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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says a continued US presence could help Afghanistan establish a self-sustaining aeronautical industry. Scott M. Ash / US Air Force

    Welsh: Afghanistan Could Create 'Meaningful' Aerospace Industry

    Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking US official believes that could change.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Australia's first F-35 on the assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. Beth Groom / Lockheed Martin

    Australia Purchases 58 More F-35s

    Australia will purchase 58 additional Lockheed Martin F-35A joint strike fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force, the country's prime minister announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. David Lo, spokesman of Taiwan's Defense Ministry, gestures during a March 26 press conference in Taipei. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Pay Raise Helps Taiwan Make Progress Toward Volunteer Military

    Efforts to make Taiwan's military an all-volunteer and more professional service which suffered a setback after the death of a young corporal have regained momentum following a pay rise, officials said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects a flight training of Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 188 on April 21 at an undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP

    US 'Closely Monitoring' North Korea for Nuclear Test

    The United States said Tuesday it was watching North Korea 'very closely' following South Korean warnings that Pyongyang may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. Pakistan continued to boost its deterrence capabilities Tuesday with a test of the Ghaznavi short-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Here, an earlier test of the missile is conducted in 2010. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

    Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test launch of its Hatf III/Vengeance III Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile as it continues to strengthen its deterrent capabilities against archrival India.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. India wants additional PC-7 trainer aircraft, but state-owned HAL is pushing its own under-development basic trainer. Aldo Wicki / Pilatus

    India Wants Domestic Production of Pilatus Trainers

    After contracting 75 basic trainer aircraft from Pilatus in 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence wants to buy an additional 106 that would be license-built by a domestic company.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  7. The Indian Air Force wants to buy foreign AWACS aircraft while the country's Defence Research and Development Organisation is promoting indigenous development. Agence France-Presse

    Indian AF Pushes for AWACS Competition

    The Indian Air Force and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are at odds over development of an airborne warning and control system capability, with DRDO promoting indigenous development of the radar system and the service

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  8. The Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) will help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday. MC3 Sean Furey / US Navy

    US Sends Salvage Ship To Help With South Korea Ferry Disaster

    The United States is sending a Navy salvage ship to help South Korea with the recovery of the ferry that capsized last week, the Pentagon said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  9. Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano. AFP

    Japan Warns China Over Ship Seizure

    Tokyo warned Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, attends an April 17 photo session with the participants in the first meeting of 'airpersons' of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. KNS / AFP

    North Korea Slams Obama's 'Dangerous' Asia Tour

    North Korea warned Monday that an upcoming Asian tour by US President Barack Obama could escalate military tensions, as South Korean media cited intelligence reports of increased activity at the North's main nuclear test site.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. A sacred branch with red ribbons, offered by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen in the main shrine of the controversial Yasukuni war shrine on April 21 in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP

    Reports: Japan PM Makes Gift To Controversial War Shrine, Skips Visit

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated a tree to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, but did not visit the memorial which is seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's militarist past.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Looking for Work: DEFTECH hopes to be able to produce composite products for several platforms, including the Bell UH-1Y. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysian Tank Builder Wants To Build Aircraft

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle and tank builder, DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (DEFTECH), is expanding into military aviation.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera delivers a speech during an April 20 ceremony to launch the squadron of four E-2C early warning planes at an air base of the Self-Defence Forces in Naha, on the southern island of Okinawa Prefecture. Jiji Press / AFP

    Reports: Japan Steps Up Surveillance Posture Against China

    Japan bolstered its military surveillance capabilities in the southern island region of Okinawa over the weekend, reports said, as territorial tensions with China simmer.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  14. Needing Help: A navigational radar on Indonesia's national search-and-rescue boat shows details during a search in the Andaman Sea for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia has had to rely on other countries for satellite data and analysis. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP

    Hunt for Airliner Shows Limits of Satellite Imagery

    The big question on the minds of industry executives and others attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in the Malaysian capital last week was what effect would the crash of flight MH370 have on defense spending priorities here.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  15. Israel's Elbit Systems will transfer thermal imaging system technology to an Indian factory that will supply artillery, armored and paramilitary forces. Agence France-Presse

    Overseas Companies Seek Tie-Ups Through India's OFB

    A new Indian procurement policy that gives priority to state-owned defense companies has prompted Elbit Systems and Thales to forge ties with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which administers 41 weapon factories, and promise to transfer high technology

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. Pakistan acquired the Perry-class frigate Alamgir in 2011, but hopes to obtain additional ships have been unrealized. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

    Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan's Navy particularly hard hit.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. The HTMS Krabi is launched in 2011. Thailand may build a second boat of the class and is exploring exports. BAE Systems

    Thai Navy May Build Second Patrol Boat Under BAE License

    Thailand may build a second offshore patrol vessel under a license granted by BAE Systems and is also starting to think about exporting the ship to other navies in the region, according to a senior executive at the British-based defense contractor.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. A Malaysian Air Force C-130 Hercules lands at Australian Air Force Base Pearce. Progress was announced at Defence Services Asia on a program to upgrade Malaysian C-130 cockpits. Rob Griffith/Agence France-Presse

    Flurry of Deals Announced at Defence Services Asia

    Collaboration agreements, minor contract announcements, letters of agreement and letters of intent came thick and fast on the third day of the Defence Services Asia show here.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  19. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  20. Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Poly Tech Signs MoU With SME Ordnance

    Malaysia-based SME Ordnance (SMEO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing-based Poly Technologies to supply SMEO with machinery to manufacture cases for the 5.56 mm ammunition.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  21. Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Tank Parts at DSA

    Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. The company is exhibiting for the first time at the Defence Services Asia exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this week.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  22. Moscow-based Concern Morinformsystem  AGAT displays two models illustrating how the Club K Container Missile System uses ordinary 40-foot cargo containers to conceal a variety of anti-ship and land-attack missiles. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Russian Missile System Masquerading as Innocent Cargo Container

    This year's Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition, being held in Kuala Lumpur from April 14-17, was full of surprises this year. There were plenty of '

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. A tiger-painted Czech Gripen operates in a NATO activity. Saab has submitted information to the Malaysian government about a possible Gripen lease. Milan Nikodym / Saab

    Saab Offers Info on Gripen Lease to Malaysia

    Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn't responding to a formal request for information.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  24.  Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country's Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Am

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  25. Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein talks with journalists at Defence Services Asia. Hussein identified cyber terrorism as a vital security issue. MOHD RASFAN/Agence France-Presse

    BAE Shifts Cyber Software Development to Malaysia

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business is moving the center of its cyber software development activities to Malaysia as part of a strategy that will see the Southeast Asian location emerge as a key component of it growing security business, according t

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  26. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  27. Ten Chinese defense companies are among the exhibitors at the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference in Kuala Lumpur this week. Wendell Minnick

    China Pushes Into SE Asia Market With Array of Weapons

    Ten Chinese companies exhibiting at the Defense Services Asia (DSA) exhibition here this week are pushing wares as diverse as armored vests, missiles and submarines.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  28. US military personnel works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle on a trailer in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Warrior to haul equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the US military transition from Iraq. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen / US Air Force

    SIPRI: Global Military Spending Drops, Led By US

    World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  29. Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border. Raising a new Mountain Corp for the Chinese border is part of India's plans to close its military gap with China. Biju Boro / Agence France-Presse

    Official: India Will Need To Hike Defense Spending by 30% To Narrow Gap With China

    Indian defense planners will need to hike defense spending by at least 30 percent for about 10 years to narrow the military differences between India and China, said an Indian Army official.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  30. Drone's Incursion: The wreckage of a suspected North Korean UAV is shown on Baengnyeong Island in this handout image from April 2. As a result, South Korea plans to buy radars to detect future threats. South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images

    N. Korea's Drones Prompt Seoul To Seek Radars

    In the wake of suspected infiltration by unmanned aircraft presumed to be made in North Korea, Seoul has laid out plans to buy low-altitude radars to help detect enemy drones.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  31. A Starstreak missile system is demonstrated by British soldiers at Blackheath in southeast London. Thales UK hopes to market the system to the Malaysian military. Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

    Thales UK Joins With Global Komited To Market Starstreak in Malaysia

    With two Starstreak missile contract wins under its belt in the region recently, Thales UK is looking to extend its success by partnering with Global Komited to tackle an expected Malaysian requirement for very-short-range air defense weapons.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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