29 October 2011

Zahid Eyes New Air Force Support Vehicles for Next Year

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Portuguese Air Force crash tender series - Protec-Fire MAN 432 4x4 AT

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 - Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi today said the Royal Malaysian Air Force will buy new aviation ground support vehicles (AGSV) next year as the existing fleet was becoming too costly to maintain.

28 October 2011

Hornets, Typhoons Join Malaysian Exercise

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© Commonwealth of Australia

Eurofighter Typhoons from the Royal Air Force's 6 Sqn have joined aircraft from four other nations in Malaysia for exercise "Bersama Lima 2011". The Royal Australian Air Force sent Boeing F/A-18A fighters and a 737-based Wedgetail airborne early warning and control system aircraft to participate in the manoeuvres that are being conducted from Butterworth air base in Penang.

CARAT Cambodia Makes First Homeland Visit for Three Sailors Possible

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When U.S. and royal Cambodian navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, three Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) were looking forward to the week ahead more than others. For them, it would be their first visit to their ancestral homeland.

27 October 2011

President Asks Pindad to Produce New Tactical Vehicle

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Pindad tactical vehicles displayed in the PT DI exhibition

Bandung, West Java (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked arms industry PT Pindad to produce a new variety of the 3/4-ton-4x4-type tactical vehicle to meet the needs of the TNI (military) and police.

Turkey Denies Losing Deal for Indonesian Navy Submarines

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Turkish procurement officials have denied a South Korean claim that the Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine has defeated a joint bid by Germany and Turkey to sell submarines to the Indonesian Navy.

CN-295 and F-16 to Reinforce RI's Air Force

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Bandung, West Java (ANTARA News) - A CN295 squadron to be produced by Indonesian Aircraft Industry PT DI in cooperation with Airbus Military will reinforce the Indonesian Air Force in the coming three years, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said.

26 October 2011

Vympel Shipyard to assist Vietnam in Building Russian missile boats

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Project 12418 Molniya missile boats/vympel-r.ru

Vympel Shipyard (Rybinsk) will render assistance to Vietnam in batch production of Project 12418 Molniya missile boats under Russian license. Vympel shipwrights will produce and deliver to Vietnam assembly parts for first six Project 12418 Molniya missile boats, reported ARMS-TASS from Interpolitekh-2010.

Almaz Shipyard Delivered Two Patrol Ships To Vietnam

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Acceptance certificates of two Project 10412 patrol ships (serial numbers 044 and 045) built for Vietnamese Navy were signed on Oct 20 at Almaz Shipbuilding Firm. These are third and fourth hulls of Project 10410 Svetlyak export version. First two ships were delivered to Vietnam in 2002.

24 October 2011

Guided-Missile Destroyer Arrives in Laem Chabang, Thailand

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Guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Laem Chabang Oct. 21 for a port visit and to participate in community service events to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Thailand.

Panetta: U.S., Indonesia Continue to Develop Ties

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AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Oct. 23 that Washington will continue to develop military ties with Indonesia but keep a watchful eye on rights abuses, after over a decade of suspended cooperation.

President Aquino Orders Release of P10 Billion for AFP Modernization Program

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The Philippine Army

President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the release of P10 billion for the military’s modernization program, including P1.6 billion for new Air Force planes which will all be purchased by the end of the year.

Navies Head to Sea for CARAT Cambodia Exercise

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U.S. and royal Cambodian navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, with a pierside opening ceremony at the port of Sihanoukville.

22 October 2011

KF-X Update

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SEOUL AIR SHOW: Eurofighter shares KF-X vision

South Korea needs help developing KF-X. Its industry feels up to the challenge of developing the new fighter's flight controls, aerodynamics, sensors and weapons. But it wants an industrial partner to transfer technology for the engines, sensor fusion software and systems integration.

21 October 2011

Malaysia Orders Vingtaqs II System

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Vingtaqs II/Rheinmetall Nordic AS

Rheinmetall Nordic AS of N�tter�y, Norway, a member of the Rheinmetall Group of companies, has been awarded a contract to supply the Malaysian armed forces with the Vingtaqs II long-range surveillance, observation and reconnaissance system. Rheinmetall Nordic AS is the successor company of Simrad Optronics AS, which Rheinmetall took over in summer 2010.

Denel Dynamics Punting Umkhonto to Vietnam

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Denel Dynamics is bidding for a naval air defence contract in Vietnam and is offering the South-east Asian nation its Umkhonto short-range air defence missile as fitted on the South African Navy's frigate fleet and six Finnish warships.

19 October 2011

PH Navy Chief Eyes 2nd US Warship

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WASHINGTON D.C.--The Philippine Navy will likely get its second Hamilton-class cutter next year, boosting its capability to patrol the country’s maritime borders even as it races to finally acquire missiles for its ships.

Seoul Eyes Power-plant Options for KF-X

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Geoffrey Lee/Planefocus

Seoul is tentatively exploring engine options for its proposed Korea Fighter Experimental (KF-X) programme, with the Eurojet consortium putting forward its EJ200 powerplant.

18 October 2011

Brunei Special Forces Regiment joint Exercise with 1st Commando Regiment Australia

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SFR and 1 Commando Regt Personnel Conducting a
Static Line Parachute Water Descend Jump Off Muara Beach
MUARA, Friday 14 October 2011 - The Royal Brunei Armed Forces Special Forces Regiment has recently conducted a bilateral exercise with their counterparts from the 1st Commando Regiment, Australian Defence Force called the EXERCISE NIGHT LEOPARD 2011.

17 October 2011

Singapore Companies Launch Joint Robotics Lab

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European Land Robot Trials ELROB 2010/Photo by Ralph Orlowski
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - ST Kinetics (STK), the land-systems component of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering, and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) announced the launch of the SP-STK Robotics Laboratory on Oct. 14.

16 October 2011

Russian 'Stealth Destroyer' Just a Sales Gimmick?

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INS Trishul (F43) Talwar class frigate of the Indian Navy

Russia plans to begin constructing a new generation of "stealth" destroyers in 2012 that will form the backbone of the combat power of Russia's surface fleet, Russian newspaper Pravda reported.

15 October 2011

Border Claims Are ‘Depressing’ for Indonesian Military

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Claims of a Malaysian land grab in West Kalimantan are not only complicating ties between the two countries, but are also hurting the morale of soldiers in the area, the military chief said on Friday. 

14 October 2011

Los Angeles-Class Fast Attack Submarine USS Columbia Arrives at Kota Kinabalu

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Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) arrived at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Oct. 13 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

12 October 2011

Po Hang Retires To The Tropics

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Po Hang class corvettes/www.navy.mil.kr
October 11, 2011: South Korea is donating one of its recently retired Po Hang class corvettes to the Philippines Navy. The Po Hangs are 1,200 ton warships that first entered service in 1984.

11 October 2011

Korea Secures $1.1 bil Submarine Deal With Indonesia

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Korea has made its first step into the global submarine exports market by securing the country's largest single overseas defense contract. Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said on Monday that it will sign a contract with Indonesia next month to build submarines.

10 October 2011

DCNS would be Favored to Sell Corvettes to Malaysia

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DCNS Gowind OPV L'Adroit

The French group hopes to export its ships in the family "Gowind" for maritime surveillance. The French naval construction company DCNS is preferred to provide corvettes to Malaysia as part of a call for tenders for 24 copies, said Tuesday the financial daily Les Echos.

06 October 2011

PT DI concludes `teaming agreement` with Air Bus Military

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JAKARTA, 4/10 - C 295 aircraft landed at Halim/ANTARA

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) has concluded a "teaming agreement" with Airbus Military on the joint production and marketing of NC295 planes, the Indonesian company`s chief said.

1st Philippine Made Navy Vessel Unveiled in PICMW

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The new Landing Craft Utility for Philippine Navy/Timawa
The Philippine Iron Construction and Marine Works (PICMW) located in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental has completed the construction of the first Philippine-made Navy vessel, a 579-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU).

RI Govt to Raise TNI Budget by 35 Percent in 2012

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would raise the Defense Forces (TNI) budget by up to 35 percent in 2012 in line with the increasing complexity of TNI`s tasks.

05 October 2011

Made in Vietnam Battleship Unveiled

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The artillery ship TT400TP was unveiled on September 27
Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled last week at the wharf of Hong Ha ship-building plant or state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.

Cabinet Approves 2 New Black Hawks

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UH-60L Black Hawk
The cabinet has approved the Defence Ministry's proposal to buy two new Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of 2.841 billion baht, using a previously tied-over budget for 2011-2013, deputy government spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said on Tuesday.

Spain Ready to Help AFP Modernization

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Constantino Méndez Martínez, Spain’s Vice-Minister of Defense

MANILA, Philippines - Spain is ready to support the modernization efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and is willing to provide equipment to boost the military’s capabilities.

04 October 2011

SAF, US Marines conduct joint exercise

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LTC Tan (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Captain Robert Jones (right) of the USMC at the closing ceremony, together with SLTC Keong.

The bilateral exercise codenamed Valiant Mark between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) drew to a close on the evening of 30 Sep at Bedok Camp. A few hours before then, the two sides were still locked in a gruelling three-day battalion-level exercise. If they were fatigued, it certainly did not show in the soldiers from the two armed forces.

PT Dirgantara Indonesia to Cooperate With Airbus Military

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - PT Dirgantara Indonesia will revive its cooperation with Airbus Military to increase its competitive power, its president director, Budi Santoso, said here on Monday.

Navy to Expand to three Fleet Regions by 2014

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Indonesian Navy Fleet

The Indonesian Navy is planning to add a third fleet within three years, which would safeguard the Western, Central and Eastern regions of the country.

Hyun Bin to visit RI Promote Arms Industry

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Actor Hyun Bin (Yonhap News)
Actor Hyun Bin who is currently serving in the Marine Corps will visit Indonesia for three days this week to promote South Korea’s defense industry, according to the Korean Ministry of National Defense on Monday.

Navy Pushes for Submarines Plan

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SSK U-206

New navy chief Surasak Runroengrom still hopes the plan to buy used submarines from Germany will be considered by the cabinet today despite opposition from the Defence Ministry.

PCG needs P5B for 7 helicopters

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Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will tap financial institutions to finance the acquisition of seven helicopters and additional infrastructure and equipment amounting to P5 billion.

03 October 2011

Saab Receives Order from Thailand Regarding Extension of Air Command & Control System

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Gripen fighter and the Saab 340 Erieye AEW

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force regarding extension of an Air Command and Control System. The order amounts to 104 MSEK.

US, Royal Brunei Navy Return to Sea for CARAT 2011 Exercise

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USS Dewey (DDG 105)
MUARA, Brunei (NNS) -- The U.S. and Royal Brunei Navies began their 17th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei exercise Sept. 30, with an opening ceremony at Muara Naval Base.

Brunei, M'sia Air Forces wrap up 10th SAREX MALBRU

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The Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have achieved all the objectives of SAREX MALBRU 10/2011.

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