Marhalim Abas


Marhalim Abas, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, covers Southeast Asian defense. He has worked as a journalist specializing in Southeast Asia defense and security since 1994, initially with the New Straits Times newspaper.

Malaysia Fires Ingwe Missiles In Exercise 
The Malaysia Army has put into service the Denel Dynamics ZT3A2 Ingwe guided missile, the third type of anti-armor weapon in the inventory.
Southeast Asia Maritime Patrol Programs Edge Ahead 
Singapore is in the market for advanced aircraft for sea surveillance; its neighbors mostly want to add simpler types.
Malaysia Qualifies Three Fighters For A400M Refueling 
Malaysia has qualified three fighter types to receive fuel in flight from the Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter.
Singapore’s Spyder SAM Declared Fully Operational 
Singapore has declared its Rafael Spyder short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems fully operational, seven years after they entered service.
Philippines Receives Two C212s Three Years Late 
The Philippines finally has received two Indonesian Aerospace NC212i light transport aircraft after a three-year delay.
Singapore To Announce New Fighter In Coming Months 
Singapore will choose a replacement for the F-16 in the coming months, its defense minister says, identifying the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning as a candidate.
Singapore Works With Airbus, Boeing On Military Aircraft Maintenance 
Singapore’s Defense Science and Technology Agency has separately agreed with Airbus and Boeing to apply new technology to military aircraft maintenance.
Australia To Upgrade Malaysian P-8 Facilities 
Australia will upgrade its facilities at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Butterworth air base in preparation for the deployment of Boeing P-8As.
Fighters, Submarines On Philippines Shopping List  3
The Philippines has enlarged its 2018-23 defense modernization program by 44%, budgeting for multirole fighters and the first of at least two planned subs.
Thailand Receives Third SBJ From Russia 
The Thai air force took delivery of a Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) on June 19, completing a 2014 order for three aircraft.
Thailand Takes Delivery Of Third SBJ From Russia 
The Thai air force took delivery of a Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) on June 19, completing a 2014 order for three aircraft.
Philippines May Buy KAI Surions, More FA-50s 
The Philippines has reiterated the desire of President Rodrigo Duterte to order 12 more Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light attack jets.
Indonesia Will Buy Five C-130J Hercules 
The timing of the purchase has not been disclosed, but experience with other Indonesian programs suggests it may be protracted.
Australia Gives Hornet Parts To Malaysia 
The gift, formally made on June 5, will be a boon to the RMAF, which operates eight F/A-18Ds that are similar to Australia’s Hornets.
Indonesian Aerospace Begins Delivering Upgraded C212 
Indonesian Aerospace has begun deliveries of the latest version of the C212 transport, handing over two aircraft to Vietnam.
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