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Shipbuilding – A Numbers Game

While experience grows among Indo-Pacific naval designers, order numbers remain crucial to keeping costs down and yards in business. The Indo-Pacific region has a significant...
Upgraded MH-60K

MHI tests upgraded SH-60K naval helicopter

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has performed the first test flight of an upgraded version of its SH-60K multirole naval helicopter, the company announced...
Indian Air Force

More Bang for Your Buck

Most Asian nations that operate fleets of legacy fighter aircraft continue to procure upgrade packages to increase capability and the extend service life of...
Lockheed-Martin-LRASM-1

Penetrating Maritime A2/AD

Published in the November/December 2020 Issue - Increasing the range of air-to-surface missiles has become an important factor in penetrating A2/AD defences, particularly in...
Kumano -- JMSDF

Japan’s new multirole frigate hits the water

Japan’s Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding (MES) has launched the first of a planned fleet of 22 multi-mission frigates for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The...

Japan launches first Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarine

The lead boat of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s new Taigei-class (29 SS) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) has been launched by builder Mitsubishi...
F-15J

Japanese ‘Super Eagle’ upgrade work moves ahead

A comprehensive effort to modernise and upgrade the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)’s fleet of F-15J interceptors has progressed following a Direct Commercial Sale...
Chengdu-J-20

The Generation Game

The selection of the F-35 by US defence partners in Asia shows how seriously the perceived threat from China’s own fifth generation Chegdu J-20...
F-2

New build F-22 proposed to Japan

Lockheed martin has proposed selling Japan an upgraded, new production version of the F-22 to meet Japan’s next-generation fighter requirement. This would see an...

“Tank!!” The psychological impact of Armour

Mobility, firepower and protection. Three qualities of the Main Battle Tank that are seeing regional armies keep to modernise their stocks. The tank is a...

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