Elbit Systems Debut with a New Variant of ATMOS

A new version of Elbit Systems’ Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/39-calibre SP artillery system was developed for the Royal Thai Army (RTA), in cooperation with Thailand's military industrial complex. A first unit comprising six CAESAR 155mm/52 caliber guns is currently in service. The ATMOS platform is designed to operate the 155mm/52 caliber tube, but in Thailand...

Thai Black Widow Spider

black_widow_spider_afvThe Defence Technology Institute (DTI) – the Thai ministry of defence’s research and development agency – today announced that it will partner with UK automotive designer company Ricardo on the next phase of development of its Black Widow Spider 8x8 armoured vehicle programme, developed in support of the Royal Thai Army. The vehicle has been designed by DTi over...

Enhancing the Royal Thai Army

In recent years the Ukraine is becoming a dominant player in the Thai defense market, particularly in all matters related to land combat. Since 2008 Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine’s state-run export agency has sealed major deals with the Royal Thai Army (RTA). The first deal was the sale of a family of armored vehicles including 96 BTR-3E1 8x8 armored vehicles configured...

Modernizing the Royal Thai Air Force

The kingdom's 2013 defense budget rose to US$5.7 billion, a 7% increase from the year before. Increased spending in recent years has allowed an already capable military to modernize and add new weapon systems to its inventory. The website Global Firepower actually ranks Thailand as the 20th most powerful military in the world. Swedish company Saab has made giant inroads...

Thailand’s Military on the March

Organizers of Defense & Security 2013 in Bangkok tout the event as the fastest-growing military exhibition in the region. The tri-service show started off as a small event in 2003, so this year marks its 10th anniversary. This year, more than 400 manufacturers from 50 countries have booked booths to present their wares in the Kingdom's capital from 4-7...

Upgrading the Royal Thai Naval Capabilities

Thailand has traditionally turned to Asian countries as well to expand its naval fleet. In April 2012, the RTN received HTMS Ang Thong, a landing platform dock (LPD) vessels, similar to Singapore's Endurance class LPDs. Built by ST Marine in Singapore, Thailand's first LPD is sure to find practical use for any disaster relief missions around the region. More recently,...

Record Growth of IMDEX ASIA reflects Asia-Pacific Market Trend

Exhibitors and delegates at the ninth International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) will have the opportunity to meet more key players from international navies, coast guards and maritime agencies as the biennial exhibition is set to host the highest number ever of Navy Chiefs from all over the world. This year’s show has attracted a record number...

Main Battle Tanks Moving East

With the world’s largest armies (except China and India) have ceased procurement of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), third world countries are becoming more dominant customers for this weapon category. Ukraine T-84, Russian T-90 and Chinese MBT2000 are all in production while western tanks are sold second hand to Asian armies at bargain price

Thailand Orders Four EC725s Helicopters for Search and Rescue Missions

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The Government of Thailand has reportedly ordered four EC725 helicopters for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The €100 million deal was announced by Thai deputy prime minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa on 29 August, quoted by the French media.

Defense Exhibitions – October-December 2013

For events taking place Before October 2013 - Click Here  GEOINT 2013 October 10-13, 2013 - Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. USA  Unmanned Vehicles Israel Defense (UVID) October 10, 2013 - Avenue Convention Center, Airport City, Israel  AUSA 2013 October 21-23, 2013 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC Marine Week October 23-26, 2013 - Busan, Republic of Korea  ADEX 2013 - Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Expo October 29 -...

Sweden, Denmark Opt for PUMA AE, Wasp Mini-UAVs

Above: Wasp Launch. Photo: AeroVironment Sweden and Denmark both selected the PUMA AE for Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TAC-UAS) to support their deployed forces in Afghanistan. The two defense ministries awarded the U.S. company AeroVironment (AV) two firm fixed-price orders, Denmark awarded $9.6 million through the Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization. The value of the Swedish contract has not been released but...

Secretary of Defense Panetta Outlines Broad Framework of US Pivot to the Pacific

US Secretary of Defense said that the proposed realignment would result in a 60/40 split of US naval forces between the Pacific and the Atlantic by 2020, an increase in Pacific-deployed forces of about 10 percent

Asia-Pacific Defense Update

Following are excerpts from recent news articles published ib Defense-Update, covering the Asian defense market. The countries included in this report are: Afghanistan | Australia | Brunei | Bangladesh | China | India | Indonesia | Japan | Malaysia | Myanmar | North Korea | Pakistan | Philippines | Singapore | South Korea | Sri-Lanka | Taiwan | Thailand | Vietnam....

Busy Time for RAFAEL in ASIA

“We are investing a great deal in supporting our activities in the Asian market,” Lova Drori,Executive VP Marketing at RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, told Defense Update, “Defense exhibitions offer part of our activities in this region. In addition to Singapore Airshow RAFAEL will also participated this year in defense exhibitions in Australia and will participate in the exhibitions...