News in Brief

NCSIST develops 20 mm close-defence system

Taiwan’s National Chung – Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has released details of its Short-Range Automated Defense Weapon System (SADWS). Officials of the NCSIST declined to say whether the system is deployed…



China’s start up USD22 billion investment fund

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has established a national fund worth at least CNY150 billion (USD21.7 billion) to invest in developing new technologies for defence and other strategic sectors. The fund…


Australia unveils long-awaited naval shipbuilding plan

Australia is to spend AUD1.3 billion (USD965 million) on a comprehensive naval shipbuilding plan that will provide the infrastructure required for naval construction and sustainment programmes worth AUD89 billion over coming decades. The plan,…


Taiwan initiates fund to boost national defence industry

Taiwan has established a new fund to support the development of five strategic industries, including defence, the government has confirmed. The industrial innovation and transformation fund will receive TWD100 billion (USD3.3 billion) and is…


Wilson becomes 24th US Air Force secretary

Heather Wilson became the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 24th secretary on 16 May following a swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon. Wilson told Jane’s following her ceremony that space is high priority among USAF prerogatives. One…