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  1. Looking for Work: DEFTECH hopes to be able to produce composite products for several platforms, including the Bell UH-1Y.

    Malaysian Tank Builder Wants To Build Aircraft

    • April 21, 2014

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

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  1.  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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. A Taiwan Navy Kidd-class destroyer launches an SM-2 surface-to-air missile during 2013 drills. Recent difficulties in purchasing certain weapons have made Taiwan look more toward indigenous development. Getty Images

    Growing Muscle: China's Neighbors Gear Up for a Fight

    The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  6. Malaysian Minister of Defence and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, center, answers questions April 13 during the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. Mohd Rasfan / AFP

    DSA Draws Big Crowds in Malaysia

    The 14th Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference began with a media 'walkabout' of the exhibition floor on April 13, led by Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Malaysia's Defense Minister.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  7. A Chinese J-10 fighter at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2012. China's Air Force has evolved from a homeland defense force to one capable of regional power projection. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China Mixing Military Modernization, 'Tailored Coercion'

    China's military modernization efforts over the past 20 years have been marked by broad efforts, according to an expert, as opposed to focusing on specific services.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  8. As part of its push to boost military capabilities, Japan wants to purchase amphibious assault vehicles. Here, US Marines maneuver an AAV-7 during a July training exercise. US Marine Corps

    Big-Ticket Buys Could Hurt Japan

    Japan's efforts to boost its military capabilities focus too much on big-ticket items, leaving operational gaps and undercutting how defense forces can effectively utilize their equipment, analysts said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  9. Vietnam shows its first Kilo-636 submarine on Jan. 3. Agence France-Presse

    Tighter Budgets Limit Southeast Asian Plans

    In much of Southeast Asia, budgets are smaller and ambitions more limited compared with neighbors to the north, and many countries are trying to rid themselves of much older equipment.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  10. At Attention: The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer McCampbell enters port at Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa. The US plans to base more ships in the region. US Navy

    Pentagon Debates Policy To Strengthen, Disperse Bases

    The Pentagon is looking at new ways to disperse its forces throughout the Asia-Pacific as military planners explore alternatives to the large US super bases in the region vulnerable to cruise missile strikes.

    • Apr. 13, 2014

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