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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force E-2C Hawkeye aircraft crew chief directs an aircraft in 2010 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Japan's Defence Ministry wants to replace their Hawkeyes with planes featuring advanced surveillance radar by the mid-2020s. Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey / US Air Force

    Report: Japan Wants Its Own Early-Warning Planes

    Japan's Defence Ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing US-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  2. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul on Saturday. The former head of the High Peace Council, Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul on Sept. 20, 2011. Wakil Kohsar / Getty Images

    NATO Eyeing 'Very Fast' Security Deal With Afghanistan

    NATO's top military commander said Saturday the alliance was eyeing the rapid conclusion of security agreements with Afghanistan for its post-2014 mission in the country once a unity government is formed there.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  3. The Next Fleet: Taiwan ships on parade during annual Han Kuang exercises off the east coast of Taiwan. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

    Taiwan's Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  4. Better, Cheaper Services: Turkey's first indigenous basic trainer aircraft, the Hürkus, takes to the skies. Under a new logistics management plan, local prime contractors such as Turkish Aerospace Industries, which builds the Hürkus, would be asked to sign logistical management contracts with SSM on behalf of all system suppliers. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkey Hopes To Cut Costs With New Logistics Plan

    Long in use in other parts of the world, performance-based logistics has caught the eye of Turkey in its quest for better and cheaper services.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. Navy, Air Force and Army analysts review information during the Cyber Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster/ / US Air Force

    SASC: China-Backed Hackers Penetrated TransCom Contractor Networks 20 Times

    Chinese government-backed hackers accessed networks of private-sector firms with sensitive data about US military logistics nearly two dozen times in one year, says a US Senate committee.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. A US-made F-16 jet fighter takes off from a highway in southern Chiayi county on Sept. 16 during the Han Kuang drill. Taiwan displayed how its air force jets could land, refuel and take off on a closed-off motorway in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Fighter Jets Land On Taiwan Highway In 'China Attack' War Games

    Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island's air force bases.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  8. Australia is sending Super Hornets, a tanker and an airborne early warning and control aircraft to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for possible use against the Islamic State. Nigel Pittaway/Staff

    Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

    Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  9. Improved Air Defense: The Tien Kung 3, above, will replace Taiwan's Hawk surface-to-air missile system. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

    Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Joint Program: The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft program is based on Russia's T-50 jets, seen here performing outside Moscow in August 2013. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Indo-Russian Jet Program Finally Moves Forward

    India and Russia have finally sorted out all sticky issues that have been holding back an agreement on the Fifth Generational Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program, a Russian diplomat in India said, ending the opening chapter of a program expected to build 200

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström has denied that the ministry knew about a research cooperation deal with the Chinese. Maja Suslin / Getty Images

    Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

    Sweden's Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of sophisticated aerodynamic mo

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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