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KL, PUTRAJAYA EXPECT TO REACH HERD IMMUNITY BY AUGUST AS MALAYSIA BEGINS DRAFTING COVID-19 EXIT PLAN

June 13, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are expected to reach herd immunity by August - earlier than planned - as the government said more people were able to receive their jabs with the opening of more vaccination centres (PPV).READ MORE

Airbus, BHIC to Explore Malaysia’s Military Aircraft MRO

June 8, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Global aerospace giant, Airbus and Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to explore the joint development of military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in Malaysia. READ MORE

AUSTRALIA TO INVEST $50 MILLION FOR HUNTER-CLASS FRIGATE FACILITY

May 20, 2021

CANBERRA: The Australian government will invest AUD$65 million ($50 million) to deliver a land-based test facility for Royal Australian Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates, creating up to 180 jobs at businesses across the greater Adelaide region at the project’s peak.READ MORE

AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 TO SAFEGUARD NATIONAL INTERESTS, DEFENCE INDUSTRY

May 18, 2021

CANBERRA: The Australian government announced national budget for fiscal year 2021-2022, focusing on keeping Australians safe and protecting national interests.READ MORE

MALAYSIA AND JAPAN REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO FURTHER ENHANCE DEFENCE RELATIONS

May 16, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance bilateral defence cooperation.READ MORE

JAPAN SET TO BOOST PHILIPPINES’ HADR READINESS

May 7, 2021

Japan is providing the Philippine Armed Forces (PAF) with lifesaving equipment adopted by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) under its official development assistance (ODA) programme, according to its defence and foreign ministry officials.READ MORE

MALAYSIA TO GO AHEAD WITH DELAYED LCS PROGRAMME

May 7, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will go ahead with its delayed Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme for the Royal Malaysian Navy to strengthen the service’s capability to secure national waters and support national defence industry, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.READ MORE

MINDEF PLANS TO ADD 13 MORE INTERCEPTOR BOATS TO BOOST SEA PATROLS

April 27, 2021

LUMUT (April 26): The Defence Ministry plans to add 13 more Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) costing over RM120 million to further strengthen the security of Malaysia’s waters.READ MORE

BHIC GETS RM78M SUBMARINE CONTRACT FROM MINDEF

April 22, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd’s (BHIC) wholly-owned subsidiary has been awarded a contract worth RM78.14 million from the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) for the upkeeping of submarine facilities for the Royal Malaysian Navy.READ MORE

TAIWAN RECONFIRMS INTENTION TO BUY 108 M1A2T ABRAMS TANKS

April 12, 2021

As announced by Army Recognition on April 20, Taiwan reconfirmed its intention to increase the tank component in the ranks of its army and simultaneously modernize it, amid increasing tension with China. READ MORE

SOUTH KOREA SEEKS ADDITIONAL ATTACK HELICOPTERS FOR ROKA

April 9, 2021

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has released new details about its plans to acquire more new attack helicopters for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) under the second phase of its ongoing helicopter recapitalisation programme. READ MORE

MALAYSIA - BRUNEI TO STRENGTHEN DEFENCE TIES

April 5, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Brunei have expressed their commitment to strengthen and foster closer defence ties through a collaboration between the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). READ MORE

ASELSAN UNVEILS ALKAR 81MM MORTAR SYSTEM

April 1, 2021

Turkish company Aselsan unveils its Alkar, a weapon system integrating into a turret an 81 mm mortar system, an automatic barrel guidance system, an automatic ammunition loading system, a recoil mechanism and a fire control system. READ MORE

SCHIEBEL AWARDED NEW SERVICE PROVISION CONTRACT WITH EMSA

April 1, 2021

Schiebel has won another significant contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel, with its CAMCOPTER® S-100, is yet again one of the service providers for EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operations carrying out ship emission monitoring and general maritime surveillance for EU member states. READ MORE

INDONESIA’S PT PINDAD TO EXPORT SMALL ARMS MUNITIONS AND APCS

April 1, 2021

PT Pindad of Indonesia is preparing to export some of its defence products to countries such as Thailand, Bangladesh and United States. READ MORE

MALAYSIAN ARMY TESTS MILDEF HMAV 4X4 ARMORED VEHICLE

March 25, 2021

After its public unveiling in February 2021, the MILDEF 4×4 High Mobility Armoured Vehicle (HMAV) has successfully organized its first round of testing at various training grounds throughout Malaysia, Asian Military Review reports. READ MORE

APAC DEFENSE BUDGETS LEAST AFFECTED BY COVID-19

March 23, 2021

As a result of the relatively limited economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific (APAC) compared to other regions around the world, Aviation Week analysts expect that defence budgets throughout the region will continue to expand at robust rates over the next five years, following a brief slowdown. READ MORE

INDONESIA CONSIDERING FOUR FRIGATE OPTIONS

March 18, 2021

The Indonesian defence ministry is currently considering four candidates for its next frigate surface warship. The four options being considered are Italy’s FREMM from Fincantieri, United Kingdom’s Arrowhead 140 from Babcock, Japan’s Mitsui 30FFM, and Netherland’s Improved Sigma from Damen. READ MORE

KONGSBERG SECURES CONTRACT TO DELIVER FULL SOLUTION FOR ECOSYSTEM MONITORING USING AUTONOMOUS VESSELS

March 18, 2021

Kongsberg Maritime is pleased to report that it has reached an agreement to supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels.  READ MORE

LEONARDO AW109 TREKKER BREAKTHROUGH INDONESIAN HELICOPTER MARKET

March 13, 2021

Italian defence company Leonardo announced the delivery of an AW109 Trekker light twin to FlyKomala of Indonesia, marking the entrance of the type into the country’s helicopter market. READ MORE

DEVELOPING ADVANCED MILITARY GPS RECEIVERS AND CHIPS

March 15, 2021

BAE Systemsreceived a $247 million contract from the US Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to design and manufacture an advanced military GPS receiver and next-generation semiconductor. The technology will provide positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities to warfighters so they can execute missions in challenging electromagnetic environments. READ MORE