Second Thomas Shoal

China Puts Squeeze on Philippine Reefs in South China Sea

Second Thomas Shoal has emerged as a South China Sea flashpoint, as China smothers Philippine aspirations to protect its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This...
Sukhoi SU-35 aircraft

The PRC’s Corruption Conundrum

President Xi made a promise to rid China of corrupt politicians and military leaders. Defence acquisitions have been examined in detail with irregularities found....
RAAF P-8A

Watching the Neighbours

With political tension rising around the world, airborne special mission aircraft have arguably never been more important. Asia-Pacific states facing Chinese pressure on their South...
Tian Ying

China provides sneak peek of improved stealth UAV

Video imagery released by state-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) in late February has revealed that further development work has been carried out on...
K2

Shielding Armour

Armour, while useful in attack, needs ways and means to stop it being taken out by the plethora or weapons in now faces. Asia possesses...

Modernization initiatives to spur Vietnam defense budget at 5.6% CAGR over...

Vietnam’s volatile relationship with China and territorial disputes in the South China Sea have compelled the country to enhance its military capabilities. With China’s...
President Xi

Endemic Corruption Doesn’t Win Wars

Corruption and military effectiveness do not go hand-in-hand. This has been overwhelmingly demonstrated by the performance of Russian forces during the war in Ukraine,...
China’s Z-10ME

10 on 10 for China’s Z-10ME

The appearance of a fully equipped Chinese attack helicopter is surely one of the biggest surprises of the Singapore Airshow. The six-tonne attack helicopter,...

China readies updated stealth UCAV

The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is developing an updated version of its turbofan-powered high-altitude Cai Hong 7 (CH-7) Unmanned Combat...
The China Coast Guard

Has the China Coast Guard Reached Its Limit?

It appears that the China Coast Guard could have reached its limit in terms of size and utility. Within the space of a decade the...

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