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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10.  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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi gestures to supporters on April 9 in India. The country is in the midst of a nine-phase election from April 7 through May 12, and Modi's party leads in the polls. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

    Procurement Problems Await Next Indian Government

    As India spends the next month undergoing general elections, military officers and experts are optimistic the front-runners to take over the government will boost defense spending, speed procurement of needed weaponry and overhaul the country's arms produ

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  24. A Pakistan Navy frigate docks at Port Sudan, in the Red Sea, in 2012. Pakistan and Iranian ships have conducted joint naval exercises this week. Ashraf Shazly/Agence France-Presse

    Pakistani, Iranian Navies Conduct Joint Exercises

    The Pakistani and Iranian navies have engaged in a four-day joint naval exercise east of the Straits of Hormuz this week in an effort to improve security cooperation between the two neighbors.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  25. New Zealand Army Chief Maj. Gen. Dave Gawn LAC Amanda McErlich

    Recruitment, Regional Engagement Among Goals of NZ Army's 5-Year Plan

    New Zealand's Army has released 'Army 2020,' its strategy for the next five years, which outlines five key themes as service goals.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  26. China ambassador Cui Tiankai, seen here in a 2012 photo while he was vice foreign minister, said the United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences. Marty Melville / AFP

    Envoy: US has Given China a 'Mission Impossible' on North Korea

    The United States is giving China a 'mission impossible' by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear program or face US consequences, Beijing's ambassador said Thursday.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  27. Pakistani Army tanks advance during November exercises in Bahawalpur district. Pakistani procurement plans must weigh conventional conflict and terror attacks. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Procurement Decisions Face East And West

    Pakistan faces potential conflict on two fronts that calls for different types of equipment, but funding issues restrict its choices.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  28. An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a Max Thunder sortie Nov. 5 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. US Air Force

    South Korea, US To Hold Largest-Ever Joint Air Drill

    South Korea's military said Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  29. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center-left, and Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene, center-right, participate April 10 in a signing ceremony of a joint vision statement at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulan Bator. Alex Wong / AFP

    Hagel Pushes US Military Ties With China's Neighbor Mongolia

    Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel Thursday endorsed stronger military ties with Mongolia as it seeks a US partnership as a counterweight to its powerful neighbors Russia and China.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  30. Japanese F-15 aircraft fly in formation in 2003 over the East China Sea. Koichi Kamoshida / Getty Images

    Japan Fighter Jet Dispatch Highest Since Cold War

    Japan dispatched fighter jets more often over the past 12 months than at any time since the Cold War ended, according to government figures, with the sorties mostly aimed at chasing away Chinese and Russian aircraft.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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