29 September 2011

Flustered PM Baffles Press With Incorrect Comment

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The AS 555 Fennec single-engine helicopter/army-technology
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra apparently forgot which items were on the cabinet agenda yesterday, causing confusion when she confirmed the navy's submarine procurement project had received cabinet approval before retracting her statement hours later.

28 September 2011

S. Korea hands over decommissioned patrol boats to Timor Leste

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SEOUL, September 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea handed over three retired patrol ships to Timor Leste to help the country guard its territorial waters and preserve marine resources, the defense ministry in Seoul said Monday.

Zahid: Plan to Replace MiG-29 Fleet on Hold

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Mig-29N TUDM

GEMAS: There are no plans to purchase new military assets in the near future. This includes replacements for the Royal Malaysian Air Force's MiG-29N Fulcrum aircraft, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

26 September 2011

Training Sub Set For New Role

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KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, one of the two Scorpene submarines in the Malaysian navy.

KUALA LUMPUR: A signing ceremony was held at the Malaysian embassy in Paris on Friday for the transfer of ownership of an Agosta 70 submarine, which is to be converted into a museum in Malacca.

25 September 2011

Indo-Australian co-operation

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September 23: Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members gathered together for a group photograph during the opening ceremony of Exercise Elang Ausindo 2011 at Ngurah Rai Air Force Base in Bali on September 5, which lasted for a week.

21 September 2011

RI, Russia Exploring Defense Industry Cooperation Possibilities

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Russia have begun exploring the possibility of bilateral defense industry cooperation by way of joint production and transfer of technology schemes, Russia`s chief diplomatic representative here said.

20 September 2011

India to sell BrahMos missile to Vietnam

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Cruise missile BrahMos shown on IMDS-2007 - Wikimedia Commons

The BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian joint venture that has developed the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, is keen to sell the missile to Vietnam with which India is developing a strong strategic relationship, sources have confirmed.

Submarine plan torpedoed

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SSK U-206

Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa has rejected the navy's plan to pay 7.5 billion baht for six used submarines from Germany and questioned the cost-effectiveness and transparency.

AFP to buy endurance ship, 2 naval helicopters

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BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15)/Wikipedia
MANILA, Philippines - A weather high-endurance ship and two naval helicopters would be the first items to be purchased using the P4.9 billion that was ordered released recently by President Aquino, the military said over the weekend.

Government to Allocate Rp99 Trillion For Armament

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Mi-17 V5 TNI

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will allocate Rp99 trillion (US$11.09 billion) for the maintenance and purchase of main armament systems until 2014, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said.

Indonesian win launches Grob's G120TP

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Grob Aircraft has secured a launch customer for its G120TP design, with Indonesia's air force to operate the type as an elementary and basic trainer.

18 September 2011

Malaysia mulls joint UK warship development

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Type 26 Naval/ship-tracking.co.uk

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Malaysia is considering a number of defence joint ventures with the UK including the development of navy ships with BAE Systems, reported The Times in London today.

16 September 2011

SELEX Galileo wins EUR 4.3M contract to provide Thermal Sight Systems for Royal Thai Army Scorpions

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Thai Army Scorpion light tank

DSEi, London -- SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by Update Development ltd worth around EUR 4.3M (£3.8M) to provide Thermal Sight Systems (TSS) to the Royal Thai Army in support of their Scorpion Light Tank upgrade programme.

15 September 2011

Thales wins Malaysia vehicle contract

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FNSS Pars 8x8/trdefence.com

LONDON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Thales-Malaysia will integrate an advanced open vehicle electronic architecture system for 257 armored-wheeled vehicles of the Malaysian army.

14 September 2011

Vietnam Army Upgrades V100 Armored Vehicle

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V-100 Armored Vehicles
(VTC News) - The military technical experts Vietnam, has upgraded armored vehicles from the 60s into a modern fighting vehicles today. 

Russian S-400 missile system used for the first time

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S-400. Photo: RIA Novosti

Summing up the active phase of the Comradeship-in-Arms-2011 war games earlier today, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdiukov said that Russia has for the first time used its S-400 air defence missile system.

ST Engineering's Land Systems Arm Secures $68m Contract to Supply New Generation Spider Light Strike Vehicles

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Spider Light Strike Vehicles (Spider LSV)

SINGAPORE --- ST Engineering today announced that its land systems arm, ST Kinetics, has won a contract worth S$68m from the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) through an international tender, to supply its new generation Spider Light Strike Vehicles (Spider LSV) and spares. Delivery is expected to take place over 2013-14.

13 September 2011

RI, Serbia agree to enhance defense cooperation

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Purnomo Yusgiantoro (right) with Dragan Sutanovac (left) in Jakarta, Tuesday (Sept. 13).ANTARA/Yudhi Mahatma

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Serbia on Tuesday agreed to enhance defense cooperation to cover strategic policies, logistics support, defense industry, education and training.

Singapore and Australian Armies in Bilateral Armour Exercise

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Singapore (right) and Australian Main Battle Tanks involved in manoeuvre training.

The Singapore and Australian armies conducted a bilateral armour exercise, Exercise Matilda, at the Mount Bundey Training Area (MBTA) in Darwin, Australia.

Ministry scrutiny likely to delay sub deal

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SSK U-206

The navy is unlikely to meet the Sept 30 deadline set by a German company for the purchase of six second-hand submarines as a review by the Defence Ministry looks set to delay the purchase.

12 September 2011

Indonesia establishes joint armament production with Europe

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The new C-295 is a stretched derivative of the CN-235 transporter/airforce-technology.com

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government of Indonesia will confirm a joint armament production with three European countries: Germany, Spain, and France.

Phl Navy acquires new vessel

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Navy is commissioning the construction of a 579-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU) that will be launched in the last quarter of the year.

11 September 2011

COA: Only a fourth of PAF aircraft can fly; most fit for junkyard

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Aermacchi S-211- PAF (Wikipedia)
MANILA, Philippines – The military may be flexing its muscles in the face of international territorial disputes, but in reality, its air force is hardly primed for battle and is one of the most poorly equipped in the region, according to the Commission on Audit.

09 September 2011

Russia Sees 1,000 T-50 Sales

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Sukhoi T-50 (Wikipedia)

LONDON — Russia is projecting it may sell as many as 1,000 T-50 fighter aircraft in the coming decades.

PF Ships Moor at Port Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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Pacific Fleet (PF) task unit headed by large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev on Sept 8 paid formal call at port Sihanoukville, Kingdom of Cambodia.

In the recent history of Russia, this is the first visit of our naval servicemen to Cambodia. Soviet Navy ships had been visiting this country since 1968 till 1987.

RI, Australian special forces launch joint training exercise

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The Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) is currently conducting a two-week joint training exercise with the Australian Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) in the Thousand Islands regency, northern Jakarta.

Indonesia, South Korea Pledge Closer Defense Equipment Ties

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(AFP Photo)

Indonesia and South Korea pledged Friday to strengthen their collaboration in developing military equipment as Jakarta’s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro hosted his counterpart Kim Kwan-Jin.

Minimum main power of navy realized in 2014

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PKR Sigma 10514

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Suparno said that the building of the navy`s minimum main power may be reached in the next three years in 2014.

Govt to spend Rp60 trillion (US$6.5 billion) on armaments until 2014

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Su-27 TNI AU (www.airliners.net)
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government will spend Rp60 trillion (US$6.5 billion) on the procurement of the military`s main armament system until 2014, a minister said.

Aquino orders release of P4.95 billion for AFP territorial defense

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MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has directed the release of P4.95 billion to enhance the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) capability to secure the territory of the Philippines.

Vietnam Receives Laguna 11.661 Integrated Simulator

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In 2011, Navy Vietnam were supplemented by two modern frigates, such as "Gepard-3.9", built by JSC "Zelenodolsk Plant. AM Gorky," the project of "Zelenodolsk design bureau." To prepare the crews of these ships was established integrated simulator "Laguna 11 661", which was developed and put the company "Kronshtadt," group company "Transas".

Turkey and Indonesia near arms agreements

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FNSS 6x6

Turkey and Indonesia are close to signing several defense agreements altogether worth $400 million, procurement officials and industry sources said Tuesday. 

PAF to acquire air defense radars

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MANILA, Philippines - The Air Force will acquire at least three air defense radars during the term of President Aquino to boost its capabilities in securing the country’s territory. 

07 September 2011

Indonesian Defense Ministry to Select Preferred Tenderer

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As is expected, Indonesian defense ministry will select preferred tenderer for delivery of new non-nuclear subs for national navy.

TNI chief sends off KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda to Lebanon

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KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda - 367
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono on Tuesday saw off the Navy`s warship KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda at its departure for Lebanon to join the UN peacekeeping force there.  

06 September 2011

Commissioning of the HIMARS

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Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, accompanied by Chief of Artillery Colonel Tan Chong Lee, affixing the Artillery formation emblem onto the HIMARS at the ceremony.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at a ceremony to mark the commissioning of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and operationalisation of the first HIMARS Battery at Khatib Camp this afternoon.  

Indonesian, Australian pilots conduct joint exercise in Bali

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Indonesian Air Force F-16

Kuta, Bali (ANTARA News) - Twenty-five pilots from the Indonesian Air Forces (TNI-AU) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a four-day joint exercise in Bali, commander of Bali`s Ngurah Rai air base Lt Col Sumarto said. 

05 September 2011

US aiming to strengthen its ties

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Photo by: Heng Chivoan

BRIGADIER-General Richard Simcock, the US Defense Department’s principal director for Southern and Southeast Asia, met with senior Cambodian defence officials yesterday in a series of talks focusing on military ties. 

China defence ties to be increased

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BEIJING – Viet Nam and China have agreed to promote bilateral defence co-operation following the conclusion of the 2nd Viet Nam-China Strategic Defence and Security Dialogue in Beijing yesterday. 

Philippines Hopes Sea Dispute with China Will Ease

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South China Sea (Wikipedia)

MANILA - The Philippines hopes a territorial dispute over the South China Sea will ease after President Benigno Aquino's trip to China, the nation's military chief said Sept. 3.

Ukraine to supply 49 Oplot tanks to Thailand

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Ukraine's Oplot battle tank headed to Thailand in large sale.

Ukraine will supply 49 Oplot main battle tanks to the Royal Thai Army, Ukraine's state arms exporter Ukrspecexport told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.

04 September 2011

Two Sattahip-Based Naval Vessels Rescue Thai Cargo Ship

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Two Sattahip-based naval vessels on an anti-piracy mission off Somalia rescued a Thai cargo ship from being hijacked in the Gulf of Aden.

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