• Pentagon seeking whole-of-government response in strategic competition with China

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is “keenly focused on China and its growing projection of power” as Beijing seeks to assume a global leadership role in the coming decades based on its “authoritative socialist model”, Chad Sbragia, the US deputy assistant secretary of

  • Philippines approves 2020 defence budget of USD3.7 billion

    The Philippines’ Senate has approved a 2020 defence budget of PHP191.3 billion (USD3.7 billion), it announced on 13 November. The approved expenditure, which represents a year-on-year increase of about 4%, is a slight increase over the PHP188.6 billion that was proposed for the appropriation

  • First Italian PPA starts sea trials

    The first of the Italian Navy’s new multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura: PPA), Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), started initial sea trials on 12 November. The trials are being carried out from Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard, near La Spezia, where the

  • Israeli Navy’s Saar 4.5 replacement announced

    Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef class to replace its ageing Saar 4.5 vessels, the company announced on 13 November. It said the class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a “proven design”, even though none have been ordered as yet, and would

  • Philippines reveal multirole fighter options

    The Philippines is looking to acquire one of four multirole fighter types to enhance the air defence and border protection capabilities of the country’s air force. Speaking on 14 November, a senior Philippine Air Force (PAF) official presented a briefing slide showing the Eurofighter Typhoon,

  • Thailand to modernise ageing F-5 and Alpha Jet fleets

    The Royal Thai Air Force is to upgrade its fleets of Northrop F-5 and Dornier Alpha Jet aircraft under plans announced by an official on 14 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said that the F-5s that were first received in 1980 will be modernised with updated avionics and

  • FLIR Systems enhances tethered UAS operations

    FLIR Systems will use the recently acquired intellectual property (IP) and assets of Aria Insights to enhance its Tether Kit system and further expand its tethered capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company announced that it had acquired the tethered drone assets of Aria
  • EA-18G Growler upgrades under test

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed a number of near-term upgrades to the Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft, including the introduction of a new Tactical Offensive Radio Operations (TORO) special capabilities pod. Revealed in the Naval Air Systems Command’s in-house