KRI Nagapasa (403), the first of three new Nagapasa-class submarines of the Indonesian Navy that was commissioned in August 2017. The second Ardadedali was commissioned in April 2018 and the third Alugoro entered service in April 2021. (TNI-AL)

Submarine Status

Operating submarines can enhance the reputation of the naval force employing them, but they should be properly funded and not just for show. Conventional submarines...
The Guizhou WZ-7 'Xianglong' is the Chinese air force's most capable unmanned reconnaissance asset, and is being used for strategic surveillance of potential territorial hotspots.

Bigger, Further, Better

Where China is growing its unmanned aerial vehicle fleet, nations across Asia Pacific are finding budgets too for these more strategic assets. Military forces are...
Elbit RWS

Remote Fire Control

Remote weapons are increasing in calibre as the ability to link them with a greater range of sensors and systems increases. Naval remote weapon stations...
South Korea has expanded its space-based C4ISR capabilities with the ANASIS-II military communications satellite in July 2020. Use of ANASIS-II is gradually expanding as more ground terminals come online. (Airbus Defence & Space)

Taking on C4ISR and Cyber

The war in Ukraine has demonstrated the absolute necessity of coordinating C4ISR in a major conflict. Nations in Asia have already been adding to...
The Royal Australian Air Force uses the Pilatus PC-21 as it bridges the performance gap between traditional turboprop trainers and lead-in fighters. (RAAF)

Transitioning Pilot Training

The military pilot training world is changing rapidly, undergoing a seismic shift as it tries to adapt to new requirements, both budgetary and operational. Although...
Royal Saudi Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons are operated by Wing 2 at King Fahad Air Base at Taif. (BAE Systems)

Chasing the Middle East Top Guns

In the last decade, the Middle East has become the happy hunting ground for Fourth Plus-generation fighter aircraft manufacturers. It began in 2007 when Saudi...
sea trials Al Jubail

Gulf Naval Recapitalisation

Gulf states have been investing defence budgets in to recapitalise naval power as well as indigenous shipyards. Disputes in the Gulf and wider Middle East...
Portable ELORAN systems like this containerised equipment produced by Hellen Systems provides PNT coverage in areas where ELORAN services are unavailable or where GNSS PNT information is being disrupted.

Where do you think you are?

Satellite navigation jamming is a growing concern in the Asia-Pacific. Fortunately, there are steps nations can take to mitigating this menace. A satellite navigation signal...
Titanis

Taking Out ‘The Toys’

The Asia Pacific industry has ‘changed up gears’ in providing solutions to counter UAS threats. The proliferation of affordable and readily available small unmanned aircraft...
Chief petty officers keep watch on the bridge of the US Navy (USN) Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Billings, in the Caribbean Sea in April 2022. The USN’s Freedom-class LCS vessels are fitted with the Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 system as their combat management system (CMS). (US Navy)

Thinking Warships

The increasing adoption of open architecture and artificial intelligence is growing the capacity of naval combat management systems. In simple terms, naval platforms deliver military...

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