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Angus Batey

Angus Batey
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Taiwan Buyers Walk A Fine Line
South Koreans may have legitimate cause to disagree, but the nation in the east Asian region that has had the longest-term cause to build and maintain robust defenses against an unpredictable near neighbour is surely Taiwan.
China Leads in Cyber Arms Race
The background to China’s interest and involvement in cyber warfare is deeper and more extensive than comparable
Vietnam Wary Over South China Sea Islands
Vietnam Wary Over South China Sea Islands
North Korea As Problematic As Ever
It is not difficult to identify the biggest issues facing military planners in East Asia.
New F-35s And Better F-16s
As its Air Show dawns, Singapore’s aviation defense priorities remain centred around two major programs.
Thailand Gets 'Birthday' Gripens
The Royal Thailand Air Force celebrated its centenary in
U.S. 'Pivots' In Fits And Starts
Since late 2011, the U.S. government has been touting an “Asia pivot” concept.
North Korea As Problematic As Ever

It is not difficult to identify the biggest issues facing military planners in East Asia. A resurgent China, apparently keen to begin flexing its ever-strengthening military muscles, and a North Korea that is both ambitious and more politically unstable than ever following Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011, are providing more sleepless nights than even the perennial problems of natural resource access, smuggling of contraband and people, piracy, and home-grown terrorism.

Thailand Gets 'Birthday' Gripens

The Royal Thailand Air Force celebrated its centenary in November, and the birthday presents arrived early. The delivery of four Saab Gripen C aircraft to Wing 7 in Surat Thani, on September 4, completed deliveries under the contract signed in 2008 for the supply of an integrated air-defense package.

New F-35s And Better F-16s 1

As its Air Show dawns, Singapore’s aviation defense priorities remain centred around two major programs. The Republic of Singapore Air Force is committed to procuring F-35 fighters, but despite a long and deep involvement in the multinational program, has yet to confirm an order. The island nation has meanwhile received approval from the United States Congress to procure an extensive upgrade to 60 of its F-16s, in a move last month which may trigger a competition between airframe lead integrator Lockheed Martin, and a rival upgrade consortium led by BAE Systems.

F-35 Already Packs Regional Punch
The largest defense equipment program in history was always going to have a significant global impact, so it is little surprise that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is of pivotal importance to the defense communities of East Asia – and to the Singapore Air Show.
U.S. 'Pivots' In Fits And Starts

Since late 2011, the U.S. government has been touting an “Asia pivot” concept. This suggests that American defense, political and economic policy is undergoing a refocus towards the East, following decades of engagement in central Asia.

Japan Reverses Defense Declines
With the obvious exception of China, no nation in the region has seen as big an upturn in its proposed defense budget as Japan.
Training, EW Processing Key To Selex U.K. Facility 

For suppliers of defense equipment, selling a platform or a subsystem is just the beginning. The importance of what would be called “after-sales service” in the commercial market has increased as the global economic climate has worsened, but in certain sectors it has never really been about just selling a product. This is particularly true of electronic warfare (EW) systems.

Selex EW Support Center Gaining Importance 

With two new electronic warfare (EW) systems recently brought to market — Sage, which detects radio frequency emitters at distance, and Seer, a radar-warning receiver — Selex ES’s Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) center is becoming ever more important to the company’s EW business.

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