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 World News: Asia & Pacific Rim

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 18. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Russia's Financial Woes Could Impact Defense Spending

    Russia's financial woes, triggered by cheaper oil and Western sanctions imposed on the country following its military intervention in Ukraine, could affect Russian defense spending in the long-term, local analysts say.

    • Dec. 18, 2014
  2. Japan and Australia will handle heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions for the F-35. Lockheed Martin

    Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  3. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, chats with an injured student a day after militants attacked an army-run school, as army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif looks on. AFP

    Pakistan Army Chief, Afghan President Vow To Fight Militants

    Pakistan army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif and Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani vowed Wednesday to fight 'terrorism and extremism' together, a day after Taliban militants killed 148 people at a Pakistani school.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  4. Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a deserted street Dec. 8 during a curfew in Srinagar. Rouf Bhat / AFP

    India Clears $700 Million Defense Purchase

    India's defense ministry cleared Wednesday proposals worth nearly $700 million to buy military equipment but deferred a key multi-billion dollar decision on replacing the country's aging air transport fleet.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  5. Boat Options: Taiwan is considering basing its next submarine on the Dutch design used for the Hai Lung sub. Wendell Minnick

    Taiwan Pressing On With Local Sub Build

    Taiwan Navy officials are committed to their submarine build plans and will not wait for the US government to fulfill a 2001 pledge to sell Taiwan eight diesel submarines, a senior Navy official said.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  6. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec. 11. FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images

    India, Russia Take Small Steps on Fighter Deal

    India and Russia have agreed to settle their differences over the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program, which the countries are co-producing.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  7. South Korea's Samsung Techwin designed the K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer. Samsung Techwin

    South Korea To Export K-9 Howitzers to Poland

    South Korea will export 120 self-propelled howitzers developed by Samsung Techwin to Poland, officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and Techwin said on Tuesday.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  8. People visit the 50th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport in 2013. Eric Feferberg / Getty Images

    SIPRI Releases Top 100 Defense Company Data

    Sales of arms and military services by the world's 100 largest arms-producing companies declined for a third consecutive year to $402 billion in 2013, according to new data on international arms production by the Stockholm-based think tank SIPRI (Stockhol

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  9. A security guard stands next to models of Chinese rockets on display at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing on Sept. 24. The US and China have agreed to communicate directly on space safety issues. Mark Ralston / Getty Images

    China-US Space Relations See Small but Important Step

    China has taken a small, but potentially meaningful, step toward more normalized relations with the international space community, a top US general announced this month.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  10. Australia's air warfare destroyers are built in sections around Australia and in Spain, and assembled at the ASC Shipyard in Adelaide. The program is years behind schedule. Australia Department of Defence

    3 Firms Tapped To Fix Australia's Destroyer Program

    The Australian government announced new steps to fix its ailing Air Warfare Destroyer effort on Dec. 9, with the appointment of BAE Systems, Navantia SA and Raytheon Australia to take on increased roles in the program.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  11. Export Picture: French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier, second from left, and Indian counterpart Arup Raha, second from right, pose with pilots in front of a Dassault Rafale in India in June. India has agreed to wrap up negotiations to buy 126 Rafales by the end of March. STRDEL / AFP/Getty Images

    French Air Chief Confident on Rafale Exports

    France has a good chance of winning export sales for the Dassault Rafale fighter, which is needed to balance the defense budget books, French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier said on Dec. 11.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  12. Big Winner: The existing final assembly and checkout facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy has been selected to provide heavy airframe maintenance for all F-35s in Europe. Italian Air Force

    Italy, Turkey Win Big on F-35 Sustainment

    Italy and Turkey are the big winners in the first wave of F-35 global sustainment competition.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
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