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These Companies Are Exhibiting At ADAS 2016

September 28, 2016

More than a hundred companies are exhibiting tomorrow for the Asian Defence, Security & Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference or ADAS for short. Two years after its local debut ADAS organizers Apac Expo Pte Ltd. have rolled out a proper sequel with all the trappings. It’s larger, brighter, and more crowded, with an orgy of back-to-back seminars, and a lot of big names.

ADAS 2016 is held at the World Trade Center in Manila. It’s a commodious venue best known for flashy car shows and other colorful occasions. From September 28 to 30, however, it will be hosting an exposition for defense contractors and arms dealers for untold thousands of visitors in government and the armed forces. But who exactly are the companies seeking to do business with the Philippines this time around?

21st Century Asian Arms Race is a media partner for ADAS 2016.

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Is The Philippines Shopping For Russian Arms?

September 24, 2016


The short answer is a definitive “No.” It just so happened that during a recent visit to a military base, which President Rodrigo Duterte has made a habit of, he mentioned either Beijing or Moscow could furnish loans for arms acquisitions. These statements were made a week after the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.

It was in Laos where Duterte’s off the cuff remarks appeared to have strained Manila’s ties with Washington, DC. The diplomatic fallout led to a flurry of pronouncements from the Philippine capital–many of them coming from the President himself–about turning away from US influence.

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Why Does China Have A Small Nuclear Arsenal?

September 13, 2016
Via Getty Images.

The DF-26 is a solid-fuel intermediate range ballistic missile capable of striking targets several thousand kilometers from its launch site. It’s meant to replace the older DF-21’s and give the PLA an “assassin’s mace” advantage against its rivals. When armed with a conventional payload it can be used to attack offshore warships. It was debuted during a commemorative military parade in 2015. Via Getty Images.

China is the undisputed nuclear titan of Asia–whether civilian or military. But how come it never sought to equal the atomic hard power of Russia and the United States? What follows is a tale fraught with ambition, prudence, and quiet determination.

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Highlights Of OEWatch For August 2016

August 28, 2016

France Stormningen af Halle

Each month the US Army’s think tank the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) publishes its open source OEWatch magazine. It’s a superb brief featuring excerpts of news about ongoing wars and crises. These snippets gathered from various media outlets are accompanied by informed commentary that’s strong on context and analysis.

The FMSO releases OEWatch, together with its vast library of research papers on geopolitical issues, as free downloads.

The August 2016 issue of OEWatch runs 67 pages. The headline is Philippine Military Plans Shock And Awe In The Sulu Sea with a photo of Filipino commandos in action during exercises with their American counterparts.

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Armored Cars: Franz Achleitner PMV Survivor II

August 27, 2016

Austrian Achleitner PMV Survivor II 01

The world of vehicle manufacturing has long been flat. Little wonder how small companies in the unlikeliest places are finding ways to R&D exciting products for the military market. The PMV Survivor II made in Austria is a superb example of this phenomenon. It uses a commercial truck chassis (Mercedes Benz G-class) to support a monocoque hull with superb protection levels for its passengers.

As part of Franz Achleitner GMBH‘s military vehicles line, the PMV Survivor II is the most capable among its siblings, i.e. the beefed up Toyota Land Cruiser called the MMV Survivor and the 12.5 ton armored truck the HMV Survivor I. There are several other models in Achleitner’s roster like the commando specific Speedfighter and different 4×4 logistics vehicles.

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Forever Plus Corp. Outs A New Night Vision Scope

August 27, 2016

Taiwan Forever Plus NVGs 01For those inclined to see the world in shades of gray Taiwan’s Forever Plus Corp. is offering its latest night vision scope. The FPC-NVP300’s looks and performance specs places it at the mid-range in the exacting marketplace for optics, whose merchandise often worth thousands of dollars.

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