Taiwanese army exercises, BGM-71 TOW ATGM review. The Taiwanese army conducted an exercise using the BGM-71E ATGM. The American TOW-2A ATGM was put into service in 1987 and is one of the most popular ATGMs in the world; ATGM missiles are constantly being upgraded. The TOW-2A missile has a tandem warhead and can hit targets at ranges up to 3750 meters, the missile is controlled by wire. When the missile hits the target, the charge forms a cumulative jet, which triggers the dynamic protection of the attacked object, after which the cumulative jet of the main charge that fires after it pierces up to 900 mm of homogeneous armor. ATGM is considered simple and reliable, has good reviews for use in conflicts in the Persian Gulf. The mass of the main ATGM charge is 5.9 kg, the auxiliary charge weighs 300 grams. ATGM TOW-2 It is in service with 40 countries.

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Taipei, July 18 (CNA) Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) on Tuesday confirmed that Taiwan has plans to purchase a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System 2 (NASAMS 2) from the United States.

Speaking on the sidelines of a legislative session, Chiu said media reports about the acquisition were correct but that the military had not yet received an official notification regarding a timeline for the purchase.

Chiu said the effectiveness of NASAMS had been demonstrated by its performance in Ukraine, where U.S. defense officials claim it has had a 100 percent success rate in intercepting Russian missiles.

Chieh Chung (揭仲), an associate research fellow with the National Policy Foundation in Taipei, told CNA that part of the NASAM 2's attractiveness was the system's ability to use Link 16, a standardized military communications protocol providing tactical data links between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members.

NASAM 2 can also be integrated with other systems as a highly adaptable mid-range air defense solution and improve engagement efficiency, Chieh added.

An unnamed expert who spoke with CNA described NASAM 2 as a powerful short- to medium-range, ground-based air defense system that can protect against a variety of aerial threats, including drone, missile, helicopter and aircraft attacks within 40-50 kilometers.

According to the expert, the system integrates U.S.-built MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radar, as well as multiple short- and medium-range air defense missile systems.

In addition, the expert said, AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air (AMRAAM), AMRAAM Extended Range, short-range AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder and the German-made IRIS-T short-range anti-aircraft missiles are all compatible with the system.

Japanese forces will fire their most advanced anti-ship missile into Australian waters for the first time, ahead of large-scale multinational military exercises that begin later this week.

The ABC can reveal Japan's Self Defense Force (JSDF) is preparing to soon conduct a live fire demonstration of its Type 12 Surface-to-Ship missile (SSM) at a weapons range in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney.

Friday's activity will occur on the same day Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 is formally opened in Sydney, which will this year see South Korea also showcase its much-lauded Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher system.

Chief of staff for Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, General Morishita Yasunori, has told the ABC his country's participation in the biennial military exercise is expanding.

"Exercise Talisman Sabre is important because it strengthens cooperation with Australia and the US, which will help maintain and strengthen a free and open Indo-Pacific," General Yasunori said in a statement.

The Type 12 Surface-to-Ship missile is a truck-mounted weapon developed by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2012 which has a range of around 200 kilometres.

Japan has begun working to induct an upgraded ship-launched variant of the Type 12 SSM by 2026, which will boast an extended range of between 200km and 1,000km.

Cambodia confirmed on Tuesday that work is almost complete on a naval base Washington fears is intended for Chinese military use, after satellite images showed a major pier had been built.

US officials suspect the Ream base is being converted for use by China, a close ally of Cambodia, as Beijing seeks to buttress its international heft with a network of naval and military outposts. Cambodia has long denied the base on the Gulf of Thailand is for use by any foreign power -- despite Beijing funding the revamp -- but the row has been a festering sore in ties with the United States for years.

"It is near completion. We will inaugurate it soon," Chhum Socheat, a Cambodian defence ministry spokesman, told AFP "We already declared that there is no Chinese military base there -- we are just modernising our military to reach a capable level in order to protect our territorial integrity."

New satellite images from BlackSky, a US commercial imagery company, show rapid progress in building work at the site over the past two years. The pictures show a pier 363 metres (1,190 feet) in length jutting into the sea, according to an expert quoted by BlackSky. "There is a near-exact similarity between an angled deep-water pier located on the western shore of the Ream base and another military pier at the People’s Liberation Army Support Base in Djibouti," said the expert, Craig Singleton of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington security think tank.

The Cambodian defence ministry spokesman rejected the claims about the pier being built to berth aircraft carriers. US fears about the base go back as far as 2019, when the Wall Street Journal reported on a deal allowing Beijing to dock warships at Ream. Cambodia has grown close to China under longtime ruler Hun Sen, whose party claimed a landslide victory in a weekend election condemned by Western powers as neither free nor fair.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Invincible-class submarine, Impeccable, was received in Singapore in a homecoming ceremony held at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base on 20th July 2023. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Sean Wat, senior RSN officers and submariners were present to witness the ceremony.

Launched in Kiel, Germany on 13 Dec 2022, Impeccable is one of four Invincible-class submarines designed for operations in Singapore's shallow and busy tropical waters. Custom-built for Singapore's needs, these submarines possess state-of-the-art capabilities, including high levels of automation, significant payload capacity, enhanced underwater endurance, and ergonomics optimised for the Asian physique. Their induction into the RSN will further enhance its capability to safeguard Singapore and protect its vital sea lines of communication.

Impeccable will be undergoing a series of local sea trials and workup towards full operationalisation. Invincible remains in Germany to support the training of RSN submariners, while the last two submarines are progressing well in their project development in Germany.

North Korea has shown a nuclear underwater drone Haiel. The DPRK for the first time showed at the military parade, which was held in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the Haiel-1 nuclear submarine drone. Earlier it was reported that North Korea tested "Haiel-1", the device was underwater for more than 40 hours. At the parade, four underwater drones were transported on tractors. Underwater drones "Haiel-1" have a length of at least 10 meters and a diameter of about 1.5 meters, underwater drones are painted in orange and black colors, as prototypes of nuclear weapons are usually marked. Apparently the drone "Haiel-1" is an analogue of the Russian nuclear super torpedoes "Poseidon"

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Twenty-five soldiers from the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Peacekeeping Centre proudly stood on parade at the Gary Holmes Centre at 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR), after completing comprehensive training on the Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle (PMV).

Originally announced in 2021, the Parliament of Indonesia formally accepted the gift of 15 Bushmaster PMVs in April.

Within a matter of weeks, TNI soldiers touched down in Darwin to begin a comprehensive training package on the patrol vehicles covering basic operation, challenging 4x4 operations, vehicle maintenance and communications equipment, provided by Thales Digital Systems.

(Saint-Cloud, France, August 10, 2023) – As part of the contract signed by Indonesia on February 2022 for the acquisition of 42 Rafale, the second tranche of 18 Rafale came into force today. This follows the entry into force in September 2022 of the first tranche of 6 Rafale, bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 24.

The acquisition of the latest-generation Rafale for the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian National Army Air Force) includes a complete “turnkey” solution as well as a substantial industrial return for the Indonesian aeronautical sector. Educational projects will also be launched as part of the technical training of aeronautical know-how.

Indonesia Air Force will receive the third unit of C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft from the Defense Ministry on Tuesday (Aug 15), as the plane has arrived at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base on Wednesday (Aug 9).

The Head of the Air Force's Information Service, air commodore Agung Sasongkojati, confirmed on Friday (Aug 11), that the ministry will officially hand over the aircraft with A-1343 registration number on Tuesday.

The third unit of the ordered military transport aircraft was flown from the factory of Lockheed Martin in Georgia, the United States, on Thursday (Aug 3) and embarked on a 33-hour-long flight to Jakarta.

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) showed interest in procuring military equipment, including Advance Light Helicopters (ALHs), designed and developed by Indian defense firms.

This came to light following the visit of a five-member PCG delegation to New Delhi last week. The team, headed by PCG Commandant Admiral Artemio Manalo Abu, held a bilateral meeting with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to enhance maritime cooperation.

The PCG delegation witnessed the operational capabilities of indigenous Indian ships and aircraft, including that of the ICG ALH MK-III.

Developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the ALH MK III helicopters are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as modern surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors, Shakti engines, full-glass cockpit, high-intensity searchlight, advanced communication systems, automatic identification system as well as search-and-rescue homer.

These features enable the helicopter to undertake maritime reconnaissance as well as carry out search and rescue at extended ranges while operating from ships, day or night.

Japan’s Defense Ministry has requested another record defence budget, with the agenda featuring naval vessels, F-35 fighter jets, hypersonic weapons development and armoured vehicles.

The ministry announced August 31 that it submitted a request for $52.9 billion to the Finance Ministry for the coming fiscal year, which starts April 1, 2024. The dollar figure continues a decade-long trend of record defense budgets as Japan continues its modernization drive in the face of North Korea’s missile threat and China’s growing military might.
On September 6, North Korea launched the first missile submarine, Hero Kim Gun Ok, fully equipped with tactical nuclear weapons. Currently, the new submarine is preparing to go to sea for a test voyage, technical details have not been reported. Presumably, the submarine was created on the basis of analogues of the Chinese diesel-electric torpedo submarines of Project 033, previously built in the DPRK, this is a licensed copy of the submarines of the Soviet Project 633. The submarine has a two-shaft design similar to the submarines of Project 633. The submarine is equipped with a missile compartment with ten missiles silos for nuclear ballistic missiles. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that the country has made significant progress in the development of the shipbuilding industry. All commanders of the submarine vowed to glorify the DPRK Navy.

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The Philippines and Australia shored up their security and economic alliance Friday with the signing of a strategic partnership, as they seek to counter China's growing regional influence.

The agreement was finalised following a meeting between Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Manila.

Albanese's visit, which marks the first bilateral talks with an Australian prime minister in Manila in 20 years, follows a series of trips by senior members of his government to the archipelago nation since Marcos took office in 2022.

Under a strategic partnership, the countries will seek to expand cooperation in several areas from defence and security to climate change and education.

"This elevation is an important symbol of the strength of our relationship and our shared commitment to do more together," Albanese told officials, diplomats and reporters after the two leaders signed the agreement.

China's growing assertiveness on Taiwan and the militarisation of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea have spurred Canberra, as well as Washington, to deepen defence cooperation with longstanding ally Manila.

At the start of talks, Marcos thanked Albanese for his "strong support" for the Philippines as it seeks to fend off maritime claims that are "not valid", in a thinly veiled reference to China.

"To have friends like you and partners like you especially on that subject is very gratifying and encourages us to continue down that path," Marcos told Albanese.

Albanese described the two countries as "great friends" and expressed hope that his visit would help take the relationship "to an even higher level".

A strategic partnership is the highest level of bilateral ties that Australia has had with the Philippines.

Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, ignoring an international ruling that its stance has no legal basis.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have overlapping claims to parts of it.

Philippine ex-president Rodrigo Duterte pivoted away from his country's traditional security partners towards China, but the Marcos administration has sought to reverse that stance.

Australian and Filipino troops last month held a major joint exercise near the contested waters.

The event was watched by Marcos, his defence minister Gilberto Teodoro and Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles.

MLRS disguised as civilian equipment are shown in the DPRK. A large-scale military parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK was held in Pyongyang on September 9. This is the third large-scale parade in the country since the beginning of 2023. The parade itself is unremarkable, except for the fact that it showed MLRS disguised as civilian equipment. At the parade, MLRS were demonstrated mounted in the bodies of civilian vehicles, on trolley-trailers for tractors and in dump trucks, and in dump trucks, there were even bags of cement for camouflage.

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During his visit to Russia, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un showed increased interest in all Russian military equipment. Kim Jong-un inspected the frigate of the Pacific Fleet "Marshal Shaposhnikov" of project 1155, visited Russian aircraft factories in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, viewed Russian fighters Su-34, Su-30SM, Su-35S, attack aircraft Su-25SM3 and MiG-31I with hypersonic missile "Dagger". Kim Jong-un showed particular interest in Russian strategic aviation; he examined in detail the strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3. The DPRK leader was interested in the characteristics of strategic aircraft, their weapons and combat capabilities. Details in the video.

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Tests of Taiwan's Flyingfish kamikaze drone. The loitering munition was developed by the Taiwanese company JC Tech. The company currently produces three types of kamikaze drones, but there is almost no information about them. The estimated characteristics of the drone are: weight 2.2 kg, warhead weight 500 grams, flight range up to 10 kilometers. The drone uses artificial intelligence, GPS and camera algorithms to operate. The drone is launched using a catapult.

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Taiwan unveiled its first domestically developed submarine on Thursday, a major step in a project aimed at strengthening the island’s defense and deterrence against the Chinese navy, though it won’t enter service for another two years.

Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has made the indigenous submarine program a key part of an ambitious project to modernize its armed forces as Beijing stages almost daily military exercises to assert its sovereignty.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who initiated the plan when she took office in 2016, showed off the first of eight new submarines on Thursday in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

“In the past, a domestically developed submarine was considered an impossible task. But, today, a submarine designed and manufactured by our country’s people sits before our eyes,” Tsai said, adding that it would play an important role in strengthening the navy’s “asymmetric warfare” capabilities.

“Even if there are risks, and no matter how many challenges there are, Taiwan must take this step and allow the self-reliant national defense policy to grow and flourish on our land,” Tsai said, standing in front of the ship, named the Narwhal. Taiwan’s red flag, featuring a white sun against a blue sky, was wrapped around the submarine’s bow.

Tsai said the Narwhal will enter service in 2025, joining two existing submarines purchased from the Netherlands in the 1980s.

The President of Indonesia opened the military parade on a BMP-3. A military parade was held in Indonesia on October 5 to celebrate the anniversary of the Indonesian Armed Forces. The military parade was accepted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo standing on a Russian-made BMP-3F. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the military parade demonstrates Indonesia's readiness to face global challenges. Previously, Indonesia acquired Russian armored vehicles three times: in September 2007, 17 BMP-3, in May 2012, 37 BMP-3, and in April 2019, 40 BMP-3. The BMP-2 can also be seen at the parade. The date October 5 was chosen in Indonesia to celebrate the National Armed Forces Day, created in 1945.

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