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THAILAND DEFENCE: Defence and Modernisation

Thailand’s military is kept active with pressing security issues, the most prominent being the insurgency in the south of the Kingdom.  Gordon Arthur It may perhaps surprise some that Thailand is ranked the 20th most powerful military in the world according to Global Firepower. Its position is helped by the 2013 defence budget rising to […]

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW: Asia-Pacific GPS/GIS Technology

As countries across Asia look to enhance their defence capabilities they are beginning to acquire modern, sophisticated command and control systems to coordinate their armed forces. One area often neglected in looking at the story of this evolution is how the countries in the region are also seeking to acquire the necessary technology and service […]

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Asia Pacific Training aircraft

While the United States and many European nations are shrinking their combat aircraft fleets, numerous Asia Pacific countries are expanding theirs and the importance of trainer aircraft in the region is highlighted by their acquisition of fifth generation fighter aircraft.   David Oliver This is to cope with this demand for a more capable, cost effective […]

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BLOCKED CALLS: Convoy Protection Against Remote-Controlled Bombs

The Asia-Pacific region has seen its fair share of remote-controlled bomb attacks against vehicle convoys. Fortunately, help is at hand in defeating this menace from the proliferation of mobile jammers available from defence electronics specialists around the world. Thomas Withington   The Asia-Pacific region, most notably Afghanistan, is no stranger to remote-controlled bombs. Such weapons […]

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HELICOPTERS: Armed and Dangerous

During a recent four-nation visit to the Asia-Pacific region that included a stop in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a deal worth about$500 million to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, “Providing Indonesia these world-class helicopters is an example of our commitment […]

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NAVAL C4I SYSTEMS:Local Knowledge

The market for warship Combat Management Systems (CMSs) in the Asia-Pacific is healthy with demand especially high for CMSs to outfit existing and new-build Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and corvettes.   Thomas Withington   The Combat Management System (CMS) is at the heart of the modern warship. From small OPVs, up to large cruisers, amphibious […]

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INFANTRY WEAPONS:Infantry weapons and sights

Asia’s infantry weapon requirements are numerous, large and diverse and it would be foolish to attempt a full summary here, so this article addresses some of the most influential. Peter Donaldson Australia The Australian military has several programmes under way. For example, production of the F88SA2 Austeyr rifle – a Steyr AUG built by Thales […]

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South Korean Defence Modernisation

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked to their highest level in decades this year. North Korea accused “aggressive” military drills in the South of driving “tension on the peninsula into an extreme phase, creating such danger that a nuclear war may break out any moment.”   by Gordon Arthur   A confluence of factors contributed […]

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South East Asian Defence Cooperation

In general, defence cooperation in the South-East Asia region can be broken down into two distinct types, the first being military cooperation and the other being defence industry cooperation. Both of which are slowly, but noticeably, on the increase. by Dzirhan Mahadzir Military cooperation in the region has been on the rise, not only between […]

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Naval Helicopters – Eyes Over the Pacific and Indian Oceans

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade have been largely land operations while naval operations, and capabilities, especially helicopters were largely relegated to a supporting role, alongside their anti-terrorism missions in the Indian Ocean.  by David Oliver Traditionally, the shipboard helicopter’s main roles were firstly Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and secondly, Anti-Surface Warfare. […]

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Soldier Radios

Handheld radios are experiencing a period of modernisation. Improvements in terms of bandwidth are heralding increases in data traffic rates. New products are available and the US Army is preparing to embark upon the latest phase of its Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Factor radio acquisition. by Thomas Withington   That war teaches lessons is a […]

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Special-Ops and Amphibious Systems

The Pacific witnessed a bloody campaign of amphibious landings in World War Two, led primarily by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The USMC is the region’s most powerful amphibious force, but many other countries maintain a marine corps or amphibious-capable infantry. This is logical since 42 nations border the Pacific Ocean which encompasses one-third […]

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Tactical UAVs

The Asia-Pacific Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market is one of the world’s most active, but with the evolution of national expertise through international cooperation preferred to large procurements of imported systems. This makes it a challenging market for western industry. by Peter Donaldson     Through Joint Project 129, Australia’s Army acquired two AAI […]

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Clamour for Submarine in Asia-Pacific

It may seem like a contradiction in terms, but the submarine market in Asia is buoyant to say the least, with a number of major acquisitions ongoing. Nevertheless, as recent events have shown, the world of the submariner can be a dangerous place. by Thomas Withington In fact, the difficult and sometimes hazardous nature of […]

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