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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. 'Make in India': Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, and other officials gather in New Delhi on Sept. 25 to launch a campaign aimed at boosting domestic industry. RAVEENDRAN/ / AFP

    India Launches Drive To Buy Half of Its Weapons From Indigenous Sources

    Under a new policy, at least half of India's total weapon and equipment needs in the next 10 to 12 years worth more than $100 billion could be produced domestically.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  2. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi speaks at an election rally in Mumbai on October 9. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP/Getty Images

    Report: India Clears Defense Projects Worth $13.1 Billion

    India's Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize the nation's aging Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry, a report said.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  3. Delays in C-130 upgrades have reduced planned availability. New Zealand Air Force

    New Zealand Defence Force Grows

    Uniformed members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have grown to 9,035 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women, up from 8,504 in June 2013, according to an NZDF annual report.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 24 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending a military drill. KNS / AFP/Getty Images

    US General: Kim Was Never Out of Power in North Korea

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's recent 40-day disappearance from public view sparked speculation of a coup or serious illness, but US military officials were never convinced he was out of power, the commander of US forces in South Korea told reporters

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo speak during an Oct. 23 press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    US, South Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Control

    The US and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. The Orient Shield exercise will include E-model Apaches certified to make deck landings during the RIMPAC exercise, such as this Apache launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. MC3 Dustin Knight/ / Navy

    US Army Helos Set for Joint Exercise in Japan

    The US Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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