29 August 2011

Navies Complete Sea Phase of CARAT Singapore 2011

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U.S. and Singaporean Sailors completed the at-sea portion of the 17th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2011 Aug. 26 following six days of underway training. 

28 August 2011

Indonesia Army receives MI-17 choppers

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Mi-17 V5 TNI

The Defense Ministry received six MI-17 choppers from Russian state company JSC Rosoboronexport in a handover ceremony on Friday morning. 

S. Korean defense minister to visit Indonesia for talks

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ROKS Nadaeyong SS-069

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-jin will head to Indonesia next month for talks that might lead to a major deal to export attack submarines to the Southeast Asian country, reports here said Thursday.

ANZAC, East Timor Ddefence Forces Come Together for Successful Joint Military Exercise

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ANZAC and East Timor defence forces have come together for a successful joint military exercise in East Timor.  

27 August 2011

Turkey, Germany seek submarine sale of $1 bln

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This photo shows a HDW-class U 209/1400 submarine of the Turkish Navy as it is passing through Istanbul’s Bosphorus. Turkey aims to make two U 209s for Indonesia.

A joint group of Turkish and German companies are competing with a South Korean attempt to sell two HDW-class 209-type diesel submarines to Indonesia.

26 August 2011

U.S. May Sell Military Technology to Vietnam, Senator Says

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Senator Jim Webb

The U.S. Defense Department is examining whether the country will lift restrictions on the sale of military technology to Vietnam, Senator Jim Webb said at a press conference in Hanoi today.  

25 August 2011

Singapore Navy’s Upgraded Corvette Test-Fires Barak Missile

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The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a live-firing of the Barak anti-missile missile in the South China Sea earlier today as part of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise which the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is conducting with the United States Navy (USN).  

PT DI troubled by internal problems

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N-250 Gatot Kaca (Airliners.net)

Indonesia’s only aircraft producer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) celebrated a gloomy 35th anniversary as the company that was once the pride of the nation faces continuing internal and capital problems and is expected to post further losses this year. 

AFP urged to maximize golf courses to augment budget

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Because of perennial budget constraints, senators are urging the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to become more resourceful and creative in utilizing their current assets to augment their modernization fund. 

Singapore F-15SGs Escape Brush Fire at Mountain Home

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Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-15SG  is towed to safety at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

A brush fire that was believed to have been started by a lightning strike on the evening of August 15 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, meant that all flying operations were halted and personnel evacuated from flight line buildings as the fire approached the base.  

24 August 2011

RI, Timor Leste ink defense deals

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Turning a new leaf: Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (left), who is also the country’s minister for defense and security, and Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro (right sitting) sign a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation in Dili, Timor Leste, on Friday. Courtesy of the Indonesian Defense Ministry

Timor Leste and Indonesia on Friday agreed to improve and widen bilateral relations through defense cooperation. 

Submarine for Navy? Noy bares AFP shop list

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MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino yesterday enumerated a list of infantry apparatus to be acquired in accomplishment of his guarantee of modernizing a Armed Forces of a Philippines (AFP) during his term. 

BAE Systems Seeks Feedback on MIG-29N Replacement Programme

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Eurofighter Typhoon (www.eurofighter.com)
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 (Bernama) --- BAE Systems, which is eyeing Malaysia's MiG-29N replacement programme, is currently seeking responses and gathering information from local companies as well as government agencies on the requirements of the programme and the industry. 

23 August 2011

Deals with China inked

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The Zhi-9

CAMBODIA agreed to acquire Chinese-made Z-9 helicopters for US$195 million in one of 26 memorandums of understanding agreed by the two countries on Saturday. 

PHL Navy's biggest warship arrives at Manila Bay

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BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) (wikipedia)

President Benigno Aquino III is set to formally welcome on Tuesday the Philippine Navy’s newly acquired and largest ship. 

Luerssen Shipyard Delivers Darussalam Class Patrol Vessel to Brunei Armed Forces

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KDB Darulaman (Navaltoday)

The Royal Brunei Armed Forces recorded another significant milestone in its history with the official acceptance of the final DARUSSALAM Class Patrol Vessels, namely KDB DARULAMAN.  

BAE Systems mulls local Indonesian support services business

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Hawk 209 TNI AU

BAE Systems is considering a plan to establish a local company in Indonesia providing support services to its fleets of Hawk Mk 109/209 fighter/trainers in service in the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara, TNI-AU), the company has told Jane's

Second Russian-made frigate arrives in Vietnam

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Gepard class frigate

Ordered by the Vietnamese navy, the second Russia-made Gepard class frigate has arrived at the Cam Ranh port. The frigate, made by Russian factory Zelenodolsk Gorky, was brought to the port in Khanh Hoa Province on July 25 on a cargo ship, news website VietNamNet reported Sunday. 

First Two International MH-60S Seahawk Deliveries Head for Thailand

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One of the two Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopters flies into the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, on August 8 prior to its sea voyage to Thailand. Sikorsky

Two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters flew into the Port of Baltimore on August 8 headed to the Royal Thai Navy, marking the first delivery of the MH-60 to an international customer.

Another AFP modernization program pushed

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MANILA, Philippines – A House lawmaker pushed for the approval of a bill providing a 15-year modernization program for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, chairman of the Committee on National Defense and Security, said there is a need to immediately approve House Bill 4949 as the current AFP Modernization Act sets to expire in December this year.

Thai army recieves first three Enstrom 480B helicopters

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Enstrom 480B

The Royal Thai Army has accepted its first batch of three Enstrom 480B light turbine helicopters, to be used for training. The aircraft are the first instalment from a 2010 deal for 16 480Bs, said US-based Enstrom. 

Singapore orders target drones

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BQM-167A (www.compositeeng.com)
SACRAMENTO, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The government of Singapore has contracted U.S. company Composite Engineering Inc. to supply its armed forces with high-speed aerial target drones.  

Vietnam to get sub fleet in six years: state media

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The yard model of the 636 Kilo class submarine (www.naval-technology.com)
Vietnam will have a submarine fleet within six years, the defence minister confirmed in reports on Thursday, as China's increasing maritime assertiveness causes regional concern.  

Zahid: Meko 100 Ship Project Is Still On

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The Kedah Class (Meko A-100) (www.naval-technology.com)
PORT DICKSON, July 30 (Bernama) -- The Meko 100 ship project had never been stopped and the balance of 17 ships which is optional for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will be continued depending on the nation's financial standing.  

Vietnam Marine Police Takes Delivery of its First C212-400 Airplane

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C212-400 (Airliners.net)

The Vietnam Marine Police has taken delivery of the first of three C212-400 it ordered from Airbus Military. The second aircraft will be delivered later this year, and the third in early 2012.  

Indonesia, South Korea Launch Stealth Jet Project

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KF-X (www.aboutweapons.com)
Seoul. South Korea and Indonesia are launching a partnership today to develop a new stealth fighter jet which has been delayed for years by technical and budget problems. 

02 August 2011

FNSS bags $559 million Malaysian order for Pars 8×8 APCs

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FNSS Pars 8x8/trdefence.com

FNSS of Turkey, a joint venture between BAE Systems, Inc. and Nurol Holding  of Turkey, has received and signed a $559 million letter of offer and acceptance  (LOA) from DEFTECH of Malaysia for the design, development and manufacture of 257 DEFTECH AV-8 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles and Integrated Logistics Support  for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

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