INDONESIA'S SECURITY SETTINGS - RUSSIAN REGIONAL ARMS EXPORTS - ASIAN TRAINER AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS - PHILIPPINES FORCE MODERNISATION
Beijing's controversial air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea has ensured safety and security, the Defence Ministry said yesterday, dismissing criticism that it had exacerbated regional tension.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India on a three-day visit later this month to hold talks with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar during which the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale combat aircraft is likely to come up.
Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year.
South Korea held military exercises Monday on and around the tiny islets in the Sea of Japan that are claimed by Tokyo, according to the Defense Ministry in Seoul.
Faced with increasing regional threats from China