Naval procurement in Southeast Asia continues to grow as countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand forge contracts to better equip their naval forces.
Vietnam has recently entered into an agreement with India to receive training for up to 500 submariners. The two countries are also negotiating for Vietnam to purchase the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, pilot training and upgrading port facilities in the south-central port of Nha Trang.
The provision of used Indian patrol craft is also under discussion, according Indian press reports.
Hanoi has year took delivery of two Gepard class guided-missile frigates equipped with anti-ship missiles with a range of 130 kilometres and two Svetlyak class missile patrol boats from Russia.
As well as the first four of 20 more Su-30 jet fighters with advanced anti-ship cruise missiles and second Bastion ballistic missile system to buttress Vietnam's coastal defences arrived in 2013.
In 2012, Indonesia announced it was planning to expand its submarine fleet to twelve by 2020.
The Indonesian Navy plans to acquire 24 guided-missile fast boats to be deployed in shallow waters and attack craft, according to the Ministry of Defense. The navy also recently upgraded six Ahmad Yani class frigates.
Indonesia currently has an order for three U-209 submarines that are being built in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in cooperation with PT PAL Indonesia which are to be delivered in 2016.
Jakarta is reportedly considering an option to buy and modify used Kilo-class submarines from Russia or new submarines from South Korea. A decision on this purchase is expected soon, according to local media reports.
In December 2013, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) for the design and build of eight new vessels.
However the company withheld the value of the contract as well as a possible date of delivery.
At the same time, the navy awarded Tognum AG's (a Singapore subsidiary) to supply diesel engines for use on littoral patrol vessels for eight vessels being built by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd.
In late November Singapore signed a contract with Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for the purchase of two new Type 218SG conventional submarines with the Air Independent Propulsion system.
In 2012, Singapore awarded Insitu a contract to procure a number of ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems to enhance its seagoing ISR capabilities.
The procurement contract provides for systems integration on board the navy's Victory-class corvettes together with training, logistics and in-country maintenance support, the United States-based company said.
Earlier this month, Thailand awarded local shipbuilder Marsun a contract several M58 large patrol boats that will be powered by three Caterpillar 3516C diesels for a top speed in excess of 24 kt, while its range is 2,500 n miles. Armament comprises a 76/62 Oto Melara main gun, an MSI 30 mm cannon, and two 0.50-calibre heavy machine guns with fire control by a Thales Mirador electro-optic director.
In August 2013, The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to procure the first of two multipurpose frigates.
The RTN said the contract is valued at USD468 million and the delivery of the frigate is expected in 2018.
In addition, Saab has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Korea, for development and integration of combat management and radar systems on a new frigate for the Royal Thai Navy, according to an official statement.
Saab will also upgrade the command and control system on the aircraft carrier H.T.M.S. ChakriNaruebet. The company will also supply data-link equipment to the ship, which will allow communication between the ship and the Royal Thai Air Force’s Gripen fighter aircraft and the airborne radar system Erieye, carried by the Saab 340 AEW.
The Pentagon is preparing to deploy lightweight, precision-guided weapons to the Asia-Pacific region as its armed forces begin to pull out of Afghanistan. The Department of Defense is reportedly preparing to counter new threats that are emerging from the region and plans to employ multiple weapons for drones
Asia Pacific budgets are set to outstrip USA and Canada by 2021, fuelled by an explosion in global arms trade that threatens the competitive edge and dominance of US, UK and European defence trade according to the biggest budget and export study since the economic downturn. The study, The Balance of Trad, is presented to clients on 25 June by IHS Inc
With uncertainty over defense spending in the U.S and abroad, defense giants like flight simulator-maker CAE are looking to the Middle East and other countries as a safe haven for growth
Information superiority in a digitized battlespace can be a force multiplier as it allows faster, secure communication between soldiers, commanders and various weapons and sensors, according to Thales which offered a rare insight into the command and control systems offerings of the company at DSA 2014. In an interview with Defenseworld
Taiwan to Host 15 Nation Cyber-security Exercise in November
Japanese Radars, MSDF Crews Failed to Track N.Korean Missiles Due to Low...
Iraq Not Buying Russian S-400 Systems: Iraqi Ambassador to Russia
US to Develop Shape-changing Robots from 3D-Printed ‘Smart Active Particles’ for Swarming...
Israel to Modernise Ukrainian MiG-29 Jets for $440M
MiG-35 Shows Off New AESA Radar at MAKS 2019
Russian S-300s, S-400s Fail to Detect Israeli F-35s Flying Over Syria: Reports...
Russia Unveils its Biggest Ever Drone to Compete with US Global Hawk
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...