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 Receives Helicopter Parts From Japan 
The Philippines Air Force will return at least one grounded UH-1 helicopter to service within five weeks as the service begins receiving parts donated by Japan.
Singapore Looks To 2030s As It Plans Fleet Renewals  1
Singapore is updating its F-16s to an advanced standard, but they will be out of service within a decade.
Singapore Plan Implies F-35 Order Complete In 2020s 
Singapore will retire its 60 F-16s by 2030, a government presentation suggests, implying that acquisition of F-35 Lightnings will be completed in the 2020s.
Singapore To Buy Four F-35s For Testing 
Singapore will buy four Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) for initial testing, with an option for eight more, its defense minister says.
Vietnam To Acquire ScanEagles, T-6s 
Vietnam is to acquire Insitu ScanEagle surveillance drones, Textron T-6 Texan II trainers and a coast guard cutter from the U.S, according to the top American military officer in the Indo-Pacific region.
South China Sea Countries Boost Air Surveillance 
After 26 years, the Philippines is back in the air-surveillance business. Thailand and Indonesia are also buying ground-based radars.
Malaysia’s Priorities: LCAs And Surveillance Drones 
Kuala Lumpur seeks information on FA-50, Tejas and JF-17. For surveillance, it will consider Sea Guardian, Wing Loong II and Anka.
Malaysia Seeks Info On Light Combat Aircraft, UAVs 
Malaysia has begun a quest to purchase light combat aircraft (LCA) and unmanned surveillance and attack aircraft.
Singapore To Buy Initial Batch of F-35s 
Singapore has announced it will acquire a small number of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to prepare for the eventual retirement of its F-16 fleet.
Laos Takes Delivery Of Three Yak-130s 
Laos has taken delivery of at least three Yakovlev Yak-130 twin-engine trainers.
Indonesia Resumes Paying For KF-X Development 
Indonesia has resumed paying for development of the KF-X, according to manufacturer Korean Aerospace Industries.
Singapore, New Zealand Scrap F-15 Training Plan 
A proposal for New Zealand to host a long-term training program for Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15s squadrons has been scrapped due to excessive costs.
Philippines Air Force To Get Equipment Influx In 2019 
The Philippines Air Force said it will take delivery of a variety of equipment in the new year.
Indonesian Su-35 Order Unsigned 
An Indonesian order for 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters supposedly placed 10 months ago remains unsigned, Russia’s ambassador to the country said.
Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Fighter Enters Service With Myanmar 
Myanmar has put into service four Sino-Pakistani JF-17 fighters, becoming the type’s first export customer.
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