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  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel February 19 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia February 6 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines November 12 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
    Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12 2019
    Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an over...
  • Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory
    Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory November 7 2019
    Russia-based Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Ships called Ufa and Magadan are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Following the agreement, the first platform, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid down in 2017 and is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy on Novemb...
  • Pacific Transformation in the US Army: AUSA 2019 November 1 2019
    The American Association of Unites States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington on 14-16 October this year was clear: High level of readiness and mobility in line with new threat perceptions, modernised ground forces and Military new type combat systems. The United States is about to replace its ongoing agenda in the Middle East and NATO spheres with a new one in which hegemony in the Pacific Ocean is questioned. Russia's “Soviet” modernisation and aggression also req...
  • New Era in the Pacific Fleet
    New Era in the Pacific Fleet October 7 2019
    Project 20385 lead corvette armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and will be commissioned into service with the Russian navy by the end of 2019. The Gremyashchiy class Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. The warship has completed 70% of sea trials. The shipbuilders tested the boat's main propulsion unit in various speed modes, navigation and communications systems, performance, manoeuvrability, habitability, ...
  • NMS In the Hind- Pacific Area October 3 2019
    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), a part of the US Navy's coastal combat fleet, performed a successful manoeuvre and launched the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) missile during the Pacific Griffin exercise in early October. The Pacific Griffin exercise takes place every two years around Guam jointly with the Singapore Navy. NSM has met with Independence-class for the first time in 2014 with the USS Coronado (LCS-4). NSM is an advanced missile system that meets the US Navy's long-range strik...
  • Russia Doesn’t Forget its “Heroes” September 13 2019
    Russian Navy’s 9th Project 20380 (Steregushchy) class corvette, designed to replace Project 1124s, launched. Russian shipbuilder Amur Shipbuilding has launched the country’s ninth Project 20380 corvette (Steregushchy) class, four years after construction start. The corvette is the third in its class to be built by Amur Shipbuilding and the third to join Russia’s Pacific Fleet. The ship is expected to enter service in 2020, according to the Russian defence ministry.
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests August 21 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines
    Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines August 10 2019
    The U.S. Navy announced that the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in the Philippines, Manila, August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54).   “This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Israel Tested Arrow-3 in Alaska
    Israel Tested Arrow-3 in Alaska July 29 2019
      Israel’s Arrow-3 missiles were tested for high-altitude, hit-to-kill engagements at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska in Kodiak. The tests were a joint effort between the Israel Missile Defence Organization of the Directorate of Defence Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defence Agency. The Arrow weapon system, which intercepts missiles outside of the atmosphere, is part of Israel’s layered defence system that includes Iron Dome, David&rsqu...
  • Robots on the Field July 27 2019
      BAE Systems successfully completed the tests with the P950 unmanned surface vehicle, which mounted with the MSI Defence’s new remote weapon system. The autonomous Pacific 950 rigid inflatable boat was used as a test platform and was designed to provide faster, easier and safer naval tasks. Developed in collaboration with L3Harris and MSI Defense Systems, the platform aims to reduce the workload and make it easier for operators to focus on mission-critical decisions from...
  • Australia Supports Island Countries
    Australia Supports Island Countries June 22 2019
    Tonga Receives Guardian-Class Patrol Boat from Australia. The transfer ceremony was held in Western Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific Patrol Boats is an important part of the Government’s $2 billion 30-year commitment to the Pacific region under the Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Australian Government is delivering 21 new Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste, ...
  • “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash
    “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash June 10 2019
    Cause of the Japan's F-35A Lightning II accident accident is announced. According to a statement from Japan, aircraft crashed into the ocean because of the vertigo. 28 minutes after taking off from Misawa in the Aomori Region, aircraft disappeared from the radar and crashed in the Pacific Ocean at 1100 km / h. Japanese officials said the pilot probably suffered vertigo, so he lost the spatial orientation. Aircraft's pilot which costed $ 126 million per unit has a flight time...
  • US Support for Taiwan Patriots
    US Support for Taiwan Patriots May 17 2019
    U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon, has been granted a US$9 million contract to develop and upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defence system. The project, which is planned to last for the next five years, will be completed by 3 April 2024. The platform is capable of detecting, tracking, and intercepting aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles. Raytheon has sold Patriot Air Defence Systems to 16 different nations, including neighbours Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific reg...
  • Russia may Build New Cruise Missile-Equipped Nuclear Submarines
    Russia may Build New Cruise Missile-Equipped Nuclear Submarines April 22 2019
    Russian Defence Ministry is planning to build new version of Borei-K nuclear submarines capable of carrying long-range cruise missiles. State-run TASS news agency reported that “The ministry is looking into the possibility of building two more Borei-class submarines, equipped with long-range cruise missiles instead of ballistic ones. If the decision is made, the submarines will be built under the new Borei-K project and will be scheduled for delivery after 2027.” ...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash April 18 2019
      Japanese Ministry of Defence stated that Japanese F-35A fighters suffered seven emergency landings since entering service, before one crashed in the Pacific Ocean on April 9. Japan has 13 F-35 in its fleet. The emergency landings took place between June 2017 and January 2019 during flight tests and drills, Japanese daily Mainichi reported on Wednesday. Mainichi states that, of the 13 aircraft in service with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, five have been...
  • Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Completes First Flight
    Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Completes First Flight April 14 2019
    Space launch company Stratolaunch has successfully completed the long-anticipated first flight of its 385-ft.-span, six-engine mothership at Mojave Air & Spaceport. The first flight, which began at 6.58 a.m. Pacific and ended at 9.26 a.m. on Mojave’s 200-ft.-wide runway 30, saw the aircraft put through basic handling qualities tests at speeds up to 164 kt. (189 mph) and altitudes up to 15,000 ft. The flight marks a key milestone for Stratolaunch, which late company founder...
  • Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M
    Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M March 19 2019
    Airbus confirmed that the company wants to bid Australia’s helicopter tender with military version on H145; H145M. Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson made clear that Airbus had recently responded to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) request for information for a four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces. Director Mathewson said “The Airbus H145M helicopter is the military version of the H145. I...
  • New Guardian to Papua New Guinea
    New Guardian to Papua New Guinea February 14 2019
    Papua New Guinea has received the new Guardian class patrol boat. The Royal Australian Navy announced the delivery on February 1st.   Boat named as HMPNGS Ted Diro (401). The platform was delivered with a ceremony in Port Moresby. A total of 21 boats built under the Sea 3036 Program will be constructed. These platforms will be donated to Timor Leste and 12 island states to increase cooperation in maritime security in the South Pacific.   The b...
  • Korea to Deliver new LSV to Norway
    Korea to Deliver new LSV to Norway February 9 2019
    Korean giant shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), partnered by BMT Defence Services, was awarded a NOK1.32 billion (USD153.2 million) contract in June 2013 by Norway's Defence Logistics Organisation for the design and build of the LSV under Project 2513. Norway awaits arrival of new ship from Republic of Korea.  Maud departed DSME's Okpo yard on 3 February to begin the first part of its delivery voyage across the Pacific to San Diego. After transiti...
  • Aegis Ashore to Japan
    Aegis Ashore to Japan January 31 2019
    Aegis Ashore to Japan   Japan is expanding its ballistic missile defence network. Japan's two Aegis ashore system request from the US has been approved.   Japan will procure under the agreement which is expected to a total cost of US $ 2.15 billion; two Aegis weapon systems, two  Multi-Mission Signal Processors and two command-control processors. Systems to be supplied include Global Command and Control System-Maritime, IFF systems an...
  • New Hydrographic Ships On The Way
    New Hydrographic Ships On The Way January 3 2019
    Russia, which modernizing its armed forces and invested heavily in the navy in this field, has announced that it will build new platforms. In particular, the Russian Navy, directed to combat ships, requested additional support vessels to support the activities in the sea.   Accordingly, Moscow approved the construction of new hydrographic research vessels. The approved file includes two Project 19910 class, two Project 23040G, two Project 19920 and three Project 23370...
  • The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018
    The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018 December 8 2018
    Organised in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta on 7-10 November, IndoDefence 2018 was significant for demonstrating not only local defence requirements but also consequences of Chinese-centred mobility observed recently in the Asia-Pacific region.   Composed of a thousands of islands scattered along the intersection point of the Pacific and the Indian oceans, the highly-populated Indonesia suffers mainly from marine-based security problems just like the neig...
  • A Dragon in Central America
    A Dragon in Central America December 8 2018
    Chinese interests with respect to Central America align with its ‘Go Out Policy’ developed in the late 1990s. Being an offshoot of its Latin America policy, this orientation incorporates both economic and political objectives. Lacking energy and mineral resources in comparison to South America, Central America stands out with its geostrategic location separating the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. China is the second most frequent users of the Pacific Canal, ranking just be...
  • First Launch from Russian Ship
    First Launch from Russian Ship November 29 2018
      Russia's new corvette RFNS Gromky made its first launch. RFNS Gromky, who based in the Russian Pacific Fleet, completed his first operational launch test. At the Uran Shooting Field in the Sea of Japan, the platform fired a Uran cruise missile. After the 40-kilometer flight, the missile hit the target drifting on the sea. Depending on its variant, the Kh-35 Uran missiles can reach a maximum range of 260 kilometres, weighing 480 kilograms. The 4.4 meter...
  • Russian Divers Descend 416 Meters, Setting Naval Diving Record
    Russian Divers Descend 416 Meters, Setting Naval Diving Record October 31 2018
    Russian military divers successfully carried out a dive to a depth of 416 meters Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky reported Tuesday. The deep-water dive set a record for the Russian Navy. The divers were able to descend to the incredible depth, the pressure of which would normally crush an unprepared human body, by using a special Navy pressure chamber, part of the GvK-450 deep-water diving rescue system, designed to allow divers to conquer depths of up to ...
  • U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test
    U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test October 28 2018
    The U.S. Missile Defence Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Finn (DDG-113) successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test off the west coast of Hawaii. The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the U.S. and Japan and operates as part of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defence system. On October 26, 2018, the target missile was launched from the ...
  • Kh-35UEh Missile Launch İn The Pacific From the Russian Su-34
    Kh-35UEh Missile Launch İn The Pacific From the Russian Su-34 September 26 2018
    The Kh-35UEh airborne missile-mounted missile tested a Russian Su-34 aircraft in the Pacific Ocean. The test scenario was complex and portrayed the attack on a group of ships. In total, eight missile launches were made, which were successful. The Kh-35UEh anti-ship missile was developed and manufactured by the JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) and tested on aircraft in 2017. The rocket has been certified for use by the Su-24M bomber, the Su-30SM fighter, the MiG-29K fighter /...
  • Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
    Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target September 14 2018
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defence Agency (MDA) completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawai. The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defence engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer. JS ATAGO crew members detected an...
  • F-35 Maintenance Center for Australia
    F-35 Maintenance Center for Australia September 3 2018
    Australia is preparing to open F-35 Lightning II maintenance center. The center of TAE Aerospace will be located in Bundamba, Queensland. Maintenance of the engines of the F-35 aircraft will be serviced. In the statement made about the Center, it is noted that the center will serve not only the F135 engines supplied by Australia, but also the users in the Asia-Pacific region and other F-35 users. Australia approved 72 F-35A Lightning II procurement. These aircraft rep...
  • Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes
    Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes August 19 2018
    Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report. French news Agency “Agence France-Presse” published, Pentagon’s annual report to Congress. The report, released on 16 August, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout. In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from...
  • First Guardian Began Sea Trials
    First Guardian Began Sea Trials August 10 2018
    Australia-based Austal Shipyard has announced that the first Guardian-class Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) has begun sea trials. The PPBs designed and built by Austal will be donated to the island states in the Pacific by Australia, under the Sea 3036 Pacific Patrol Boat Program. The first Guardian Class boat, with hull number 401, christened as Ted Diro, was launched on May 29 at the Henderson Complex in Western Australia. With the Sea 3036 program, Australia plans t...
  • Additional Broncos to Pacific
    Additional Broncos to Pacific July 25 2018
    The Philippines wants to increase aerial COIN (Counterinsurgency) capability. In this context, Philippines requested four additional Rockwell OV-10 Bronco from the US, had previously supplied two OV-10As and two OV-10Gs. The Philippines, which plans to replace these aircraft with the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano from the end of 2019, has already received two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and 12 FA-50s, all adapted for ISR missions. Philippines who struggle with a struggling t...
  • Poseidon's First Strike with Harpoon
    Poseidon's First Strike with Harpoon July 23 2018
    The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) P-8A fired the ATM-84J Harpoon missile for the first time at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise Pacific Rim (RIMPAC) 18. The Harpoon was released within the Pacific Missile Range Facility and successfully struck its target, the former USS Racine, a decommissioned US Naval ship. With this success, Harpoon integrated P-8A reaches full operational capability. The Australian Defence Force is ...
  • New Coastal Defence System at Pacific
    New Coastal Defence System at Pacific July 20 2018
    The US Army tested the new mobile coastal defence system. During the practice of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a tests launchs from a coastal version of the Kongsberg production Naval Strike Missile (NSM) system made. Test launches carried out at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii and missiles hit the target ship. On this count, the US Army tested a fifth generation mobile coastal defence system first time. The HEMTT truck-mounted version of...