ready for integration to mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) in 2020”,
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 999 times in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace: the second-highest total recorded in a year since such operations began in 1958.
The Ministry of Defense
The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) demonstrated its new precision ground attack capability on 11 April, when an Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano aircraft launched Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) munitions at the Hanoush range near Hamat Air Base.
The LAF said this was the first time
Indonesia has acquired two more amphibious landing ships for its navy
The vessels will improve the mobility of Indonesia’s armoured vehicles, including its main battle tanks
Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence has awarded an IDR360 billion (USD25.5 million) contract to supply
Brazil - 11 Apr 2019: Minister of Mining and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, said that the government would end the state-owned company Petrobras’ monopoly on the natural gas market and open it up to competition.
Colombia - 13 Apr 2019: The five largest current foreign lawsuits against
Argentina - 13 Apr 2019: Buenos Aires metro workers confirmed that they would comply with a strike action called by opposition-aligned workers’ unions on 30 April to oppose the national government’s policies.
Colombia - 12 Apr 2019: In Palmarito, near Cúcuta, troops
The US will deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Romania later this year, the US European Command (EUCOM) has announced. It will be the first operational deployment of THAAD to Europe.
EUCOM said in an 11 April press release that the THAAD system from the Fort Hood,
India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has acquired 100% ownership of its shipyard subsidiary, L&T Shipbuilding Limited, the company has announced.
L&T said in a stock exchange filing on 11 April that it acquired a 3% stake in the shipyard, which was held by the Tamil Nadu Industrial
The Philippines and Croatia have signed an agreement to collaborate across defence activities including equipment and technologies, the Department of National Defense (DND) in Manila has announced.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed in Croatia by the Philippines Defense Secretary
Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has posted record revenue and profit on the back of an upswing in domestic military aerospace programmes, the company has announced.
AIDC said on 12 April that its revenue in 2018 reached TWD28.2 billion (USD914 million) and that
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has approved the market listing of the Xi’an Triangle Defense Company (Triangle Defense), a specialist in component manufacturing across military aerospace, shipbuilding, and land systems domains.
The CSRC said on 12 April that it had reviewed
The US Navy (USN) is continuing to evolve the MQ-8C variant of the Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV), service officials told Jane’s .
Capability is currently spread across the two variants of the Fire Scout – the Schweizer 333-derived MQ-8B and
Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its
General Dynamics Electric Boat awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a USD727.4 million contract modification to continue the procurement of long-lead-time material for Virginia-class Block V submarines.
The Virginia-class boats are being built under a teaming agreement combining Electric
Pushed to justify proposed cuts in the aircraft carrier force during a recent Congressional budget hearing, top US Navy (USN) officials reiterated a plan to shift funds to other programmes, but they still noted current studies could change the service’s plans.
Not only is the USN conducting a
The Babcock-led Team 31 is bidding its Arrowhead 140 design in the UK’s Type 31e general-purpose frigate competition
Arrowhead 140 is adapted from the Royal Danish Navy’s Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate design
In late December 2018 the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support
The UK Royal Navy announced on 11 April that its Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose had arrived in Bahrain to begin a three-year mission that it described as a “new era” for its operations in the Middle East.
“Instead of returning home to the UK after a six to nine-month deployment,
French defence and civil aerospace manufacturer Dassault intends to sell the 96.85% stake it holds in Belgian aircraft maintenance and aerostructure production company Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA).
The news was announced at SABCA’s annual board
German defence sensors company Hensoldt announced plans to acquire the majority of French electronics supplier Nexeya on 12 April, in a move aimed at enhancing its product portfolio.
Hensoldt’s purchase will see it take ownership of Nexeya’s test and integration and services activities,
The threat posed by the mainstream faction of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya has accelerated notably through late 2018, following the killing of a key senior commander who likely served as a moderating influence.
Although elections were conducted in Nigeria in
Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) is attempting to present the militias defending Tripoli against an offensive as a unified force.
The offensive was launched by the Libyan National Army (LNA), the faction led by former general Khalifa Haftar,
Nigeria-based jihadists of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked various parts of Diffa city in southeastern Niger from 8–10 April with small-arms fire, rockets, grenades, and fighters wearing suicide belts. Provisional casualties are two gendarmes and four terrorists
Jane’s identifies countries likely to face increased threats to their security in the month ahead.
Algeria Continuing public unrest
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 2 April resignation is unlikely to dampen public protest. Further rallies by students, activists, and civil society
Guillaume Faury formally took over from Tom Enders as Airbus CEO on 10 April, following the approval of shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting that day.
Denis Ranque, Chairman of the Airbus Board of Directors, said, “Guillaume has exactly the right skill set and experience
The Ukrainian armed forces have completed field tests of a new version of the domestically produced 1L220UK counter-battery artillery reconnaissance system, the country’s state concern Ukroboronprom announced on 8 April.
The counter-battery radar was designed by the Zaporizhia-based Iskra
Indonesia has signed a USD1 billion contract with South Korean shipbuilding company DSME for three more diesel-electric submarines
The Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL will play a larger role in the construction of these vessels
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has signed a USD1 billion
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed on 11 April that its programme to design, develop, and build a submarine has “entered the next stage”, despite hurdles that some foreign suppliers are facing in participating in the project.
The MND said its submarine project
Mexico – 10 Apr 2019: The IMF said that the government's initiative to improve the productivity and performance of state oil company Pemex was unconvincing because it lacked an integral business plan.
Panama – 10 Apr 2019: President Juan Carlos Varela urged the National
Brazil – 11 Apr 2019: In Praca Seca, Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro, media reported that militia groups were extorting residents and businesses on a weekly basis.
Colombia – 09 Apr 2019: The head of the Armed Forces, General Luis Fernando Navarro, stated that dissident Fuerzas
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) signed a contract on 12 April with representatives from the South Korean and Indonesian governments to deliver a second tranche of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines to the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).
DSME said in a filing to the Korean
ESM systems are designed to detect and identify radar signals, but their size, cost, and complexity has historically limited their deployment to large, high-value military platforms
MicroESM has been developed to potentially change the way ESM contributes to troops’ situational
Giraffe 4A is a new medium-to-long-range radar based on gallium nitride AESA technology
Saab announced an initial order from Sweden’s Defence Material Administration for an undisclosed number of truck-mounted Giraffe 4A radar systems in 2018
Saab’s Radar Solutions business
Indonesia has finally launched its first-ever locally assembled naval submarine
Launch has been long-delayed by silting issues at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya
Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country’s third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric
The US Navy (USN) has managed to cut acquisition costs for the proposed new presidential helicopter but still needs to solve operational issues, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
“Acquisition cost estimates for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Programme
Admiral Bill Moran, the vice-chief of naval operations, has been nominated as the 32nd chief of naval operations (CNO) to succeed Admiral John Richardson, whose tenure is slated to end later this year.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced Adm Moran’s nomination by President
The budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, on 11 April approved the procurement of three Airbus A350-900 aircraft for EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billion) for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) ready air transport service.
The aircraft will be ordered this month, the MoD
The Swiss Armed Forces have awarded Thales a contract to supply elements of an imagery and geospatial intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT) centre. The contract, the value of which was not released, was signed at the end of March 2019 and deliveries are to begin in early 2020.
The new system will be based on
French company Haulotte debuted its Haulotte Ultra-light Tactical Platform-Reconnaissance (HUTP) family of vehicles at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, south of Bordeaux, on 2–4 April.
Christophe Dwernicki, vice-president for
After nearly two decades of counter-insurgency operations in landlocked countries, US Army leaders are examining ways to support their naval counterpart in a conflict against China, and where they could base weapons along the Pacific island chains to give Washington a marked advantage.
China is restructuring its marine corps and evolving the force’s amphibious capabilities, which will enable it to better protect its maritime trade routes and growing interests abroad. Andrew Tate reports
Although originally formed in 1953, and growing to eight divisions and 110,000
The projectile that was launched into the Golan Heights on 20 January was a “medium-range surface-to-surface missile” that was transferred from Iran to Syria after January 2016, meaning it was a clear violation of Annex B of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, Israel’s ambassador
WATCH FOR: Traffic disruption in Catamarca during strike by public bus drivers on 12 April
Risk analysis: Bus drivers’ union Tramway and the Motorized Drivers Union (Unión Tranviarios Automotor) has called for a 24-hour strike on Friday (12 April) over delayed salary