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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. Needing Rounds: An Indian Army T-90 tank takes part in a parade in New Delhi on Jan. 15. The Indian Army is low on ammunition for the tank and now must buy new stocks from Russia. PRAKASH SINGH / AFP/Getty Images

    India Gives In to Russia's Terms For High-Priced Tank Ammunition

    The Indian Defence Ministry faced with a shortage of ammunition for its Russian-made T-90 tanks, coupled with an inability to produce ammunition at home has no choice but to give in to Russian terms and purchase marked-up ammo from Moscow, an MoD sour

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  2. Maritime Tension: Two Taiwan missile boats patrol the Taiwan Strait during a military drill on May 15, 2013, aimed at defending its fishermen in disputed waters. SAM YEH/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Taiwan Calls for Calm Over Territorial Disputes

    Taiwan serves as a 'pivot point' from a geostrategic perspective and a cornerstone for Asia-Pacific regional stability, Taiwan's Navy chief warned last week.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  3. South Korea may walk away from a deal with BAE Systems to upgrade its KF-16s, possibly opening the door for Lockheed Martin to get the contract. Senior Airman Taylor Curry / US Air Force

    F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

    South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  4. South Korean soldiers get off a truck during an Aug. 18 anti-terror drill. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

    North, South Korean Troops Exchange Border Fire

    North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  5. Japan's disaster medical assistance team DMAT carry away a patient during an Oct. 19 tsunami disaster drill from a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on the Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise. Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. Jiji Press / AFP

    US Osprey Aircraft in Japan Tsunami Drill Amid Protests

    Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  6. A US-made Harpoon ship-to-ship missile is displayed in 2011. Patrick Lin / Getty Images

    Report: Taiwan Tests Submarine-Launched Missiles

    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  7. Diplomatic Issues: Pacific Command chief Adm. Samuel Locklear, center, and Gen. Gregario Catapang, to his right, review Filipino troops on Oct. 14. A criminal investigation involving a US Marine has complicated the two nations' efforts to strengthen defense ties. MC1 Jay M. Chu/ / US Navy

    US Marine Case Puts Nascent US-Filipino Relationship to the Test

    The burgeoning defense relationship between the Philippines and the US could be tested as local prosecutors appear ready to charge a US Marine in the Oct. 11 death of a transgender Filipino.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  8. India's Nirbhay cruise missile was first test-fired in March of 2013. PIB / AFP

    India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

    India's homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  9. An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter demonstrates a search-and-rescue mission as the destroyer INS Ranjit sails in the background. A global tender to replace naval Chetak and Cheetah helicopters was canceled, and a new request for information has been issued. STRDEL/ / AFP

    India Cancels Navy LUH Tender; Issues New Request

    India has canceled yet another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender, this time for the Navy, which has rushed to float a new request for information to domestic companies for the troubled program, said a Defence Ministry source.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  10. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un finally resurfaced Oct. 14 with the help of a walking stick after an unexplained and prolonged absence that fueled rampant speculation about his health and even rumors of a coup in the nuclear-armed state. Rodong Sinmun / AFP

    North Korean Leader Reappears in Public With Cane

    With that unique haircut, and familiar wide smile, North Korea's young dictator resurfaced Tuesday in the traditional style of his tightly controlled nation: state media reports that showed Kim Jong Un offering 'field guidance,' surrounded by his usual en

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  11. Sought by India: A 155mm M777 ultra lightweight howitzer fires during US Army exercises in Fort Riley, Kansas. The Indian Army has been waiting several years to acquire the howitzers. Sgt. Gene A. Arnold/US Army

    Indian Analysts Rap Plan To Buy Homemade 130mm Artillery Gun

    Indian Army officers and defense analysts here criticized as irrational a Defence Ministry decision to spend nearly as much buying homemade 130mm Arjun Catapult artillery systems as it would have on advanced 155mm howitzers.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  12. New Helos: India's light utility helicopters are meant to replace its Cheetah helos, license-produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

    India Tries New Tack in Troubled Helo Program

    The Indian Defence Ministry, after twice failing to acquire light utility helicopters (LUHs) for the Air Force through global tenders, is turning to domestic firms to fill the bill.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  13. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is seen in a 2013 file photo. AFP

    North Korean Leader Reappears In Public

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in more than a month, the state news agency reported early Tuesday.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  14. The Army's role in the Pacific is projected to grow in the coming months to meet the increasing needs of the U.S. military and foreign allies. Army

    4-Star: Army Expects More Pacific-Region Missions

    The Army's role in the Pacific is projected to grow in the coming months to meet the increasing needs of the US military and foreign allies.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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