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Marhalim Abas

Southeast Asia Correspondent

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.

Indonesian Aerospace Hesitates To Take NC212i Order 
Philippines Air Force (PAF) Chief Air Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez said the aircraft should be received in 2020, but the manufacturer would not confirm when asked by Aerospace DAILY.
Philippines To Receive 10 Black Hawks In 2020, Six In 2021 
The Philippines will take delivery of 10 Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters next year, its air force chief says.
Singapore Shows Off Aster SAM 
The appearance of an eight-wheel transporter erector launcher fitted for eight Aster missiles in the July 6 parade rehearsal revealed a standard configuration for the system as bought by Singapore.
Indonesia Receives Special-Mission C295 
The aircraft, built by Airbus and equipped by Indonesian Aerospace, was handed over from the local factory at Bandung on June 27, the Indonesian company said.
Indonesia Completes C-130 Upgrade 
Indonesia has regained the C-130's air-to-air refueling capability with the return to service of the last of the modernized and overhauled airlifters.
Philippines Looking For Landing Ship Builders 
The ships each must be able to embark two 10-metric-ton (22,000 lb.) helicopters, with hangar space for one aircraft. Carrying capacity must be at least 6,350 metric tons.
Thai Air Force Upgrading Hercules Engines 
The Royal Thai Air Force has become the first international customer to update its C-130H transport fleet with the Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine upgrade.
Two New Squadrons For Indonesian Air Force 
The Indonesian Air Force has introduced two new transport squadrons to the country’s most eastern provinces.
Philippines Secures Simulator For FA-50 Training 
The Philippines Air Force (PAF) has commissioned a simulator to train its pilots to fly Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light fighters.
Singapore Commissions Locally Developed Armored Vehicle 
Singapore has demonstrated its capacity for independent weapons development by introducing into service what it calls an advanced armored vehicle.
Malaysia To Buy Patroller Aircraft, Drones In Two Years 
Malaysia will buy two maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and three long-range armed drones starting in 2021, its defense ministry says.
U.S. Supplies Vietnam With ScanEagles 
The U.S. is permitting Vietnam to buy six Insitu ScanEagle drones worth $9.7 million, a sign of strengthening security ties with Washington.
Malaysia Limits Spending Plan To One Air Defense Radar 
The budget squeeze also means procurement of maritime patrollers, light attack aircraft and long-range drones will be delayed for at least two years.
Thailand Contracts KAI To Upgrade T-50 Family Aircraft 
Thailand has contracted Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to upgrade four T-50-family trainer-attack aircraft to the light-attack standard, including radar.
Philippines Hopes To Acquire Ex-U.S. Navy Orions 
The Philippines says it is hoping to acquire at least two Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrollers from the U.S.
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