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.

Philippines Says Gripen Its Likely Choice 
The Philippines Defense Department is likely to choose the Saab JAS-39 Gripen for its air force’s multirole fighter requirement, the defense secretary says.
Bell 412EPI Back In Running In Philippines 
The Bell 412EPI is back in contention for a Philippine requirement for 16 helicopters, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s politically driven cancellation of an order for the type in February.
S. Korean Torpedoes For Philippine Navy 
The Philippine Navy’s two Leonardo AW159 Wildcat multirole helicopters will be armed with the LIG Nex1 Blue Shark lightweight torpedo as its main anti-submarine weapon, the South Korean company says.
Philippine Coast Guard Orders Airbus H145 
The Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for an Airbus H145 helicopter, making it the first government customer of the rotorcraft in the country.
Philippines Super Tucanos Set For Deliveries In 2019 
Embraer says it will deliver six Embraer A-29 Super Tucanos to the Philippines in late 2019.
Thai Air Force H225M Order Exceeds Planning 
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered four more H225M Caracal utility helicopters, taking acquisitions of the type beyond a target set when the program began in 2012.
Indra Wins Thai Long-Range Radars Contract 
The Royal Thai Air Force has awarded Indra a contract to supply Lanza 3D long-range radars and an air defense command-and-control system.
Indonesian Police Take Delivery Of C295 Airlifter 
The Indonesian police force has taken delivery of a single Airbus C295 airlifter, four months ahead of schedule.
French Air Force Shows Flag In Southeast Asia  2
The air force’s Pegase mission promoted French aircraft exports, as well as sending a message to China about the South China Sea.
Indonesia Explores Working With Regional Air Forces 
The Indonesia air force, seeking greater regional collaboration, is considering an offer from Singapore to train pilots of unmanned aircraft.
French A400M Delivers Quake Aid Amid Marketing Tour 
The Atlas flew the aid on the request of the Indonesian government following a five-day stop-over at the Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta.
Philippines Converts Hercules For Maritime Patrol 
A Philippine Air Force Hercules C-130T airlifter has been converted into a maritime patroller with two surveillance kits donated by the U.S.
Philippines Navy Fires First Guided Missile In Test 
The Philippines Navy has fired its first guided munition, a Rafael Spike ER missile, as part of acceptance trials for the surface-to-surface system.
Saab To Upgrade Thai Air Command And Control System 
Thailand has contracted Saab to upgrade the country’s national command and control system for air defense, which is based on the company’s 9AIR product.
Budget Crunch Contributes To Low Malaysia Su-30 Availability 
Inadequate funding is exacerbating the low serviceability of the Sukhoi Su-30MKM of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), the head of the service said.
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