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A close-up of a full scale model of the Teng Yun UAV being developed by the Aeronautical Systems Research Division (ASRD) of Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST). (Andrew Drwiega)

Asia Pacific UAV Compendium 2022

The value of unmanned aerial vehicles continues to grow in importance, with indigenous development increasing in all categories. Regional military forces are accelerating their acquisition...
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...
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...
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China Continuous Testing of Taiwan’s Air Defence

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been persistent in its incursions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Over the past two years,...
RoKAF F-35

Military aircraft accidents blight start to the year

Combat aircraft operations in the Asia Pacific is off to a rocky start in 2022 with a spate of high profile aircraft accidents for...
South Korean president Moon Jae-in

Asian Air Force Modernisation

Regional tensions have forced the pace for regional air forces to buy new capability or update legacy platforms. The increasing prospects of a peer-on-peer...

China debuts Y-20U aerial tanker in latest Taiwan ADIZ buzz

Taiwan’s defence ministry announced on 28 November that the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) had scrambled its fighter jets to warn off a...
T-5 Brave Eagle

Taiwanese air force receives first-production T-5 advanced trainer

The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has received the first Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) T-5 Yung Yin (Brave Eagle) advanced jet trainer...
Tien Chien II AAM - JR Ng

Taiwan readies extended-range Sky Sword 2 missile for production

Taiwan’s government-run National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is set to mass produce an improved version of the Tien Chien II (TC2...
The H-6K variant of China's main strategic bomber.

Chinese Air Force Spreads New Wings

China’s military aviation industry has moved on from reverse engineering to indigenous design and development. Chinese airpower took centre stage in the Asia Pacific in...

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