Latest World Defence News

Japan's indigenous stealth jet prototype 'to fly this year'

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has reaffirmed the nation's plan for a 2014 first flight of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter: a prototype for a future fighter to replace the Japan Air Self-Defence Force's Mitsubishi F-2.

US Congress Stymies Pakistani Naval Modernization Efforts

Despite close defense ties with China, Pakistan still relies on the US to help it upgrade key defense areas. However, hostility from US lawmakers has effectively halted progress in some areas with Pakistan’s Navy particularly hard hit.

New US Navy Submarine's Delivery Delayed

Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the US Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won’t take place at the end of May as scheduled.

The Killer Drone Goes Stealthy

The Predator drone has become the symbol for America’s unmanned war, zooming over the heads of low-tech foes like the Taliban. But the battles to come are likely to be against more sophisticated, better-equipped foes—especially with a newly-aggressive Russia on the march.

Affordable Air Power

The Defence Minister is entirely justified in refusing to sign a $20 billion contract with Dassault Aviation of France for 126 Rafale fighters while life cycle costs are still disputed; these costs are typically at least three times as much as the initial acquisition price over the three to five decades.

Is the Indian Ocean destined to become India’s Ocean?

There are many good reasons to believe that India could become the predominant power in the Indian Ocean region, at least in the long run. Geographically, it dominates the area. It has a massive population, a huge military, and is on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest economies.

Growing Muscle: China's Neighbors Gear Up for a Fight

The Asia-Pacific naval market is heating up, with massive quantities of new ships to boost regional navies in coming years. According to AMI International, a US-based naval analysis firm, Asia-Pacific has already surpassed Europe as the world’s second largest naval market.

Report: German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources.

All eyes on new govt to boost military ties

The armed forces have chalked out a staggering round of combat exercises, professional exchanges and training deployments with different countries this year, with the hope that the new government that comes to office will impart a much-needed thrust to military diplomacy.

Pakistan Procurement Decisions Face East And West

Pakistan faces potential conflict on two fronts that calls for different types of equipment, but funding issues restrict its choices. Counterinsurgency equipment to fight the Taliban is needed, but Pakistan must remain mindful of Indian acquisitions.
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